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TMCnet Unified Communications Week in Review

August 04, 2012

Companies these days are implementing unified communications solutions quicker than Olympian Michael Phelps is getting to the other end of that swimming pool. Why you may be asking? The answer is due to the countless benefits powered by UC including increased efficiency, reduced costs, a higher level of productivity among employees, and improved collaboration within geographically separated divisions of a corporation.

This week, PGI released the second version of iMeet, its robust video conferencing system.

Boasting an extremely user friendly design, the solution boasts striking similarities to Google+ because the person speaking can be viewed in a Spotlight Cube, which offers users much more detailed information in regards to who they are speaking with.

"In our increasingly mobile and socially connected world, iMeet 2.0 strikes the perfect balance between user-centric design and robust, built-for-business infrastructure," Boland T. Jones, PGi founder, chairman and CEO, said. "PGi created iMeet to reinvent the way people do meetings, with an experience that is refreshingly simple, enjoyable and unlike any other product on the market. We plan to continue to enhance the iMeet platform to accommodate more of our users' everyday business communications–from sales presentations, remote candidate interviews and video chats to board of directors meetings."

In other news, Belron has just revealed that it has signed a three-year deal with Easynet Global Services worth $7 million. Inking this agreement will enable Easynet to easily develop a MPLS network across multiple countries that will help to significantly drive unified communications in addition to business application performance.

Easynet powers a large array of products such as managed networking solutions, hosting partnerships, video conferencing, voice IP-based solution, managed firewall, professional services, and a content management solution.

Mike Parkington, IT vendor and procurement manager for Belron commented, “For us, the network is the driving force for our business. Each day we send out thousands of mobile technicians,” he said. “The technicians need to know where to go, to whom they’re speaking, what glass to use, how to bill customers and to record each job once complete. They are supported by hundreds of back office staff with totally different communication needs.”

Closing out this extremely humid week here on the East Coast, Teo made headlines because of its extremely robust UC solutions that can enable companies to go above and beyond in terms of capabilities other organizations are limited to. Complete with video calling, instant messaging, voice and e-mail, Teo also powers a smartphone application that makes using the UC solutions that much easier.

It was earlier this year the unified communications provider launched the Teo Elite Partner Program which was created with the sole intention of recognizing its business partners for their commitment to promoting Teo’s UC solutions. The program helps to select the ideal partners and then significantly expand their businesses by having next-generation technology in place.

For all the latest and greatest news in the Unified Communications space, be sure to stay tuned to the Unified Communications Community, exclusively on unified communications!

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