Companies in the news this week include: Microsoft, Orange, Wimo, Polycom, Clearly, 360network, Media5, BroadSoft, Digital IP, AltiGen, TIBCO and Infradapt.
Articles by Carl Weinschenk
Three announcements since the spring suggest that the company sees quite a future for network-based unified communications and collaboration.
CompTIA's Vice President of Research Tim Herbert says that the category is being pushed in a positive direction by multiple drivers. But that very success should send up yellow flags, as the definition of unified communications changes and organizations face planning and training issues.
Companies in the news this week are: Logitech, GN Netcom, Revolabs, Ingram Micro, Fujitsu, Empirix, Actiance, Adcap Network Systems, Cisco, BT, Microsoft, Allworx, ScanSource, SITA and Orange Business Services.
Unless there are unexpected objections in Europe, the big deal will close. It is important from many angles, including the fact that it will further erode the line between consumer and business collaboration platforms.
Companies making news this week also include: Polycom, Avistar, Sonexis Technology, ShoreTel, Inc., Avistar, 8x8, Walsh Vision, Sprint, GSX, IBM, Microsoft, RIM, MTS, Sipera, McAfee, HIPCOM, Acme Packet, Verizon and Tata Communications.
The massive influx of video to the Internet won't stop and, in a couple of years, will be by far the dominant form of traffic. That is good news for unified communications. The question is, however, whether video and other advanced forms of collaboration will become so ubiquitous that unified communications will lose its unique identity.
Newsmakers this week include: Avaya, Polycom, Apple, West Corporation, Salesforce, VSee, Acme Packet, Cisco, Ingate, Sipera, Exact Ventures, Avaya, WorkSpace Communications, Microsoft, Digium and Revolabs.
Newsmakers this week also include Polycom, HP, Unilava, Hexa2, Ingram Micro, Siemens, Actiance, Affigent, WorkSpace Communications, Intel, Zultys, Telanetix, TELUS, Cisco, Microsoft, Edgewater Networks and CounterPath.
Unified communications is a different kettle of fish from the network management perspective. Steve Shalita, vice president of marketing for NetScout, tells Unified Communications Edge's Carl Weinschenk that the demands simply are greater when the goal is a truly collaborative environment.