The traditional office space is in the midst of its most dramatic shift since it was rocked by the creation of the cubicle more than 40 years ago. Driven by new communication technologies, the globalization of supply chains and an increased emphasis on real estate cost reduction, we’ve seen a massive change in the way people work. The “New Office” is an airport lounge on a tablet, a midnight video call on the kitchen counter, a shared table at the office or a collaboration pod for ad hoc meetings. These new workspaces create freshContinue
Unified Communications (UC) is an umbrella term that covers the integration of real-time communication services such as instant messaging, presence information, telephony (including IP telephony) and video conferencing. It isn’t a term that I had heard until recently, despite the fact that I have been writing about the technologies that UC encompasses over the years.Continue
Vidyo has seemingly been on a roll lately: The startup got a lot of attention last week for its Vidyo Panorama product, which gives enterprises a cheaper way to offer video conferencing without having to install huge and expensive telepresence rooms.Continue
Every firm, company or enterprise with distributed data and voice networks is looking for ways to control costs and increase efficiency. To achieve these goals, businesses need to integrate both voice and data onto a single, converged network to reduce costs and improve productivity. A converged voice and data network is the foundation for Unified Communications (UC), which fosters productivity through mobility and collaboration. Mobile technology allows users to work smarter with simple, end-to-end solutions that combine time-saving communication tools that boost user performance, such as virtual private networks and wireless applications.Continue
As someone who works exclusively via the web, it’s interesting to talk with brick-and-mortar business owners who haven’t yet considered the possibilities of working remotely. The conversation quickly moves to ways to streamline work, increase the talent pool available to the company, and — most fun of all — unique and exciting ways to promote the business online.Continue
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This report from Qwest Business examines the case for unified communications and lays out some best practices for UC deployment. Qwest emphasizes the need for an adequate network to support UC deployments: "The network is the platform that connects all forms of communications, and if your network can't support these new technologies, intra- and inter-company collaboration is impossible."
A recent survey of New Year’s resolutions we talked about yesterday found that the number-one resolution is to get organized. Sixty-one percent of those polled pledged to keep their business emails and documents more organized in the new year.Continue
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Microsoft's debuted its unified communications platform Lync at a news conference today. Lync will go on sale December 1. Several big name companies like Boeing, Estee Lauder, France Telecom, Nikon and Orange are already using the solution according to Microsoft's announcement.Continue
Hewlett-Packard is banking on alliances as the unified communications market hits its stride and Web 2.0 technologies become ingrained into voice services and other data networks within the enterprise.
Unified communications is the convergence of voice, data, instant messaging and presence technologies. It is one of the broadest terms that we come across but it is providing context as collaboration services and mobile technologies leverage the social Web.Continue