I’ve browsed the site/forums a bit as I’m currently looking for an Intranet Messaging solution for the company I work with. It’s a small company with probably only 50-65 users on a daily basis.
I am relatively new to the IT world, and have never really jumped into the messaging side of things, but for what our company does I think this is an option we desperately need to look into. We waste too many resources making unanswered phone calls, and sending too many mass e-mails that waste everyones time - when a simple IM would fit the bill much better.
We’ve got an Exchange server with AD and I was wondering if Spark integrated with that at all? Is it even supposed to??
As you can tell I’m pretty new, but from what I’ve read/seen - I think that the Openfire/Spark combination would suit our business best as it has a lot of the easy to use functionalities that the bosses would like to see/have.
We’ve got some VERY VERY computer illiterate users, so I’m trying to find a solution that integrates with our current setup as easily as possible. Something that can possibly recognize who is logging onto the machine (if possible) and opening the appropriate messanger list. Or at the least, they will be able to login with their work e-mail/username and log onto the chat to see the others in the company.
Is this something Spark is designed to do? Or am I way off base in thinking that an Openfire/Spark combination would suit us well?
Is it fairly straightforward and easy to setup? I can work through read-me’s and instructions no problem, but if it requires a heavy knowledge of chat-type experience, I am not sure that I could fill that role…
Any advice, opinions, answers to my questions, and anything else would be appreciated!