Avaya tomorrow will reveal a road map that shows how its customers – in particular its newly minted Nortel customers - can move to unified communications technologies without ripping out existing gear.
Unified Communications: News
Debate over the significance of Unified communications (UC) as a technology continues with Gartner and Frost & Sullivan arguing that its is respectively, no longer a strategic priority and its an evolving technology still worth watching.
A recent global survey of business and IT managers found that their companies got back benefits perceived as equal to four times their investment, on average, in unified communication and collaboration technologies.
Hewlett-Packard is building collaboration software with video, application-sharing and 3-D graphics support into several of its workstation models, giving the high-definition conferencing market an option well below the cost and scale of telepresence.
Cisco Systems is developing a collaboration software platform that will allow enterprises to combine social networking, presence, content and transactional applications in a single interface.
Nearly two years after acquiring Grand Central, Google is accepting some new users to its Google Voice service.
Avaya and IBM have overcome difficulties presenting joint unified communications proposals to customers and have launched a coordinated sales and marketing program and agreed to conduct technical development together.
By its own admission, insurance and financial services giant Suncorp had no unified communication technology just three years ago, but since then the introduction of IP telephony and videoconferencing has worked wonders for how the business leverages IT in general.
In a much-anticipated announcement, Cisco Systems Monday launched its Unified Computing System, comprising virtualization technology, services and blade servers aimed at helping enterprises develop and manage what it calls "next-generation data centers."
Investment in unified communications (UC) technology appears to be working for most of New Zealand’s local government sector, according to the findings of a survey by the Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) and local UC provider Zeacom.
Cisco Systems will shift resources into new product areas next year, including making a major push into homes, Chairman and CEO John Chambers said Tuesday.
Cisco is putting up US$215 million for <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/gwm/2007/0226msg2.html">PostPath</a> so it can include the company's e-mail and calendaring software in Cisco's upcoming collaboration service, <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2007/040507nolle.html">WebEx Connect</a>. But the software could also become a component in a unified communications bundle that businesses buy outright, industry observers say.
The adoption of unified communications will forge ahead this year and next, as the technology becomes more sophisticated and helps overcome business problems, says research firm IDC.
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