Skype for Business

How Can Your IP Phone Choice Reduce Infrastructure & Bandwidth Cost

September 18, 2016

By Yaniv Kitlaru, AudioCodes

Last month we had a roadshow in South Africa. My vegetarian friends will have to forgive me… but what a wonderful place! Over dinner while enjoying a really good rump steak and a glass of Pinotage, we met with an IT manager from a large enterprise that was interested in our IP Phone solution.

During the meeting, the IT manager explained his challenges and concerns.

His company recently selected an IP phone vendor for Skype for Business.





Done with WPC and Getting Ready for Ignite 2016

September 18, 2016

By Nimrode Borovsky, AudioCodes

Getting ready for Ignite at Atlanta soon, and I can tell you, we have some more innovation up our sleeve.  Stay tuned, we will be announcing some cool stuff before Ignite.

Once again, this year I had the privilege of attending Microsoft’s World Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada. Microsoft’s premier partner event generates much anticipation among its channel and technology partners who come in their droves to learn about the latest developments in Microsoft’s technology and products, as well as to network with existing and potential business partners.

How IT Managers Can Better Manage Skype for Business IP Phones

June 14, 2016

By Yaniv Kitlaru, AudioCodes

It was a freezing, snowy night, just a few days before Christmas.

I was on one of my road trips in Germany looking at the biggest Christmas tree in the world, while trying to warm my soul with a good, local Gluh Wein. Then my mobile phone disturbed the tranquility of the moment. One of my IT manager customers was calling. I had to answer.

Migrating to Skype for Business Cloud PBX: Play by Play Analysis

June 1, 2016

A Microsoft, Ovum and AudioCodes Joint Webinar 
June 14, 2016    11:00 AM EDT


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Join our host, Eric Bauer, for an exciting play by play analysis of Migrating to Skype for Business Cloud PBX. As we walk through the plays necessary to secure the win, you will better understand what needs to be considered within your organization as you start down the path to Cloud PBX.

Key Topics for Discussion:

  • The Pre-game Analysis: Skype for Business Cloud PBX industry adoption trends
  • The Sustained Drive: Living with BYOSIP, interoperability, migration and co-existence issues
  • The Audible – Adapting to Requirements: The case for a hybrid deployment and maintaining local PSTN connectivity
  • The End Around: Getting past resistance when introducing a new UC experience
  • The Two Minute Drill: Getting the deployment right calmly and quickly while under pressure
  • The Post Game Analysis: Final thoughts
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Guest Commentators: 

Jamie Stark

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft



Migrating to Skype for Business Cloud PBX the Smart Way

April 15, 2016

Moving towards Cloud PBX

The rapid rise of Microsoft’s Skype for Business is a strong incentive for enterprises to consider deploying the popular Unified Communications suite. The Company’s most recent announcements regarding their on-line version and the replacement of on-premises based PBX with Cloud PBX are also compelling in a period in which the trend to the Cloud is almost universal. However, despite the technical and business advantages of Skype for Business UC, there are many reasons why organizations might want to hold on to a legacy voice system on a temporary or permanent basis. Reasons vary and can range from the need to maintain specialized functionality such as contact centers or alarm systems to investment protection for legacy equipment, to the current functionality gap between the on-premises and cloud-based offerings and even objective availability and regulatory requirements which may mean that Skype for Business Online may not be available at various locations around the world for the foreseeable future.

Start the Transition to Cloud PBX today with a Hybrid Hybrid Environment

January 21, 2016

By Mike Erps, Solutions Manager, Unified Communications, AudioCodes

One of the biggest challenges today with the vision of transitioning to Microsoft’s recently released Cloud PBX revolves around matching business needs with available features. Although Cloud PBX is on a rapid pace to parity with Skype for Business Server, some of the advanced features are only available on-premises for the foreseeable future. For example, a user who migrates to Cloud PBX today won’t be able to take advantage of features like response groups or integration with contact center software.  In addition, the organization will not be able to use existing analog / fax lines or common area phones. 

Are You Stuck in the Fog on Your Way to the Cloud? A practical approach to migrating (the right) users to Cloud PBX

December 2, 2015

Many organizations are stuck in the fog of complexity as they move towards the promise of communications in the cloud. Recent Microsoft announcements surrounding enterprise voice for Skype for Business in the cloud have caused significant waves – and no small amount of confusion – in the market.  Cloud PBX and PSTN calling will undoubtedly have a dramatic impact the way organizations communicate.  Since the online offering does not yet have all the features of Skype for Business server, it is important that enterprises evaluate needs carefully and plan their users’ migration to the cloud accordingly.