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November 02, 2016

AVI Lands New Ranking in Microsoft Cloud

By Steve Anderson
Contributing Writer

Certifications and rankings are useful additions to any company's lineup, because these improve a company's credibility and make it more likely that a business will work with the company who has these points in its favor. Thus the recent news that AVI landed Silver status as part of Microsoft (News - Alert)'s Cloud Productivity Competency program should come as good news not only to AVI, but to those who do business with AVI as well.

With this new status, reports note, AVI is now able to not only put Microsoft cloud collaboration tools in place for businesses, but also support these should something go wrong down the line. AVI can offer up tools like Office 365, Skype (News - Alert) for Business, and other tools geared toward the enterprise voice market. This actually builds on earlier successes AVI has realized in the market, since it brought together Microsoft Lync with standards-based video systems, including Cisco and Polycom (News - Alert) offerings back in 2012.

Reports noted that this was the first time such a measure had been tried, and that got AVI started off in the field of collaboration services. Thanks to this history and this new Silver status, AVI is now a go-to firm for enterprise deployments, especially in terms of bringing together voice and video conferencing tools on an enterprise-wide scale.

AVI CEO Jeff Stoebner commented, “This really gives us the ability to deliver an end-to-end collaboration ‘experience’ to our customers. For years our industry has been chasing down this idea of pervasive collaboration, where individuals and teams can work together seamlessly without even thinking about the technology. Microsoft has continually impacted the collaboration space with Skype for Business, Office 365 and Enterprise Voice in the Cloud. AVI is in a unique position to bring this all together with AVI’s integration practices, Microsoft’s Cloud Productivity Competency and existing partnerships with leading device providers such as Polycom.”

This level of versatility will likely prove useful for AVI in the field, as it can make a complete system offering and be able to supply one major function on what amounts to a one-vendor basis. That's a welcome development for many companies, because while a one-vendor basis isn't always the safest—some redundancy in the system is a smart idea for when something goes wrong with that one vendor—it's also one of the easiest systems to manage. That means less time managing the system and more time doing things that make money.

In the end, AVI's new certification will improve its appeal and help bring in new business, as well as keeping the old with a clear image of reliability. These certifications and status changes are valuable, and that's a point AVI will likely find in the months ahead.




Edited by Alicia Young

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