It seems like everyone is talking about how computing is moving to the cloud – defined as the delivery of computer applications to distributed users from a central location rather than putting software on individual PCs or local servers.But what do you need to know before making the switch to the cloud?
I’m in New York today for the launch of Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 is a subscription service that combines the familiar Office desktop suite and Outlook (Exchange) with cloud-based versions of collaboration services SharePoint Online and Lync Online. If you want some background information, check out our past blog on Office 365.
If you haven’t heard, InterCall has partnered with Microsoft to offer integrated audio conferencing with Lync Online. I’m especially excited for this launch because of the unique value we bring to Office 365.
Why do I think you should partner with InterCall for Office 365?
- Enable external participants to join meetings
- Connect on multiple devices
- Call scheduling via Outlook®
- Dial-in and dial-out
- End conference
- VoIP/PSTN integration, including mixed recording
- *0 in-call support
But you don’t get to be the world’s leading conferencing provider (based on Wainhouse Research in 2010) with features alone.
We have a 24/7 global support with certified agents skilled in all aspects of Office 365. We provide tier 1 and 2 support to our customers, as well as pre-sales technical assistance and consultations. Free online and recorded training sessions are included.
InterCall’s professional services for Office 365 are second to none. We offer custom training and adoption programs. For companies that need more in-depth assistance with deployment of Exchange Online and SharePoint Online, we have professional migration services to help transition, configure and support data and operations from legacy applications to Office 365 solutions.
Add to that the fact that InterCall is a Microsoft Silver Certified Partner and national systems integrator (NSI), plus the multiple certifications we hold, and I think you can see why I’m excited to be a part of this launch.
Today is Earth Day and it got me thinking about how InterCall helps companies be more earth-friendly. We have long been the global leader in conferencing, with over 20 billion minutes of conferencing provided last year alone. That astounding number racks up more than just savings for our customers; it reduces our customers’ carbon footprint by eliminating several TONS of emissions and other pollutants each year.
There’s no doubt you’ve heard this message before: audio, video and web conferencing save you money by reducing travel which translates into a green approach for doing business. Rather than airports, taxis, highways and hotels, we’re meeting in telepresence rooms and at desktop video stations, collaborating over conferencing bridges and sharing information on streaming websites. But InterCall can help you become green in more ways than that.
Leveraging over 20 years as a provider of hosted and managed services, InterCall has been strategically building solutions and services that position us as an industry leader in Unified Communications. Our team of experts help companies to select, migrate and deploy cloud-based UC solutions in a fully hosted or hybrid environment. These solutions comprise another important way you can green your business.
So how is the cloud green?
Because cloud solutions deliver applications, storage and more in a virtual environment via the internet, businesses have a reduced need for on-premise servers. From the source of materials, to their ultimate demise, production of computer hardware has a significant environmental impact. Manufacture of server parts, packaging and transport can all contribute to environmental pollution and waste. Of course, the need for servers is not completely removed because of the cloud, but their numbers could be significantly reduced.
Reduced hardware and servers require smaller building areas. What can you do with a little extra space on your company property? Increase your pervious surface area. Pervious surfaces keep more rain out of storm systems and filters pollutants out of run-off before it drains into rivers, streams, and water tables. Less building area also means an opportunity for more trees, which provide natural cooling of structures and a more pleasant work environment.
Large server rooms have high cooling requirements. Moving your server to the cloud reduces cooling costs, as well as greenhouse gas emissions coming from the cooling system. Likewise, energy bills and pollutants from energy sources are reduced. You can further reduce your carbon footprint by choosing to work with data centers that use cleaner or renewable energy.
I’m excited to be part of a company that is making a large impact on the environment. From conferencing and instant messaging, to IP telephony and more, Unified Communications solutions can have a positive environmental impact. So for all of you out there, continue to telecommute from your home. Use a conference bridge or video call to collaborate with co-workers half-way around the world. And if your company is interested in leveraging cloud-based UC solutions, be sure to reach out to us.
Happy Earth Day!
You’ve heard all the hype surrounding cloud solutions and Unified Communications. You may not quite understand why everyone is talking about it. Or, it may seem like it’s years away from becoming an affordable and preferred solution.
But in mid-2011, all of this will become a reality when InterCall supports Microsoft in the launch of Office 365. Office 365 is bringing together cloud versions of your most trusted communication tools, offering a unified collaboration experience like never before. It’s going to be BIG. And, it’s predicted to change the way you and I look at communication tools today.
Through InterCall’s channel program, you have the unique opportunity to be a part of this exciting innovation. Learn how by meeting with InterCall and Microsoft in Vegas next week at the upcoming Channel Partners Conference & Expo —the communications industry’s only event exclusively for indirect sales organizations—agents, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and consultants.
Find out how you can earn high commissions by selling cloud-based solutions that will sell themselves through InterCall’s industry-leading channel program. Stop by InterCall booth #1433 on the show floor or schedule a meeting with us today. Look forward to seeing you there!
When developing a Unified Communications (UC) strategy, there comes a point when you have to make decisions about what applications to keep on premise and what applications can and should be hosted, or ‘in the cloud.’ But what factors are involved in making those choices? And how do the various vendors, like Microsoft, Cisco, Google and others, approach UC delivery?
Thursday, June 24 at 1:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 Pacific, we’ll be joined by UC experts Damon Martin and Rodney Horton of SKT for a webinar titled, “Hosted or On-premise? Developing a UC Strategy that Fits Your Needs.” SKT and InterCall are both a part of West Corporation.
Attend and learn:
• What can and cannot be delivered via cloud
• Best practices for building a UC strategy
• How the major vendors approach the cloud
• The pitfalls and benefits of integrating hosted and on-premise applications
• Real-world case studies
SKT is a leading UC consulting firm and national systems integrator (NSI) with numerous UC certifications and designations. The event will feature a Q&A session, so take advantage of your chance to get free, expert advice! For more information about SKT and the services they provide, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you working on a UC strategy for your business? Please share your tips and challenges with us!
Ken Kurz, Director of Product Management for Unified Communications. Kurz is responsible all aspects of the UC product portfolio and is constantly working to add to and refine our UC solutions and services.