Feet on the Ground, Head in the Cloud: Oak delivers Low-cost Skype for Business
Oak Telecom continues its expansion into new markets this month with the launch of BusinessConnect. The innovative integration solution enables businesses to deploy Skype for Business (formally Lync) voice and collaboration features, without the need to dramatically upgrade their current PBX system.
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.
The launch of BusinessConnect is a significant move into hosted and cloud-based solutions for Oak, who are best known for their award-winning call management products. But as a company that prizes innovation, it is also a logical manoeuvring into the jet-stream of today’s technology. Oak Joint CEO James Emm believes it’s a bold and exciting statement:
“BusinessConnect is a perfectly positioned product. It enables the exciting features that businesses want from Skype – instant messaging, group chat, conferencing, presence, desktop sharing and whiteboarding, click-to-dial and so on – whilst allowing them to keep their current platform in place. For Oak, it gives us a foot in significant new doors, including Microsoft for Business and Broadsoft. It also strengthens our longstanding status as a ShoreTel Innovation partner.”
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.