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TMCnet's Unified Communications Week in Review

April 20, 2013

Unified communications (UC) to a business is like sun to blooming spring flowers—it needs it in order to survive and continue to grow for the long term. As the UC spaces continues to expand just like the branches on the trees right outside my window, tons of news is continuing to make headlines all over the globe.

Let’s take a look at some of the best stories for this week.

First up, it was revealed that Plantronics Inc. (PLT) has instated CFO Pamela Strayer as the acting CEO. This move was made after the news broke that current president and COO, Ken Kannappan, will be going on a non-permanent medical leave.

 At this time, reports suggest Kannappan will be beginning cancer treatment and hopefully return to his post within four months.

“It is in my best interest and that of Plantronics that I take this time to focus on my health while Pam and the rest of our excellent executive team continue to execute our strategy,” he commented. “I am committed to actively engaging in the business as my health permits and plan to return at the conclusion of my treatments.”

Next, Zumbox has formed a strategic alliance with Bell and Howell in order to seamlessly integrate the Digital Postal Mail service from Zumbox with Bell and Howell's suite, which encompasses data management functions as well as Web and mobile services.

Both customer bases of the firms will benefit significantly from this partnership, seeing advantages including being able to leverage a variety of communications channels to interact with more than one user via one interface.

Together, Zumbox Digital Postal Mail and Bell and Howell eMessaging enables businesses to utilize an intuitive solution that encompasses Web and mobile solutions.

“We recognized a critical opportunity to combine our leadership in the digital mail category, and experience managing communications and document delivery in a paperless world, with Bell and Howell's expertise in the biller direct Web and mobile space to create a compelling value proposition,” said John Payne, CEO at Zumbox, Inc. “This union provides businesses something they can't get anywhere else, and our service will help drive down physical mail costs while supporting more efficient consumer mail delivery processes that strengthen customer loyalty and satisfaction.”

Closing out the week, hopTo Inc., a subsidiary of GraphOn Corporation, unveiled its new app for the iPad, coined hopTo. Touted as a workspace that is extremely user-friendly and allows documents to be managed, shared and edited with ease, the app has nearly 100 patents protecting it from copy cats in the space.

Now available to download on iTunes, the next generation will soon be powered via the iPhone and Android platforms.

For all of the most vital breaking news in the industry, be sure to stay tuned to the unified communications community, exclusively on unified communications!

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