Microsoft’s annual partner conference, Inspire, is in full swing this week. This year’s Inspire is in Washington DC, and represents one of the largest gatherings of Microsoft partners in a single place.
Everything from the future of technology to new Microsoft offerings are being discussed and Inspire offers partners the rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain to see what’s going on at one of the world’s largest companies.
But there’s one thing that’s coming up with surprising regularity – and that’s Skype for Business. This communication platform has taken the business world by storm, quickly becoming a fixture in most offices.
And while Skype for Business is a great starting point, many companies are looking for ways to make the platform even better. That involves integrating it with cloud video conferencing software – but not all video conferencing is suited.
In fact, most integrations are cumbersome, change familiar workflows and aren’t user friendly. Still, many Microsoft partners are opting for integration because it can increase the quality and versatility of Skype for Business. But what if you could have the best of both worlds?
Leveraging Polycom’s RealConnect technology, RP1Cloud is offering full native integration for Skype for Business. That means you can have your cake and eat it too. Here’s how:
Think of Skype for Business as the foundation of a collaboration solution. It offers all the raw pieces – chat, meeting scheduling, video communication and more. But it lacks some high level functionality, and that’s why people pursue integration.
But as mentioned above, not all integrations are created equal. With native integration, you get the whole package.
The most notable feature native integration offers is interoperability. Right now, Skype for Business systems can only talk to each other, with no way to communicate to other collaboration platforms. Even though Skype for Business is widespread, it’s not yet ubiquitous, meaning trying to connect with other companies that aren’t on the platform gets tricky.
When RealConnect is introduced, Skype for Business can talk with any conferencing solution which is extremely valuable for businesses planning to connect with clients and partners across an array of networks.
It also brings the quality that a dedicated video conferencing platform offers. While Skype can be sufficient for intra-office collaboration, it rarely packs the necessary punch to impress clients or partners in the same way a real conferencing platform can.
Native integration means your Skype for Business experience will be exactly how you want it to be – familiar. No reeducation on a new platform, and you don’t even have to change the way you schedule meetings, everything remains the same in terms of workflow, it just works better.
This is especially important to those companies concerned about adoption of a new technology. Why invest money in something your employees don’t want to use?
Obviously, technological advancement is essential for a thriving business. But it has to be done in a way where it can be implemented effectively. RP1Cloud uses RealConnect for native integration with Skype for Business for this precise reason.
Microsoft’s Inspire conference is giving partners a lot to think about. But few things are commanding the attention Skype for Business is.
It’s entering more and more office spaces as the go-to collaboration platform. And while excellent at what it does, there is room for improvement which is precisely why people are integrating with video conferencing platforms.
However, those that don’t integrate natively bring their own problems. With RP1Cloud, you get a seamless, familiar join experience with all the bells and whistles. There’s no downside.
Try RP1Cloud for free today and find out just how useful it can be to your business.
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