Unify Square, a Bellevue-based company that provides software, services and support for Microsoft Lync and Skype for Business, announced today that it raised $8.2 million in a Series B investment round. Unify Square declined to disclose the full list of investors in its round, but said that participants included former executives from Yahoo, IBM and Ariba, along with Unify Square Chairman Geoff Baldwin and Microsoft.
It’s a vote of confidence for Unify Square, which has a stable of more than 150 clients for its Lync monitoring and analytics products. More than 45 of those customers are Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Shell and SAP.
The company plans to put the new cash towards expanding its professional services and 24/7 enhanced support capabilities. Unify Square will also use it to fund new innovations in operational management software for Lync and Skype for Business.
“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,” Unify Square CEO Sonu Aggarwal said in a press release. “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.”
In addition to the funding news, Unify Square announced a partnership with Microsoft to work more closely on Lync and Skype for Business going forward. The partnership will allow Unify Square to strengthen its presence among large systems integrators and other partners in the Microsoft ecosystem.
“Unify Square’s proven portfolio of software, services and support help large enterprises get the most out of Lync,” Zig Serafin, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Skype Business Services, said in a press release. “We look forward to their growth and new innovations for the Skype for Business platform.”
The work with Microsoft is hardly surprising, considering that Aggarwal previously worked at the company where he drove the product roadmap and development for Live Communications Server and Office Communications Server – the projects that would precede Lync.