The lightening evolution of enterprise mobility is changing the definition of mobile device management as quickly as the poll numbers shift in the Republican primary.
Articles by Carl Weinschenk
Companies in the news this week include: Avaya, Sipera, Cypress, M5 Networks, Infonetics Research, Optimum, BroadSoft, Mitel, iLinc and Apple.
Unified communications puts everything on the same platform. That's great -- until, of course, the bad guys take aim at it.
Change is a part of life -- and an extraordinarily big part of the life of unified communications. The latest twist is the full enfranchisement of social networking. It's clearly happening, but not in a consistent manner.
Companies in the news this week include: Meriplex Communications, Fidelus, Microsoft, BluIP, CenturiSoft, Calix, Cisco, Teliris, Virtustream, CBCI Telecom, Cisco, 8x8 and Wind Currents Communications.
It's tricky to assess spending on unified communications, because it is an equal measure of physical technology and services. For that reason, it is important to have a very deep understanding of the metrics being used by vendors and analysts.
In a week, the videoconferencing sector progressed on several fronts. If the third week of September is any measure, meetings over telecommunications infrastructure — long a promising but somewhat disappointing discipline — seem to be generating some genuine momentum.
Companies in the news this week include: NEC, AccuCode, Esna, Google, ShoreTel, Tech Data Canada, Westcoast, IDC, Sonexis, Calix, TrioTel Communications, Midstate Communications, Damaka, Microsoft, Network Equipment Technologies and IP Directions.
Organizations in the news this week include Polycom, Siemens Enterprise Communications, LightEdge, Cisco, Azaleos, Actis Technologies, NextUC, snom technology, Microsoft, Phybridge and StarView.
Companies deploying unified communications platforms must choose between standards-based and proprietary approaches. John Cooper, the Director of North American Sales for IceWarp, suggests that interoperable hardware and software, due to its efficiency and ability to reuse existing infrastructure, is the way to go.
HTML5 isn't thought of as a key element of unified communications. However, any protocol that helps applications cross the mobile operating system divide definitely pushes the platform in the right direction.
Companies in the news this week include: RADVISION, Fonality, Apple, Google, Dimension Data, Polycom, Altura, Avaya, DRS LLC, Emerge IT Solutions, Tango Networks, AMTELCO, Cisco, InterCall, ClearOne and MagicBox.
Google and Microsoft are planning OS moves that will foster easier creation and use of unified communications platforms.
The two hot IT and telecommunications disciplines are deeply related -- but not the same. Planners should keep the differences in mind as they look ahead.
Organizations in the news this week include: NTT Com, DataVox, Avaya, Jabra, ConversePoint, Qualcomm, Glowpoint, Cisco, Vodigo, PROMYS, Apple, BlackBerry, Versly, Microsoft, Gartner, Comstor and ConversePoint.
It is possible to get so caught up in the logistics of unified communications and social networking that the big picture -- taken together, the two interrelated platforms represent a complete redefinition of how an organization communications internally, with partners and customers -- is missed.
Organizations face a decision: Should they pick and choose the best individual tools from a variety of vendors, or go with a single well-integrated platform that may come up short in a particular function? Gartner says that the single-vendor approach is the wave of the future.
Companies in the news this week include: X4, Broadvox, Glowpoint, Amcom, Cisco, Digital Planet, ColoGuard, Ipsmarx, Global Industry Analysts, WUN, PanTerra Networks, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and iPass.
The decision by HP to pull the plug on the TouchPad, the number of vendors chasing the iPad and the potential of the cloud and virtualization to even the playing field conspire to make the tablet category fun to watch.
Anyone who thinks that these cutting-edge tools aren't used at work is kidding themselves. The benefits are self-evident, as are the dangers. Organizations shouldn't just cross their fingers. Reducing the dangers of social networking in the workplace requires that businesses acknowledge the challenges and act accordingly.
Companies in the news this week are: Fidelus Technologies, Cisco, Nexio, esnatech, LG-Ericsson, VoX, Talk & Vision, IVCi, Motorola Mobility, Avaya, Trident, Android, BT and AT&T.
Between the patent collection said to be a driver of Google's interest in Motorola and a post defining a new role for unified communications — as a focal point to squeeze usable data out of the exploding world of social media — it has become clear that things have irrevocably changed.
Among the 20,000 or so awarded or pending patents Google will get from Motorola in the deal announced yesterday, there are many that focus on unified communications and collaboration.
Organizations in the news this week include: RADVISION, Vidyo, Teo, SecureLogix, Liquid Networx, Broadcore, Edgewater Networks, Warwick Valley Telephone, Alteva, Spanlink Communications, DataVox, Cisco, Avaya, Toshiba, AppNeta, Damaka, Microsoft and Android.
Planners charged with putting unified communications or collaboration in place and those charged with ongoing operations need to see beyond the technology. In some cases, it's understanding that these platforms don't change everything overnight. In others, the key is getting the right technology for employees — even if it seems like kid stuff.