Unified Communications and Collaboration

Cisco jumps on "consumerisation" bandwagon with collaboration products

Cisco is in the midst of a major initiative to better integrate its various collaboration products and to give their interfaces a uniform, consistent design - in order to make them easier to use and more effective at helping employees work with each other.

AT&T to launch unified communication services

The cloud-based service's monthly price will be based on usage

AT&T will launch new cloud-based unified communications services on Thursday, giving businesses the ability to integrate chat, email, voice over IP calls, audio and video conferencing, and more over desktops and many mobile devices.

Avaya IP Office 8.0 released

Avaya unveiled the latest version of the company's unified communications (UC) solution for small and midsize businesses (SMB) with the release of Avaya IP Office 8.0. The new version includes enhancements designed to improve collaboration with mobile capabilities. Avaya's latest mobile application builds on the previously available Essential Mobility solution for IP Office.

Huddle integrates with VMware Zimbra email platform

Huddle, the British cloud-based content collaboration firm, has announced new integration with VMware's Zimbra email platform, in a move the company claims will offer an alternative to Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange.

The integration will enable users to combine their VMware Zimbra inbox and Huddle workspaces. Email attachments can be saved into relevant workspaces, recipients can be added to workspace teams and address book contacts can be invited into Huddle without leaving VMware Zimbra.

Vodafone buys unified communication consultant Bluefish

Vodafone's Global Enterprise is strengthening its professional services arm by acquiring British consultant Bluefish Communications, which will form the basis of a new unified communication and collaboration practice.

The Global Enterprise unit serves Vodafone's largest multinational customers, and will use Bluefish's expertise to work with them on new collaboration services, such as video conferencing and presence awareness.

Enterprise social software to become a $6.4 billion market in 2016

Enterprise social collaboration software, which offer Facebook and Twitter-like capabilities adapted for workplaces, will grow strongly in the coming years, eclipsing demand for more traditional communications and collaboration products, according to a new study from Forrester Research.

Siemens improves UC solutions for SMBs.

Siemens Enterprise Communications announced today that it has improved its OpenScape Office and HiPath 3000 UC Solutions with additional features designed to improve efficiency and mobility for SMBs. The company's UC suite upgrades include enhanced mobility, tablet client, Web collaboration capabilities and more flexible deployment options.

Mobile mania spurs demand for unified communications

In the space of just the past few years, Art Johnston has gone from thinking of unified communications as optional to viewing it as "a strategy that we need to implement to be competitive."

As CIO at Argo Turboserve Co., which provides customized supply chain management and nuclear engineering services, Johnston understands the importance of ensuring that the company's employees be able to access all their communications tools at any time, from any place.

Cisco targets SMBs with telepresence and Business Edition offers

Cisco has introduced new and expanded telepresence offerings along with innovations to its Business Edition portfolio that are targeted to enhance Cisco solutions for midsize organizations.

Fonality Releases Hybrid Cloud/On-Premise UC Platform

Fonality, provider of a platform for delivering enterprise unified communications, has introduced a product update that combines the convenience of cloud computing with the control of on-premise UC. The company's Fonality PBXtra 5.2 combines phone, email and chat features, and makes it possible for users to transition from existing on-premise technology to more flexible and cost-effective cloud options.

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