Monday, January 05, 2015

Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015, Part 2

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Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015, Part 2
Welcome to 2015, and to part two of our annual predictions for Unified Communications in the coming year. In part one of our predictions, we talked about continued growth for IP Telephony and UC endpoints, softphones, VoLTE, and progress on replacing the PSTN with VoIP. Today, we'll cover video, WebRTC's likely advances and roadblocks, some roadblocks Skype for Business could face, the saga of net neutrality, and the issue of voice over Wi-Fi as a substitute for legacy carrier voice services.Late last year, President Obama proposed that the FCC regulate broadband services under Title II service of the 1934 Telecommunications Act. While Obama has made his wishes known, it is the FCC that must decide whether or not to classify Internet services under Title II. If the FCC does decide to reclassify, then the decision to head back to the U.S. Supreme Court for a ruling on the legitimacy of the reclassification. We are not optimistic that the U.S. Congress will be able to come up with a legislative solution.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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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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15 job titles getting big salary boosts in 2015
Competition for technical talent is on the rise – and so are salaries. Companies in hiring mode say there's a shortage of tech talent, and IT pros are upping their expectations for pay and benefits. Overall, the jobs outlook is positive for IT pros as the new year gets underway. When asked about hiring plans for the next six months, 19% of CIOs said they plan to expand their teams in the first half of 2015, according to Robert Half Technology (RHT). That's a sizable gain compared to mid-2014, when 14% were planning to add more staff to their departments. (Another 68% of CIOs expect to hire only for open IT roles, 10% plan to put a hold on hiring, and 3% expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the first six months of the new year.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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iPhone dongle sends 100MB to other iOS devices in seconds
If Bluetooth is too slow for your photo transfers, Toshiba now has a high-speed dongle than can transfer 100MB between iPhones in three seconds.The TJM35420LT is the first adapter for iOS devices that works with TransferJet, a wireless transfer technology developed by Sony.It has a maximum data throughput of 375Mbps, according to Toshiba, but devices have to be within 3 centimeters of each other.The roughly 24 millimeter-square adapter plugs into the Lightning connectors on iPhones, iPads and iPods. Users select data such as movies or images to be transferred and then touch the dongle to another device to send them.Toshiba's TransferJet dongle for Lightning joins the USB and MicroUSB versions it launched for Windows and Android devices in 2012 and 2013. Toshiba will be showing off the iOS TransferJet unit at CES 2015 in Las Vegas this week, seven years after Sony first demonstrated the wireless technology at the trade show.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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