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April 21, 2012
TMCnet Unified Communications Software Week in Review
By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor
Welcome to the latest edition of TMCnet’s Unified Communications Software Week in Review – where you’ll find a brief rundown of all the top stories related to UC that happened over the last five business days.
This week was jam-packed with video conferencing UC related news.
Cisco (News - Alert) announced on Wednesday that its Jabber IM and presence software will be offered for free for all customers of their Unified Communications (News - Alert) Manager “CUCM” offering.
With Jabber, users with an iPad, iPhone or BlackBerry, or anyone with a Windows or Mac-powered PC can make use of high-quality video and voice messaging as well as IM. Company officials note the offering will be provided for Android (News - Alert) users later this year as well.
Also this week, C2Call, the creators of FriendCaller announced it will be offering more mobile apps and web products for users including support for 7-way group chat sessions.
FusionStorm, a provider of IT consulting, services, cloud offerings and managed services also made headlines this week with the announcement that it would now offer a turnkey upgrade program, implementation service and expert assessment for company’s currently using older versions of Cisco’s Unified Communications Manager application – which the company claims has neared the end of its product support lifetime.
“Upgrading from early versions of Cisco Unified Communications Manager can be challenging, particularly for customers that are running in a non-virtualized environment,” said Tony Balistrieri, FusionStorm’s vice president of Partner Strategy. “FusionStorm's systematic methodology ensures that each upgrade will be successful with minimal disruption to the customer's operations. Customers can trust FusionStorm's Cisco certified engineers and voice specialists to ensure project success.”
Also this week, Polycom (News - Alert) announced it is providing UC solutions to LOTOS Group, a producer and supplier of oil products in Poland. The UC solutions help to connect the company’s 5,000 employees and offices and increase productivity thanks to video collaboration.
Implemented by certified partner NextiraOne, Polycom’s UC offerings met the needs for LOTOS Group who was seeking a secure and reliable videoconferencing solution to provide anywhere, anytime connectivity and collaboration to its employees.
Finally, InterCall (News - Alert) and Blue Jeans Network announced this week, they will work together on powerful on-the-fly video conferencing services that combines Blue Jeans video conferencing platform to InterCall's already popular collaboration and conferencing suite.
“This new service eliminates the challenges that often make video conferencing difficult. By allowing users to join a meeting from various devices and platforms, video conferencing is now a more viable meeting choice than ever before,” said Robert Bellmar, senior vice president of Conferencing and Collaboration at InterCall.
That’s all for this week, so be sure to check back with TMCnet throughout the week for the latest in Unified Communications Software news as it happens. Until next week…