Project Management

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.

December 01, 2020 Briefing: BlueJeans by Verizon

On October 29, 2020, Verizon briefed on BlueJeans’ product vision and direction. This note outlines the new and upcoming features that users can expect from BlueJeans for the rest of 2020 and into 2021. However, with the table stakes margin for features rapidly increasing in the web conferencing marketspace, BlueJeans’ new features are less a way to stand out from the crowd and more as a necessity to keep up.

December 01, 2020 Briefing: Cisco Webex Legislate

On November 5, 2020, Cisco briefed on its upcoming virtual legislative session tool Webex Legislate. With a range of features that governing bodies around the globe have desired throughout the extent of the pandemic, Webex Legislate surely becomes the must-have tool for conducting virtual and hybrid sessions – especially if an agency is already leveraging Cisco products.

October 01, 2020 Cisco Introduces Webex Classrooms and the Webex Control Hub

On September 1, 2020, Info-Tech briefed with Cisco about current and upcoming features of its Unified Webex app for September. Significant changes include the introduction of Cisco Webex Classrooms and the Webex Control Hub, with notable updates also coming to Webex for Education, Webex Meetings, and Webex Teams.

October 01, 2020 Vendor Briefing: Zoho Workplace

On September 4, 2020, Info-Tech briefed with Zoho about current and upcoming features of Zoho Workplace, a global enterprise collaboration platform. Organizations, especially SMBs, that want to look outside of Microsoft’s and Google’s office productivity suite duopoly should consider shortlisting Zoho Workplace as a viable option.

October 01, 2020 Recon Research Highlights Web Conferencing as the Future of the Workplace

Enterprise Connect’s virtual conference and expo for 2020 featured a wide variety of sessions on communications and collaboration for the enterprise. In this fourteenth note of fourteen, I report on Recon Research’s latest study on how COVID-19 has cemented web conferencing as the future of the workplace.

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 Zoho Workplace Now Supports 15 Million Users

Zoho Workplace – a global enterprise collaboration platform – has reported that it is now supporting 15 million users and is experiencing a surge in usage for its business applications. However, compared to Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google’s G Suite, Zoho still has a long way to go in this marketspace.

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 Google Announces Major G-Suite Updates

Google has announced several updates to its G-Suite offering, which aims to heavily integrate and better secure its teamwork applications. The move represents a clear attempt by Google to directly compete with Microsoft’s office productivity suite, with several of the G-Suite updates mirroring the logical architecture of Office 365.

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 Zoom Sets Its Sights on WFH With Zoom for Home

Zoom recently announced Zoom for Home: an all-in-one hardware and software for home users designed to enable the work-from-home user with a single home appliance for web conferencing, phone calling, and interactive whiteboard collaboration.

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 22, 2020 University Researchers Use AI to Highlight Zoom’s Privacy Risks

University researchers used artificial intelligence in an experiment to determine the extent of privacy risks that come with the use of this web conferencing tool. Publicly available data scraped from social networks was cross-referenced as part of this research.

July 22, 2020 Noncompliance in O365 or M365 With Microsoft Is as Easy as Counting From One to Three

With lots of functionality being provisioned/deployed at the tenant level, Microsoft is happy to sit back for now, watch, and start auditing in the future.

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.