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Jean-Francois Piot

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Skype for Business Voice, is UDP always better than TCP protocol?

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Tue, Mar 13, 2018

Skype for Business Online natively works with two main protocols, UDP and TCP. Microsoft, and most of the other VOIP solution providers, recommend to choose UDP over TCP.

But, is it always better? What is the impact and what are the advantages of one protocol over the other, specifically in your environment?

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Tags: Microsoft, Hybrid cloud monitoring, Office 365 monitoring, Skype for Business, cloud performance, skype for business monitoring, office 365 health, office 365 performance, fixing office 365, Skype

MSPs: Are Your Clients Happy?

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Thu, Mar 08, 2018

Like most of the IT, the MSP business has been profoundly changed by the cloud era. MSP were mostly in charge of the run & maintain of clients infrastructure delivering applications to end-users. But now that a lot of these infrastructure moved to a PaaS, IaaS or SaaS model, the role of the MSP has become less strategic for many of their client.

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Tags: Partners, Hybrid cloud monitoring, MSP World, MSP, Office 365 monitoring, cloud performance, SysAdmin Top Issues, office 365 health, office 365 performance, fixing office 365

End-User Experience to the test: How does ‘MAPI/ HTTP’ really compare with ‘RPC/ HTTP’

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Tue, Feb 06, 2018

Since Microsoft announced the end of the support for the RPC protocol in Fall of 2017, this has been a vital question.

At GSX, we reveal the ‘facts behind emotions’ with our Robot Users. GSX Robot Users compare real performance in different environments (Outlook 2016 with Windows 10, Outlook 2013 with Windows 7) and typical network issues (packet loss, latency, etc.).

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Tags: Exchange Online, Office 365 monitoring, performance monitoring, skype for business issue, SysAdmin Top Issues, office 365 health, office 365 performance, DEM, MAPI, RoboTech, Outlook

Business case: Skype for Business Online Deployment

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Wed, Jan 24, 2018

GSX Solutions is the premier specialist in Office 365 service performance monitoring and optimization. Our Robot Users have worked with many enterprises to measure and analyze their end-user experience.

We would like to share some of our expertise using the following example.

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Tags: Cloud, GSX Robot User, Hybrid Monitoring, Messaging, Office 365, Microsoft Office 365, Troubleshooting, Skype for Business, hybrid environments, Skype monitoring, skype for business issue, Skype for business performance, Use cases, business cases

How to: Tackle Email Delivery Complaints from Mobile Users

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Thu, Dec 07, 2017

Who hasn’t had a mobile user complain about email issues? It’s a common occurrence, but it isn’t a simple one to fix. Email delivery on mobile devices relies on multiple layers of infrastructure, often combined with cloud services like Office 365. This can make the mean time to repair such complaints long and frustrating for the end-user.

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Tags: GSX Robot User, Service Delivery, Mail Routing, Mobile Device Management, email monitoring, MDM, GSX for Airwatch, airwatch monitoring, airwatch performance, Use cases, UEM, RoboTech, business cases

Troubleshooting Skype for Business Online Performance Complaints

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Since it provides real-time communication, Skype for Business Online is perhaps the most sensitive Office 365 service. Users report experiencing latencies that distort sound, slow down or interrupt calls, and cause other service issues. That’s why Microsoft and Gartner always recommend assessing the ability of your network to deliver a good user experience, even in remote locations.

While assessment is a good first step, improvement is better. Continuously monitoring that everything runs its best can help avoid future service issues.

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Tags: Cloud, GSX Robot User, Hybrid Monitoring, Messaging, Office 365, Microsoft Office 365, Troubleshooting, Skype for Business, hybrid environments, Skype monitoring, skype for business issue, Skype for business performance, RoboTech

How To: Great Office 365 Performance and User Experience!

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Thu, Nov 16, 2017

GSX Solutions is a specialist in optimizing the performance of Office 365 services. We’ve worked with many enterprise customers, measuring their end-user experience with our Robot Users and analyzing the results in PowerBI.

We faced many cases where enterprises customers already had the Office 365 licenses (E3 but mostly E5) but were struggling to use them to their full potential because their first tests and early deployments showed performance issues with their remote locations.

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Tags: Cloud, GSX Robot User, Hybrid Monitoring, Migration, Hybrid, Migration to Office 365, on-premises solutions, Microsoft Office 365, hybrid environments, Use cases, RoboTech, business cases

Office 365 Support Ticket Reduction

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Thu, Nov 09, 2017


GSX Solutions is the specialist of Office 365 services performance optimization. We’ve worked with many enterprise customers measuring their end-user experience thanks to our Robot Users. We have the expertise, want to share the knowledge with you and explain real business cases that we faced with our customers.

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Tags: Cloud, Hybrid Monitoring, Migration, Hybrid, MS SharePoint, Migration to Office 365, on-premises solutions, Exchange, Microsoft Office 365, End user Experience, Network, SharePoint Online, Use cases

Office 365 Migration: User Satisfaction is the Key Factor to Measure Success

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Thu, Nov 02, 2017

GSX Solutions is the specialist of Office 365 services performance optimization. We’ve worked with many Enterprise customers measuring their end-user experience thanks to our Robot Users. We have the expertise and want to share the knowledge with you and explain real business case that we faced with our customers.

Context of the Company

  • Largest financial company of Canada.
  • Moving from Exchange 2013 to Office 365 Exchange Online.
  • First batch included 90,000 mailboxes.
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Tags: Microsoft Exchange, Cloud, Hybrid Monitoring, Migration, Hybrid, Migration to Office 365, Exchange, Exchange Online, Microsoft Office 365, End user Experience, Use cases

How ISV can fit in the new Microsoft Partner Strategy

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Thu, Oct 26, 2017


For many ISVs like GSX Solutions, working with Microsoft is both a challenge and an opportunity. The Microsoft partner organization can be difficult to maneuver without a dedicated team. Not every partner has the kind of resources to manage   this relationship.

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Tags: Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft OCP, Azure Stack, OCP Catalog, Microsoft Co-sell program, Azure marketplace