Dimension Data targets 1m Lync voice seats by 2017
Microsoft Lync aims to reduce business costs by offering video and telephone conferencing services
ICT services and solutions provider Dimension Data today announced an initiative to sell one million new seats of Microsoft Lync Enterprise Voice by 2017. Microsoft Lync, which is available on-premises, in the cloud or as a hybrid solution, is a rich client application that provides presence, instant messaging, voice, video, ad hoc collaboration and online meeting capabilities through a single interface. Peter Menadue, Dimension Data's group GM for Microsoft Solutions says, "While the Lync business for Microsoft is growing 30% year on year and advanced workloads like voice growing even faster, globally there are still millions of enterprise employees who would benefit from Lync.
According to Menadue, a 2013 study revealed that 93% of enterprises have plans or are already using or trialing Microsoft Lync overall, which is up from 80% last year, while 59% of enterprises are planning to or already deploying Lync Voice, up from 45% in 12 months.
He said: "While these target numbers are impressive, what's particularly exciting for Dimension Data is that we're targeting all delivery models as part of this initiative. These include: mature markets where there's a desire to enable knowledge workers to communicate easily wherever they are; and emerging markets where many organisations are leapfrogging traditional communications tools - particularly where existing infrastructure may be immature, and the desire to drive down cost and prepare for as-a-service is relevant across all markets.
"Our experience, together with our long history of working with Microsoft over the past 10 years ensures we'll meet the one million target," Menadue added.
Microsoft Lync is designed to reduce costs of traditional phone calls and eliminate the cost of conferencing services and decrease business travel due to video conferencing.