BusinessConnect Skype for Business is changing the business communications landscape.
Huge Savings on Licensing
Skype voice and conferencing requires ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Plus’ CALs, whereas BusinessConnect needs only a Standard Microsoft CAL, saving more than 80% of the licencing cost.
Slash Total Cost of Ownership
In practice, the combined savings of Skype deployment and licensing, plus reduced costs of maintenance, helpdesk and professional services, deliver a TCO reduction of up to 85%.
No Change to Administration
Administrators continue managing users through Office 365 or Skype servers.
Flexible User Access
In desk top mode, BusinessConnect gives users ‘click to call’ access to Skype contacts from your Avaya handset. In softphone mode, BusinessConnect extends collaboration to audio, video and conferencing via USB/Bluetooth headsets or handsets.
Simple, Fast Deployment
Implementation of the BusinessConnect software is simple, involving minimal deployment time and with no impact on the underlying communications infrastructure.
BusinessConnect does not impact the system infrastructure and, therefore, can operate with systems from most vendors for both PBX and hosted platforms (Windows, Linux, OS X, iPhone, Android, etc.).
BusinessConnect offers a complete solution, with all the advanced features you'd expect and more!
BusinessConnect is targeted at businesses who are keen to use Skype for Business capabilities but who, perhaps having already invested heavily in modernising their systems through virtualisation or cloud migration in recent years, are reluctant to pay out yet more money to upgrade their Microsoft package. BusinessConnect requires only Standard Microsoft CAL for users to be able to access Skype for Business, removing the need to upgrade to ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Plus’ CALs and thereby also the hefty license fee. It is quick and easy to deploy, and cheaper to maintain.
BusinessConnect is currently available for ShoreTel, Avaya Aura, ACE, and IP Office (SIP mode only), and Broadsoft, and discussions are underway to add to this portfolio.
The Best of Both
BusinessConnect leaves your legacy Avaya platform in place whilst introducing native Skype collaboration features such as instant messaging, group chat, presence, desktop sharing and white boarding plus click-to-dial on Outlook contacts and other features of MS Office.
Seamless Video Integration
BusinessConnect is seen as a standard video end-point by MCU/media servers, bridging Skype with legacy video infrastructure without installation of additional gateways or servers.
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