Dimension Data named Skype for Business Global Elite launch partner
Global SI to help vendor launch Microsoft Skype for business
Global systems integrator Dimension Data, has said it has been appointed one of Microsoft Skype for Business Global Elite launch partners.
The announcement by Microsoft comes as the company readies the launch of the next version of its communications and collaboration tool, Microsoft Lync, now dubbed Skype for Business, which will go on sale in the first half of 2015.
Microsoft said the next version of Skype for Business truly connects Lync to the vast Skype network, which includes thousands of Dimension Data's clients, employees and partners.
"As a Microsoft strategic partner for over a decade, we're very excited about Skype for Business.
Over 300 million people use Skype for messaging, calling and sharing. With Skype for Business, Microsoft is bringing together the familiar user experience of Skype with the security, compliance and control of Lync," said Peter Menadue, Dimension Data's Group GM for Microsoft Solutions.
Menadue said Skype for Business video calling is an advantage for organisations wanting to engage face-to-face with their on-the-move employees and customers, anywhere, anytime from their video room system, desktop, TV or mobile device. "Our teams are excited because it adds to our vision around workspaces for tomorrow. It also enables our clients to adopt unified communications into their business applications, and leverage the cost and efficiency benefits that go hand in hand with the Skype for Business platform."
Menadue pointed out that Dimension Data has a strong track record for deploying high volumes of Lync on a global scale. "Our teams are already beta trained and ready to deliver Skype for Business to our clients when the product becomes available in the first half of 2015," he added.