Unified Communications News, Features, and Interviews

News
  • 5 for 15: 65 interviews, 325 insights, still growing

    By Mike Gee | 26 March, 2015 11:37

    ARN's rich editorial initiative, 5 for 15, continues to draw significant comment from ICT industry thought leaders and provide massive insight for channel players as they delve into deliver thought-provoking and telling keys to the channel in 2015.

  • The 2015 ARN ICT Industry Awards are off and running

    By Mike Gee and Jennifer O'Brien | 24 March, 2015 12:11

    Welcome to the 2015 ARN ICT Industry Awards! As the industry's number one event, we're excited to be starting off on the long road to Awards night - September 10.

  • IN PICTURES: ARN Judges' Lunch 2015, 2/2 (+63 photos)

    By Mike Gee | 23 March, 2015 10:11

    The 2015 ARN ICT Industry Awards kicked off with the traditional opener, the Judges' Lunch, at the Ivy Sunroom. More than 110 industry leaders attended the event which featured an address by Hall of Fame inductee and Distribution Central MD, Nick Verykios, an introduction to ARN's latest event on the calendar, Edge (scheduled for July 20-23), by ARN president and publisher, Susan Searle, and a welcome and introduction to the Awards by ARN Associate Editor, Jennifer O'Brien. Here are some of the highlights. Photos by IAN SHARP.

  • IN PICTURES: ARN Judges' Lunch 2015, 1/2 (+46 photos)

    By Mike Gee | 23 March, 2015 10:09

    The 2015 ARN ICT Industry Awards kicked off with the traditional opener, the Judges' Lunch, at the Ivy Sunroom. More than 110 industry leaders attended the event which featured an address by Hall of Fame inductee and Distribution Central MD, Nick Verykios, an introduction to ARN's latest event on the calendar, Edge (scheduled for July 20-23), by ARN president and publisher, Susan Searle, and a welcome and introduction to the Awards by ARN Associate Editor, Jennifer O'Brien. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Plantronics Reseller Conference California (+10 photos)

    By Chris Player | 20 March, 2015 07:25

    Australia’s top UC resellers and distributors took the long haul flight to California to attend the Plantronics partner event from February 19 to 23.

Round Table
  • Unified Communications roundtable: Achieving interoperability

    By ARN Staff | 02 September, 2009 13:09

    The UC market is full of a range of vendors promoting tools that allow organisations to communicate and collaborate more effectively. But according to roundtable attendees, third-party offerings have to integrate successfully if UC is really going to take-off with customers.

  • Unifying communication roundtable: Identity management

    By ARN Staff | 02 September, 2009 11:00

    The cornerstone of a successful UC implementation is having up-to-date user information. DiData’s Brian Walshe said integrators often took for granted that identity information within a customer’s organisation was accurate and managed properly.

  • Roundtable: Unifying Communications

    By Nadia Cameron | 02 September, 2009 12:16

    The unified communications concept has been floating around for several years now, but what does it mean today, and where are customers in terms of adoption? ARN recently brought together several industry experts to discuss collaboration and communication, the impact on infrastructure and local opportunities.

Features
Interviews
Opinions
  • The PSTN transition to VoIP: Going green

    By Larry Hettick | 25 June, 2014 07:18

    We've discussed some of the advantages of transitioning the PSTN to IP, but there we haven't yet covered the environmental implications of the pending transition. At their annual partner conference Perspectives14, GENBAND hosted a discussion which addressed the power costs behind the PSTN, pointing out the benefits an IP transition.

  • Wireless audio enhances two new gadgets

    By Keith Shaw | 25 March, 2013 12:07

    Shaw reviews Roku's Roku 3 Internet streaming TV box and Jabra's Revo wireless headphones.

  • Why Stuxnet Is a really bad weapon

    By Mark Gibbs | 22 June, 2012 21:25

    Cyberespionage is coming of age but the problem with weapons like Stuxnet is that they will be used against us

  • The Great Verizon Network Extender rip-off

    By Mark Gibbs | 08 June, 2012 17:31

    A few months ago I started writing about my saga of getting AT&T U-verse DSL service established at the new location of the Gibbs Universal Industries Secret Underground Bunker.

  • Four things to watch post-CES

    By Keith Shaw | 16 January, 2009 08:59

    As the dust settles from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, here are four trends worth looking at based on some products that were announced at the show. On my radar screen for the year:

Reviews
  • Riverbed wins 7-vendor WAN optimization test

    By Joel Snyder | 11 November, 2013 12:13

    As applications move to the cloud, network managers are seeing increasing requirements to optimize and manage WAN connections. Most enterprises have migrated to web-based applications and make heavy use of Internet services for day-to-day business. All of this makes network performance a key factor for productivity and end-user satisfaction.

  • 4 Bluetooth speakers: Mono colors with stereo sound

    By Barbara Krasnoff | 22 March, 2013 11:09

    Even the most high-end smartphones and tablets today still have less-than-stellar speakers. We test four mobile Bluetooth speakers to see how they can improve your sound.

  • 7 low-cost videoconferencing services: Which is best for your meeting?

    By Serdar Yegulalp | 18 December, 2012 11:17

    We look at 7 online videoconferencing services that help colleagues and friends keep in touch, share screens and collaborate on presentations.

  • Jabra Solemate: Small package, big sound and price

    By Nick Barber | 16 October, 2012 19:42

    The Jabra Solemate is a portable Bluetooth speaker that produces great sound with a strong bass, but its $US200 price tag might make buyers hesitant.

  • Microsoft Lync 2010: Unified communications comes of age

    By Brian Chee | 21 April, 2011 01:27

    Every once in a very long while, I get to review a product that strikes me as a stepping stone toward the future. Microsoft Lync 2010 combines instant messaging, VoIP calling, live meetings, and videoconferencing, but it's more than the sum of these parts. Although Lync integrates with almost any PBX, it puts the PC at the center of communications so effectively that it could send your current phone system packing.

 

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