Focus Experts' Guide: Unified Communications

The term "unified communications" (UC) is prone to market confusion, as it is often misapplied by vendors and misused by analysts. The goal of this Experts’ Guide is to get past the technology conundrum and marketing hype, in order to offer a clearer understanding of UC essentials, including essential advice on how to analyze your UC needs, and a how-to-buy guide that analyzes solution, cost, and vendor considerations.
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One of the most important trends these days in unified communications (UC) is extending these capabilities to the contact center. Generally in the past, UC deployments have been focused on employee communications, but contact center agents utilize many UC features and a strong business case can be made for implementing UC in your contact center. This guide addresses the main considerations to support this business case for companies of all sizes.
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Unified communications (UC) has exploded in recent years, and with good reason. It isn’t a revolutionary idea to centralize the various components of real-time communication. However, the technology has evolved to a point where the implementation has caught up with the vision. This beginner’s guide to UC will help decode the jargon and give organizations a jumping off point for evaluating solutions to meet a wide range of communications needs.
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