Is Microsoft the obvious solution to your collaboration

Is Microsoft the obvious solution to your collaboration

Collaboration has become a major strategical decision for companies of all sizes. The way we work is changing rapidly, and ensuring that employees have the ability to meet, communicate and work to the best of their abilities at all times is essential for the business. So, with employees connected anywhere and at any time, the requirement to hold virtual face-to-face meetings, share documents and annotate in real-time is now business critical.

But there are also now more choices than ever.

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Is your company a TEAM player?

Is your company a TEAM player?

Wherever you look in the collaboration space at the moment, the talk is all around having a single application that can cater for all your user’s requirements…meeting spaces, persistent chat, instant messaging, video conferencing, audio calling, whiteboards, file sharing, live content annotation and more. The desire is driven by the changes taking place within companies, whereby employees are demanding more flexibility and the chance to fit their work around their life, and not the other way around.

Is there a silver bullet for the all-in-one collaboration app? Or is it all just a bit confusing? Let’s look at the main players. Slack, Microsoft and Cisco.

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Microsoft or Cisco Collaboration Cloud?

Microsoft or Cisco Collaboration Cloud?

Within the collaboration market there are currently two main players in the cloud space; Microsoft and Cisco. Microsoft’s collaboration offering comes in the form of Office365 (O365) and allows companies to deploy Skype for Business and Teams across their companies as the collaboration platform. Cisco, have a dedicated collaboration cloud which supports all their conferencing technology, and Cisco Spark, their latest all-in-one collaboration tool which sits in their cloud.

Which is the right move for your business? What challenges will you face if you choose to deploy one of them across your organisation?

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You still use a PC in your meeting room to connect to Skype for business?

You still use a PC in your meeting room to connect to Skype for business?

How many companies out there are running Skype for Business in meeting rooms, including boardrooms where business critical meetings are held, by having a desktop that is hidden in a cupboard connected to a screen or projector?

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Quickfire Collaboration Questions Part Two: Answered

Quickfire Collaboration Questions Part Two: Answered

Quickfire Collaboration Questions six through ten. These are short answers of the most common questions that we are asked by enterprise businesses.

The challenges are generally complex and/or strategically important and as such the project owners require knowledgeable and expert advice to ensure that the correct business decisions are made. This is where Videocall helps. Our 20 years of unified collaboration expertise allows us to help advise and build enterprise communications strategies.

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If you have a cloud first policy, you should be left saying ‘Why not cloud?’

If you have a cloud first policy, you should be left saying ‘Why not cloud?’

Options for companies to move business operations and functionality to the cloud have been around for over a decade, yet many companies seem unsure about taking the bigger step with some of their day to day processes.

Many businesses work by the following rule to be successful:

Focus on your core competencies and outsource the rest

By following this rule companies can focus on what they do well, and what their business goals are. They then outsource expert help for areas within their business that support those overall objectives.

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