Published on October 6, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

News From Ignite, Back to the Home Office.

By Cheryl Cox, Director, Marketing & Communications, Whitlock

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For Us, Ignite was all about teams and Teams

At Whitlock, we’re in the business of bringing people together. We help customers learn how to build trust, build teams and bring new ideas to market faster with devices like the Microsoft Surface Hub, plus cloud and virtual solutions too.

We had many great conversations at the show. Most attendees asked us about three major things: 1) How will the Skype transition to Teams impact me?, 2) Can my teams use the Surface Hub as a global solution?, and 3) How much of our video estate can we transition to an operational expense, as a service? Here is our perspective:

From Legacy to Skype to Teams

Microsoft has announced its intention to slowly migrate away from Skype to bringing all UC functionality into Teams. Teams brings a new level of collaboration to your Skype meetings, enabling one location to track documents, meetings, discussion threads and live annotation. The good news is that beyond the Surface Hub, your legacy room technologies can come down that journey too – and you can still have a seamless user experience. Here are valuable links to partners who are ready to go now with a Skype to Teams transition:

A Global Fleet of Hubs for Global Teamwork

Julian Phillips, Executive Vice President, Whitlock, with a Microsoft Surface Hub, Ignite 2017.

If you are bought into the Microsoft platform like we are, your teams will gain major benefits by Hubbing it out from any location worldwide. We can make global deployments, service and management of the Microsoft Surface Hub easy with help from the Global Presence Alliance (GPA). Whitlock offers program managers with multinational experience, access to local partners in every major business hub, extensive knowledge of Surface Hub apps and a global AVNOC for 24/7 support. Your teams will love the benefits of face time and multi-point annotation on 3D drawings or images. The Surface Hub is also ideal for in-person whiteboard meetings, with high security and access to your backend Microsoft platform and user data.

Collaboration as a Service is Here for the Surface Hub and Other Tech Partners

With the excitement of Ignite, more businesses have a fresh understanding of the power of Windows 10, Office 365 and Microsoft devices. In response to the ongoing demand for as a service solutions, Whitlock’s CaaS offerings are continuing to expand, to include hardware, software, services and support for the Microsoft Surface Hub, M365 devices and other important interoperable solutions from Polycom, Crestron, Pexip and Videxio. For many businesses, it’s a combination of solutions that can likely answer all your needs, and Whitlock is here to help. Our teams can advise on everything about and around the Hub for your teams worldwide. We are ready to help you bring the excitement of what you learned at Ignite back to the home office.

Learn more about Whitlock’s Collaboration as a Service.

About Whitlock

Whitlock is a video collaboration company that provides strategy, management, technologies and support to the world’s largest and most innovative businesses. We believe face-to-face collaboration creates stronger relationships and makes way for both business and personal success. What we give to a customer is the ability to connect, work together and share ideas with each other and the world, with a reliable video experience every time. Whitlock serves customers across the U.S. and worldwide through the Global Presence Alliance.

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