Skype for Business is the go-to platform for unified communications. But while SfB can do wonders for the desktop, it has yet to master the meeting room.

So what can be done to get Skype for Business desktops talking to your meeting rooms? Let's look at the options.

 

1. Build a bridge.

So you've deployed Skype for Business on the desktop, but you have legacy video conferencing equipment in your meeting rooms and you want them to be able to talk to each other, and you might even want them to talk to the outside world. What do you do and which do you ditch? Well one option is to ditch neither. Instead, sign them up to a video cloud conferencing service, where you can all meet in the middle in a virtual meeting room. The best conferencing services should give you calendar integration, online scheduling, recording, security, and interoperability. What you won't get is spontaneous, direct video calling; you won't be able to use video like you do the telephone. Instead, you can only take part in pre-arranged conferences, with everyone dialing in as they would an audio conference.

2. Use what you've got to get what you want.

How does keeping hold of your meeting room equipment, but gaining both conferencing and spontaneous video calling, without having to maintain that extra infrastructure sound? Well this is exactly what happens when you sign up all your existing room systems to a video cloud. A good video cloud service will deliver secure calling, bi-directional screen sharing, firewall traversal, and full redundancy. Most importantly, it will allow direct video calling for all between Skype for Business and any other H.323 video endpoints, even those outside your organization. Oh, and in this set up you benefit from direct business-to-business video meetings too.

3. Freshen things up.

Really getting the best out of a Skype for Business/video meeting room system combination may mean swapping out old for new. In this scenario, the old meeting room systems are replaced by modern systems that are tightly integrated with the cloud. What will this give you? For starters, ease of use from touchscreen controllers, auto upgrades and the ability to call anyone, anywhere - even outside your organization. With the StarLeaf Cloud and video conferencing meeting room systems you get even more - feature-rich, direct video calling that is simplicity itself.

4. Two become one.

For a truly unified communications experience, look for a native solution, like the StarLeaf GTm, which requires no additional infrastructure and is easy to use. Registering directly to the Skype for Business server, it slips seamlessly into your unified communications deployment and provides a cost-effective, sleek solution to get your desktops and meeting rooms communicating. To find out more about all of these options, take a look at our whitepaper: Skype for Business Migration Strategies.