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Unified Communications

CeBIT Launch for snom ONE Plus

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CeBIT Launch for snom ONE Plus

Alongside displaying its desktop IP phone and IP-PBX software ranges, snom will be launching its snom ONE Plus at this year's CeBIT.

ONE Plus is an all-in-one end-to-end telephone solution-- an easily and quickly implementable system providing remote working, centralised address book, simultaneous desk and mobile phone ringing together with a high security level. 

Available in 2 versions-- blue (up to 150 extensions) and yellow (up to 20 extensions)-- the snom ONE Plus does not include mechanical parts, thus increasing durability and stability. Meanwhile Read more...

Moderate Growth Ahead for Unified Communications

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Moderate Growth Ahead for Unified Communications

IDC predicts the EMEA UC market will grow to $16.6bn by 2014-- after being worth around $8bn by 2010's end.

As the credit crunch continues all over the region, enterprises will be more cautious in their IT spending. Thus IDC's prediction suggests moderate Y-o-Y over the next 5 years. 

UC solutions sold as hosted or cloud-based services will grow steadily as businesses continue to outsource-- primarily to reduce network management and maintenance costs. 

Companies' needs for external expertise (as they move from a capex-based to an opex-based model) Read more...

Strong 3rd Quarter for Unified Communications

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Strong 3rd Quarter for Unified Communications

The UC market reaches its highest growth rate since 2008 in Q3 2010, Dell'Oro says. 

The market expands 7% sequentially as strong seasonal quarters from larger vendors offset weakness in Europe. 

Dell'Oro believes the UC market will continue expanding in 2010, despite pockets of weakness. Vendors will continue investing and expanding their offerings while Microsoft actively pushes Lync. 

Vendors will also continue migrating their installed base over to IP lines-- a process that may take another decade to complete. 

The top 8 vendors-- Aastra, Alcatel-Lucent, Read more...

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.

Lync Read more...

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...

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