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Mobile Unified Communications: The Solution to Enterprise Success

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In the communications industry, smartphones have evolved into an invaluable device that blurs the line between business and personal processes. Many of the features necessary on these gadgets elevated the status of these devices from merely a trend to an inexpensive ubiquity. With SMS functions, e-mail connectivity, internet browsing, and voice over the internet protocol applications; smart handsets are now key examples of how mobile unified communications translate to a more successful enterprise.

Unified Communications in the Mobile Age

The concept is no longer an innovation or a ground-breaking thought. A 2011 research by Information Week stated that almost 36% of enterprises have been implementing unified communication systems. Back then, almost one in five business technology experts said that deployments of unified communication strategies are under-way. O2 conducted a similar study this year, which showed that 88% of senior IT leaders said that a consolidation of their data, voice, and mobile networks will occur in the next two years. Unified communication is the perfect contingency plan.

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There seems to be one reason why so many deem this enterprise concept as a standard. As  ‘smart’ technologies grew in number, innovations related to the communication realm are both inevitable and optimal. The industry enjoys the continually improving technology of VoIP and live video, which equates to web conferencing being the norm on many enterprises. Instant messaging and social networking has largely affected the business way of thinking.

Unified messaging is a concept that allows a single space to become the gate to many different communication portals. All of these technologies are made simple, portable, and hassle-free mobile technologies – smartphones, tablets, and everything in between.

Vital Role in a Business’s Success

Its aim is to address the many common errors committed through traditional business communication models. These communication problems often stem from misunderstandings, Chron said. More often than not, these misunderstandings come from the vagueness of language. Either way, digital unified communication strategies are employed to lessen the risk of these crucial flaws.

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A well-planned strategy, zeroing on the mobile platform, can prove to be beneficial to many enterprises through the following advantages:

  •  Maximize productivity – It allows a better exchange between managers and workers, minimizing time wasted through unnecessary back and forth e-mails or calls. Working at home is now a possibility that is open to most desk jobs that previously required office spaces and devices.
  • Minimize costs – It is admittedly not the least expensive resource out there, but it is definitely a guaranteed investment that pays off over time. Also, the initial cost may be reduced depending on the current tech and communication infrastructure of the company and thus, can be modified for cheaper solutions. Additionally, the cost of travel can be minimized (or even totally eliminated) through many features of UC. 

Social Media and Unified Communication

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Social media has undergone many advances in its field that is largely due to unified communications. For example, the increase in popularity of social networking site LinkedIn tells us that there is more to social media than ‘liking pages’ and ‘becoming a fan’. This interestingly blurring of professional and personal realms is credited to UC concepts such as network cultivation through contacts. Mark Straton, senior VP of Marketing, Voice and App Solutions of Siemens Enterprise Communications Group, echoed this sentiment. “Social media tools have rapidly moved from being the preferred communication method of millennials,” Straton said.

The main goal of UC is to reduce what is called communication latency. Thus it’s touted better than the multitude of avenues by which we communicate as people, workers, or businesses. This has been adapted extremely well in the most recent phases of social media through sharing of Tweets and automatic posting on Facebook’s wall from many other places like Flickr, Instagram or Ask.Fm.

Summary

It is no surprise that the enterprise unified communication market is rising. In this age of mobile usage, businesses acknowledge the necessity of an equally mobile enterprise to increase yield without much wasting of resources.

10 Telepresence Snapshots from Users

Telepresence? I saw the press kit photos but how do the “real” installations look like?

You have all seen the high quality press material and the polished photos on webpages around Telepresence solutions, but have you ever wondered how the users see it? We have been going through the archive of Instagram and provide you today with our 10 favourite Telepresence snapshots of users and aficionados.

Browsing through these lovely shots you will get a good insight into the actual utilisation of Telepresence technology and how it can be used for connecting remote employees to improve teamwork or even how to have a better work-life balance.

These photos are owned by their respective creators and we claim no copyright. We hope you enjoy our selection and you may click on an image to be re-directed to the source.

Our picks:

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Long Distance Relationship.. Supported by #cisco #telepresence – iswant22


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The power of #technology #telepresence – Janice Loke


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workin’ a little late since I have band practice (for church) in a little bit… saying hello and goodnight to my kiddos from my office desk… i’d prefer to be home, but when you can’t ya gotta love #telepresence! – Pete Kim


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Så jävla business #telepresence – Felix B


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Me siento súper High Tech, llegando a junta 3! telepresencia – Rodrigo Violante


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Testing some new #cisco #telepresence equipment – Sean Scott


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Avatar, 2012 – Øivind


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#TelePresence at @CISCO on #DesigningChange. 7 cities present from across Canada – Komal Minhas


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Morning video call in HD with @mattrehm #cisco #telepresence #tandberg #collaboration – George


Christopher Isak, Photopgraphy, photo, telepresence, room, video, conference, idle, design, special, busines, room, modern, plant, plants, green, wooden, wood, table, meeting, Eschborn, Germany, Deutschland, GMS, Global Media Services, GmbH, company, service provider, managed service, offer, offering, consulting, professional services, ergonomic, chair, chairs, vnoc, mcu, management, vip, support, white, glove, experience, user, expectation, fulfilment, integrated, system, hidden, technology, interior, design, enterprise, office, projection, room, control, amx, switched, off, black, screen

Let’s have a #videoconference! – #Telepresence #Cisco #UnifiedCommunication – #GMS #Eschborn #Germany #Europe – Christopher Isak


If you have snapshots to share or would like to introduce yourself or your whole team let us know and drop a comment with the link below. We will add you to the list right away!