Active Directory compliance tools promise improved visibility and streamlined management, but first decide whether you want a point product or a broader compliance suite since vendor offerings vary widely.
Like Goldilocks, small and medium businesses often have difficultly finding network equipment that is just right for them. Sometimes, the devices lack sufficient horsepower and functionality to meet their networking needs. In other cases, these systems come with a lot of functionality but it often beyond their price range. Customers desire products that intersect somewhere between those two points.
Videoconferencing has benefits for companies of all sizes, but smaller companies face some special challenges. For one thing, the cost of travel can hit especially hard, but they may have trouble coming up with capital to install their own videoconferencing systems. But while working on a column on the social factors affecting videoconferencing, I talked to one midsized company that's making it work.
2014 State of Unified CommunicationsIf you thought consumerization killed UC, think again: 70% of our 488 respondents have or plan to put systems in place. Of those, 34% will roll UC out to 76% or more of their user base. And there’s some good news for UCaaS providers.
6 UC Trends to WatchInformationWeek’s 2014 Unified Communications Survey shows a revitalized market; 77% of 488 respondents have deployed UC or plan to within 24 months. Among those deploying or with plans, internal IT owns this tech: 40% will keep UC completely on premises vs. 3% going all cloud. For hybrid setups, 24% are primarily on premises vs. 17% mostly cloud.