FCC Explores Allowing Texts To '911'
Chairman Julius Genachowski said texting, mobile videos and photos could help first responders, but most 911 agencies are not yet equipped to handle messaging.
HP Introduces New Video Conference Systems
HP is venturing further into the high-definition videoconferencing market for the purposes of business collaboration by introducing three new products it calls HP Visual Collaboration. HP's products are based on scalable video coding (SVC) technology from Vidyo Inc., which we reviewed in March, 2010, that enhances videoconferencing regardless of network bandwidth or the end point video display.
Avaya IP Office: Enterprise Features For The SMB
On Monday, Avaya upgraded IP Office, its flagship IP-PBX for small-to-medium sized enterprises, to version 6.1, adding Linux, accommodating Nortel users, and taking a number of other steps to simplify IP Office deployment and multi-site management.
Cisco Eyes New Video Opportunities
Cisco is continuing its assault on the telepresence and the high-definition video teleconferencing market that was accelerated earlier this year with company's $3.4 billion acquisition of Tandberg. The numbers are compelling, says Cisco: over 50 percent of all Internet traffic today is video, and within three years the volume will be 90 percent, and it wants a bigger slice of the video pie.
Cisco Earnings Rise, Stock Drops
Investors punished the firm due to declining sales to state governments and cable companies that led the company to lower its second-quarter forecast.
IBM Lotus Connections 3.0 Includes Social Business Features
IBM used a conference on enterprise collaboration this week to introduce Lotus Connections 3.0, an update of its enterprise collaboration platform that also includes features to help set up a social networking site to connect a company's employees, partners and customers. Despite some resistance from enterprises to engage in social networking, such as on Facebook, IBM said there are aspects of it that are helpful to business growth.
CommVault's Simpana 9: Making Information Governance Actionable
IT organizations are becoming more and more aware of the need for information governance but if their concerns only result in collaborative planning efforts there is no mechanism to actually put the plans into execution. However, there are solutions designed to help overcome this hurdle. The information management side of CommVault's Simpana 9 turns the planning exercise into actions that can achieve measurable results in such areas as eDiscovery and compliance.
BroadVision Offers Platform For Social Media In The Enterprise
BroadVision is introducing a new version of its Clearvale product that makes it possible for businesses to set up a social network for their employees and customers. The platform brings together communications tools such as instant messaging (IM), e-mail and voice, but also allows a company to develop additional services to sell to those customers.
Cisco survey: Disconnect Between End Users And IT Over Device Use Policy
Data from a global survey conducted by Cisco Systems found that nearly half of end users globally say either their companies do not have an IT policy governing the use of PCs, cell phones, smart phones and PDAs, although more than 80 percent of IT decision makers say that such policies exist. On the other hand, among end users who are aware of corporate IT policies around device use almost three-quarters think the policies need only slight improvement or think they are fine as is.