Monday, December 22, 2014

Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015, Part 1

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Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015, Part 1
As has been our custom for over a decade, it’s time for our annual predictions on what will happen in the coming year for Unified Communications (UC). We’ll start with what is a clear 2014 trend that will continue in 2015: the growing adoption of cloud-based UC.See also: All of Network World's look ahead to 2015 Most cloud providers have reported double-digit growth this year of their IP Telephony (IPT) and UC portfolios, while premise-based systems growth remains in the high single digits year-over-year. We attribute this to both to the adoption of stand-alone cloud services, plus the adoption of cloud-based UC as a hybrid solution that also includes premise-based components. We expect to see continued UC endpoint growth as organizations move beyond simple IPT, especially in hybrid solutions that integrate cloud-based UC with private IPT systems.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Polycom unifies Lync Unified Communications
The concept of unified communications (UC) is still more of a vision than it is a reality. If employees want to collaborate, they need to use a number of different systems to actually pull off a virtual meeting, as “UC” today consists of a bunch of different tools from various vendors. This means that users often have to deal with complex or multiple scheduling systems, disjointed workflows, and numerous dialing methods. Any integration that’s done at a system level is likely custom and cost-prohibitive for most businesses. Despite all the advancements in UC, a tremendous amount of manual integration still needs to be done. If UC is ever to reach its potential, the user needs to stop being the point of integration.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Simpler M2M connectivity promised as Sierra Wireless buys Swedish company
Sierra Wireless has acquired Swedish company Wireless Maingate to build a more complete machine-to-machine communications platform and better connect cars, industrial devices, smart meters and other sensors.Together, the two companies will develop a platform that offers connectivity and device management from one user interface. Sierra currently offers a cloud-based application development platform and Maingate supplies wireless services in Europe.The M2M, or Internet of things, sector continues to mature with operators and vendors working to offer more complete communications platforms, and Sierra is no different. The company is best known for its modems, but has also developed a device management tool and a platform for easing the development of connected M2M applications.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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