I attended an OCS 2007 R2 presentation once where they spoke about climate changes and cold weather causing people not to leave their homes and needing to telecommute to get their job done. The Microsoft partner showed some compelling data from their OCS 2007 R2 monitoring reports to showed uptakes in IM&P, voice/video and web conferencing. On January 6th 2014 most if not all of the schools and businesses where closed because of frigid temperatures and the term Polar Vortex started getting to be a household term. In Milwaukee we had -15* air temperatures with -40* wind chill.
I decided to look at our Lync reporting as it's our only tool for real-time communication at Concurrency to see if we had an uptake in usage. To my surprise this is what I found.
Here is our Peer-to-Peer Summary Activity for the week of 1/5 and 1/12 for comparison.
We did have an uptake of IM and Voice but the other modality’s where about the same except for application sharing, which makes sense as people are unable to show eachother's screens if they aren't in the office.
Here is our Conference Summary Report for the week of 1/5 and 1/12 for comparison..
From a conferencing perspective the numbers are about the same. More participants, but lower participant minutes.
So you beg to question, why are they the same? I suspect since most of our staff is at client sites or working from home anyways and not reporting to our offices we use Lync in the same manner with or without the Polar Vortex. This may not be true in all organizations but in ours we find using Lync on a day with or without bad weather we are always connected.