Unified Communications and Collaboration

No big shift to the cloud for unified communications and collaboration

The 2012 IDG Enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) survey highlights the uptick in UC&C adoption and investments in the coming 3 years -- specifically in enterprise organizations -- demonstrating the value organizations place on technologies that enable consistent and connected communications between employees, customers and partners.

Avaya offers hosted UC solutions, partners with Level 3

Avaya unveiled and strengthened its collaboration offers with a "Collaborative Cloud" strategic framework for cloud-based collaboration solutions, followed with an announcement about a Level 3 Communications partnership to deliver cloud-based services.

Cisco broadens Jabber instant messaging appeal

Cisco will include Jabber instant messaging and presence software at no extra charge with its Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) enterprise IP communications system.

The move, announced at the Cisco Partner Summit in San Diego, follows Cisco's conclusion that IM and presence have become essential collaboration capabilities to enterprise users, and a necessary complement to the voice and video capabilities that CUCM offers.

Telekom Slovenia Picks BroadSoft-Powered IP Centrex Solution

Slovenia's telecommunications operator, Telekom Slovenia Group, has picked the BroadWorks platform to expand its comprehensive portfolio of fixed, mobile, Internet and state-of-the-art integrated telecommunication solutions.

Company officials said that they choose the BroadWorks solution to support their IP Centrex offerings which is majorly offered to Slovenian enterprise and government market.

New iPad app creates secure video conferencing, collaboration

A new iOS app lets enterprise iPad users set up secure video conferences with others both inside and outside their organization. The app also can leverage features such as instant messaging, presence, multi-party calling, and voicemail via a range of third-party unified communications servers.

Unified Communications: ROI and deployment

Many companies haven't bothered to flesh out their unified communications strategies because:

Sprint offers hosted UC

Sprint has launched "Sprint Complete Collaboration," a hosted and fully managed unified communications (UC) bundle designed to meet the needs of midsize and large businesses. The new UC service is powered by Cisco's Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) platform and is delivered over all-IP network.

Comcast offers hosted managed voice portfolio

Comcast has unveiled an expanded voice portfolio with its "Business VoiceEdge" a new cloud-based voice and unified communications solution.

Cisco boosts telepresence system with new collaboration features

Cisco announced improvements on Tuesday to its Jabber IM, presence and video-conferencing product, as well as to its room-size "immersive" telepresence systems, as the networking giant continues to push its way into the workplace collaboration market.

Cisco plans to release at some point in the second quarter its first version of Jabber for the iPad and an upgrade of Jabber for Windows desktop and laptop PCs, as well as a new top-of-the-line telepresence system called TX9000, designed to improve upon existing Cisco products of this sort.

NEC announces UNIVERGE Cloud Services UCaaS

NEC recently announced plans for UNIVERGE Cloud Services UCaaS, a set of enhanced software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. The initial UNIVERGE Cloud Services SaaS offering is unified communications as a service (UCaaS), providing a comprehensive suite of voice, data and video services that feature a Web-based end-user client that can be deployed across any device including a PC, smartphone or tablet.

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