Unified Communications: News

  • Avaya tried to monopolize maintenance, jury says in $60M verdict

    By Stephen Lawson | 01 April, 2014 07:46

    A federal jury in New Jersey has handed a setback to Avaya, ruling that it illegally tried to quash competition for service on its enterprise communications equipment.

  • IN PICTURES: 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards Judges' Lunch (2 of 3)

    By Mike Gee | 31 March, 2014 17:19

    The 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards were launched in style at the Ivy Sunroom in Sydney with the traditional Awards-opener, the Judges Lunch. Here is the first of three slideshows from the event. Photos by IAN SHARP

  • IN PICTURES: 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards Judges' Lunch (1 of 3)

    By Mike Gee | 31 March, 2014 10:15

    The 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards were launched in style at the Ivy Sunroom in Sydney with the traditional Awards-opener, the Judges Lunch. Here is the first of three slideshows from the event. Photos by IAN SHARP

  • Aussie software sparks surge in SME owners working remotely

    By Brian Karlovsky | 31 March, 2014 09:20

    Australian software company, simPRO, is changing the way tradies do business, and has sparked a surge in owners working remotely.

  • 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards launched (+40 photos)

    By Jennifer O'Brien | 31 March, 2014 09:12

    More than 100 people packed the Ivy Sunroom in Sydney for the annual Judges’ Networking lunch and for the official launch of the 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards.

  • 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards kick off at Judges’ Lunch

    By Jennifer O'Brien | 28 March, 2014 09:00

    The 2014 ARN ICT Awards kicked off with the annual Judges’ Lunch at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.

  • Driving innovation at Fidelity Investments

    By John Dix | 27 March, 2014 14:28

    Fidelity Investments is one of the world's largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $4.7 trillion, and it didn't get there by using yesterday's technology. In fact, the company has a standalone group, Fidelity Center for Applied Technology – more commonly referred to as Fidelity Labs -- whose job it is to take the long view, to examine technologies years before they become mainstream and help the firm get a leg up.

  • IN PICTURES: ARN Breakfast Briefing: Cloud Services

    By ARN Staff | 27 March, 2014 11:47

    ARN's latest Breakfast Briefing focused on Cloud Services and was sponsored by NewLease. Attendees were treated to a tasty breakfast ensemble at Sydney's Ivy Sunroom. The event highlighted some tips and key steps to help customers plan for their individual Cloud futures, which Cloud infrastructure and software licensing models work best, and what steps are needed to ensure a smooth transition. Guest speakers included ARN Senior Editor Allan Swann, Tim Sheedy, Forrester's Principal Analyst serving CIOs, Stephen Parker, NewLease's Head of Cloud Strategy, Joel Camissar, McAfee's Director/Service Provider, MSP and Cloud, Asia Pacific, and Michael Diaz, Veeam's ANZ Hosting and Cloud Provider Manager. Photos by Ian Sharp.

  • State of play: Concern colours slow start

    By Brian Karlovsky | 24 March, 2014 09:39

    It isn’t easy out there. Over the past quarter, some resellers have hit the wall and consolidation is rife at all levels of the channel, according to key industry players who also expect to see more big deals like the Dicker Data takeover of Express Data and a further squeezing of margins, the latter contributing to some poor results for some tier-one resellers.

  • Cisco VP Ken Boal outlines "massive revolution" in company strategy

    By Brian Karlovsky | 22 March, 2014 14:39

    Networking giant Cisco is undergoing a “massive revolution” as it moves to an outcome-based consumption model with the rise of software-defined networking, Internet-of-Everything and the application-centric data centre.

  • Panasonic hires unified communications lead

    By Nermin Bajric | 21 March, 2014 11:57

    Panasonic’s Australian Business Systems Group has appointed Ted Cofie as group manager of its unified communications arm.

  • IN PICTURES: Cisco World of Business Solutions at Cisco Live! (53 photos)

    By Brian Karlovsky | 20 March, 2014 16:22

    Thousands of partners recently converged on Melbourne Convention Centre for the largest ever Australian Cisco Live!. A key part of the event,the Cisco World of Business Solutions, showcased the latest technology from Cisco and its many channel partners.

  • IN PICTURES: Day one at Cisco Live!

    By Brian Karlovsky | 19 March, 2014 18:09

    Thousands of partners have converged on Melbourne Convention Centre for the largest ever Australian Cisco Live!.

    Cisco A/NZ vice-president, Ken Boal, welcomed visitors to the conference which gives an insight into the future of the company.

    Speakers at the conference included, Cisco A/NZ manager of the datacentre, Courtney Dodds, Executive cice president, industry solutions and chief globalisation officer, Wim Elfrink.

    Among the hot topics were the rise of the Internet-of-Everything, software-defined networking and application-centric infrastructure.

  • IN PICTURES: The Cisco powered 'groundscraper'

    By Brian Karlovsky | 19 March, 2014 14:09

    Sydney reseller, ALL.IT, has helped start a smart "groundscraper" revolution in the heart of Melbourne.

    The Brookvale-based consultant has delivered the Lifestyle Working Collins Street project, in connection with Stable Group, Cisco and Lend Lease.

    The Victoria Harbour 'groundscraper' delivers a connected small business community a space where voice and data connection is democratised and solar panels come with ownership.

    It also comes with all the green bells and whistles one would suppose of a smart green-building.

    The first building from ALL.IT, Stable and Cisco was built in Brookvale, Sydney.

  • Microsoft's Lync surging as PBX choice in North America

    By Tim Greene | 19 March, 2014 12:55

    Microsoft's Lync communications platform is making big gains as the IP PBX of choice, particularly in North America and particularly among larger businesses, Enterprise Connect attendees were told.

  • Optus targets enterprises with hosted unified communications

    By Nermin Bajric | 19 March, 2014 09:53

    Optus Business has merged its collaboration offerings into a hosted unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) suite.

  • BYOD is fraught with legal peril, audience told

    By Tim Greene | 18 March, 2014 18:17

    Businesses worry most about security when it comes to bring-your-own-device programs, but the legal ramifications of letting employees use personal smartphones and tablets at work can be just as threatening, attendees of Enterprise Connect were told.

  • Cisco, Google make nice on videoconferencing

    By Tim Greene | 18 March, 2014 18:17

    Owners of Google Chromebooks will be able to quickly join Cisco Webex conferences with an application demonstrated for the first time today at Enterprise Connect.

  • Unify sets timetable for launch of its Project Ansible unified communications service

    By Peter Sayer | 17 March, 2014 17:34

    Unify has set a timetable for the launch of its Project Ansible unified communications product, with beta testing scheduled for May.

  • UXC takes global gong for Cloud UC

    By Brian Karlovsky | 17 March, 2014 14:26

    Australian ICT infrastructure solutions firm, UXC Connect, has won the Alcatel-Lucent Global transformational Partner of the Year Award for its Cloud unified communications.

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