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Unified Communications Week in Review: Nectar, Skype for Business, Sonus and More

July 23, 2016

Technology is constantly changing and impacting all aspects of our lives. Whether these changes are primarily in the workplace or affecting how we communicate with others on a daily basis, there are constantly new advancements being made. Unified Communications highlights several of these innovations on their site. With that in mind, let’s take a look at this week’s happenings.

This week kicked off with TMC’s Steve Anderson discussing Nectar’s new line of cloud enablement tools. The company is bringing out a set of systems for Microsoft’s game-changing Skype for Business in the form of a unified communications management platform. Nectar’s tools will have a little something to offer every part of the process as relates to Skype for Business deployment, highlighting four key areas: assessment, active monitoring, diagnostics and planning ahead of deployment or migration. To learn more about these tools and what Nectar has to offer Skype for Business, you can find the article HERE.

The idea of bettering systems continues in Steve Anderson’s next article, where he discusses how SD-WAN systems can provide you with a better UC environment. He discusses the vast benefits of SD-WAN systems in the article and talks about how it may actually be dangerous for companies who have not upgraded to the new and improved way of doing things. SD-WAN systems are a hot commodity and, if your business hasn’t invested yet, there’s a chance that your employees have used Shadow IT to use it anyway. Where there’s a will, there’s always a way, but it may be dangerous for your company. You can learn more about the benefits of securely using SD-WAN systems HERE.

According to TMC’s Casey Houser, “Sonus has developed its SWe software-based session border controller (SBC) to help businesses break away from the constraints of hardware.  It seeks to offer the same network controls as traditional SBCs but in a virtualized form; in fact, Sonus markets it as having the same capabilities as its SBC 5000 series of hardware controllers.” The article goes on to describe how Sonus can make their presence known in more businesses as they continue to achieve certification for their software-based products. To find out more about their journey, go HERE.

To finish out the week, Maurice Nagle discusses cloud computing and how it has expanded to several, some surprising, industries. The as-a-service market is expanding to various industries, but who would ever think that SaaS would reach dentistry? Well, it happened this week, as an expanding cosmetic and orthopedic practice called on Fusion to aid in supporting the delivery and expansion of the dental firm’s SaaS solution. You can learn more about this somewhat surprising development HERE.

While some exciting news has been highlighted here, that’s certainly not all that went on this week. Be sure to head to the Unified Communications homepage for all the updates, and come back next week for the latest insights. Have a great weekend!