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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Creating Unified Collaboration from Collaboration Islands

Creating Unified Collaboration from Collaboration Islands

Business collaboration for the user is supposed to be easy to do, reliable, and make your daily business life more productive. On top of that, having high quality audio and video should mean conversations and content sharing can be carried out without repetition and serious squinting.

It really should be as straightforward to achieve this as buying some hardware and a service, having it installed and maintained, and everything is great and works. All your employees are happy collaborating. However, as most businesses find out, it’s more complicated than that.

Video conferencing has a renowned history for being difficult, and whilst many of those challenges are being overcome, such as ease of use, the interoperability of different manufacturers continues to cause headaches for service owners due to closed architecture or a protective island approach to the way the businesses were run.

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Microsoft Skype for Business, Teams & Videocall ICE VaaS Service

Microsoft Skype for Business, Teams & Videocall ICE VaaS Service

If you are thinking about deploying Microsoft Skype for Business Online, from the Microsoft Azure Cloud through Office365, you might have heard the news about Microsoft Teams, and be putting the project into hold.

Alternatively, you might already be using Microsoft Skype for Business and be thinking about migrating to the Office365 cloud, and are now also thinking about pausing the project.

Before you go any further, read this article and understand how Videocall can help you with your Microsoft unified collaboration project

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Microsoft Teams, Videocall and Polycom

Microsoft Teams, Videocall and Polycom

Last month at the Microsoft Ignite conference in the US, Microsoft announced that it would be merging its Skype for Business Online platform with its Teams platform to create an improved collaboration application for businesses to use.

From the initial conversations, we have had with businesses, it seems that many had not heard the news coming from Ignite and were a little confused or concerned as to what this meant for them.

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What's Happening with Microsoft Skype for Business and Teams?

What's Happening with Microsoft Skype for Business and Teams?

You may be aware that Microsoft are currently holding their annual conference, Ignite, for Enterprise IT and business executive. As a service provider, you have probably seen the announcement about Teams and Skype for Business, and you may be wondering how this is going to affect you going forward.

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Don’t Rush to Compare the Feature Sets of Cisco Spark and Microsoft Skype for Business

Don’t Rush to Compare the Feature Sets of Cisco Spark and Microsoft Skype for Business

If you are thinking about deploying either Microsoft Skype for Business or Cisco Spark as part of your collaboration strategy, we would suggest that you don’t simply look to the feature sets of the solution, but make a more informed decision based on key business and operational drivers.

Simplifying and rationalising communication and collaboration is vital, but it can only become truly successful with adoption, and that starts with user experience.

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