Ready for the Enterprise: Skype for Business

Ready for the Enterprise: Skype for Business

The exciting, but dangerous, path ahead

“Skype for Business is emerging as a major UC platform of the future.”

We see variations of that sentence throughout market analysis, white papers and articles. We even use it ourselves. Why? Take a quick peek at Microsoft by the Numbers.

  • More than 1.2 BILLION people use MS Office
  • MS Office is used in over 140 countries and 107 languages
  • Skype users make up to 3 BILLION minutes of calls DAILY
  • 80% of the Fortune 500 is on the Microsoft Cloud

Keep in mind, Office doesn’t mean O365, and Skype doesn’t mean Skype for Business. But, when you combine those numbers into the big picture, that’s a lot of opportunity. Easily enough to merit the statement: Skype for Business is emerging as a major UC platform of the future.

Can’t Get There From Here?

The most common buzz we keep hearing from enterprise customers about Skype for Business is simply how to get there from here. What’s the transition strategy? The migration path? Will Skype for Business replace existing technology or work with it?

This is not a simple question. The devil really is in the details. Nobody wants to prematurely junk their existing telephony infrastructure. Rip and replace simply isn’t an option anyone at the enterprise scale wants to pursue.

Microsoft Gold Partner

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we’ve done our due diligence on Skype for Business, not just the tremendous opportunity, but how the solution will match up to enterprise needs. And how to help our enterprise customers shift to new technologies, like Skype for Business, at their own pace.

Some of the key enhancements we’ve focused on for our customers includes secure, compliant voice messaging, advanced automated attendant and IVR, mobility features and an informal call center solution. First and foremost, we’ve concentrated on interoperability – a smooth migration path from current telephony technologies to Skype for Business.

AVST webinar: Skype for Business Adoption and Migration

AVST Live!

Tomorrow, on Wednesday, June 7, at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern, we are hosting a webinar, Skype for Business: Adoption and Migration. Some of the devilish details we’ll be covering include:

  • Skype for Business integration with existing PBX
  • Informal Call Center
  • Secure Voice Messaging
  • Complex Call Routing/Automated Attendant
  • Mobile Client
  • Personal Assistant

The information presented is specifically designed to provide some insight on your options with a Skype for Business deployment. We hope you’ll join us.

If you miss it, you can use the links above to view the archived version of the webinar. All AVST Live! webinars are archived for viewing at any time.


Denny Michael
SVP of Sales and Marketing, AVST