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Score 9 out of 100

Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

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Score 7.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Cloud PBX

    7.6

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    76%

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Hosted PBX

    7.9
    79%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

    6.8
    68%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    User templates

    8.5
    85%
    36 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Call reports

    6.4
    64%
    35 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Directory of employee names

    8.7
    87%
    36 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Call Management

    7.6

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    76%

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Answering rules

    8.8
    88%
    39 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Call recording

    6.8
    68%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Call park

    8.7
    87%
    35 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Call screening

    6.4
    64%
    32 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Message alerts

    7.5
    75%
    36 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VoIP system collaboration

    8.1

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    81%

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Video conferencing

    8.3
    83%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Audio conferencing

    8.0
    80%
    37 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video screen sharing

    8.2
    82%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Instant messaging

    8.0
    80%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile apps

    7.9

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    79%

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Mobile app for iOS

    7.9
    79%
    23 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile app for Android

    7.8
    78%
    21 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.4

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    74%
    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams ranks higher in 4/4 features

    High quality audio

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    192 Ratings

    High quality video

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    187 Ratings

    Low bandwidth requirements

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    184 Ratings

    Mobile support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    149 Ratings

    Screen Sharing

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.8

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    78%
    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Desktop sharing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    193 Ratings

    Whiteboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    119 Ratings

    Online Meetings / Events

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.7

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    77%
    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Calendar integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    177 Ratings

    Meeting initiation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    184 Ratings

    Integrates with social media

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    85 Ratings

    Record meetings / events

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    146 Ratings

    Slideshows

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    114 Ratings

    Online Events Collaboration

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.8

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    78%
    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Live chat

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    174 Ratings

    Audience polling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    96 Ratings

    Q&A

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    96 Ratings

    Online Events Security

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    76%
    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams ranks higher in 3/3 features

    User authentication

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    143 Ratings

    Participant roles & permissions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    148 Ratings

    Confidential attendee list

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    110 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Implementation Rating
    • Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
    • Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) and Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.9

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    89%
    42 Ratings
    7.4

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    74%
    198 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    100%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    90%
    7 Ratings

    Usability

    7.1

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    71%
    4 Ratings
    8.8

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    88%
    14 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.4

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    84%
    27 Ratings
    8.4

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    84%
    76 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    100%
    2 Ratings
    7.0

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    70%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    The Cisco Unified Communications Manager platform would be most suited for the below scenarios.1. An organization with very restricted policies and compliance where can't move to cloud-based solutions for data security. They can install the CUCM on-premises.2. An organization that is still on a legacy phone system could adopt CUCM to save costs and have better services.
    RAJESH VENGILOT | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    Skype is useful for collaborations across distances, including work from home, as well as a more convenient way to communicate with a large group of people. Skype is also useful to communicate with specific parties quickly, rather than relying on cellular service in areas where not as available. Skype is less useful if the team does not use computers , tablets, smartphones, etc in daily workflow as it would rarely be used.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    • This solution is extremely stable and has been running in our environment for several years without (unscheduled) downtime.
    • The ability to have voicemails automatically sent as an email message is extremely helpful in helping us to keep in touch while away from the desk.
    • The Call Manager provides us very granular settings to route our calls as we want.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    • Quickly check a user's status and communicate with them.
    • Video conferencing is breathtaking, and the voice quality is excellent.
    • It's a very user-friendly site with straightforward responses.
    • Cloud, hybrid and on-premise deployment options are available for document sharing via chat.
    • The video conferencing quality is excellent, and it is possible to organize your groups in a professional manner.
    • This tool is easy to use and integrates with Calendar to view team members' schedules.
    Roshni Rahman | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    • Administration web page is little bit hard to understand at the beginning specially if you are not familiar with naming convention and GU Interfaces.
    • Call Detail Record interface is fine but would be desirable to include more options that fit organization needs in terms of reporting purposes.
    • Self Care Portal interface could be more useful to the end user if it includes options to manage some features without administrators involving.
    Leonardo Gonzalez | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    • Skype's UI leaves a lot to be desired, especially considering newer platforms like Zoom, Teams, Slack, Meet, and so on. It's slow and lacks many features that are now de facto in the newer communication apps.
    • Skype calendar also is often buggy - meeting times do not get updated on the calendar even if the correct time does come up on the Outlook calendar.
    • It does not give you the option to mute chats - oftentimes, you want to keep some group chats on mute without leaving them entirely.
    • Closing off a chat before it's saved will remove it from Skype history. You'd need to go search for it on Outlook mail.
    Dushyant Pathak (DKP) | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We have been using this product for 20+ years and will continue too. This is a great product and new features are always coming out.
    Brian Munn | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams 9.0
    Based on 7 answers
    The software is simple to install and configure. It is rather simple to explain for correct use. It is possible to profile users for the different functions offered. It is integrated quite completely with Outlook and with Active Directory security. It performs all communication functions well with one or more interlocutors and the possibility of granting control of your computer is convenient.
    Emiliano Monterubbianesi | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) 7.1
    Based on 4 answers
    Although it's very easy to use, once you understand the concepts of IP telephony, as I said before, I think Cisco could have improved the management interface of the platform, adding modern technologies and the design language of the other platforms like DNA Center, etc. This interface hasn't had a substantial improvement for about 10 years
    Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams 8.8
    Based on 14 answers
    Skype for Business is fairly user-friendly and has a good UI. It has strong audio and video conference call capabilities. It's easy to conduct meetings with various stakeholders across different locations and timezones. The chat and share a file or share my screen functions work seamlessly. If your company uses Office 365, then I would highly recommend it.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) 8.4
    Based on 27 answers
    CUCM is supported by most third-party vendors for related products, so it makes finding solutions to specific needs easy. Also Cisco TAC is very knowledgeable, and we have never run into a problem they have not been able to resolve. Usually they are resolved without the need to escalate tickers either.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams 8.4
    Based on 76 answers
    I have only had to reach out to the Support team at Skype for Business once with an issue, and I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the quickness and thoroughness of their response. The wait time was short and my question was dealt with politely and clearly, so I would say the support team has it together.
    Sarah Bandy | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    This was the first phone system we implemented that could span multiple locations. We were very satisfied once fully implemented
    Brian Munn | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams 7.0
    Based on 4 answers
    Skpe for business is utilized company wide in regards to my company. Everyone not only uses it, but uses it often. It is an effective way of communicating. It also integrates very nicely with outlook and all conversation history is pushed to a folder within the outlook system. We also have it so that if someone misses a message, they are sent an email reminder saying that there is a message that went unread.
    Greg Golding | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    We have been a Cisco based shop and have looked at other cloud voice options such as MS Teams pbx, and others, but ultimately, the features, endpoints, and reliability of Cisco has been the common factor in staying with them as our voice provider. Their integrations, room systems, and hybrid design allows for us to be flexible and keep a high up time vs reliance on 100% cloud.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    For the below reason I will always choose this app over its competitors: Better audio and video quality, Little to no disconnections or freezing when on a call/video conference Integrates well with mailbox/ calendar/ one drive, and SharePoint is easy to use
    Jian Groenewald | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

    • Communication and collaboration - Our offices are able to communicate both internally and externally due to this system.
    • Down time - Struggles with CUCM has caused a lot of down time due to the instability of the system.
    • High Costs - the cost of both the license and the maintenance was much higher than other systems.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Skype for Business (formerly Lync), now part of Microsoft Teams

    • Skype for Business has enabled a migration in part away from fixed line telephony and introduced the user to mobile working with a headset which cannot be overstated as being a game changer.
    • Being able to schedule Skype for Business meetings through Outlook has meant meetings with colleagues without a meeting room has been a great enabler.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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