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Weekend UC comic relief: Track Santa with Avaya, play conference call bingo with LifeSize

With the holiday season upon us, it seems that we’re all either slaving away to get things done before the holiday or mentally checked out until New Year’s. Either way, you probably could use this little UC-themed moment of Zen.

Either vendors are feeling especially playful this week or I think someone may have prematurely spiked the eggnog in their marketing departments…

  • You know Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and… Aura?: Avaya announced this week that it will power voice communications on its Aura platform for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa hotline this Christmas (and Christmas Eve). It’s no wonder the Santa-tracking scientists need some legit telephony gear — they received more than 74,000 calls last year from families around the world. Seems kind of inefficient to me. Why don’t they enable Kris Kringle with presence? It’d save a lot of call center money…
  • Are we playing four corners or round robin? Audio conferencing is something that most businesses cannot do without. But, man, have we all been on some boring conference calls. Suffer “death by PowerPoint” no more and pass the time with “Conference Call Bingo” from LifeSize. At least now you’ll have something to show for all those awkward jokes and uncomfortable silences. I don’t get it, though… why don’t I see, “IMing snarky comments in the background” anywhere?

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