Articles by Carl Weinschenk 

Market Update: Forrester Says Bias and Rivalries Harm Unified Communications Deployments

Newsmakers this week include Global 360, Microsoft, Sipera Systems, Nefsis, voipGATE, IceWarp, esnatech, SADA Systems, BrightCom, Jabra, Avaya, Clarus and Cisco.

The Video News Keeps Coming

The relationship between unified communications and video is growing deeper as the ability to move the demanding application across networks improves. Three companies -- Streamcore, Polycom and Broadcore -- this week made announcements that, collectively, demonstrate just how potent the unified communications/video connection is.

Mobile Video: The Next Frontier

The increasing prevalence of mobile video among consumers makes it a certainty that mobile unified communications will grow. It is an area ripe with possibilities -- and not without its share of challenges. For instance, IT managers will have to make sure users on 3G networks can keep up with workers on wired LANs at the office. 

Market Update: West Corp. to Acquire Smoothstone

Newsmakers this week also include: Cisco, Global Knowledge, SunTel, Avaya, Mitel, Android, RIM, VMware, Verba Technologies, Comstor, Skype, SecureLogix, Teliris, FuzeBox, CTI Group, BrightCom, LifeSize and Logitech.

The Rise of the Machines

Robotics is a natural extension of unified communications. It marries mobility -- in the most literal sense -- with the ability to participate in events remotely. The technology now is front and center as the National Robotics Week accidentally coincided with the use of robots to survey the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

Market Update: SYNNEX Launches Nationwide Service

Newsmakers this week include Cisco, Verizon, Polycom, Thinking Phone, Juniper, Microsoft, Broadsoft, Sipera, Future Com, Streamcore, VXi, Zeacom, Orange Business Services, Tata Communications and Nefsis.

Are We Paying Enough Attention to Unified Communications Security?

Securing unified communications is a bigger task than simply protecting each of its composite elements, since entry through one application can lead to problems for another. The reality is that the benefits of the platform are synergistic -- and so are the dangers.

Podcast: CDW Survey Shows Good News and Bad for Unified Communications

A survey by CDW suggests that unified communications is making slow progress. While full implementation has doubled among those surveyed, the total percentage of deployments remains mired in the mid-teens. Andy Dignan, the company's senior manager for unified communications, suggests that the increase is due to companies moving from partial to fuller deployments.

Analysts: The iPad Will Dominate for a Long Time – or Forever

The arc of development of the iPad seems to be a lot like the iPhone. Each device re-imagines and reinvents an existing industry segment – smartphones and tablets, respectively. Each has settled into a dominant position against the other players.

Market Update: Tiverity Brings Cloud-based Unified Communications to SMBs

Newsmakers this week are: Tiverity, Ingate, Telstra, iVision, M5 Networks, Callfinity, M5 Networks, Dialogic, Microsoft, Chorus Call, Aethra.net, BEAR Data Solutions, LiquidIT, Verteks Consulting, Actiance, LinkedIn and Polycom.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

Lync Leverages What Microsoft Already Has in Place

Microsoft's effort to reinvent and simplify its unified communications platform through Lync -- which was introduced late last year -- leverages the huge deployed infrastructure the provider has in most businesses. That doesn't mean, however, that deep deployments are easy. 

The Unified Communications Message Isn't Getting Through

A Dimension Data survey on the acceptance of unified communications should be food for thought for vendor and service provider marketing departments. The findings suggest that a high percentage of companies are not integrating communications tools now -- or planning to in the future.

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