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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…

Cisco’s Combining of Spark and WebEx

At the Cisco Collaboration Summit 2018, which one of 4C Strategies’ unified communications consultants was lucky enough to attend, Cisco announced that it would soon be combining the brands Spark and WebEx, in order to create a single platform for collaboration and web conferencing. The Cisco Spark platform has become Cisco WebEx Teams, and the…

Unified Communications and the Internet of Things

Combining Unified Communications with the Internet of Things The prevalence of the Internet of Things (IoT) in every aspect of day-to-day life has increased significantly over recent years and, lately, we are even seeing the marrying of IoT with Unified Communications. What is the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things refers to the interconnection…

Mobile World Congress

We Sent a Mobile Communications Consultant to Mobile World Congress Mobile World Congress (MWC) is billed as the world’s biggest phone show.  And the numbers are big.  2017 saw over 108,000 attendees and 2,300 exhibiting companies come together at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. Impressive stats for a city with around 32,000 hotel rooms. Where…

Analytics for Unified Communications

Unified Communications Analytics Unified communications analytics is not yet a mainstream term within the UCaaS industry, but one that is rapidly gaining momentum and is predicted to become very prominent within the coming years. The need for analytics services to support unified communications deployments has risen in the face of two competing challenges. Firstly, businesses…

The Retirement of ISDN… Reality or Hype?

The Retirement of ISDN – Introduction During a BT Group Q3 2014/15 results announcement, Gavin Patterson, BT Group CEO, stated that BT intended to migrate their voice network to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Whilst no formal dates were announced, it was intimated that BT will stop selling PSTN and ISDN services by 2020 and subsequently…

How Important is Your IT Strategy?

Formulating Your IT Strategy As a new year begins, the time has come for organisations to begin formulating their strategy for the year ahead, with specific tactics being laid out to fit into the organisation’s core goals for the year. Your IT strategy is no different to this, but the planning and implementation process behind…

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