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17a-4’s DataParser for Lync, now Skype for Business

May 13, 2015

17a-4’s DataParser supports Microsoft’s Lync Server and Lync Online collection for archiving and compliance.  Microsoft has rebranded these platforms to Skype for Business.


May 13, 2015 Millbrook, NY – Microsoft’s Lync is now Skype for Business, a communications and collaboration platform that brings together a client experience inspired by Skype with the enterprise-grade security, compliance, and control of Lync.  The DataParser software, developed by 17a-4 llc, is used by hundreds of financial and regulated institutions to capture multiple types of data sources and messaging content for archive and discovery policy and procedures.  Regulations imposed by the SEC and FINRA require institutions to retain these communications in accordance with specific requirements, primarily Rule 17a-4.  The DataParser captures both on premise and hosted Lync communications.

The DataParser is a lightweight, middleware product that has a modular design to collect many different types of data streams, messaging platforms and database content.  In addition to Lync, now Skype for Business, Bloomberg, Cisco Jabber, SharePoint, Reuters Eikon, BlackBerry and many other regulated data sources can all be collected and controlled by the DataParser.  This allows users to enable a unified compliance policy and procedure for all data. The DataParser can pull from any number of servers and fully integrates with Active Directory (AD).  AD user groups can be specified for collection and output to multiple locations to conform to institutional compliance policies.

Skype for Business offers presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings features. Microsoft isn’t removing any of the Lync features, but rather rebranding and including Skype features that will run on the Lync backbone.  Skype for Business will provide a new client experience, a new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. Users will recognize all of the features they already have but in a fresh new interface with simplified controls and new additions. In addition to the new client experience, Skype for Business Server provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions.

Designed to integrate easily into any existing infrastructure, the DataParser has various delivery options and can run multiple configurations for more complex environments.  Messages can go directly into a client’s Exchange environment, to a file location and/or into an on premise or hosted email archive.  Microsoft continues to expand policy and procedure features with the recent addition of a Compliance Center, controlled through admin portals in Exchange 2013 and Office 365.  As well, all the major email archives on the market have the necessary tools for discovery and supervision and are supported by the DataParser, allowing clients to leverage in house resources and keep compliance costs to a minimum.  Creating a normalized repository structure across data types offers optimal policy management and e-discovery procedures that can enable disposition rules and lessen storage concerns.

Clients currently using the DataParser for Lync collection will not be effected by the transition to Skype for Business.  For more information about the DataParser for Lync/Skype for Business, please visit or call (212) 949-1724.