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Unified Communications Week in Review: Lenovo, 8x8, Metaswitch

May 21, 2016

This week in unified communications news headlines, Lenovo announced it was throwing its hat into the ring for UC solutions with the introduction of a new smart meeting room solution.

The offering is targeted at the mobile workforce, which is typically working from various platforms, to be able to dial in and display from various platforms. This is done thanks to the combination of Intel's Unite software and the Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny desktop.

Colin McIsaac, Lenovo Canada's managing director, commented on the importance of this latest offering as we move into the post-PC era. “From an overall perspective, even in the PC space, we continue to evolve beyond hardware. You can see it with the data center, you can see it around software, everything.”

Also this week, Metaswitch helped a UC provider in France move out into new markets by offering its various communications solutions.

OpenIP was able to add tools like the Metaswitch Accession Communicator for mobile and desktop as well as MetaView Management system, and the MetaSphere Multiservice Telephony Application Server to help users gain better control and visibility of their networks.

Metaswitch regional sales director Vincent Gaudron commented, “OpenIP requires innovative services, along with flexibility and ease of configuration for its customers. The speed with which OpenIP continues to develop and deploy new services is impressive, and we are pleased to be able to continue to provide them with new products and exceptional support as they grow their business.”

Another well-known company, 8X8, also had a hand in helping a company to grow its business and reach new markets. This week, Movement Mortgage said it was able to improve its communications system with 8X8’s cloud-based Virtual Meeting suite.

With the offering the mortgage provider was able to keep functionality of its multi-vendor setup without having to worry about the hassle of keeping it up and running too.

CEO Casey Crawford noted that the growth of their company as well as the mortgage market as a whole made the need to move to a better communications system inevitable and necessary.

 “We are averaging about 200 new employees per month, and with a number of inter-branch transfers we need to get people up and running with seamless desktop and mobile communications immediately,” Crawford said. “Our legacy system made it difficult to efficiently handle personnel changes and affected our productivity. When we looked into revamping our communications infrastructure, it was imperative for us to find a partner that had experience supporting businesses of our size and scale, with distributed and mobile workforce requirements. 8x8 fit the bill perfectly.”

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