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Unified Communications Week in Review: Arkadin, the UK, iMeet, More

July 03, 2015

There’s never a shortage of news, features, studies, and innovative new applications of UC technology in the UC universe. This week we witnessed new partnerships, some enlightening studies, industry tips and analysis, and a nifty tool called iMeet. Let’s take a closer look at the week that was with our week in review coverage.

First, TMC’s Steve Anderson took a look at chat apps, and asked the very important question of how to make one that stands out in what has become a very saturated market. Developers that are trying to make “the next great chat app” should focus on several key aspects, the first of which is—not surprisingly—proper functionality. This means making an app that works, rather than an app that tries to do everything, and becomes too bogged down to adequately do anything. For the rest of the key areas of focus for chat app developers, click HERE

Next up, Maurice Nagle reported on a new partnership in the UC&C space that will indubitably improve prospects for both parties involved.

“Arkadin, one of the fastest growing providers of UC and collaboration solutions—and a NTT company—announced a newly minted partnership with ROI Communications, and IT telecommunications solutions provider,” Nagle writes. “Per their arrangement, Arkadin’s portfolio of services will gain ROI services and Arkadin’s channel partner program expands by one.”

For all the details of the new partnership, read the full story.

As the news trickles in, it’s always a good idea to take a step back and assess the current state of the industry. TMC’s Casey Houser did just this by hitting on some of the key points to come out of a recent study from Strategy Analytics  titled “The State of Enterprise Mobility In the U.K.” The study, which focused on the mobile workforce in the U.K., found that almost two-thirds of businesses in the country are providing their mobile workers with smartphones. Find out what this will mean for the U.K. and for the unified communications industry by reading the full story.

Last but not least on the roster, PGi’s iMeet system may be just the solution that businesses dealing with sales calls have been in need of. The iMeet system opens up several options for users to meet with clients, including audio, video connection, and Web conference.

“The complete array of options is available not only to more stationary users by desktop or laptop PC, but it's also available via mobile as well, allowing users to set up conferences from most anywhere with an active Internet connection,” writes TMC’s Steve Anderson. “But since the system works so simply, it's trimming a bit of time out of every call.” Get the full story, HERE.

And that about does it for this week! But next week, and all weeks to come, we’ll be here for you with all the news, features, and analysis that matter in the world of unified communications. So be sure to check in early and often.

Have a wonderful, and safe, Fourth of July weekend.

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