Newsmakers this week include McGraw Communications, PanTerra, Sagemcom, Swisscom, Aastra, Nefsis, VoX, Nimbuzz, Pervasip, VoiceServe,VoipSwitch and Press8.
Articles by Carl Weinschenk
The year is ending, but not without a bang: Storms on the east and west coasts show the value of unified communications for teleworkers. At almost the same time, Skype's problems raise concerns for IT departments. This – and looks ahead and behind by two industry observers – punctuate a significant year in the evolution of unified communications.
Organizations in the news include Aspect, Microsoft, Vantage Communications, Digital Ingenuity, eZuce, Avaya, The Radicati Group, IBM Lotus Notes, Grandstream Networks, Google, Android, HTC, Apple, RHUB Communications, WorldGate, Samsung and The DECT Forum.
There still is resistance to videoconferencing. Some folks don't like to be "on camera" and others don't think the place where they work should be seen. Another problem – and one that is being addressed in a UC environment – is that switching from a voice call to a videoconference is cumbersome.
Companies in the news also include Virtacore, Google, Peters & Associates, AltiGen, Microsoft, Tiverity, Cisco, Glowpoint, VBrick, Telcentris, Plantronics, BlackBerry, Android and Polycom.
The two vendors are the biggest players in UC. The challenge is that their hardware and software often are called upon to work together. How effectively competitors and third parties make this happen – especially with the birth of Lync – is an important question.
Other companies in the news this week include: Siemens Enterprise, FastViewer GmbH & Co., Karel Partners, eZuce, Sipera Systems, ZOOM International, VBrick Systems, iVision, Glowpoint, Zultys, Clearfly, RADVISION, ClearOne, Microsoft, j2 Global, Protus and IP Solutions.
There are many definitions of the cloud and many definitions of unified communications (UC). The best advice for companies thinking of moving UC off premise is to make sure that everyone is on the same page – and that a prospective provider is capable of doing what they promise.
Other companies in the news this week: Facebook, Broadvision, Apple, Skype, Siemens, Tango Networks, Microsoft , NextiraOne, Cisco, Sipera, Avaya, Apparent Networks, Technology Assurance Group, KDDI, Vidyo, Standard Mobile, Patton and Neocenter.
Skype, essentially, is a consumer service. With Skype Connect, the company is turning its attention to the corporate market. The service, which came out of beta this summer, offers attractive features – and has some significant limitations. The bottom line is that organizations shouldn't dismiss it out of hand.