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Unified Communications

Microsoft Debuts The Missing "Lync" in Unified Communications

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 Microsoft Debuts The Missing

Microsoft believes it can quickly reach $1 billion in annual sales to corporates (such as Royal Dutch Shell , Nikon, Boeing and France Telecom et al) by pushing a "re-re-re-vamped" UC software that handles web-based calling and videoconferencing. (Microsoft already does $1 billion annually with SharePoint, a family of software products for collaboration, file sharing as well as web publishing.)

The software, called Lync, wants its share of the $50 billion market for products that help companies replace traditional phones with IP systems.

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Social Networking to Replace E-Mail, Says Gartner

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Social Networking to Replace E-Mail, Says Gartner

20% of employees could be using social networks as their business communications' hub instead of email by 2014, Gartner reports. 

While microblogging already takes part in enterprise communications, business communications are still evolving.

Newer employees entering the workforce will communicate via social networks in paralell to their business e-mail use. This will lead to eventual change in workplace culture.

The rigid disctinction between e-mail and social networks will thus erode-- e-mail will take on more social attributes (like contact brokering) Read more...

Rich Media Drives the Evolution, Says Cisco

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Rich Media Drives the Evolution, Says Cisco

Dylan was right: The Times They Are A’ Changin'.

The keynote address at this year’s InfoComm (an AV, not IT, show) was delivered by…Cisco.

Representing the IT giant, Marthin De Beer, Senior VP Emerging Technologies Business Group at Cisco, took the InfoComm stage to tell delegates that collaborative technologies like video and telepresence are changing the way people work, learn, and communicate—and even forcing radical changes in network architecture.

He says future collaboration will make it easier for users to create and Read more...

Cisco Unveils Prosumer Video Solution

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Cisco Unveils Prosumer Video Solution

Cisco unveils its new Prosumer Video solution which integrates Cisco FocalPoint, an online video workspace with a business-class Cisco Flip MinoPRO camcorder.

Cisco says the Flip MinoPRO Camcorder combines the easy-to-use features of the consumer Flip Video Camcorders with the increased capacity and functionality that business organizations need.

It runs user-friendly FocalPoint software can help your organization more simply and securely organize, play, and share videos.

Because this is a new video collaboration solution, a video Read more...

AVAYA Partners Say Most Opportunity in UC

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AVAYA Partners Say Most Opportunity in UC

In an EMEA channel survey of 354 partners from Avaya, 38% say unified communications offers the most opportunities in 2010 (with 23% claiming VoIP will be the hot sector for 2010).

Avaya launches MarketLeaders, a marketing program to help its EMEA channel partners to make the most of their sales opportunities. MarketLeaders also offers marketing training for partners to build in-house marketing expertise and assist in the generation of additional sales leads.

The Avaya MarketLeaders program delivers a wide range of customisable marketing services and pre-packaged campaigns, covering topics such as Unified Communications, IP Telephony, Small Medium Business and Contact Centers. The program can be used selectively to build awareness, create demand, nurture existing customers or develop new relationships. MarketLeaders also offers extensive training resources including guides on marketing best practices that can be used to scale up or complement the existing in-house marketing skills and resources of all Avaya partners.


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