A unified communications company roster

How some of the top companies are using UC

Cisco Systems: Between Jabber and its new Pervasive Video releases, the company is making a major push to be the host for a full suite of enterprise communications products.

Microsoft: Rebranding is already under way as Live Communication Server became Office Communications Server, which now forms the Lync unified communications system.

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Google: With the ability to take communications applications, including Chat, Talk, Voice, Mail and Docs, mobile with Android, the company wants to be your communications headquarters. It is making gains in enterprises.

Avaya: The company provides UC solutions with its Flare product. It is vendor-neutral, so multiple systems can be tied into the infrastructure.

Research in Motion: RIM is one of the original players in the UC market, with its BlackBerry Enterprise Server and the Mobile Voice System integrated into smart phones.

Facebook: It's not enterprise class, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of a unified inbox is on the cutting edge of communications technology.

IBM: UC is the core of new products from this old federal standby. Lotus Sametime aims to be a one-stop shop of UC solutions.

About the Author

Dan Rowinski is a staff reporter covering communications technologies.


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