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Skype for Business: Expanding Your Horizons

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Houston-IT-ConsultantsDo you have a trusted outsourced, or virtual CIO, to alert you to advancements in technology that can expand the horizons of your business?

As the CEO of CITOC, I want to outline briefly how our expertise and our partnership with Microsoft Skype for Business can streamline more than just communication between you, vendors and clients, but also how its expanded features will open up new horizons, allowing your business to expand.

Large enterprises can afford their own CIO and the related team. But what do you do if you are a small- to mid-sized business, perhaps one that is local and wishes to grow across the country and beyond international boundaries?

By engaging the CITOC team to act as your virtual CIO, you gain access to the top expertise and guidance for your IT needs, even while staying easily within budget. We will provide you with analysis and guidance to achieve your business objectives.

Microsoft Skype for Business

This brings me to an exciting partnership we have with Microsoft Skype for Business and how this tool can help you grow your business and client base.

Skype for Business offers the capability to hold meetings between up to 250 people — regardless if they have Skype for Business or not. The only requirement is an Internet connection or a phone. The program offers robust productivity with Office 365, and you will have functions at your fingertips, such as scheduling meetings in Outlook, checking online status of contacts, or beginning conversations from apps such as PowerPoint and Word.

In addition, Skype for Business provides your business with top-notch security and controls, thus keeping conversations protected with encryption and strong authentication, while you manage employee accounts and access to a wide array of features.

What better way to connect your team with Office applications they know and use daily. With Skype for Business, you streamline the infrastructure with a single platform for conferencing, calling, sharing and video.

Skype in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era

With most of the access to the Internet now coming from mobile devices, you will keep your team connected through mobile apps across Windows, Android and iOS platforms, or you can connect remote team members through meeting spaces of any size with the program’s Room Systems and Surface Hub. This complete meeting solution works for large broadcasts or collaborative team sessions. You can simply dial in to a conference call with your phone if you prefer.

Skype meetings offer web conferencing, audio and video over the Internet. Your business can arrange a conference in advance or start an impromptu meeting. The platform can connect up to 250 people across phones, smartphones, PCs, tablets and meeting room devices. Your teams will stay on top of business with integrated real-time co-authoring, application sharing, desktop sharing and PowerPoint presentations.

Another sophisticated feature is Modern Voice with Cloud PBX, which will initiate, receive and transfer calls in the office; on the road using a mobile device, PC or phone; or at home. Essentially, Skype for Business consolidates the management of your voice services through Office 365. This increases your agility and capability to exploit opportunities as they arise.

How is your relationship with your IT provider? Does it provide guidance and analysis that enhances your company’s ability to compete and remain relevant, or does it suggest solutions that would slow you down and crush your budget?

I believe CITOC has the solutions for your unique business needs, and we don’t take a cookie cutter approach with our clients. When you engage CITOC, you engage the entire world through better technology.

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