Are Your File Sharing and Office Productivity Requirements Driving Your Voice and Telephony Selection?

Are Your File Sharing and Office Productivity Requirements Driving Your Voice and Telephony Selection?

By Chuck Lear September 19, 2017 Leave a Comment
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Are Your File Sharing and Office Productivity Requirements Driving Your Voice and Telephony Selection? by Chuck Lear

As the industry leaders in the Collaboration and Business Communication (UC) space continue to battle for the control of the end user workplace experience; Corporate IT leaders are facing a hard choice for their primary Collaboration and Business Communication services. The major UC players based on the Gartner MQ, (Marty Parker, August 14, 2017) are offering solutions that offer overlapping services; and the effort to support multiple and redundant services within the same organization is expensive and taxing on internal resources and very confusing for end users.

Many large organizations have an Office Productivity solution and a separate Voice/Video/Conferencing solution. Look at the table below and see how the overlapping services are showing up within your enterprise.

Category

Microsoft 365

Cisco Spark / Call Manager

Amazon

Google

User Integrated

Office Productivity

Office 365

3rd Party

Workspaces

G Suite

Office365 / G Suite

Basic VoIP

Skype for Business

Call Manager

Vonage

 

Vonage/Fuse/8x8

Advanced VoIP

Skype for Business

Call Manager

Vonage

 

 

Call Center

3rd Party

Yes

3rd Party

3rd Party

3rd Party

Audio Conferencing

Skype for Business

WebEx/Spark

Chime

G Suite

Bluejeans / GoToMeeting / Spark

Video Conferencing

Skype for Business

WebEx/Spark

Chime

G Suite

 

Desktop Sharing

Skype for Business

WebEx/Spark

Chime

G Suite

Bluejeans / GoToMeeting / Spark

File Sharing / Storage

One Drive / SharePoint

3rd Party

3rd Party

G Suite

Box / Drop Box

IM/Chat

Teams

Spark

Chime

G Suite

Slack / HipChat

Persistent Chat (team)

Teams

Spark

Chime

G Suite

Slack / HipChat

Bots

Teams

Spark

Yes

Maybe

Maybe

3rd Party Integration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Maybe

HIPPA, GDPR and FISMA

Yes

Yes

Varies

Varies

Varies

Hardware

3rd Party

Yes

3rd Party

3rd Party

3rd Party

Mobile

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Maybe

As illustrated above many of the service offerings overlap, and IT organizations are paying at least twice for similar services. Therefore, IT organizations need to partner up internally (messaging, phone, file storage teams) and investigate and understand the holistic business requirements and needs of their end users, so they can select the correct vendor offerings and not over buy or take on the support of too many applications.

Based on your company’s needs and preferences the four items below can strongly influence your decision. The four distinguishing services and their requirements come to light are:

  • File sharing and storage needs of the enterprise 
    • Filesharing is now included in many of the enterprise offerings, causing the IT organization to pick one for the enterprise – while paying for two or more. 
    • External file sharing, is it required? Are you prepared to monitor it?
  • Size of your “day to day” audio conferences 
    • Most day to day audio conferences are less than 15 people, do you need a system that can support a 1000 concurrent connections every day? 
    • Consider a separate solution for large company meetings and operated assisted / industry conference calls.
  • Office Productivity software 
    • Subscription vs purchase? 
    • Browser only or hardware installed? 
    • Updates and new release strategy?
  • Call Center Requirements 
    • In house, hosted or outsourced? 
    • How much real interaction is needed between your call center staff and rest of your organization?  
    • Is maintaining a call center infrastructure a competitive advantage for you?

If you look outside the highly integrated offerings, and go the route of self-integration of several industry solutions, you take on the added strain of cobbling together multiple authentication processes, threat monitoring needs and a decrease in leverage when negotiating commercial terms and support agreements.

Careful planning and “real end user” assessments will assist you in reducing the overall burden on your IT organization, reducing costs and simplifying your end user experience by limiting the options and fully deploying the integrated solutions you select.

 

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