Merging voice and data networks within the enterprise makes more and more sense in a world in which comms are already unified in our smartphones, tablets and convertibles. UC means that organisations can benefit from the economies of scale that go with IP-based voice communications, and maximise the value of the new generation of cloud-based platforms and tools that offer data, voice and rich-media functions.
In this way, UC is both an efficiency tool today and an investment in the future, especially as the once-clear boundaries between enterprise IT and consumer technology are fast collapsing. Today, business users increasingly want a 'consumer like' experience – which is shorthand for applications that are as easy to use on any device as a social platform.
Vendors have reached the same conclusions, with Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber, Avaya, and many more, all offering intuitive, flexible functionality, instant messaging, and telepresence.
Hardware and peripherals are vital components of Unified Communications, with headsets, mics, cameras, and other interfaces all making the most of high-speed networking technologies, combined with top-quality sound and vision.
Explore the whole world of Networks, with product demonstrations, workshops, seminars, and more at UC EXPO.