How Skype for Business can transform your business communications. Business communication and collaboration are changing fast: there have been more innovations in business communications over the last five years than any other aspect of IT. Immersive collaboration platforms were once the preserve of international corporations, but with the costs of these systems coming down many small and medium sized firms are now able to reap the benefits of these platforms.
And phone systems are changing as well. To get enterprise level functionality used to mean investing in expensive proprietary PBX hardware - now that same functionality is available in the cloud for a fraction of the cost. Cloud telephony over SIP also allows your phone system to be fully integrated into the rest of your office systems, to provide further productivity gains.
All of this fast changing technology can seem daunting for many small business owners who have already invested significant resources in expensive PBX systems and are reluctant to throw that investment away. Others are worried that they will invest significant amounts of money only to find the technology obsolete in a couple of years. Yet more are not being properly served by their existing IT support company, and are not even aware these technologies exist or how they can use them.
Many of these concerns are valid, but now there is an easy way to tie your business communications together without any upfront cost or the need to dispose of expensive legacy systems. Skype for Business from Microsoft is a fully functioning cloud communications platform that integrates with your other Microsoft products, such as Office 365 and OneDrive for business.
Skype for Business is a software solution that runs on your PC to tie all your office applications together. Now your communications platform is no longer a standalone device, it is fully integrated into the rest of your productivity suite.
There is so much that Skype for business can do it would be impossible to cover them all in this post, but here are a few ways Skype for Business can transform your office communications:
Skype for Business Conversations
Use Skype to quickly start a voice call, video call, or live chat with a colleague. Skype fully integrate with Office 365 so making a call to a colleague is a simple as locating them in Outlook and clicking to call. You can even make a call straight from your inbox.
Quickly set up and join a meeting
Meetings are a necessary evil of modern business, but they don’t have to be hard. Take the strain out of attending meetings by participating from the comfort of your desk. Every meeting you schedule in Office 365 is automatically created as a Skype for Business meeting. Now all you have to do to join a meeting is click the join meeting button in Outlook and you will automatically be connected. This works great if you want to schedule client meetings at short notice.
How many times have you sat in a meeting to review a document? Skype for Business allows you to quickly carry out these meetings on the fly, editing the document as you go. Users can bring up Word Documents and edit them together live in the Skype call. This allows you to work more efficiently in real time to create much more effective communications.
This is just a small taste of what Skype for Business can do for your business. There are over 100 features built into the software to empower collaboration, communication and increase efficiency.
And there is much more to come. Microsoft is committed to developing the Skype for Business platform so that it becomes as vital to your business as Microsoft Word or Excel are today. Within the next few years, Skype for Business will become a necessity for all small businesses, not a luxury. It is not often software comes along that has the power to truly transform the way you do business.
To find out more about Skype for Business, give our team a call on (0)20 7240 4942.