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December 17, 2009  11:57 PM

BT and Cisco Put Namebrand Credibility Behind Hosted UC



Posted by: Tony Bradley
BT, Cisco, cloud computing, hosted, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications

BT and Cisco announced that the two are teaming up to deliver hosted unified communications on a global scale. There is a lot of buzz--much of it little more than hype--about the impending merger of unified communications with the ubiquitous cloud, and the advent of delivering hosted unified...

December 17, 2009  11:45 PM

AltiGen Max Communications Server Gets Microsoft Seal of Approval



Posted by: Tony Bradley
AltiGen, contact center, gateway, Microsoft, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, PSTN, UC, Unified Communications

AltiGen Communications hasĀ successfully completed Microsoft's Open Interoperability Program (OIP) for Office Communications Server 2007 R2, becoming the first company to offer both an all-in-one...


December 1, 2009  4:57 AM

Extend OCS UC with Exchange 2010 OWA



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Exchange 2010, OCS 2007 R2, OWA, UC, Unified Communications

Microsoft is poised to revolutionize unified communications once all of the Wave 14 products hit the streets. We're already realizing some of the benefits with the release of Exchange 2010. As


December 1, 2009  4:50 AM

Hospital Realizes Cost Savings from Conversion to VoIP



Posted by: Tony Bradley
hospital, network upgrade, Ottawa, UC, Unified Communications, VoIP

According to this Network World article:

"A year ago, the Ottawa, Ill.-based center was running an analog phone system fed by T-1s and a separate 10/100 Ethernet data...


November 30, 2009  4:19 AM

Remote Users as Technology Guinea Pigs



Posted by: Tony Bradley
DirectAccess, pilot test, remote users, roaming, UC, Unified Communications, VPN

Most companies are faced with an increasingly mobile and remote work force. There are a variety of strategic and tactical advantages to a work force on-the-go, but wandering users also increase exposure to risk and


November 29, 2009  4:41 AM

Analysts Predict Skyrocketing Growth for UC Market



Posted by: Tony Bradley
ABI Research, cloud, managed service, UC, UCaaS, Unified Communications, Unified Communications as a Service

I realize this post is a stark contrast to my last post, in which I stated that Gartner snubbed unified communications on its list of top IT priorities and questioned its strategic relevance at a recent...


November 27, 2009  4:16 AM

Gartner Questions Strategic Relevance of Unified Communications



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Frost & Sullivan, Gartner, Gartner Symposium, strategic, UC, Unified Communications

Unified communications has been one of a small handful of dominant IT technologies--or at least buzz words--for the past couple of years, but analysts debate whether it is still worthy of so much attention. Gartner senior analyst Nick Jones told an audience at the Gartner Symposium in Sydney...


November 26, 2009  6:29 AM

Tweeting Your Presence



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Facebook, presence, Social networking, Twitter, UC, Unified Communications

One of the keystones of unified communications is 'presence'. Another word for presence might be status, but presence is a status--plus a little bit more. Of course, that is only if it is done right and kept up to date. Social networking tools like


November 15, 2009  12:55 PM

Google Becomes a VoIP Provider with Gizmo5 Purchase



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Gizmo5, Google, Google Voice, Google Wave, SIP, Skype, UC, Unified Communications, VoIP

Google announced its 4th acquisition of the year with the purchase of Gizmo5. Gizmo5 gives Google the ability to connect VoIP calls from the Internet or from mobile...


November 12, 2009  4:32 AM

LifeSize Acquisition Moves Logitech into Video-Conferencing



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, HP, LifeSize, Logitech, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications, Video conferencing

Logitech is a name that most people are familiar with. It is a virtual household word when it comes to things like keyboards, mice, PC game controllers, and webcam equipment. Logitech is not a name, however, typically associated with enterprise-class video-conferencing. That is about to...


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