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TMCnet's Unified Communications Week in Review

January 28, 2012

Welcome to Friday, which means here at unified communications we’re wrapping up the week’s news in unified communications. Let’s see what this week brought us in the UC space.

First up, we have Avaya who announced Flare Communicator for Apple iPad, a solution that addresses the growing trend of workforce mobility. According to the report, existing Avaya Aura 6.1 customers who want to extend the in-office experience to mobile workers will benefit from Flare Communicator.

Flare Communicator for iPad is exiting beta is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store. Flare Communicator for iPad does not support video, but it does include the visual directory of contacts, which can include social media links, along with a unified communications client for VoIP calling, email, and instant messaging.

Avaya’s DevConnect Program will kick off ITEXPO East 2012 with a pre-conference seminar on Tuesday, January 31 from 5-10pm in the Miami Convention Center, Hall 2B 217/218.

Judith Hurwitz, co-author of “Cloud Computing for Dummies”, will tackle some of the most challenging technology transitions facing IT organizations today, namely cloud computing and collaboration enablement.

Click here to register for the event.

ITEXPO East Gold Sponsor Broadvox talked with unified communications this week in an interview to discuss cloud communications and the benefits it has warranted for Broadvox.

In the interview, Monique Gustafson, marketing communications specialist for Broadvox said that the “variety and scope of cloud computing products and services has driven awareness and also commoditized these solutions to drive mass implementation over the next year.”

Cloud-based communications have benefitted Broadvox by remote connectivity and increased efficiency, noted Gustafson.

In regards to ITEXPO East, the Cloud Communications Expo which is collocated with ITEXPO East is a must-attend event.

“All major and minor players attend and interact to provide a realistic outlook on where UC technology will be headed in the next 12 to 18 months,” said Gustafson. To read the full interview, click here.

Last but not least in UC news this week, LG-Ericsson released its SMB-focused business communications solution called iPECS-MG. Focusing on mixed TDM/IP environments, iPECS-MGas been designed to deliver unified communication features for audio and video conferencing, data collaboration and remote and roaming user support to enable a seamless communication experience, according to the report.

That’s it for this week’s unified communications week in review. Be sure to check this space often as we approach ITEXPO East 2012 with up-to-the-minute news on product launches, releases, partnerships and so much more.

Michelle Amodio is a unified communications contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.

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