The European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have approved Cisco's acquisition of Tandberg. That was expected. The size of the market now, what it is projected to be in a few years, and the ongoing sniping over interoperability standards are reminders that telepresence still is very young.
Articles by Carl Weinschenk
Unified communications deployments can cut across all of a company's departments and touch every communications tool it uses. Clearly, there are many ways in which it can fail. Mark Birkhead, the managing principal for Avaya Global Solutions, tells site editor Carl Weinschenk that careful planning on a number of levels can keep a project from melting down. (Podcast time: 22:00)
Most of this week's news came from VoiceCon in Orlando. Companies making announcements include Siemens Enterprise Communications, VMware, NEC Corporation of America, Avistar Communications, Polycom, HP, Brocade, Nectar, Juma Technology, Verizon, Microsoft, ADTRAN, IBM, ShoreTel, Alcatel-Lucent and Dialogic Corporation.
Creating a unified communication network on top of the Internet is complicated. Ingate President Steve Johnson tells Unified Communications Edge Site Editor Carl Weinschenk that his company's technology enables two different protocols to work together to simultaneously serve customers and support SIP trunks. (Podcast time: 22:37).
Other companies making news this week include Avaya, LifeSize, Zultys, DynaSis, PanTerra, AudioCodes, Verizon Business, Cisco, Open-Xchange, 5i, Citrix, Oracle, Tieto, Microsoft, BroadSoft and BroadVoice.
The emergence of a wide variety of communications channels -- many of which are not under the direct control of the organization -- creates serious security and compliance issues for IT departments. Kailash Ambwani, the President and CEO of FaceTime Communications, tells Unified Communication Edge's Carl Weinschenk that the average desktop supports 3.5 UC and collaboration clients. The dangers inherent in this, Ambwani says, are from both malicious people and folks who mean no harm.
Other companies in the news this week include Plantronics, Nokia, Avaya, Digium, SYNNEX, Ceryx, RedShift Networks, Cisco, VoX, Formicary, Microsoft, The Wall Street Journal, Vidyo, Pervasip, Switchvox, and Dow Jones & Company.
Few areas match up as well as UC and health care. There is great promise both within institutions and as a way to extend benefits to patients in their homes. The challenge is that in many cases these cutting edge applications must be rolled out on legacy infrastructure.
Other companies making news this week include Plantronics, Redshift Networks, RTS Unified Communications, Polycom, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, SimpleSignal, Vidtel, Aruba Networks, Motion Computing, Comdasys, TELES, Cisco, GENBAND, Forrester and Nortel.
In its second annual tracking poll of IT folks involved in unified communications, CDW finds that the category remains strong. The poor economy, Senior Manager Kevin DeMers tells Unified Communications Edge, is leading companies to focus first on projects that will save money in the short term. IT planners still are thinking about the big picture, but want to attract decision makers with quick wins. (Podcast time: 18:19)