Articles by Carl Weinschenk 

Market Update: Mitel Joins BlackBerry Alliance Program

Other companies in the news this week include Avaya, Avistar, Citrix, InterCall, Microsoft, Alteva, BroadSoft, Network Equipment Technologies, Exony, Cisco, GMT, LiquidSpoke and ShoreTel.

Podcast: The Shared Future of Social Computing and Unified Communications

The need for business people to communicate leads them to employ a wide range of tools, whether they are sanctioned or unsanctioned. Increasingly, folks are using their Twitter, Facebook and other accounts to do their jobs. The next step is obvious -- and it's here: Nemertes Research analyst Irwin Lazar says a trend has developed that marries social computing and traditional UC platforms.

Market Update: Eight Firms Create Cloud Communications Alliance

Companies in the news this week include Polycom, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Clearswift, T-Systems, Amcom Software, Avaya, Zultys, Apple, Quarta Mobile, RADVISION, Microsoft, ePals, PGi and the Cloud Communications Alliance.

The Irony of Ash Clouds, Cisco and Tandberg

Any doubt that telepresence is a vital element of an organization's repertoire of communications tools ended this week. The first sign of approval was from Cisco, which closed its acquisition of Tandberg. The second was from Mother Nature, which grounded much of the world's air traffic.

Market Update: Cisco Survey Says E-Mail Must be Updated

Other companies mentioned this week include ShoreTel, Clarus Systems, Landacorp, Vonage, T-Mobile, AT&T, Whaleback, Truphone, Apple, BrightCom, IBM, UPS, Skype, Salesforce.com, Frontier Communications and Silanis.

Podcast: UC a Key to Rural Outsourcing

Rural America Onshore Sourcing uses broadband and basic UC tools to enable outsourcing to rural areas of 13 states. Co-Founder and CEO Christopher Hytry Derrington tells Site Editor Carl Weinschenk that UC tools and broadband connectivity -- which will increase as the broadband stimulus takes root and the National Broadband Plan is implemented -- are keys to tapping into a decentralized but skilled domestic workforce.

Market Update: GoToMeeting, WebEx on the iPad

Companies in the news this week include Qwest, AVST, NEC, Varaha Systems, ABI Research, Esnatech, VMware, AltiGen, Cisco, Citrix, Apple, Polycom, Synchronica and Colibria.

Supporting Unified Communication's Great Growth

A Frost & Sullivan study released in March says that the installed base of UC users worldwide will grow from 2 million last year to 50 million in 2015. Much of this growth -- especially early in the cycle -- will be software based and sit atop existing infrastructures. In the longer term, organizations must ensure that the networks supporting their UC implementations are up to the task.

Market Update: Cisco's Tandberg Acquistion Close to Done

Companies also making news this week include j2 Global, mBox Pty, Goober, iPhone, Toshiba, Broadcore, FaceTime, Microsoft, Dialogic, Datapulse, Avaya and Bank of America.

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