Companies in the news this week include: Meriplex Communications, Fidelus, Microsoft, BluIP, CenturiSoft, Calix, Cisco, Teliris, Virtustream, CBCI Telecom, Cisco, 8x8 and Wind Currents Communications.
Articles by Carl Weinschenk
It's tricky to assess spending on unified communications, because it is an equal measure of physical technology and services. For that reason, it is important to have a very deep understanding of the metrics being used by vendors and analysts.
In a week, the videoconferencing sector progressed on several fronts. If the third week of September is any measure, meetings over telecommunications infrastructure — long a promising but somewhat disappointing discipline — seem to be generating some genuine momentum.
Companies in the news this week include: NEC, AccuCode, Esna, Google, ShoreTel, Tech Data Canada, Westcoast, IDC, Sonexis, Calix, TrioTel Communications, Midstate Communications, Damaka, Microsoft, Network Equipment Technologies and IP Directions.
Organizations in the news this week include Polycom, Siemens Enterprise Communications, LightEdge, Cisco, Azaleos, Actis Technologies, NextUC, snom technology, Microsoft, Phybridge and StarView.
Companies deploying unified communications platforms must choose between standards-based and proprietary approaches. John Cooper, the Director of North American Sales for IceWarp, suggests that interoperable hardware and software, due to its efficiency and ability to reuse existing infrastructure, is the way to go.
HTML5 isn't thought of as a key element of unified communications. However, any protocol that helps applications cross the mobile operating system divide definitely pushes the platform in the right direction.
Companies in the news this week include: RADVISION, Fonality, Apple, Google, Dimension Data, Polycom, Altura, Avaya, DRS LLC, Emerge IT Solutions, Tango Networks, AMTELCO, Cisco, InterCall, ClearOne and MagicBox.
Google and Microsoft are planning OS moves that will foster easier creation and use of unified communications platforms.
The two hot IT and telecommunications disciplines are deeply related -- but not the same. Planners should keep the differences in mind as they look ahead.
Organizations in the news this week include: NTT Com, DataVox, Avaya, Jabra, ConversePoint, Qualcomm, Glowpoint, Cisco, Vodigo, PROMYS, Apple, BlackBerry, Versly, Microsoft, Gartner, Comstor and ConversePoint.
It is possible to get so caught up in the logistics of unified communications and social networking that the big picture -- taken together, the two interrelated platforms represent a complete redefinition of how an organization communications internally, with partners and customers -- is missed.