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Polycom: Survey Shows Video Conferencing is Essential Team Collaboration Tool

Polycom has released research results revealing that 96% of business decision makers believe video conferencing removes distance barriers and improves productivity between teams.

Respondents who use video conferencing today rated video’s top advantages as:

Avaya cozies up to developers

Avaya is making it easier to drop its unified communications capabilities into business applications, removing a layer of complexity that may be holding developers back from writing communications-enabled apps for businesses.

Siemens Enterprise changes its name to Unify

Siemens Enterprise Communications has changed its name to Unify and now hopes to take advantage of a growing interest in hosted unified communications.

The rebranding comes at time when the way enterprises communicate is changing. Thanks to trends such as bring-your-own-device, employees are no longer tied to a desk and a desk phone for their work.

Google relaxes access controls to Apps documents

Adding convenience possibly at the expense of security, Google will now let people without a Google Account view documents stored in its Apps cloud suite.

The move is meant to simplify how Apps customers share files with outsiders.

Until now, Apps customers could only grant document access to users with a Google Account. People who didn't have an account or who weren't logged in to their account couldn't get into the documents even when invited to do so via an emailed link from an Apps user.

Oracle Launches WebRTC Controller

Oracle unveiled a WebRTC Session Controller designed to meet the needs of both the enterprise and service providers. The solution is the first combined offering following Oracle’s acquisition of Acme Packet. The Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller is built on technology from the Oracle Communications Converged Application Server and Oracle’s Acme Packet Net-Net Session Director.

Improving SMBs With UC

Different businesses today operate utilizing various IT service models.  The best systems build a communication and data access structure that allows organizations to experience improved interactions amongst employees within the company, as well as with their customers and other clients. With the impact brought about by these delivery models, all areas in business operations undergo a huge positive turnaround.

GENBAND Acquires fring to Offer OTT Mobile IP Services

GENBAND announced it has acquired fring’s Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile IP communications service. The fring consumer multimedia IP communications platform expands GENBAND’s cloud portfolio for the consumer market. The fring white-label solution for the consumer OTT market segment complements GENBAND’s NUViA™ white-label Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) offering.

Microsoft lures nonprofits with Office 365 freebie

Nonprofit organizations will be able to sign up for Office 365 for free or at a reduced price as part of a new program. Properly certified nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in 41 countries can apply to the Office 365 for Nonprofits program. Microsoft expects to offer the program in 90 countries.

NEC Upgrades Univerge UC&C Platform, Improving Mobility and Collaboration

NEC Corporation recently upgraded its UNIVERGE 3C Unified Communications & Collaboration (UC&C) software platform with its latest release.  The new 8.5 release has added numerous enhancements, including:

Polycom: RealPresence Resource Manager v8.0, RealPresence Video DualManager 400 for mid-market

Polycom’s latest software release of the RealPresence Resource Manager (v8.0) can now support up to 50,000 video devices, including mobile smartphones and tablets, desktop clients, and up to 10,000 group video collaboration systems. The new release also features enhancements in monitoring, provisioning, and reporting, according to the company.

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