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Introducing Skype for Business Cloud PBX

Now the number one provider for meetings, with over 1 billion held to date, Skype for Business brings together all of the typically disparate ways to communicate into one platform, so employees can access and use multiple communication applications through a single interface, using any device and from any location.


What is Skype for Business Cloud PBX

The Skype for Business Cloud PBX add-on provides your organisation with PBX capabilities, and removes the need for investment in expensive, legacy equipment. With Cloud PBX, your staff can use Skype for Business to make and receive calls from any location on any device of their choice, and thanks to Microsoft’s global footprint, Cloud PBX is available anywhere in the world via internet connection.

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What Are the Business Benefits of Voice in the Cloud?

Skype for Business Cloud PBX enables you to operate your business’ phone system in the cloud and removes the need for your traditional PBX, eliminating hardware and maintenance costs:

  • Skype for Business Cloud PBX enables your employees to make and receive business calls from anywhere, using any device of their choice; meaning they’re no longer tied to their desk phones.
  • Thanks to Cloud PBX’s easy scalability, your phone system can grow one seat at a time, or 100 seats at a time.
  • Employees working from home, on the move or sitting at their office desk still get the same resilient security and functionality features.
  • Cloud PBX in Skype for Business works with Office 365, so your system is always up to date with state-of-the art features, at no extra cost.
  • Skype for Business enables you to replace your legacy PBX, dramatically reducing phone bills, as you only pay for what you use, on a per user, per month basis.


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What Does Cloud PBX Enable?

Mobility – Skype for Business enables your organisation to introduce hot-desking and enables staff to be productive on the road.

Productivity – Employees can easily identify who’s available and on which channel, so questions and information can be directed to the right person and instant responses received.

Collaboration – Instant communication, sharing of desktops and video conferencing is simple, quick and effective. See Skype for Business in action.

Integration – Skype for Business integrates seamlessly with the Microsoft Office suite, enabling you to collaborate, share and edit a Word, PowerPoint, or Excel document as a group in real time.


Freedom’s Approach

As one of the leading Skype for Business partners globally, Freedom understand the right fit for your technology adoption, be that via the new Cloud PBX, based On-Premise or a combination via a Hybrid model:


On Premise: Deploying on premise allows your organisation to benefit from the full feature set, have full control of the infrastructure, and customise the solution to your specific requirements. However, on premise requires onsite deployment of the required servers and devices as well as configuration of the network and security.

It’s important to remember that if your organisation is deploying Cloud PBX with on-premises PSTN connectivity, you can move your users to the cloud via Skype for Business Online at your own pace, while retaining your on-premises PSTN connectivity.

Cloud PBX: Skype for Business Online is the public cloud option that enables your organisation to have full control of settings and configurations. However, you don’t have control over infrastructure servers and software. Deploying Skype for Business Online enables your organisation to save money on hardware, software licenses and services, maximising your Return on Investment (ROI).

Hybrid: Hybrid connectivity between Skype for Business Server and Skype for Business Online means users of a domain are split between using Skype for Business Server on premise and Skype for Business Online. Some of the domain users are homed on premises, and some users are homed online.

As Skype for Business can be deployed in multiple ways, different models work for best for different organisations. Your deployment decision will be influenced by your company size, your working practices and your location(s). Find out more by taking advantage of Freedom’s Free Skype for Business Consultation Day.

Skype for Business Consultation Day