Unified Communications Unit Sales Soar 76% Year-on-Year Across Europe 

European distribution sales of unified communications (UC) products have surged by 76% so far this year compared to the same period in 2020, with more modest growth expected for the second half of 2021, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company. CONTEXT’s figures cover the entire UC market, including collaboration headsets, cameras, speakers, microphones, […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: The UCC Day Roundup

I’ve written live coverage for a lot of AV industry events over the years. But when last year rolled around, rAVe’s new concept, LAVNCH, reinvigorated my excitement to document live happenings in the industry. In fact, rAVe Managing Editor Steph Beckett reminded me in her LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 preview article that the agency developed the […]

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Zoom Announces Expanded Platform, New Technologies at Zoomtopia 2019

Zoom Video Communications just announced at Zoomtopia 2019 (its annual user conference) that major additions are coming to its software platforms. All of these, which are outlined below, will be become available on the platform by the end of January 2020. New Zoom Rooms Appliances: These are purpose-built Zoom Rooms hardware devices that Zoom is […]

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Utelogy Announces USB Device Monitoring

Utelogy has announced that USB device monitoring has been added to its platform to allow IT departments to manage UCC systems (web-based conferencing software) easier and more quickly. How does it work? With companies rapidly moving to unified communications (UC) including Microsoft Teams, Webex, Zoom and Ring Central and other computer-based collaboration platforms, a growing […]

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Why AI Will Make Collaboration Experts of Us All

By Kelly Bousman Sr. Vice President, Marketing, AVI-SPL Editor’s note: Seventeen unified communications (UC), video and collaboration leaders from Fortune 500 and large enterprises met at AVI-SPL’s 2018 Customer Advisory Board (CAB) meeting and a subset of six CAB members met over three months in 2019, to envision AI’s role in improving collaboration and meetings. […]

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The Isolated Worlds of Video Conferencing

I participated in a unified communications panel at InfoComm about three years ago. It was a great panel with representation from companies like Cisco, Polycom, and (the now defunct) Tely Labs. I was the oddball of the bunch; promising the audience that a focus on software to improve proximate meetings was needed at least as […]

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Unified Communications & Collaboration Market to Be $60 Billion by 2025

Unified Communications & Collaboration Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $32 billion to over $60 billion by 2025, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. The unified communications and collaboration market growth is attributed to the growing penetration of mobile devices and increasing adoption […]

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TrueConf Announces ISE 2019 Plans

TrueConf has announced its participation in ISE 2019. The trade show is scheduled to be held in Amsterdam on 5-8 Feb. 2019. Visitors to TrueConf’s booth 11-C160 will have the opportunity to experience the latest company’s products and solutions first hand at the Unified Communications pavilion. This is the company’s sixth consecutive exhibition at Integrated […]

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Boardroom Technology and Unified Communications — The DATA

Futuresource Consulting has released its latest corporate AV end user report, which provides insight into the converged world of unified communications. It highlights the challenges and opportunities for both businesses and suppliers to enhance employee collaboration, communication and efficiency in the meeting room and beyond. In this latest report, Futuresource interviewed both corporate AV purchasers […]

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Ricoh Partners with Videxio to Offer a Cloud Videoconferencing Service

It looks like Fridays are becoming the big news days in UCC, and today happens to be no exception. It was announced today that leading cloud video service provider Videxio has signed a global agreement with Ricoh, where the worldwide technology solutions provider will offer the Videxio service branded as RICOH Unified Communication System Advanced […]

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Followup to the Acquisition: My Discussions with Polycom and Mitel on Cloud, UCC and Mobility

As the dust settles and the AV industry has begun to ingest the news of Mitel acquiring Polycom in a cash and stock transaction valued at $1.96 billion, it has to be understood that this acquisition can truly re-define UCC in the industry, as well for other markets. This is Mitel’s second acquisition in the […]

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Say Cheese! The Past and Future of the Videoconference Room Camera

By David Danto IMCCA This article originally ran in my my Network World column “Workspaces for Tomorrow” earlier in the year. Enterprise videoconferencing has been around in one form or another for decades. The space has been – and continues to be — owned by many diverse silos (facilities, AV, IT, UC) which is one […]

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The UCC Roadmap in 2015 – An Audio Interview with Michael Frendo of Polycom

Over the last several years we’ve seen the realm of Unified Communications and Collaboration grow exponentially, with new players consistently entering the market and building on technologies in cloud computing, virtualization, mobility/BYOD as well as providing extensive interoperability and integration with Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business. Certain companies, which had existed as long-standing entities in the AV […]

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Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015

After a brief period of dormancy, the unified communications (UC) industry took a healthy jump to life last year. What will this year bring for the industry? UC experts are predicting the biggest trends and what they mean for enterprises and institutions looking to expand and improve their collaboration experience in 2015. A recent article […]

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CES 2015: A Followup From the Show — IoT, Smart Home, Robotics and UCC

As a followup to my blog Where the Internet of Things Takes A Center Stage, I wanted to bring some perspectives from the Consumer Electronics Show to include AV/IT industry companies — Savant, Lutron, Revolve Robotics and Plantronics which involved IoT, Smart Home technology, robotics and unified communications. Savant is a recognized leader in home control […]

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2014: Unified Communications and Collaboration Further Redefined

The “Disruptors” Enter the Market In 2013, executives, engineers, salespeople and others who came from well-known industry videoconferencing manufacturers entered the market and continued to build upon a newly growing landscape of communications innovation through the implementation of advanced technologies – cloud computing and virtual machine (VM). Certain companies had already existed in this space […]

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Pexip Infinity Now Embedded Within Microsoft Outlook

Pexip today announced that technology partner Covene, a unified communications and collaboration (UCC) consulting firm, has launched the Covene Cohesion Platform, which introduces Microsoft Outlook integration. Communicating with Pexip Infinity through an API, the solution’s Active Directory native plug-in for Outlook 2010 and 2013 allows organizations to provide employees with a branded button within the […]

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Revolabs to Distribute Yamaha YVC-1000 UC Microphone and Speaker System in North America and Europe

Revolabs today announced that the Yamaha YVC-1000 unified communications (UC) microphone and speaker system will be available through all of its certified sales channels in North America and Europe beginning January 2015. The UC solution is Yamaha’s first since the company’s acquisition of Revolabs earlier this year. Featuring Yamaha’s latest microphone and speaker technology, including […]

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Sennheiser Adds D 10 Headset Designed for Conference Calls and Webcasting

Sennheiser’s new D 10 Series wireless headset was created specially for office professionals who use either a desk phone or a softphone/PC for their calls. D 10 Series headsets provide exceptional sound quality and a streamlined design that brings DECT headset solutions within reach of even more business users. Together with Sennheiser’s existing wireless DECT […]

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PowerPoint in Pajamas – The Unified Communications Transformation of Business and Culture

By David Danto Director of Emerging Technology, IMCCA A funny thing happened to me last year. I woke up early at a hotel in the middle of a business trip because I had to give a presentation to a client. I ate some breakfast in my room, showered and dressed and then gave that presentation […]

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All the Right Moves? A Perspective on Innovation vs. Acquisition

Last week I published a blog on the Internet of Things and convergence, basically highlighting two companies — Cisco and Google as those leading the way in IoT and IT. However I felt the need to clarify that while I mentioned the cloud collaboration environment that Cisco has built through acquisitions as strategic to an overall […]

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Learn About the Future of UC, Smart Buildings and Digital Signage at Integrate 2014 in Sydney

On-trend and future focused insights, will be on offer at the inaugural Future Trend Talks at upcoming AV and systems integration trade show Integrate, which will take place in Sydney, Australia next month. Crafted to address the growing convergence of AV and IT, and to raise the benchmark of industry education available in the Asia […]

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New InFocus Software Applications Are Designed to Simplify Collaboration from Tablets and PCs

InFocus Corporation has launched two new applications: BigNote 1.2 interactive whiteboard software for PC and BigConnect PC video calling software. InFocus designed the applications to improve how people communicate ideas and capture information wherever they are located. BigNote: BigNote 1.2 interactive whiteboard software, which runs on either a Windows 7 or 8 operating system, enables […]

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InfoComm Offers a Plethora of Collaborations Solutions

Practically everyone now offers a collaboration solution was the clear take away from my recent visit to InfoComm 2014. From telecons to document sharing; from video calling to video conferencing; solutions in all shapes and sizes could be had. I met with a number of companies at InfoComm and learned about many solutions, but clearly […]

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Disruptive at the InfoComm — My Top 10

Sure disruptive, it’s just about become my middle name. However, the industry is almost ready to re-name itself as a newly formed arena of disruption to go along with the standards like digital signage, control systems and more. But then again if I search hard next year, I’ll likely come up with disruptive technologies there […]

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InfoComm 2014 — I Think We’ve Got It!

By David Danto IMCCA The InfoComm 2014 conference — the world’s largest communications expo — has come to a close — and after this year’s jaunt to Las Vegas, the world will never be the same. Over the next few days I and countless others will be writing blogs, reviews and wrap-ups describing the details […]

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Clary Icon Introduces OneScreen SoftServe, a Collaboration Hub In The Cloud

Clary Icon’s new OneScreen SoftServe is a cloud-based collaboration hub for video, audio and web conferencing, whiteboarding, presenting, innovating, selling and more. Clary says that the OneScreen SoftServe removes the barriers to workflow and bridges the gaps between disparate technologies so that teams don’t have to be concerned with technology, they can simply choose their […]

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Disruptive Forces in AV/IT – Part 4: Acano

New solutions continue to enter the market at a rapid pace and if all were taken into consideration, it’s altogether possible that this series could go on for months. However, due to the fact that I’ve set it to end prior to InfoComm we are coming to the last few chapters. So far all companies […]

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Cycling Our Way to InfoComm 2014

Well, June approaches again, and with it, among other things, comes the InfoComm show. And I don’t mean InfoComm Patagonia or InfoComm New Zealand or whatever they’re up to these days. I mean the original, accept-no-substitutes, convince-the-boss-I-NEED to-go, InfoComm show. Actually, that’s not to disparage InfoComm’s ever-widening pantheon of AV shows around the world. I […]

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IMCCA Announces InfoComm Training Schedule

IMCCA, the videoconferencing and telepresence association, has announced its training schedule for InfoComm 2014. Sessions include: State of the Industry Lunch and Learn: Wednesday June 18th, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM Join industry experts and senior executives as they address the latest issues related to conferencing, collaboration, and unified communications. How are mobility and interoperability […]

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Disruptive Forces in AV/IT — Part 2: Pexip

Next up in the series is a company who approaches this new age of video communications from a bit of a different angle, one that may look to be more IT-centric mirroring what is currently occurring in enterprise IT, as organizations move toward replacing hardware in the infrastructure with software and virtualized technologies. Based in […]

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Extron Ships TeamWork Collaboration

Extron’s new TeamWork 601 system that supports up to four digital laptops or tablets, and two legacy analog computer-video and audio sources, is shipping. Analog signals are digitized so that they can be switched to the display, along with native HDMI signals, on a single HDMI cable. TeamWork 601 works with most flat panel displays, […]

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