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Enterprise Connect 2016: Special conference coverage

March 7-10 from Orlando, Florida


Enterprise Connect, a leading unified communications conference, once again descends upon Orlando, Fla. The annual conference showcases the latest UC trends, products and analysis.

In the past year the UC market has seen some shifts. Skype for Business made a name for itself. Messaging emerged as a robust communications platform. And the contact center developed as a prominent UC topic.

Event organizers added a communications API conference track for 2016. APIs allow developers to embed communications -- such as voice, messaging and video -- into everyday business applications, like Salesforce. Yet perennial conference themes remain: cloud communications, video conferencing, WebRTC and the endless saga of Cisco vs. Microsoft.

From the conference floor at Enterprise Connect 2016, we analyze the top news, trends and products. Plus, be sure to check out our special multimedia coverage.


Enterprise Connect 2016 News

Track product launches, expert insights and other industry updates. Also, follow important keynote speeches and UC topics, such as cloud communications, collaboration and video conferencing.


Cisco Spark creates developer fund for custom apps

At Enterprise Connect, Cisco announced a $150 million fund to invest in developers who build custom apps using the Cisco Spark collaboration service. Continue Reading


Cisco vs. Microsoft: Cloud becomes latest battlefront for UC

As these industry giants wrestle for dominance in UC, their fight moves to the cloud. But as their offerings increasingly overlap, how do you decide which best fits your business? Continue Reading


Cisco, Microsoft want video conferencing systems interoperability

Microsoft and Cisco pledged video conferencing systems interoperability at the Enterprise Connect conference, but cross-vendor technology remains elusive. Continue Reading


WebRTC conference to gauge the technology's progress

A WebRTC conference at Enterprise Connect will check the health of the browser-based communications technology, as many enterprises are using WebRTC without knowing it. Continue Reading


Numonix integrates cloud recording service in Office 365

Numonix has announced a Microsoft Office 365 integration that records voice, video, chat and desktop screen communications via a hybrid cloud environment. Continue Reading


Microsoft broadens Skype telephony services

Microsoft introduced at Enterprise Connect a version of the Skype telephony service that connects to a company’s existing phone lines and numbers. Continue Reading


Avaya launches Zang for communication applications

Avaya announced it had created Zang, a cloud-based company for developers building customized communication applications, at the Enterprise Connect conference. Continue Reading

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Enterprise Connect 2016 Trends

Discover the latest UC trends and glean insights from expert panel discussions. We'll cover the major developments and themes in the industry, including communication APIs, mobility and WebRTC.


Cloud-based technology is hot at Enterprise Connect

Vendors meet in Orlando, Fla., for the annual unified communications-focused Enterprise Connect conference, where cloud-based technology is one of the most discussed topics. Continue Reading


Cloud, team chat apps top trends at UC conference

UC analyst Irwin Lazar previews Enterprise Connect 2016. He highlights the latest cloud advancements, team chat collaboration applications and vendor strategies. Continue Reading


Using APIs to integrate communication into business workflows

APIs can help enterprises integrate communications into business workflows. This type of emerging UC integration is now more widely available and features rich capabilities. Continue Reading


New UC products and services on display at industry expo

Vendors will exhibit their latest UC tools at Enterprise Connect 2016, from team chat apps to virtual collaboration. Check out some of the announcements coming out of the conference. Continue Reading


SD-WAN technology promises enterprises control, cost savings

The latest UC innovations are testing the limits of enterprise networks. At Enterprise Connect, industry leaders discuss how SD-WAN technology can give networks the boost they need. Continue Reading


Enterprise UC managers rein in the cloud craze

Debunking the cloud craze, a panel of IT architects at Enterprise Connect said many of their UC applications are still on premises, or at least hosted in a hybrid structure. Continue Reading

Blog Post

Avoid these four SIP deployment pitfalls

Implementing SIP trunking can be a daunting task for many organizations. But enterprises can take certain steps to ensure their SIP deployment is relatively smooth. Industry leaders at Enterprise ... Continue Reading

Photo Story

Best of Enterprise Connect 2016 award finalists

The Best of Enterprise Connect award finalists reflect the changing nature of unified communications, as cloud-based services become more prominent in the industry. Continue Reading

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Enterprise Connect 2016 Video

See product demos from the Best of Enterprise Connect award finalists and hear from analysts and other industry insiders. Check out our videos highlighting innovative products and mobility services.


Team messaging apps face hype vs. adoption dilemma

Slack and other team messaging apps are popular among enterprise workers, even as IT departments try to figure out if these apps are right for their organizations.


Cloud-based video conferencing gathers steam

Cloud-based video conferencing can help enterprises save time and money, as the expensive, big boardroom deployments are a thing of the past, according to one expert.


New video conferencing services highlight UC market trends

CafeX, Cisco and Vidyo show off their latest video collaboration services at Enterprise Connect. Innovations include browser-based conferencing and cloud-based API frameworks.


Startups showcase mobile innovations at Enterprise Connect

At the Enterprise Connect Innovation Showcase, six startups displayed their mobile products and services, ranging from location tracking to real-time communications.


Cloud communication, mobility spotlight UC innovations

Mobility and cloud communications offer vendors and users great opportunities to innovate. Check out some of the latest UC services from Enterprise Connect.

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