UC Platforms: Setting Standards
Standardizing on communications platforms across the enterprise starts with getting employee feedback on the tools they use and prefer.
Skype For Business: 8 Ways It's Better Than Lync
With the launch of Skype for Business, Microsoft allows businesses to expand their communications while maintaining enterprise-class controls. Find out how the platform has improved over Lync.
Cisco Certifications To Kickstart Your Career
Cisco certifications are some of the most prestigious in technology, encompassing far more than routing and switching. Find out which options can improve your resume and skill set.
Will 802.11ac Kill Wired Ethernet?
The evidence is all around us that wireless networks are rapidly replacing wired as the connectivity option of choice, and not just for mobile phones and tablets.
SDN & UC Integration: A Work In Progress
Microsoft has led the way in applying software-defined networking to unified communications with its Lync SDN API, but a networking expert says more work is required to make communications and SDN a truly powerful combination.
Collaboration: The Audio Aspect
This quick tutorial on how audio travels in space will help you determine if the audio specifications of UC speakerphones or UC audio pickup devices are reasonable.
Crafting Effective UC Training
Getting the most out of your UC investment requires a usage and adoption program that teaches employees not only how to use the communication tools, but also the benefits.
WebRTC: Not Ready For The Enterprise
The open source web-based technology promises real-time communication across a multitude of applications, but must overcome challenges before it makes inroads into the enterprise market.
Unified Communications: Words Matter
When it comes to UC, one word can make a huge difference. Calling your UC investment an initiative instead of a project increases your chances of success.
Why UC Implementations Fail
Unified communications and collaboration projects fall flat when companies don't understand needs or consult with their employees. Get the facts and figures from Softchoice's UC study.
Closing The UC Gap: 4 Tips
Making the leap from unified communications to unified interaction is possible, but it involves more than just installing new software. Here's how to make a successful transition.
UC Adoption In The Enterprise
A recent survey shows that unified communications is growing in the enterprise, despite many IT pros' lack of familiarity with the term.
Cisco Live's 7 Best Scenes
Attendees at Cisco Live this week were showered in APIs and ACI, and swimming in selfies. Take a look at the highlights from the annual customer event.
6 UC Trends to Watch
InformationWeek’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.
But there is hope for service providers: 19% of those deploying UC within 24 months are unsure of their model. These shops could be persuaded to go cloud, given the right incentives.
Microsoft Lync: 10 Ways To Do More
Lync does much more than instant messaging. Check out these tips and tricks for getting the most from this communication and collaboration tool.
Why Does Customer Service Suck?
Businesses need to get on the ball with implementing unified communications systems that can break down silos and improve their sinking customer satisfaction ratings.
Interop: Find The Fun
Attending a technology conference can be hard work, but Interop is making fun an integral part of the agenda.
3 Survival Tips For Women In IT
The technology industry -- especially the networking field -- can be an awfully isolating place for a woman. I offer three ways to cope.
Cisco Puts WebEx On Chromebooks
Cisco revamps its videoconferencing lineup with a Google partnership, new products, and lower prices, the company announces at the Enterprise Connect conference.
Discover Your Inner UC
The tools for unified communications already exist in many companies, waiting to be unearthed and put to good use by enterprising IT leaders.
10 Nerdy Things To Do In Las Vegas
At the end of March, IT engineers and architects will descend upon Las Vegas for Interop, the biggest independent IT conference of the year. The show will be packed with the latest technology, including everything from OpenFlow to 802.11ac and SSDs to DIMMs. But even the biggest technophile needs have a little fun at the end of the day, and Las Vegas is certainly the place to find it. If you want to get away from the glitzy shows and casinos, check out these places where nerds can let loose.
SDN-Enabling The WLAN
Wireless networks must truly embrace open standards for enterprises to reap the performance benefits of software-defined networking.