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Reality Check: Can you have UC without VoIP/IP PBX?

In this podcast, Tony Bradley discusses what unified communications (UC) really means and whether or not VoIP/IP PBX is a prerequisite. Tony also examines the process of implementing UC and explains why he favors a phased process over a full deployment.

As unified communications (UC) is a relatively new topic, there is still discussion about what really makes up UC, confusing end users and companies planning to implement UC. In this edition of Reality Check, Tony Bradley, director of security at Evangelyze Communications, discusses the definition of UC and whether or not VoIP/IP PBX is required.

In the podcast, he examines the recent release of Microsoft's Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and the effect it will have on the PBX. Tony also discusses best practices for UC implementation from the company's standpoint, such as why he prefers a phased process to deployment of the entire UC system at once.

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Additional resources
  • Microsoft's OCS R2 has powerful UC features but won't replace a PBX
  • Building a UC strategy
  • VoIP in 2009?
  • This was last published in February 2009

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