Krone selects Cisco
With corporate and government spending on IT taking a dive over the last 12 months, at least industry players know they can depend on each other for a few healthy contracts every now and then. Telecommunications cabling manufacturers Krone Australia has chosen to roll out a Cisco AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) voice-over-IP system throughout its six Australian offices. Replacing Krone's old PABX system will be Cisco's Call Manager solution, IP phones, new Cisco switches and the Cisco Unity Messaging Service. Krone expects to save around $4000 per month on calls between its offices and around $35,000 a year by hosting its own teleconferences.
Tennyson knocks Microsoft's SOX off
Tennyson Networks has announced that its Australian-developed SOX Virtual phone product has become the first desktop telephone system for SME businesses to be accredited by Microsoft for integration with its Outlook and Exchange 2000 servers. The unified messaging product can auto-dial from contacts in a Microsoft address book, screen pops of outlook records on incoming calls, enable voicemail, faxes and SMS messages to be delivered to the Outlook inbox, and can read e-mails and check appointments in Outlook's calendar through a speech command interactive voice response system.
Learn networking from the back of Bourke Multinational education firm Global Knowledge has announced the availability of virtual classroom e-learning packages in several networking technologies, all available over the Internet. Students can learn through online instructor-led training and have access to online demonstrations on networks and network applications, the company said. Global Knowledge thus believes a budding IT professional can get certified from as far away as "the back of Bourke". Subjects offered range from vendor-specific courses to generic networking courses.