Author: Irwin Lazar

After many years of hype, the age of videoconferencing has finally arrived. According to Nemertes’ “Visual Communications and Collaboration: 2018-19 Research Study” of more than 500 end-user organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia, more than 75% of participants had deployed, or planned to...

Organizations need a strong cloud SLA to meet their UCaaS performance needs. These five best practices provide guidance on how to get the most out of a UCaaS provider's SLA. Service-level agreements are a critical part of a unified-communications-as-a-service contract. They should clearly state the conditions...

Nemertes’ recently released our latest Workplace Collaboration: 2019-20 Research Study, capturing deployment trends and success correlations for technologies including calling, meetings, and team collaboration. The study gathered data from collaboration leaders from 645 end-user organizations in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. To determine what...

Team collaboration applications aren’t just for chat. Nemertes’ “Workplace Collaboration: 2019-20 Research Study” of more than 625 organizations in North America, Europe and Asia, found that almost 64% of participants were using or already planning to use team collaboration applications, while another 14.6% are...

Team collaboration applications have achieved critical mass, but achieving success takes some work. Team collaboration applications like Cisco Webex Teams, Mattermost, Microsoft Teams, Mitel MiCollab, RingCentral Glip, Symphony, Unify Circuit, and many more have rapidly taken their place at the center of the unified communications universe,...

Cisco’s 2018 acquisition of BroadSoft highlights the growing trend toward cloud-based communications. Prior to the acquisition, Cisco’s cloud strategy was two-fold: Hosted Collaboration Service, a platform that partners can leverage to build their own cloud-based offerings, Cisco Spark calling – a Cisco-hosted service designed primarily...

Are you evaluating Webex Teams and Microsoft Teams telephony options? Learn how to decide which calling capabilities meet your organization's needs in the Webex Teams vs. Microsoft Teams debate. Microsoft and Cisco have pushed their respective Teams applications as a new model for employee engagement....

As collaboration gets integrated into workflows, IT leaders must rethink how they deliver these services and measure success. Those responsible for collaboration planning, implementation, and operations used to have a fairly clear-cut deployment process: Identify business need for technologies, evaluate options, determine the best option, deploy...

Picking the right video streaming solution for your organization requires careful consideration of myriad questions: How do I capture video? How do I manage video assets? How do I ensure high quality distribution across my network? In today’s market, individual solutions exist for all of these...

The challenges related to enterprise team messaging security can be a big barrier to entry. The team messaging market continues to grow, with nearly 60% of the approximately 600 companies participating in Nemertes Research’s annual unified communications and collaboration study either already using or planning to...

Desk phones seem to be going the way of the Dodo in favor of softphones and mobile clients. But research suggests organizations are finding new ways to use desk phones for business. The desk phone has gone through many changes over the years,...

Rapid developments in cloud-based unified communications means there is no time to lose when it comes to planning the strategic and tactical reorganization of your IT team. IT organizations are rapidly evolving as they move from supporting on-premises applications hosted in corporate data centers, to unified...