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  • Unified Communications Week in Review
    Just halfway through 2014 and already unified communications (UC) has contributed a torrent of exciting news stories, product announcements, and edifying focus studies. So hop in, and let's take a tour of the latest interest UC has to offer.
    7/26/2014
  • Jabra Introduces New Jabra Vendor Services Group Program
    Jabra, a brand of GN Netcom and a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S (GN), has recently introduced Jabra Vendor Services Group Program to its North American customers and partners, enabling them to cut down on large up-front capital expenses and move into a monthly subscription based payment model.
    7/25/2014
  • Why Unified Communications is Worth Consideration
    If you're like the majority of businesses operating in North America, you still lack the completely seamless experience that's possible through VoIP and Unified Communications. As much as we talk about the values associated with sending voice communications across one network, too many businesses are still stuck to their legacy PBXs as it's too risk to move or they simply haven't bought into what they assume is hype.
    7/23/2014
  • Provisioning Cisco's Unified Communications Manager Doesn't Have to Be a Challenge
    Today's unified communications systems offer a huge number of features, often taking the place of traditional telecom and telephony systems. But with that functionality and variety comes the complexity of deploying and managing these systems, which can often be costly and time consuming for IT departments and service providers.
    7/22/2014
  • Grand View Research: A Buoyant Unified Communication in the Offering
    Organizations the world over are looking for ways to reduce cost without compromising on efficiency and productivity. Unified communications (UC) is bringing with it a whiff of fresh air that promises to give them what they want. Is it surprising then that Grand View Research, Inc., a market research and consulting company, forecasts an upward trend for this market?
    7/22/2014
  • University of Southern California Installs Centrify User Suite to Improve Learning of Its Students
    University of Southern California (USC), a private research university and home to more than 38,000 students and 3,500 full-time faculty members, has recently installed Centrify User Suite to offer protected remote and on-site single sign-on (SSO) access to university applications and computing resources.
    7/22/2014
  • Unified Communications Week in Review
    This week in unified communications has indeed been an eclectic one, with topics covering trending products in this vertical, to trends in the vertical itself. Follow this author, all the way down the rabbit hole, as we explore the exciting world of UC.
    7/19/2014
  • MarketsandMarkets Forecasts Enterprise Video Market to Reach $32.87 Billion by 2019
    MarketsandMarkets, a global market research and consulting company recently unveiled a new report which indicated that the global Enterprise Video Market is likely to grow from $13.01 billion in 2014, to $32.87 billion in 2019. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 20.4% during the forecast period.
    7/17/2014
  • [24]7's Mobile Chat App to Optimize Experience for Optus Customers
    Today's tech savvy customers look for smart options, real-time solutions, and expect an omnichannel experience when they interact with customer service. Optus, the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, chose [24]7 as a partner to help improve the experience for its customers, and to save them time.
    7/17/2014
  • Option Service Telecom Licenses SPIRIT's VideoMost Multipoint Web Videoconferencing Solution
    Option Service Telecom, a French service provider, has licensed VideoMost, a massively multipoint Web-based videoconferencing software-only product that helps telecom carriers, service/SaaS providers and enterprises to provide a self-branded videoconferencing service, either from the cloud or with an on premise installation.
    7/17/2014
  • Device-as-a-Service Offering is a Unified Communications Solution for Businesses
    A new pay-as-you-go pricing scheme for Plantronics' Device as a Service offers 12, 24 and 36-month programs that service providers can then distribute to their subscribers.
    7/17/2014
  • IceWarp Simplifies Administration and Management of UC Environments
    No one can deny the massive features afforded through Microsoft email and messaging solutions. But while users benefit from an array of communications and collaboration functionality, IT departments often struggle to manage, maintain and secure what can amount to a giant and complex infrastructure.
    7/16/2014
  • Nepal Telecom to Embrace Unified Communication System
    Nepal Telecom (NT) has been striving to provide value to its customers by delivering quality service using technologies that meet their requirements. In line with that commitment, it is exploring the possibility of delivering unified communication (UC) services to the masses.
    7/14/2014
  • Unified Communications Week in Review
    Ill tidings marred the start of the week, elicited from Cisco's discovery of three separate threats in its Unified Communications Domain Manager. Historically utilized as a means of handling administrative tasks for Cisco Unity Connection and Cisco Jabber, as well as others pertaining to phone and soft client integrated applications, each threat, if not immediately patched, may allow cybercriminals to view and commandeer personal user information. Click here for more details on which Cisco constituencies were affected, and be sure to patch liberally.
    7/12/2014

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