Unified Communications and Collaboration
If you were to ask most IT professionals to connect CRM or ERP applications to an external IP network without some form of network security, they would look at you as if you had lost your mind. Even the most basic cloud-based business applications integrate security to help ensure the integrity of data and continuity of the service. Yet many organizations today are deploying business critical IP-based voice and video communications without applying standard corporate security policies.
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Unified communications (UC) was born to serve the enterprise market, with voice over IP (VoIP) as the prerequisite service needed to create the remaining UC portfolio. As with many services that users learned to value in the workplace, the portfolio of UC services is also gaining popularity among consumers. We have seen UC features offered to consumers by wireline providers, by over the top (OTT) providers, and (to a lesser extent) by wireless providers.
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise recently updated its OpenTouch Suite targeting the small medium business (SMB) market. The latest feature set is designed to give SMB employees new capabilities for using their own personal mobile devices (BYOD) and social networking communications.
The company's OpenTouch Suite for SMB includes the OmniPCX Office Rich Communication Edition (RCE) Release 9.0 and other solutions. Among the new additions:
Google will start charging small businesses to use its Google Apps productivity suite as the company mines previously free services for new revenue streams. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees will now be charged $50 a year -- the same rate paid by larger businesses to use the Web-based tools, which include e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics tools.
The move will allow the Web giant to focus on the quality of the business user's experience, Google explained today in a company blog post.
Avaya announced its new architecture for virtualized unified communications applications, unveiling Avaya Aura Virtualized Environment (Avaya Aura VE). With the announcement, businesses can choose full virtualization with Avaya Aura VE, or continue with the dedicated hardware approach already offered by Avaya Aura. They can also combine virtualized and dedicated servers for application deployment.
The need for UC has been fueled in part by the way business is conducted today. Work groups are distributed, and many employees work from home, but they all still need to stay connected, work efficiently, and collaborate.
Le service français de livraison de colis express Chronopost International a choisi de faire appel aux solutions collaboratives en ligne Google Apps for Business. Ces services cloud de la firme de Mountain View sont aujourd’hui utilisés par plus de 5 millions d’entreprises dans le monde.
Cisco has named a former Symantec executive to head its struggling collaboration group, which saw three different leaders in less than a year.
Verizon announced today it is extending its managed services offering for Microsoft Lync Server to its business customers by adding the ability to operate, monitor and manage unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) servers and functions.
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