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Integrating unified communications products and other UC trends

This collection of recent coverage on UC integration considers new developments and potential pitfalls -- and provides expert insights on both.

Introduction

Unified communications and collaboration technology combines various modes of communication and/or collaboration into a single product. It's an area of IT that is evolving, driven by advanced tech like artificial intelligence and by changes in the IT landscape, including security threats.

While many vendors are moving toward products that are team- and cloud-based, there are a considerable number of organizations with investments already made in on-premises deployments. Among the topics this guide covers are integrating the latest UC tech -- like digital whiteboards -- into current setups and UC service offerings, like CPaaS and UCaaS.

Here we've collected some of our best, more recent articles focused on the integration of unified communications products. This guide covers current UC trends and potential pitfalls and offers expert insights on both.

1Key UC considerations-

Key considerations when launching UC projects

When it comes to integrating UC into your enterprise environment, there is a variety of things that require deep thought. Among things that deserve careful attention are the prior experiences of others like yourself and the best practices that have arisen from use cases involving the integration of a UC suite. Read this collection of recent articles to broaden your awareness of key things to consider when installing the latest UC hardware and software.

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How to best implement UC integration suites

The integration of unified communications products takes skill and can feel daunting. But expert Carrie Higbie highlights some best practices that will make the process easier. Continue Reading

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The risks of integrating unified communications products

When UC and business apps get integrated, the result can be better workflows and communications, but don't overlook the security risks that can arise. Continue Reading

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Consider consolidations for your collaboration features

Enterprises that combine UC capabilities can both cut their UC costs while boosting employee productivity, according to new research. Continue Reading

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Interoperability woes hit some team chat applications

A lack of interoperability is frustrating users when it comes to the apps they use for both internal and external collaboration. Continue Reading

2Cloud UC -

UC integration arrives, wrapped up in cloud

UC deployments come in a range of models -- on-premises, cloud-based or some mix of the two. But to decide what’s best in a particular company means understanding the pros and cons of each. Learn more about the variety of UC platform delivery options and delve into the debates over each. Readers of the material collected here will gain valuable insight into how to approach this important tech decision.

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UC integration can be on-premises, cloud-based, or a combo

The integration of unified communications products comes in more than one flavor. Learn whether on-premises, cloud-based or some combination of the two is the best for your company. Continue Reading

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Contextual communication latest UC trend

Communications platforms, delivered as a service, are the latest trend bringing contextual communication to company interaction with customers. Continue Reading

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Momentum for cloud adoption maybe be slow but it's growing

The trend toward cloud adoption for UC has been slow-moving but there are definite signs show that it is growing. Learn what likely lies ahead as adoption accelerates. Continue Reading

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Take a deeper look into CPaaS versus UCaaS debate

When it comes to the integration of unified communications products, a debate still rages: Which is best, CPaaS or UCaaS? But what if the two can be complements? Continue Reading

3UC trends-

UC near-term future focused on collaboration, cloud

UC trends are sharpened by many factors, most recently by a push for UC integration that involves the increased use of cloud in UC as well as advanced technology like AI. Platforms that are only on-premises seem to be fading in popularity, while emphasis on enabling team collaboration is growing. (Evidence of the latter is the variety of new tech now on the market to upgrade corporate meeting rooms.) But nothing is ever certain in unified communications, a sector that keeps on evolving in the wake of technological developments, the business competition landscape, and the nature of security threats to UC.

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UC trends: Evolution is both imperfect and inevitable

The way unified communications technology evolves means that networking pros need to expect change, be able to adapt and to realize UC will never be perfect. Continue Reading

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UC integration, plus AI tech, both on the horizon

Coming UC trends include the need for the integration of unified communications products and increased application of AI in call centers. Other factors to impact the UC landscape include vendor developments and digital transformation. Continue Reading

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UC crystal ball sees collaboration as a norm

What are the coming UC trends? Expect team collaboration, expiration dates for on-premises platforms, significant challenges in the areas of security and UC integration. Continue Reading

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Get your on-premises meeting rooms primed for the future

Meeting rooms should be at the center of corporate efforts to upgrade its UC capabilities on premises. Here's some guidance on how to approach this project. Continue Reading

4UC collaboration-

Huddle rooms, whiteboards and collaboration spaces drive UC

The term unified communication and collaboration is admittedly a mouthful and that’s why it’s often shorted to just UC. But trends in collaboration tech are playing a big part in the integration of unified communications products now. In this segment, learn all about the latest advancements in huddle rooms, digital whiteboards and collaboration spaces. The possibilities are immense and the hardware and software potentially pricey; it will pay to stay informed on the possibilities and the pitfalls.

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Ask an expert about the role of huddle rooms in UC strategy

The collaboration strategy of forward-thinking companies must consider huddle rooms, says a leading UC expert. Learn why, and what's required to do it right. Continue Reading

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Need to keep your huddle rooms on a budget? Here's how

Huddle rooms might be a key element of advanced UC, but that doesn't mean your IT budget needs to go bust. Here's how to strike a balance between quality and cost. Continue Reading

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The possibilities for simple, affordable huddle rooms

Huddle rooms are a popular UC trend but may seem out of reach for many companies. But if you keep it simple, you can make it affordable. Continue Reading

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Make 'huddling' reflect your team collaboration workflows

The first step toward installing the huddle room in your enterprise is to look at how your on-premise teams actually collaborate, and then design the new space from there. Continue Reading

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Rise up and lead, IT pro, on conference room reboot projects

IT teams should take control of conference space projects, since they are the experts on the UC tech an effective meeting space now requires. Ownership, says Nemertes Research, is the biggest driver when it comes to the "conference room of the future." Continue Reading

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UC use cases lacking when it comes to digital whiteboards

The latest whiteboards are here but are they wanted? To invest in these flashy hunks of UC hardware companies need first to find some solid use cases for them. Continue Reading

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