There are many unified communications (UC) technologies available in the market, at a variety of price ranges and levels of complexity. Through our experience, we see two good ones that you can use now, quickly and easily, which have the potential to provide immense benefit to your organization and you.

 

1. Skype™

 

You may be familiar with Skype™ for personal use, but did you know that businesses are using it for conferencing and collaboration, too? Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype™ to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype™ users. Every day, people everywhere also use Skype™ to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles.

 

Skype™ delivers innovative, real-time communications and collaboration solutions to businesses of all sizes. It enables businesses to lower costs and expand how employees, customers, partners and suppliers communicate and collaborate with greater convenience and efficiency.

 

Greater numbers of companies are adding Skype™ calling to IP-based enterprise communications systems, providing a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) communications channel. By adding Skype™ Connect to your existing SIP-enabled PBX, your business can save on communication costs with little or no additional upgrades required.

 

More about Skype™ Connect can be found online at http://www.skype.com/intl/en/business/skype-connect.

 

2. Microsoft

 

Microsoft® Lync® is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. With Lync®, users can keep track of their contacts’ availability; send an IM; start or join an audio, video, or web conference; or make a phone call—all through a consistent, familiar interface. Lync® is built to fully integrate with Microsoft Office.

 

Microsoft® Lync® 2010 gives users real-time presence information—including photos, availability, and location—and enhanced instant messaging (IM) to help them connect more efficiently and effectively.

 

With integrated conferencing capability, Lync makes it easy for users to create, moderate, and join pre-planned and on-the-fly audio, video, and web meetings with people inside and outside the organization.

 

Case studies illustrating how companies are currently using Lync® can be found online at http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/why-choose-lync/Pages/case-studies.aspx.

 

As always, you can contact us at ClearOne for more specific suggestions and recommendations related to your company.

 

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