Articles by Carl Weinschenk 

Top Task for 2010: Defining Unified Communications

As the year winds down to its final hours and the deal making and product introductions momentarily pause, it is a good time to revisit what is becoming my favorite topic: What is unified communica

Google and Unified Communications

Deciphering Google's involvement in unified communications is difficult simply because the company moves so fast and has so many balls up in the air. That said, it's clear that Google is a significant UC player, whether the definition is broad and generic or the narrow one used by the folks in the business.

The Deconstruction of Nortel Continues

A stalking horse bid -- one than comes from a business chosen by the bankrupt company – was made by Genband in an effort to gain control of Nortel's Carrier VoIP and Applications Solutions (CVAS) business. The bid is, in essence, is the next phase of the deconstruction of Nortel.

Still Defining Unified Communications After All These Years

One of the interesting things about covering unified communications closely – and my attention to the topic has grown as Unified Communications Edge launches and takes shape – is that there still i

Is It Safer? The Complexities of UC and Security

Linking infrastructure elements and applications in a UC mesh clearly changes the security picture. What isn't clear is whether it is for better or worse. On one hand, a unified infrastructure can reduce the steps necessary to achieve a universal result, such as denying access to a terminated employee. On the other hand, it can enable a single vulnerability to affect the entire infrastructure.

Is It Safer? The Complexities of UC and Security

Linking infrastructure elements and applications in a UC mesh clearly changes the security picture. What isn't clear is whether it is for better or worse. On one hand, a unified infrastructure can reduce the steps necessary to achieve a universal result, such as denying access to a terminated employee. On the other hand, it can enable a single vulnerability to affect the entire infrastructure.

NES Deal Completed, Avaya and Plantronics Tweak Their Relationship

Avaya's acquisition of Nortel Enterprise Solutions closed last Friday.

The Complex Collaboration/UC Relationship

Jason Fitzpatrick at Lifehacker has posted the results to a request from his visitors to identify the five best collaboration tools.

App-Focused Mobile UC, the Next New Thing

Essentially, Wayne Rash's very good post over at our CTO Edge site can be summed up pretty easily: The move to mobility is accelerating and the focus will be on the very specific applications folks want to use on these powerful machines.

Health Care Unified Communications Is Promising and Tricky

The small and medium-sized business sector is the biggest driver of the economy. That statement no doubt holds true for the unified communications sector as well.

AdTran: The New UC Player in Town

There's a new player in the unified communications sector and, to many folks, it's a familiar name.

Avaya's Nortel Auction Win Boosts Its UC Portfolio

While much of the interest in the UC community is focused on the fate of

Tandberg Updates Movi Platform

Addition of data capabilities, such as sharing PowerPoint  completes the picture.

UC, First Responders and the Public Good

Unified communications is usually thought of in the context of business. The goals, generally, are to facilitate more productive and content-rich meetings, find and include folks who are in transit or otherwise indisposed and reduce travel expenditures.

The Cloud Helps Businesses Confront UC Complexity

Carl Weinschenk spoke to In-Stat Analyst Dave Lemelin.

The Cloud Helps Businesses Confront UC Complexity

Carl Weinschenk spoke to In-Stat Analyst Dave Lemelin. Lemelin and In-Stat released a study last month, "Global Unified Communications Emerges From the Cloud."

SIP Trunking and UC's Supporting Infrastructure

There are key steps that can be taken to ready an organization for unified communications and advanced collaboration. This process can start before the precise mix of applications are determin

Avaya Prepares for Nortel Acquisition with Awards, Product Expansion

The press release from ABI Research announcing the top three finishers in its latest Vendor Matrix -- Avaya, IBM and Siemens Enterprise Networks, in that order -- is interesting for both the results themselves and insight into how the firm assesses unified communications.

Cisco Courts SMBs Through Unified Communications

Cisco, which is having a lot of fun introducing products this season, is at it again. The rationale – as if one is needed – is the anniversary of the company's $100 million investment in the small and medium-size business market.

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