Critical to staying ahead in the business world, is the ability to operate at faster speeds than your competitors. Be it your ability to manufacture products, handle orders, react to customer demands and preferences - the process doesn’t matter - the greater the speed, the greater the advantage gained.
The release of Skype for Business was met with much anticipation in the corporate world for this very reason. Through one familiar interface, organisations could interact internally with a renewed ease and rapidity. Video-conferences for up to 250 remotely located participants could be supported with robust security and controls, and fully integrated within the Microsoft Office365 package.
Skype for Business has its limitations though, limitations that have been all but wiped out by the entry of Solar Seamless Connect.The ground-breaking product knits together all SfB’s outstanding internal comms tools with enterprise-grade internet telephony, making for an industry-leading solution for organisations who wish to rid themselves of vulnerable, space-consuming, costly servers, and migrate to the Cloud.
The startling uptake of SSC points to how many organisations already regard the product as a ‘no brainer’ solution. Some though, may be a little more tentative towards making the leap.
If this sounds like you, or if this is the first you’re hearing of SSC, consider these steps towards upgrading your business in every sense of the word…
As is so often the case with big decisions; the first step is the hardest. Before you begin to even think about migrating part, or all your IT and communications to the Cloud, you need to think about several factors:
- How much are we spending buying, updating, maintaining, and repairing on-premise servers?
- Are we prepared if the on-premise servers were to suffer a catastrophic failure?
- How much are we spending on software licences?
- Would it be beneficial to have all critical data and lines of communication made accessible through one user-friendly interface?
- What impact would it have if our IT department were freed up to work on more effective, creative projects?
- How secure are our offices from theft and malicious tampering?
- How much are we spending on external phone calls?
- How much space are the on-premise servers taking up, and what else could that space be used for?
- Just how efficient are current lines of internal and external communication?
The answers to questions like these (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) will determine how much of a priority Cloud migration should have at your next management meeting. If it’s been a while since your infrastructure had an upgrade, you may find some of these answers telling and may prompt you to consider the next step.
Migration to the Cloud isn’t the step into the unknown it once was. Part of the reason for this, is that most Cloud services providers will happily come in and spend some time scrutinising software usage, infrastructures, website traffic, security protocols and the like, before drawing up a range of options. These could include, but are by no means limited to, such services as:
- Internet telephony
- Storage solutions
- Enhanced security
- Unified communications
- Faster, more robust connectivity
- Next generation networks
The surge in adoption of SSC can be largely attributed to the fact that it encompasses most of these features. Organisations have been able to upgrade to a versatile, feature-rich Cloud solution that they already know how to use.
Making wholesale changes to how your organisation manages lines of communication, and accesses networks and the web, is something that would give any business leader a few restless nights. Quite understandable, but wholly unnecessary. You see the overwhelming migration across the business world from on-premise IT, managed by dedicated IT departments, to Cloud alternatives has taken hold not just because of the quality and cost-effectiveness of these alternatives, but because migration is now so painless.
Visions of wires being ripped out, towers being hauled out of offices, systems shut down for days on end as bespectacled IT folk install complex software, all against a backdrop of unanswered, unseen emails, phone-calls, and website queries are mammoth exaggerations. Sure, there’ll be a swapping out of some hardware, and the installation of some software, but the whole process is usually completed within hours, not days. And not all IT folk wear spectacles either.
The point is, the mental leap to commit can be hard, the reality of what that leap entails, is actually quite easy.
Once the migration is complete, there is one more step to take to ensure that the myriad benefits of the migration are maximised. Train your people.
Again, the beauty of Cloud alternatives lies in their user-friendliness. They are specifically designed to be easier and more straightforward than the legacy technologies they replace. However, they’re new and as such will require some time set aside for staff to familiarise themselves with. This should categorically not be viewed as a nuisance. The time taken to educate employees as to the functionality of next generation technologies is dwarfed by the time these technologies give back through their vastly superior versatility and processing power.
Should your organisation opt for SSC, there is the added bonus that many of your staff will have used Skype before and so will be already be familiar with its functionality.
The final, and without doubt best piece of the jigsaw. Taking the move to replace legacy IT, invest in Cloud technologies, to alter fundamental business processes is brave, and bravery should be rewarded.
The rewards to be enjoyed with SSC come in the form sleek and familiar interfaces, enhanced speed of critical functions, bolstered security, exciting new features, all delivered via predictable monthly bills.
If you would like to learn more about about how Solar Seamless Connect can improve the way that you do business, whilst also helping you migrate you communication to the cloud, why not download our eBook "SSC: Bridging The Gap Between New And Old Technologies"
Or why not download "Unifying Your Communications With A Single Solution" to find out how we can simplify your communication piece, alleviating pressure on you, allowing you to spend more time on serving your customers