There is a major shift coming for companies currently using Skype for Business – ready or not, Microsoft Teams is taking over. By July 2021, Skype for Business will reach its end of life, and Microsoft is encouraging users to migrate to Teams as soon as possible.

For any organization, big or small, adopting new technology is a challenge. For Microsoft customers, the transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams means changing how employees communicate and collaborate. This is no small task and could cause concern and quite possibly some backlash for S4B loyalists. Understanding the why and the how will hopefully make that transition a bit smoother.

Why Should I Migrate from Skype to Microsoft Teams?

In a constantly evolving and dispersed workplace, collaboration among companies, teams and departments has become increasingly essential to maintaining a connected, engaged and productive workforce. Microsoft Teams seamlessly integrates communication into a single application, utilizing fully integrated file sharing, chat, voice and video, making for a more robust communications platform that seamlessly integrates with the M365 applications you are already running, such as Stream and Yammer.

See how easy it is to set up a Microsoft 365 Live Event in Teams with this short video from Kollective’s Chris Gower: How to set up a Live Event in Teams

Is My Network Ready To Migrate To Microsoft Teams?

What may be preventing some enterprises from leveraging Microsoft Teams and enterprise video is the uncertainty around their networks. There are concerns that by democratizing video communications and increasing consumption of video, that their infrastructure will not be able to handle the bandwidth required. Kollective’s ECDN integration with Microsoft scales Microsoft 365 Live Events in Teams, Stream or Yammer. We give our customers the confidence that they can run live video streaming events to remote offices, to 10,000+ users and develop a VoD (Video on Demand) strategy without experiencing buffering or connection issues.

Optimize Bandwidth Usage With Kollective Technology

One of Microsoft’s biggest customers has achieved tremendous success implementing an internal video streaming strategy. They have adopted video for regional and functional broadcasts and implemented enterprise-wide webcasts across the organization. Over the past 2 years this company has seen a 6000% increase in video usage to 425 endpoints in 52 countries and 200+ offices at the same time. They are seeing 94% peering efficiency and their users are experiencing an unmatched user experience so much that they are rolling out Teams to a wider group of event producers. Watch Brad Anderson’s The Shiproom Episode 9 to enjoy a lively discussion with Accenture’s CIO Andrew Wilson on shifting to a modern workplace with Microsoft 365.

Start A Microsoft Teams Pilot Today

Although the deadline to transition from Skype for Business to Teams is over a year away, there is no reason to wait. In this phenomenal podcast Running Modern Meetings with Microsoft Teams, Tony Leraris comments “it’s better to get on the train when it’s moving slow, so that as it starts to speed up, you’re ready.”

Get started with Microsoft 365 Live Events in Teams with the Free Kollective and Teams Pilot.

Kollective’s integration ensures your broadcasts will be delivered to where it needs to be.