Not long ago, copper wires were traditionally used for connectivity, but fiber optics have emerged as a superior method. Fiber optic wires are made from glass instead of metal. The fiber is the width of a human hair. These glass wires are then used to transmit information through pulses of light generated by lasers.Read More
Topics: Broadband Data Networks
The internet of things (IoT) is changing the way companies in many industries work by allowing
them to monitor business processes and track assets for greater business insights. Companies gain greater control of operations and clearer visibility into their supply chains. Vital equipment can be serviced more efficiently through predictive maintenance. Healthcare providers can remotely monitor patients with chronic conditions.
Leveraging tools like unified communications (UC) is the key to maximizing your employees' effectiveness. When workers can use multiple modes of communication, they collaborate more effectively, affording increased productivity and innovation. Employees can share documents and discuss projects no matter which communications tools they use or where they are located.
While the value of UC may not be in question, some companies struggle over choosing the right mode of delivery. Should you keep your UC resources on-site or move them to the cloud?
MarketsandMarkets predicts that the unified communications as a service (UCaaS) market will grow to over $28 billion by 2021. They attribute the popularity of cloud-based UC to increasing use of mobility and BYOD in the workplace. This prediction seems reasonable, considering No Jitter Research found that 34% of companies surveyed are already using the cloud for communications while 20% plan to within a year.
Yes, hosted UC is gaining in popularity, and you’re definitely interested. But which delivery method is right for your business? The answer to this question depends on the nature of your specific company. Before you decide between hosted and on-site UC, you need to assess your company’s resources, objectives, and pain points.
Here are some of the questions you should ask to determine your UC delivery method:Read More
Topics: Unified Communications
Good communication is central to the success of any organization. Employees that understand a company’s mission and goals are much more likely to work toward achieving those goals than those who are left in the dark. Recent advancements in technology have created new capabilities and channels for communication.
Millennials, the biggest generation since the Baby Boomers, are wielding their influence in the marketplace, and businesses are updating their technology to appeal to this new generation of consumers and employees. These consumers and workers have grown up with technology, and they have high expectations when it comes to business communications.
Unified communications platforms give businesses the means to expand their communications capabilities to include text, video conferencing, file-sharing, and chat – all revered by tech-savvy Millennials.
Here are 5 concrete ways that unified communications can help you transform your business, keep pace with technology, and increase your profitability.Read More
Topics: Unified Communications
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