Unified Communications as a Service

February 26, 2021 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Releases Q4 Report

On February 22, 2021, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) released its Q4 report. While overall global revenues were down on last year’s Q4, ALE’s cloud-based solutions continued to surge. These surges are in part explained by mid- to large-sized organizations beginning significant investments to prepare for a post-pandemic world.

January 27, 2021 Briefing: Masergy UCaaS

On December 8, Masergy – a software defined networking services company – briefed Info-Tech on its UCaaS solution. Masergy UCaaS is built on the Cisco collaboration platform, providing a value-added service through Masergy’s SD-WAN solution and Secure Edge Network.

January 27, 2021 Briefing: Revation Systems’ LinkLive

On January 14, Revation Systems – a provider of cloud-based compliant messaging and communications – briefed Info-Tech on its unified communications as a service (UCaaS) solution, LinkLive. LinkLive encompasses several UCaaS solutions that are primarily aimed at industries with high security and compliance requirements. These industries especially include banking and healthcare.

December 01, 2020 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Releases Q3 Report

On November 17, 2020, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) released its Q3 report. While ALE saw increased revenue for its cloud solutions (especially for its UCaaS offering Rainbow), the overall picture was dampened by further global lockdowns and summer breaks.

September 11, 2020 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Announces Q2 Performance

On August 25, 2020, Info-Tech briefed with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise on its Q2 performance. While the pandemic has decreased performance in on-premises system deployment, cloud-based services are seeing significant growth.

September 10, 2020 RingCentral Briefs on Current and Upcoming UCaaS Features

Enterprise Connect 2020 Digital Conference & Expo featured a wide variety of sessions on communications and collaboration for enterprise. Thomas Randall reports on RingCentral’s current and upcoming Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) features.

September 10, 2020 Best Practices for Direct Routing and E911 for Microsoft Teams

Enterprise Connect 2020 Digital Conference & Expo featured a wide variety of sessions on communications and collaboration for enterprise. Thomas Randall reports on best practices for direct routing and Enhanced 911 (E911) for Microsoft Teams.

September 02, 2020 Omdia Reveals Top Ten UCaaS Vendors for 2020

Enterprise Connect 2020 Digital Conference & Expo featured a wide variety of sessions on communications and collaboration for enterprise. Thomas Randall reports on Omdia’s North American unified communications as a service (UCaaS) scorecard for 2020.

August 21, 2020 Vendor Briefing: Intermedia’s Unite

On August 11, 2020, Intermedia briefed Info-Tech about its UCaaS offering Unite. This note explores some product highlights of Unite, especially AnyMeeting and SecuriSync.

August 05, 2020 IBM Raises Price on Software Support; Shoves Customers Toward the Cloud

IBM is changing the terms of its ubiquitous Passport Advantage agreement to remove entitled discounts on over 5,000 on-premises software products, resulting in an immediate price increase for IBM Software & Support (S&S) across its vast customer landscape.

July 30, 2020 Intermedia to Provide Microsoft Services to 70,000+ Navisite Business Users

As of July 1, 2020, over 70,000 small business users receiving their Microsoft 365 services from Navisite will now receive them from Intermedia. The move means that Navisite’s users now have access to a range of Intermedia offerings, including Unite, Contact Center, and AnyMeeting.

July 23, 2020 NEC and Intermedia Announce UNIVERGE BLUE

NEC customers now have access to a new set of cloud-based communications and collaboration solutions through NEC’s partnership with Intermedia, a cloud communications provider. Primarily aimed at SMEs, this new set of solutions is titled UNIVERGE BLUE.

July 23, 2020 Organizations Report Higher Satisfaction When Switching to Software With an Info-Tech Award

Thinking about choosing a new software vendor but don't know where to start? Narrow down your shortlist by focusing on software that has received an Info-Tech Research Group award. New data from SoftwareReviews shows that organizations reported higher satisfaction when they switched to software that had received an Info-Tech award.

July 20, 2020 New Updates for Alcatel-Lucent’s Rainbow

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has released a series of updates for their UCaaS offering, Rainbow. These updates cover aesthetics, video conferencing, and time management.

April 24, 2020 Satisfaction With Software Drops With COVID-19 Uncertainty

The impact of COVID-19, as it became a global pandemic in Q1 of 2020, has affected user sentiment toward software during a growing period of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. To analyze the impact, SoftwareReviews compared Satisfaction (willingness to recommend to a peer), ability to deliver Business Value (fair cost to value), and Likeliness to Renew prior to March 10 and post March 10.

March 31, 2020 Microsoft Announces Updates to Firstline Worker Plans

Microsoft announces the addition of a new plan and changes to its Firstline Worker plans. The new M365 plan will slot in below the current Firstline Worker plan.

February 21, 2020 Cisco Announces New Hardware Webex Room USB

In this third brief of four on Cisco’s January launch of upcoming collaboration solutions in 2020, I look at Cisco’s new hardware Webex Room USB.

February 04, 2020 Microsoft Announces New Ways to Empower Firstline Workers With Office 365

On January 9, 2020, Microsoft announced new ways to empower firstline workers using Office 365.

February 04, 2020 Microsoft Teams Outage After Microsoft Forgets to Renew Certificate

On February 3, 2020, Microsoft Teams experienced a three-hour outage, starting at 09:00 (ET). This was caused by Microsoft failing to renew its authentication certificate. The bigger picture here is that the outage of a widely adopted cloud-based platform reinforces your need for a communication business continuity plan.

February 04, 2020 Avaya to End “Power by Avaya IP Office”

Avaya has announced that it is ending its “Power by Avaya IP Office” cloud-based solution to focus on its new UCaaS solution “Avaya Cloud Office by RingCentral.”

January 16, 2020 Microsoft Teams Innovations to Benefit Healthcare Organizations

Microsoft Teams’ latest innovations offer a range of benefits for healthcare organizations.