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November 7, 2009  1:55 PM

IBM Challenges Microsoft to a Cage Match



Posted by: Tony Bradley
cage match, challenge, Enterprise 2.0, IBM, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications, VoiceCon

Its unified communications meets WWF. IBM had some serious issues during a live demonstration of its UC technologies at the Enterprise 2.0 conference. Its a presenter's nightmare. I am sure the stuff works better than that and I assume they even rehearsed the presentation just fine. But, during...

October 19, 2009  2:56 AM

Designing a Resilient Microsoft Unified Communications Environment



Posted by: Tony Bradley
business continuity, disaster recovery, failover, Microsoft, OCS 2007 R2, Office Communications Server, redundancy, resiliency, UC, Unified Communications

As organizations move to unified communications it becomes imperative that disaster recovery and business continuity be incorporated into the design and implementation. In the event that a natural disaster or other catastrophe strike the primary data center, there needs to be a fall-back plan in...


September 12, 2009  2:12 AM

Verizon Unveils Vendor-Agnostic Managed Mobility



Posted by: Tony Bradley
AT&T, BT, expense, IBM, inventory, Managed Mobility Solutions, mobile communications, mobile service, Security, Verizon

Verizon would love to be the sole provider of mobile communications services for every customer around the world. But, realizing that won't ever happen it is going for the next best thing- managing mobile communications for customers regardless of the mobile carrier(s) they are using. The...


September 1, 2009  2:49 PM

Using Presence Effectively



Posted by: Tony Bradley
availability, OCS 2007 R2, Office Communications Server, presence, status, UC, Unified Communications

Presence is arguably the glue that makes unified communications work. It is Presence, the ability to determine the current status and availability of contacts, that enables users to communicate more efficiently. Presence can let you see who is available, what they are currently engaged in, and...


January 30, 2009  6:10 PM

Five Trends That Will Drive Unified Communications



Posted by: Tony Bradley
IBM, Microsoft, trends, Unified Communications, voice, VoIP

The battle for unified communications supremacy rages on. The players all recognize that this is a lucrative market segment that will continue to grow and they each want to claim as big a piece of the market as they can. Networking hardware and IP telephony hardware vendors like Cisco, Nortel,...


October 19, 2008  2:06 PM

Is VoIP Ready for Mission-Critical Primetime?



Posted by: Tony Bradley
availability, communications, data, Encryption, mission-critical, Security, VLAN, VoIP

For most businesses, VoIP offers a compelling business argument. Merging the voice network with the data network means only implementing one hardware and wiring infrastructure. VoIP systems are easier to administer and maintain that traditional PSTN phones. The list goes on and on. VoIP is not...


July 25, 2008  2:23 PM

Unisys Offers Free UC Trial



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Microsoft, POC, proof-of-concept, test, trial, UC, Unified Communications, Unisys

Have you been reading all kinds of news and information (like this blog) about how unified communications is going to surpass sliced bread as the greatest invention ever? Perhaps you are wondering what all of the hype is about, but you aren't sure how it will benefit your company. What if you could...


July 23, 2008  2:07 PM

Making Presence Interoperable



Posted by: Tony Bradley
federation, IBM, Microsoft, presence, UC, Unified Communications

Presence is the keystone of unified communications. The ability to identify whether or not a given user is available, and what methods of communication might be most effective with that individual at that point in time is the foundation of what enables UC to make users and business processes more...


May 31, 2008  12:47 PM

Microsoft Brings UC to Mac



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze, Joe Schurman, Mac, Mac Messenger 7.0, Microsoft, OCS, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, Office Communications Server 2007, UC, UCC, Unified Communications

If you are a Mac user, as an ever-increasing percentage of you seem to be, you may be feeling left out of the unified communications revolution. As Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya, IBM, and a host of smaller players all vie to establish their share of the UC pie, the Mac operating system has been largely...


April 11, 2008  3:31 PM

Nortel Leverages Open Source For New SMB Offering



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Dell, IBM, Nortel, SCS500, SIP, UC, Unified Communications

Built on an open source foundation, with the collaboration of the open source community in the SIPFoundry Project, Nortel's new SCS500 (Software Communications System) provides small and medium businesses from 30 to 500+ employees with an affordable unified communications solution. The SCS500 is a...


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