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Unified Communications Week in Review: HP, KBZ, Altia, More

May 02, 2015

There’s always something brewing in the world of Unified Communications. This week we saw partnerships, portfolio enhancements, predictions, and something called the PanaCast.

Starting with partnerships, KBZ and Netelligent Corporation, two companies with extensive cloud offerings are bringing their resources together to expand the former’s ZCloud services by including key components of Netelligent's product suite. With the Cisco Powered Cloud Services for hosted collaboration, KBZ will deliver TelePresence as a Service (TPaaS), Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS). TMC’s Michael Guta has all the details in the full story

Moving on to portfolio enhancements, HP—a company that needs no introduction—has announced its Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), which according to the company, will pioneer end-to-end, enterprise-grade services for the Microsoft ecosystem. As enterprise mobility and BYOD continues to gain ground, this type of UC solution won’t be falling by the wayside anytime soon.

“When deploying mobility and workplace solutions in the enterprise, our customers want a simplified, consumer-grade experience that empowers employees to be more productive anytime, anywhere on any device they choose,” said Mike Nefkens, executive vice president, HP Enterprise Services.

Get the full story HERE.

On to predictions, sometimes the best way to look forward is to pay attention to what’s happening now, which is exactly what TMC’s Maurice Nagle did in his article titled “Cloudy, Mobile and Secure: Just Like UC Should Be.” Some of the current trends in the UC climate include migration to the cloud, the adoption of cloud-based video conferencing, and more. But we won’t give anymore of it away. Read the full article for all the details. 

Lastly, we have the nifty PanaCast from Altia. The new hardware is designed to create a “natural human visual experience” by providing conferencing users with a 360 degree view of the room, which they can manipulate at will through very basic controls. The concept is certainly novel, and there is a lot to be said for how such a feature will affect the future of video conferencing. TMC’s Steve Anderson dives into detail in the full article.   

This has been yet another week in review here at Unified Communications. Come back early and often for all the updates that matter.

And have a wonderful weekend.

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