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September 20, 2008  4:23 AM

RIM Introduces Blackberry Support for OCS 2007



Posted by: Tony Bradley
BlackBerry, OCS 2007, RIM, UC, Unified Communications

I give credit to Palm for bringing the concept of the personal digital assistant (PDA) to the masses. Research in Motion (RIM) however introduced the revolution of integrating the PDA functionality with a mobile phone which can almost be said to be the beginning of unified communications. Well,...

September 19, 2008  8:38 PM

Cisco Reversing Course?



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, Gurdeep Singh Pall, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications

As unified communications entered into the mainstream consciousness, a few major players emerged. Two of them were Cisco and Microsoft. They have very different visions for what unified communications means and very different approaches to get their customers there. At one point, they actually...


September 19, 2008  8:21 PM

Cisco Buys Jabber



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, CUCM, instant messaging, Jabber, UC, Unified Communications

With the speed of computers and networks today, email is virtually instant. But, many corporations consider instant messaging to be a valuable complement to email communications and a vital component of efficient communications. When 10 seconds is just too long to wait for an email to be delivered,...


September 8, 2008  8:41 PM

UC Provides New Attack Vectors



Posted by: Tony Bradley
presence, risk, Security, threat, UC, Unified Communications, voice, VoIP

As companies made / make the move from traditional POTS or analog phone services to VoIP (voice over IP) communications, they introduce new risks that may lead to sensitive communications being compromised. There are plenty of books available detailing various VoIP threats and potential attacks....


September 2, 2008  3:16 AM

TechEd Interview with Head of Evangelyze Communications



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze Communications, Harold Wong, Joe Schurman, Microsoft, MVP, TechEd, UC, Unified Communications

Joe Schurman, Founder an Executive Director of Evangelyze Communications, and a Microsoft MVP in Unified Communications, took some time while attending Microsoft's TechEd '08 in Orlando earlier this year to sit down with...


August 31, 2008  8:41 PM

Determining Number of Users for OCS Front End



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze Communications, Microsoft, Mike Stacey, OCS 2007, SQL query, UC, Unified Communications

For capacity and scaling purposes, there may come a time when you need to determine how many users are connecting to a given OCS front end. As Mike Stacey of Evangelyze Communications points out in


August 31, 2008  8:31 PM

Microsoft and the ‘Magic Quadrant’



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Gartner, IP PBX, Magic Quadrant, Microsoft, NoJitter.com, OCS 2007, telephony, UC, Unified Communications

Those who follow technology trends in business are probably familiar with the coveted Gartner Magic Quadrants. What has shocked many in the communications arena is that Gartner recently added a new player to their Magic Quadrant for corporate telephony- Microsoft. Microsoft is well known in many...


August 31, 2008  8:23 PM

Combining the ‘Tels’: Nortel Buys Pingtel



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Nortel, Pingtel, SMB, UC, Unified Communications, VoIP

Nortel is a major player in the unified communications arena. Much of their VoIP and UC technology is built on Pingtel's open source solutions. In their effort to strengthen their product line and improve their ability to deliver innovative UC soutionsĀ for the SMB (small and medium business)...


August 31, 2008  8:19 PM

Aastra Joins HP ProCurve Alliance



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Aastra, HP, ProCurve Alliance, ResponsePoint, UC, Unified Communications

Aastra, a global provider of communications equipment, and one of the three vendors supplying hardware for Microsoft's ResponsePoint communications system, announced that they have joined HP's ProCurve Alliance. According to


August 29, 2008  1:40 PM

Corporate Culture and ROI



Posted by: Tony Bradley
corporate culture, education, Evangelyze Communications, ROI, training, UC, Unified Communications, user

Unified Communications is many things to many people. Many organizations (and even some experts) are still struggling to define what it is, what it isn't, what are the features and benefits, and what are the pitfalls. Arguments can be made about how it will streamline communications and allow the...


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