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Healthcare Technology: NHS Still Reliant on Fax Machines and Pagers

Is the NHS Overly Reliant on Outdated Technology for Communications?   A recent study has shown that hospitals across the country continue to be reliant on outdated technology, with thousands of fax machines still in use.   Senior doctors described the continued use of these outdated technologies as “ludicrous” and said that more up-to-date forms…

Ask a Telecoms Consultant: What are the Benefits of SIP Trunking?

Any telecoms consultant will tell you that SIP trunking in the cloud has two key benefits: simplicity and saving.   The positioning of VoIP as the modern primary telecommunications technology has granted many organisations both financial savings and the utilisation of a range of capabilities. SIP trunking provides cost-effective communication between any location (and its…

4C Strategies Welcomes New ICT Consultant

  4C Strategies is delighted to welcome Adrian Fulford to its team of expert ICT consultants. Adrian joined the 4C Strategies team in August.     Adrian has over 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, including ten years working as a Senior Network Technical Design Consultant at one of Europe’s largest IT services and…

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications 2018

July saw the release of this year’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is one of the most commendable lists in the unified communications space. The Quadrant consists of four categories: Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players, based on each company’s combined “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision”.   Last year’s leaders…

The end of hardware: Is software the future of Unified Communications?

We ask our consultants, with software on the rise, does hardware still have its place in the future of the unified communications industry?   Is software taking over?   Although we aren’t quite at a point where we can dispose of our desk phones and video endpoints, there is a clear trend emerging as companies…

Microsoft announces partnership with UK university

Microsoft has officially announced its partnership with Teesside University following the organisation’s recent introduction of a new Future Facing Learning strategy, implemented with the help of 4C Strategies. Microsoft is describing the launch as “one of the biggest digital shake-ups the higher education industry has ever seen”.   Over the next 12 months, Microsoft will be…

Unified Communications News: PwC Hangs Up on Landlines

News comes of some big shifts beginning in the unified communications industry, as accountancy giant PwC is retiring landlines at its office desks, with all staff expected to use mobile devices exclusively by the autumn of this year. The firm, with 24 UK offices and around 18,000 members of staff, has said that it expects…

Ask a Consultant: Is Your Wireless Network Ready for IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the interconnection of computer devices embedded into everyday objects via the internet. A recent report has shown that we can expect 30 billion IoT devices by 2020. IoT is revolutionising products and processes across the board in almost every industry and IoT data, transmitted wirelessly, is assisting organisations…

Getting Better Value from ICT Contracts

There are many things that must be considered in the procurement of ICT products and services to ensure that an organisation gets the best possible value from its contracts. 4C Strategies helps its clients to procure ICT products and services using framework, OJEU or local tender processes. In addition to acting as a Subject Matter…

Teams, teams and more teams: The increasing competition within workplace collaboration

Teams, teams and more teams… The unified communications company Cisco recently made an announcement that it was rebranding Cisco Spark to make way for the new Cisco WebEx Teams. This particular choice of name meant that this announcement sparked instant speculation, as “Teams” had previously been the name of Microsoft’s collaboration offering, Microsoft Teams. Cisco…

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