Unify Square Announces Series B Financing to Fund Acceleration of Unify Square’s Lync/Skype for Business Portfolio of Software, Services and Support on Heels of Rapid Adoption
Bellevue, WA – February 25, 2015 – Unify Square, a leading provider of software, services and support for Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business, today announced a deeper partnership with Microsoft and $8.2m Series B funding supported by several former executives from Yahoo, IBM and Ariba, Geoff Baldwin, the Chairman of the board for Unify Square, and Microsoft. Unify Square helps many of the world’s largest companies, including more than 45 of the Global/Fortune 500, get the most out of Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business. Together, Unify Square and Microsoft will help global enterprises successfully deploy and maintain a healthy Lync/Skype for Business environment.
Unify Square plans to broaden its reach to even more customers through the global expansion of its professional services and 24/7 enhanced support capabilities, while bringing to market new innovations in operational management software for Lync/Skype for Business. Unify Square will also leverage its new partnership and increased funding to strengthen the company’s channel presence among large systems integrators and other Microsoft ecosystem partners.
“Unify Square’s proven portfolio of software, services and support helps large enterprises get the most out of Lync,” said Zig Serafin, Corporate Vice President, Skype Business Services at Microsoft. “We look forward to their growth and new innovations for the Skype for Business platform.”
Unify Square delivers on-premise and SaaS-based operational software, a full range of professional services from planning to deployment and adoption, and an enhanced, proactive 24/7 support offering. Unify Square offerings have been purpose built for Microsoft Lync, enabling IT teams to successfully plan, deploy, monitor and manage end-to-end service availability, voice quality, provisioning and user satisfaction. Global scale customers, including Unilever, Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft IT, rely on Unify Square solutions in their day-to-day operations of Lync. With more than 3.5 million end-users enabled, Unify Square has great depth in helping enterprise customers along the path to a successful Unified Communications transformation.
“My investment in Unify Square was driven by the large, fast-growing market for Lync/Skype for Business, Unify Square’s unique suite of end-to-end software and services solutions and its proven track record with large, global customers,” said Geoff Baldwin, chairman of the board for Unify Square. “I expect that we will continue to add significant value to our customers on an ongoing basis, leading to substantial SaaS revenue from customers as they adopt Lync/Skype for Business.”
Founded by the people who patented some of the original technology behind Lync and supported by an executive team that packs deep expertise in mobile, architectural design, network assessment, monitoring, analytics, deployment and user adoption, Unify Square embodies a profound understanding of Lync that is unmatched. Unify Square’s expertise and experience has given it unique insight to build and deliver a combination of software, services and support that has proven to help customers achieve healthy Lync levels within six months and has delivered 100% renewal rates on support services. Unify Square’s operational on-premise as well as cloud software and support enable companies to continually improve the health of their Lync environments and close the gap on their ROI goals.
“This round of funding enables our team to reach even more global enterprises and drive new innovations to market faster. We are honored to receive Microsoft’s endorsement of our vision and investments from an elite set of Silicon Valley veterans,” said Sonu Aggarwal, CEO of Unify Square. “We look forward to helping lead the charge in accelerating the adoption of Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business enterprise voice and conferencing within global enterprises worldwide.”