Cisco vs. Microsoft: Customizing Your Cloud UC Deployment

The two major vendors in the unified communications space, Cisco and Microsoft, are both strongly promoting their cloud UC deployments. Microsoft announced that Teams, the Skype for Business replacement, will only be available in the Office 365 cloud, while Cisco has stated that Spark, hosted in Cisco’s own cloud, is its go-forward strategy.

If cloud UC is on your roadmap, but you don’t want to move to either the Microsoft cloud or the Cisco cloud, what then? What do you do if Teams or Spark don’t meet your needs, but the current UC products, Skype for Business and CUCM/Jabber, do? Does it really have to be one vendor or the other, or can it be both?

On Demand
0h 30min

In this webinar, Dr. Brent Kelly, a leading analyst/consultant with KelCor and presenter of the popular Cisco vs. Microsoft session at Enterprise Connect, will address the issue of moving UC to the cloud using solutions from these vendors. He’ll explore:

• The nuances in the cadence of the cloud migration for organization with multiple locations
• Planning elements that are similar regardless of which vendor is chosen
• Considerations for the 30% to 50% of the market that currently have both Cisco voice and Microsoft Skype for Business deployed

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Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Brent Kelly, Ph.D.
    Dr. Brent Kelly, Ph.D.
    Principal Analyst/Consultant
    KelCor, Inc.

    As president and principal analyst at KelCor, Inc., Dr. Kelly provides strategy and counsel to CxOs, investment analysts, VCs, technology policy executives, sell side firms and technology buyers. His contributions deliver top and bottom line value because they have impact from concept through development and rollout. On the sell side, Brent provides strategic advice for marketing and product differentiation, competitive analysis, and thought leadership approaches; on the buy side, he engages in business process engineering to develop mid- and long-term technology roadmaps supported by TCO or ROI analysis. Dr. Kelly has made real-world measurable contributions resulting in significant revenue/profit increases, product/process improvements, and/or strategic redirection in multiple industries including telecommunications, manufacturing, electronics, oil field services, chemicals, and mining. He has been engaged in repeat consulting assignments for the largest tech companies in the world with comparable results. A Ph.D. in engineering coupled with strong business experience enables Dr. Kelly to identify emerging opportunities and to develop strategies and tactics to capitalize on them. He is an excellent writer and oral presenter, regularly speaking before large and small technical and business audiences in the US and Europe. Brent served his Utah community as an elected official for two four-year terms. With his wife, he owns a gourmet chocolates manufacturing company based in Utah.

  • Michelle Burbick
    Michelle Burbick
    Associate Editor, No Jitter;
    Program Coordinator, Enterprise Connect

    Michelle Burbick is the Associate Editor and a blogger for No Jitter, UBM Tech's online community for news and analysis of the enterprise convergence/unified communications industry. In addition to writing, editing, and managing No Jitter, Michelle also serves the role of Program Coordinator for its affiliated industry event, Enterprise Connect, the largest independent conference and exposition devoted to the enterprise communications industry. Prior to coming to No Jitter, Michelle worked as a writer and editor, producing content for technology companies for several years. In an agency environment, she worked with companies in the unified communications, data storage and IT security industries, and has developed content for some of the most prominent companies in the technology sector.

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