It’s one of those movie clichés, isn’t it? Something awesome happens to the star of the movie and he or she can’t believe it. “Did that really happen or was I dreaming?” “Someone pinch me so I know this is real!”
Well, I’m pleased to tell you I had just such an experience only a few weeks ago. I was attending Ignite 2017, Microsoft’s annual conference for developers, IT professionals and executives. It’s an outstanding event where we get to hear the latest news from Microsoft (and there was plenty of that this year as I’m sure you heard), as well as meeting up with partners and customers from all over the globe.
During the show, Francois Doremieux, Principle Program Manager Lead at Microsoft held a breakout session called “Customer Testimonial – Learn from Large Scale Skype for Business Voice Deployments”. In this session, four large Microsoft customers – Cargill, Bosch, ZF and BNSF – presented details of their successful deployments of Skype for Business. These four companies combined have 631,000 employees worldwide.
It was great to hear how these huge organizations had successfully navigated the turbulent waters of Skype for Business migration. What was truly mind-blowing for me was the number of times AudioCodes was named as a strategic vendor partner in these major projects. Whether it was our analog gateways, SBCs, IP phones, management tools or call recording, our entire One Voice portfolio - or individual parts of it - are playing a crucial role in ensuring companies’ transition to Microsoft UC can be achieved smoothly and reliably.
At the end of the session, I joined this elite group up on stage to introduce AudioCodes to the audience and join the panel for the Q&A. Even then, questions from the other Microsoft customers in the audience also referred to AudioCodes as their vendor of choice.
Since joining AudioCodes two years ago, I have enjoyed being at the forefront of voice technology and helping customers and partner achieve their goals. AudioCodes’ One Voice solutions cover virtually any voice need for PBX replacement, All-IP transformation and UC deployments, in particular Skype for Business and now Microsoft Teams. It has been a pleasure working with such a great team of experienced voice professionals and R&D teams churning out market-leading products and solutions.
In the course of my work here, I have met a wide range of extremely satisfied customers and yet, to hear our name being mentioned as a key player in the deployments of such a prestigious group of companies and in such a public forum was something to behold.
So was I dreaming? In some ways, it seemed too good to be true. However, I am very appreciative to Jonathan McKinney, a Skype for Business MVP from Time2Market, who summarized the session for Microsoft’s Skype for Business Ignite blog. You can read Jonathan’s blog for yourselves to get a feel for how large organizations are migrating to Skype for Business. If you need more convincing, you can even listen to the recording of the full session.
I encourage you to read the blog and if you have a bit more free time, listen to the recording. AudioCodes is right there where it matters – a strategic vendor enabling enterprise voice in these large Skype for Business deployments.
So it seems that dreams do sometimes come true!