Unified Communications

Unified Communications is rapidly being deployed across enterprises as companies seek to converge their voice and messaging and integrate their business processes with their communications. The aim is to improve both employee convenience and productivity but also shorten and improve decision making by fully exploiting the flexibility of multiple devices and real time networks.

Here we bring together all the latest developments, products and news relating to Unified Communications, your one stop to stay upto date in the fast moving world of Unified Communications technology and deployments.

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Still on the fence about VoIP? Believe the hype

Maybe I've simply been immersed in the digital world for too long, but it still surprises me to learn on occasion that VoIP has not yet been adopted by every organization. The technology isn't exactly long in the tooth (far from it), but it's not new, either.

Spotlight: Top drivers for cloud UC adoption

For more than a decade, vendors have been touting the benefits of unified communications, even though some would say the promises have never truly been fulfilled.

Cisco to patch eavesdropping vulnerability on two IP phones

An exploit that could allow an attacker to listen in on VoIP calls made on Cisco SPA3000 and SPA5000 IP phones will be patched after Cisco initially opted not to patch the security flaw, according to a report from  iTnews.

Polycom joins Microsoft to carve out collaborative workplace niche

IT teams will soon have another video option thanks to a new partnership forged between Microsoft and Polycom. The two companies are working together in the hopes of taking a greater share of the collaborative workplace market, with a focus on video collaboration.

Altia's PanaCast panoramic video solution integrates with Microsoft Lync

Just as others are getting back to basics with their conferencing solutions, Altia Systems is looking to beef up the video capabilities of Microsoft Lync users. Or are those Skype for Business users? I lost track.

LoopUp aims to simplify Web conferencing, collaboration

Audioconferencing solutions have come a long way in the last decade or so. The feature sets of the likes of WebEx and its virtual kin put a lot more into the hands of conferencing users than they ever had. But according to Steve Flavell, CEO of LoopUp, most of those features are wasted on 85 percent of conferencing users.

End-user buy-in, adoption consistently the most overlooked success factor in UC

Rolling out a unified communications solution is a great project for most enterprises, but according to Sonu Aggarwal, founder and CEO of Unify Square, there's one factor most organizations overlook that frequently leads to a failed UC solution.

Cisco's Project Squared becomes Spark

Cisco is commercializing Project Squared, the unified communications and collaboration solution announced back in November, and giving the product an official name. The newly-renamed Spark builds on the free app that was released in the fall and is now aimed at enterprises.

Wireless networking: Two steps forward and one step back

If you browse through today's issue, you may notice a trend. It wasn't planned (I'm not that clever, especially the day after we sprung forward), but most of today's top stories speak to the importance and difficulties of maintaining a wireless networking infrastructure.

Unified communications is not one-size-fits-all solution

As much as vendors might want to be able to sell their unified communications solutions to every business within their target markets, the simple truth is that no UC solution is a fit for every organization.