Unified Communications News, Features, and Interviews

News
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
  • Q&A: David Gage on Microsoft's new Cloud partner focus

    By Allan Swann | 09 September, 2014 14:35

    ARN 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, David Gage, took some time out from Microsoft’s Annual Partner Conference to discuss the company’s channel partner programme across 2014.

  • Interview: Juniper Networks' new CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir

    By Allan Swann | 23 January, 2014 11:28

    ARN took some one-on-one time with the high profile CEO to discuss his vision of where he wants to take the company in 2014, and how it will compete with key rivals.

  • INTERVIEW: Bringing Aastra back to relevance in the channel

    By Allan Swann | 22 October, 2013 11:51

    Aastra’s Tony Warhurst has been managing director of the unified communications company’s A/NZ operations for just over a year, but has already overseen the company resurgent in the Channel. Boosted by the launch of a several key products, he sat down to discuss the company, his mission and the trends emerging in the UC market.

  • INSIDE STORY: Steering towards new business strategies

    By Julia Talevski | 27 July, 2011 14:19

    Distributor IPL Communications held a thought leadership event earlier this year specifically targeting 170 dealers that were a mix between telco and system integrators. This was underscored by the need to change. Julia Talevski sat down with IPL general manager, Paul Scanlan, and managing director, Stead Denton.

  • Polycom CEO Robert Hagerty talks telepresence

    By Matt Hamblen | 10 March, 2009 09:48

    Videoconferencing is available for desktops and even through specially designed rooms called telepresence systems, but on wireless handhelds? According to Robert Hagerty, who has been CEO of Polycom for 10 years, it could be widely available soon.

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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