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Unified Communications Software Week in Review

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June 30, 2012

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 from the past week.

Blue Jeans Networks announced it raised $25 Million in funding fresh on the heels of their one year in the industry. The Series C funding was led by New Enterprise Associates and included Accel Partners (News - Alert)  and Norwest Venture Partners – all previous investors.

"In a year, we've gone from unknown to disrupter," Stu Aaron, Blue Jeans' chief commercial officer, told CRN. "We're growing our paying customer base day in and day out, and we're happy to have gotten to a year."

Also this week, Cisco (News - Alert) made a splash when it unveiled Cisco Unified Communications Release 9.0 – an updated offering that puts a specific focus on the mobile worker and their productivity outside of the office walls.

New features include third-party endpoint support, FMC, improved video quality and improved licensing that makes it possible for businesses to purchase licenses based on four worker types: deskless (roaming) workers, desk-bound workers, occasionally mobile workers and road warriors.

Speaking of remote workers, ePlus Advantage announced this week a new portable video conferencing solution that can turn any location into a virtual meeting space.

Mark Marron, president of ePlus Technology said, "Our Portable Video Conferencing solution puts this critical technology within reach of any organization. Whether it's to expand use of video, easily deploy video conferencing where it's needed, or create video-enabled meeting rooms regardless of space requirements, ePlus can help customers accelerate their adoption of video technology--and thereby stay close to their employees, customers, and suppliers."

New research findings released this week from DoubleDutch also point to the benefits collaboration apps have in improving productivity and engagement for mobile employees.

The research found that collaboration apps can help to cut e-mail volume in the workplace by as much as 34 percent while also increasing productivity and competition via leader boards.

Finally this week, Alliant Technologies also announced the release of its SmartUC Hosted Collaboration solution.

The new offering takes advantage of the cloud to more quickly and cost efficiently deliver voice and video applications to customers.

“Our SmartUC service offering enables our customers to quickly realize all the benefits of the enhanced collaboration services powered by the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution platform. Since Alliant is providing SmartUC as a fully hosted service with full lifecycle support included, our customers will further benefit from predictable monthly budgeting and reduced operating expenses”, noted Scot Chapman, Alliant’s product development manager.

Be sure to check back with TMCnet throughout the week for the latest in Unified Communications (News - Alert) Software news as it happens. Until next week…

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