Vassar College Selects Esna for its Unified Communications and Collaboration Needs
January 23, 2013
By Robbie Pleasant
, TMCnet Contributor
Vassar College is replacing the NEC (News - Alert) PBX system on campus, and needed a new unified communications solution for integrating its Cisco phone system with Google Apps. For that, Esna Technologies (News - Alert) came to the rescue.
After it moved its in-house mail and calendar platform to Google Apps for Education, Vassar sought proposals for a VoIP solution. It needed one that could integrate all aspects of Google (News - Alert) Apps, Gmail, Talk, and Calendar into its VoIP platform, thus providing live collaboration and unified communications inside Gmail.
In the end, Vassar selected Esna, due to the recommendations from several vendors that it could connect the VoIP system to Google Apps. It also picked Cisco’s UC platform, Cisco Unified Communications (News - Alert) Manager and Cisco Unity Connection to be deployed in March.
Upon its completion, it will allow Vassar’s 1200 employees to communicate more effectively and quickly, thus improving productivity and collaboration across the campus, while Gmail will act as the interface for its call control, messaging, and collaboration tools.
“Unified communications is changing how educational institutions communicate and collaborate today,” says Davide Petramala, executive VP of Sales and Business Development at Esna. “By linking Google Apps for Education to Vassar’s new telephony system using Esna’s Cloudlink software, we are able to assist Vassar in achieving its goal of reducing IT costs while at the same time increasing on-campus collaboration.”
Vassar will be pleased with its new solution, thanks to Esna’s hard work. It wanted to integrate Google Apps with its VoIP system, and integrate they did, creating a system that’s easy to use and keeps the entire faculty and staff connected.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman