Switch off to switch on…

BT ISDN Switch off

We’ve already covered ISDN’s impending retirement, but if our blog left you feeling adrift as to what your next steps should be, never fear, our quick guide is here to help.

First, take stock of when your ISDN contract is actually due for renewal.

That should help frame yourtechnical, commercial and operational decision-making.

Whatever you do, avoid the temptation to renew.

2025 may sound far into the future, however the longer you have to migrate to the cloud, the smoother the transition will be.

Don’t be caught off guard and rush the process. After all, there are countless cloud services to choose from (one of the many reasons why we founded Marketlinx) so leave ample time to assess the options, build an effective project plan and manage the migration carefully.

Don’t forget to build any future requirements into the scope too – that saves substantial time, effort and money further down the line.

Talk to your users.What features do employees actually want and need from their telephony to do their jobs?

ISDN’s end-of-life is the ideal opportunity to align a core business communications service to end-user expectations, however sometimes IT is prone to operating in silos and doesn’t select the most appropriate solution. Canvas as much feedback as you can before you invest.

Finally, don’t overlook connectivity. Network reliability is crucial for a seamless cloud service and it’s important to assess network capacity and performance before putting that hard-earned budget into a new cloud service.   

And, if after all this advice you’re still unsure what your best route to the cloud should be, share the above information with us and we will get to work.

ScanSource Grows Cloud and UCaaS Offerings in Europe

ScanSource, Inc. acquire Intelisys Global

Launched in July 2016 in the UK, Intelisys Global provides sales partners with a portfolio of cloud and connectivity services to sell in a predictable monthly recurring revenue model.

ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC), a leading global provider of technology products and solutions, announced the expansion of its capabilities in the cloud and UCaaS space with the acquisition of Intelisys Global, Europe’s first technology services distributor of telecom, connectivity and cloud services.  Launched in July 2016 in the UK, Intelisys Global provides sales partners with a portfolio of cloud and connectivity services to sell in a predictable monthly recurring revenue model.

In August 2016, ScanSource broadened its capabilities by entering the telecom and cloud services market in the United States with the successful acquisition of Intelisys, the industry’s leading technology services distributor. As resellers begin or grow their cloud and UCaaS practice in Europe, ScanSource can provide access to telecom, connectivity and cloud services suppliers, in addition to the tools, processes and systems that enable them to sell via the “as-a-service” model.

In support of its partners looking to grow their cloud and UCaaS practice, ScanSource has appointed Paul Emery to Vice President of Cloud Solutions and Services. In this new role, Mr. Emery will be responsible for managing the systems, processes and programs for the cloud and UCaaS business. Mr. Emery has been with ScanSource for more than 12 years, most recently leading the growth and direction of the Company’s Communications business in the UK. “We are thrilled with the acquisition of Intelisys Global, as it immediately opens up opportunities for our partners who are ready to grow their cloud and services business,” said Paul Emery. “Our goal is to not only help our resellers grow their traditional premise-based business, but also to provide the tools, suppliers and support they need to build their cloud and recurring revenue business.”

Stephen Hackett joins ScanSource as Director of Cloud Solutions Development, where he will be instrumental in implementing these new processes, programs and tools, while also overseeing cloud supplier relationships. Mr. Hackett is a European channel veteran who led the launch of the Intelisys Global business in the UK.

For more information on ScanSource and Intelisys Global, please visit www.scansource.eu.

About ScanSource, Inc.

ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is a leading global provider of technology products and solutions, focusing on point-of-sale (POS), payments, barcode, physical security, unified communications and collaboration, cloud and telecom services. ScanSource’s teams provide value-added solutions and operate from two segments: Worldwide Barcode, Networking & Security, which includes POS Portal, and Worldwide Communications & Services, which includes Intelisys. ScanSource is committed to helping its customers choose, configure and deliver the industry’s best solutions across almost every vertical market in North America, Latin America and Europe. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, ScanSource was named to FORTUNE magazine’s 2018 List of World’s Most Admired Companies. ScanSource ranks #653 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit www.scansource.com.