Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams? Get the best of both with One Cloud Microsoft from BT.

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Many of our customers are exploring Skype for Business as a potential solution for their unified communications. With its instant messaging, presence indication, voice calling, video calling, desktop sharing and conferencing capabilities it’s an attractive collaboration tool. Many people are familiar with the way Skype works thanks to the success of its ‘free to download’ consumer product. Which makes training and adoption much easier.

But Microsoft have announced they’ll replace Skype for Business in the future with Microsoft Teams (old news to some, new news to others). The potential for Microsoft Teams is immense. And having been a bit of sceptic of the whole ‘persistent teaming’ concept initially, I’m gradually becoming a strong advocate. The ability to concentrate the majority of everyday work activities – messaging, file sharing, presence indication, calling, teamwork, project planning, calendars etc. – into one interface can have huge benefits on productivity. Just add email into the mix and it’s close to a slam dunk.

But this decision to ultimately replace Skype for Business has left large organisations in a state of limbo. Microsoft Teams has great potential, but it’s still in its infancy. New functionality is regularly being added but it’s not quite ready to meet the full list of business requirements.

Experience with Microsoft Teams is limited  it. And this creates a nervousness around investments that can soar into the millions. How do large organisations move forward? The desire to improve their communications and collaboration is there but the Microsoft road now has a fork in it. One way is looking like a dead end and the other right now, is appearing as a road less travelled.

Organisations are unclear on the way forward, and they need help, they need options. We’re Accredited Microsoft Partners and our relationship stretches back to the 1990s. We were among the first of Microsoft Partners to enable the Microsoft Cloud with One Cloud Microsoft (Skype for Business) with Azure and with Office 365.

We’re working with our customers across their organisations to build out, manage and maintain their Skype for Business environments and develop their own roadmap to Microsoft Teams. So you don’t have to decide now whether to go with Skype for Business or move to Microsoft Teams. You can do both. Using our mix of on-premises, private cloud and hybrid deployments we can increase your options and bring flexibility to your organisations. We can work with multiple environments and make them work together.

To learn more about One Cloud Microsoft, download our product data sheet here. Let us know if you’d like to have a call, presentation or face-to-face discussion to learn more.

You can also see one of our customer success stories, RSA, here. BT brings a winning mobility, unified communications and collaboration portfolio to its customers. BT have been recognised as Leaders in the communication and collaboration space by independent analysts Gartner, Current Analysis and IDC.  



Joseph Walsh


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