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Best Practices for Your Skype for Business Deployment
December 24th, 2015

Best Practices for Your Skype for Business Deployment

If you're thinking about deploying Skype for Business at your office, you're not alone. Plenty of businesses are implementing this unified communication platform. However, according to recent reports,...

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If you’re thinking about deploying Skype for Business at your office, you’re not alone. Plenty of businesses are implementing this unified communication platform. However, according to recent reports, many deployments of the product fail.

But there is good news. There are best practices you can follow to ensure the best chance of success, and, as with most technology rollouts, they revolve around doing proper network assessment and due diligence up front.

To get the most out of Skype for Business, enterprise networking teams need to consider planning, deployment, network assessment, provisioning, monitoring, reporting, diagnostics, troubleshooting and surveying users, Tuttle told FierceEnterpriseCommunications. Unfortunately, what happens in many enterprises is Skype for Business is implemented without first determining if it will run properly on the existing network infrastructure.

A recent post on fierceenterprisecommunications.com, Many Skype for Business Deployments Fail, but You Can Improve the Odds, offers best practices for deploying Skype for Business. Here is an excerpt:

To get the most out of Skype for Business, enterprise networking teams need to consider planning, deployment, network assessment, provisioning, monitoring, reporting, diagnostics, troubleshooting and surveying users. Unfortunately, what happens in many enterprises is Skype for Business is implemented without first determining if it will run properly on the existing network infrastructure. Many companies pilot UC products with 10 or 12 users in a handful of locations. They configured presence and peer-to-peer calling features, but they didn’t do any network assessment. When they scaled up, they found their existing bandwidth capabilities didn’t meet the requirements of their new UC systems.

Assessing your network infrastructure and making a deployment plan ahead of time taking into consideration your business setup and needs is a crucial step for any technology deployment. Therefore, it follows, that doing the same due diligence for your Skype for Business deployment makes perfect sense.

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