Google announced Android for Work today, unveiling its new tools and strategy for using Android devices in the workplace.
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- Big Data, Analytics and Virtualization
- Contact Center and Customer Engagement
- Cloud and Data Center
- Cost Models and Total Cost of Ownership
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- IT Innovation, Transformation, and Enterprise Technology
- Mobile and Network Services
- Security, Risk Management, and Compliance Research Initiatives
- Unified Communications and Collaboration
YES! Typically, when we think of enterprise mobility, it’s a very different beast. The majority of announcements in the greater collective of the mobile world are aimed at the consumer side.
Email, the scourge of today’s workforce that keeps millions upon millions from actually getting anything done seems to exist as a necessary evil in the corporate collaboration environment.
New Offer Illustrates Demand for UC in the Cloud
IT managers are often looking to cloud-based UC offers to make deployment easier, shift up-front capital costs to operational expenses, and provide an expeditious upgrade path as new applications and features emerge. Vendors of all kinds are diversifying into the cloud UC market. Genband has joined the foray by announcing its new, cloud-based UC offer as part of its "Making Networks Smarter" campaign. The offer includes VOIP, collaboration, audio and video conferencing, multimedia messaging, RC mobility and video in a multilevel, multi-tenant service environment aimed at enterprises and service providers (SPs). Delivery models include cloud, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Hybrid. Offers can be branded down to the enterprise level providing SPs extended reach. More components of this service are expected to be offered in the near future.
Cloud adoption of UC is trending upwards with 25% of companies implementing, planning to implement or evaluating cloud-based UC services. It is also important to note that 57% of companies consider cloud roadmaps important in UC buying decisions. Other cloud UC vendors include ShoreTel, Broadcore, Interactive Intelligence, Avaya, Cisco, AT&T, Verizon and others.
ETA Bottom Line:
Companies interested in cloud-based UC should discuss roadmaps with prospective vendors to ensure the best service for their needs. As this segment grows, watch for new trends to help minimize costs and sustain investment protection.