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December 26, 2008  4:57 AM

What To Look For in a UC SaaS Provider



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Microsoft, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, Response Point, SaaS, software-as-a-service, UC, Unified Communications

For small businesses, there are cost-effective options like Microsoft's Response Point which meet the communications needs pretty well. Large businesses can invest in enterprise-class unified communicaions platforms such as Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 and the rest of the Microsoft...

December 23, 2008  8:43 PM

.NET Framework Update Causes OCS 2007 Communication Issues



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze Communications, Exchange, Microsoft, Mike Stacy, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, UC, Unified Communications

Part of the value of unified communications- in fact a big part- is the unified part. With a Microsoft Unified Communications implementation, the Office Communications Server (OCS 2007) has to be able to communicate with the Exchange Server for a variety of converged communications reasons. One...


December 21, 2008  5:57 PM

Clarifying the UC Vision



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze Communications, Joe Schurman, UC, Unified Communications, value, VoIP

Unified Communications is still in its infancy more or less. Vendors are still fighting to define what UC even is, and to declare their stake in the industry. Some vendors are traditional voice or network infrastructure hardware vendors that are trying to extend into software and application...


December 19, 2008  10:40 PM

UC for Free from Unison



Posted by: Tony Bradley
free, UC, Unified Communications, Unison, VoIP

In case you've been hiding under a rock- the economy is having some issues. More than 2 million people lost their job in 2008. The stock market has taken a beating and lost as much as 40% of the value it had a year ago. The government rushed through a $700 billion rescue package for Wall Street,...


December 9, 2008  2:09 PM

Are You There?



Posted by: Tony Bradley
presence, SearchUnifiedCommunications, UC, Unified Communications, VoIP

Businesses have used multiple methods of communicating for some time. Phones have been around basically forever. Email has been part of the foundation of corporate communications for at least the last decade. More recently, instant messaging has been embraced by many businesses, and mobile phones...


December 4, 2008  4:15 AM

VoIP Security: The Great Afterthought



Posted by: Tony Bradley
SearchUnifiedCommunications, Security, TechTarget, UC, Unified Communications, VoIP security

Why is security always an afterthought? It seems that time and again there are technological innovations that businesses embrace. They do their due diligence to compare their options. They invest heavily to purchase and implement the new technology. They spend money to educate users to take...


November 30, 2008  5:27 AM

Verizon Provides Ground Rules for Successful UC



Posted by: Tony Bradley
best practices, guidelines, UC, Unified Communications, Verizon

In the world of IT it seems like it is often too easy to throw things together. New technologies are bought and implemented. Integrating them with existing hardware and software is an exercise in duct tape and shoe horns that happens after the initial rollout. Security is something that is tacked...


November 30, 2008  5:05 AM

Security Concerns of UC Networks



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Nortel, SIP, Sipera Systems, UC, Unified Communications, VLAN, VoIP security

When voice was just voice, it did not pose a security risk to the data network...at least not directly. It could be argued that there is still potential to exploit the voice network for social engineering purposes that result in a compromised data network, but that is a semi-convoluted argument and...


November 22, 2008  6:32 AM

Connecting Cisco to Microsoft OCS



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, CUCM, Evangelyze Communications, Microsoft, Mike Stacy, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, SIP, UC, Unified Communications

According to a recent Gartner Magic Quadrant report for Unified Communications, Microsoft, Cisco, and Nortel are the industry leaders in terms of both innovation and the ability to actually deliver that innovation to customers. Nortel and Microsoft have an intimate partnership through their ICA...


November 22, 2008  6:18 AM

Evangelyze Communications SmartChat



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze Communications, Microsoft, Mike Stacy, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, Response Point, SmartChat, SmartVoIP, UC, Unified Communications

Recently at VoiceCon Evangelyze Communications announced their SmartVoIP solution which enables customers to bridge Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft's small and medium business...


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