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Guest Contributions

UCStrategies selectively accepts contributions from guest experts. Each expert's biographical information is contained within the post's footer. If you would like to contribute a UCStrategies guest post, please contact us at news at ucstrategies dot com. Only posts that are UC related (preferably with a channel angle), and free of a sales pitch will be considered. We do not include back-links to contributor's site within the post. Author information, including any ties to vendors, should be disclosed. 

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Just Because You Build It, Don’t Expect Them To Come

By UCStrategies Guest Contributor October 21, 2016

End users just loooooooove their personal smartphone apps. So why don’t they blink an eye when IT releases new and useful productivity software? There’s a serious challenge with getting users to use enterprise technology today. If left unchecked, the problem will only get worse.

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What Are Your Collaboration Behaviors and Preferences?

By AT&T October 20, 2016

Look around your organization and you will recognize people with different attitudes, aspirations and motivations. Different collaboration technology and tools are more suitable for certain “types” of people and business purposes. One size does not fit all.

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Related UC Vendors: AT&T

Get in Bed with Embedded Communications

By UCStrategies Guest Contributor October 3, 2016

Embedded communications projects are sprouting up all over the place, being led by any number of people inside organizations – marketing, product management, finance and legal, operations, HR, sales and sales operations, e-commerce teams, and more. Embedded communications is becoming a natural inside both mobile and enterprise apps, and is skyrocketing in social media, as evidenced by Facebook messenger and the new ability to touch to talk to Facebook friends.

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Analysts Shedding Light on the Skype for Business Contact Center Market

By Clarity Connect September 9, 2016

The Skype for Business contact center market finally has the research that it deserves. Gartner recently published the August 2016 Market Guide for Microsoft Skype for Business Contact Center Partners, which gives a comprehensive overview of the products in the market and the method each uses interacting with Skype for Business.

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Related UC Vendors: Clarity Connect, Microsoft

Can you Maximize Native Queueing in CUCM?

By Metropolis Technologies August 25, 2016

Despite these improvements, there was still an element missing to transform the Cisco Call Manager into a functional call center solution: visibility. Without the ability to monitor and track call queues and agent performance, call center teams and managers are operating blind, unable to understand their call volume, problem areas, scheduling needs, or service level. QLIVE solves this need-gap.

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Related UC Vendors: Metropolis Technologies

Earbuds Sound Awful: Consumer Grade Audio Insufficient for the Enterprise

Most of us don't give a lot of thought to the quality of audio generated by our phones, cars, televisions or PCs. This is unfortunate, because most of our consumer electronics devices that have audio capability produce only passable quality.

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Related UC Vendors: Revolabs

SIP Trunks: It’s Not Just about Dial Tones Anymore!

By UCStrategies Guest Contributor August 3, 2016

According to IHS, a leading market research firm, SIP Trunking is an over $8.5B opportunity for communication service providers over the next few years, across all geographies. And while Unified Communications (UC) is considered a sexy evolution to IP Centrex, SIP Trunking, with its association to a legacy PRI, still has a stigma of being a boring dumb pipe. This is absolutely not true, when service providers enhance their offerings to go beyond commoditized voice and data bundles.

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App, App, App, App, Stayin’ Alive: Pairing OTT Communication and Emergency Services

For better or for worse, the fact is that today over-the-top (OTT) communication services like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter are deeply embedded in our lives. We use them to communicate with family, friends, and even professionally. The success of these applications is partly due to their superior ability to seamlessly help users share their lives with others, via photo, video, or location. With this in mind, it may be time for all OTTs to provide emergency service functionality as part of their standard offering. Emergency service access through OTT can enhance the communication between users and PSAPs (public service access points) or the local emergency response centers in case of emergency situations.

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How Using Open-Ended Questions Can Make Customers Your Best Asset in Solving Problems

Why do customers contact call centers? It’s because it allows for a freeform conversation, permitting callers to easily express their issues vocally; while also being the fastest channel for conflict resolution. Most importantly though, a phone conversation utilizes open-ended questions. Not only are they great tools in gathering information about the issue, but also transforms the customer into an essential asset in solving their problems.

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Optimise to Transform: The Blueprint for Collaboration in the Digital Enterprise

By Dimension Data April 13, 2016

With 86% of respondents showing improved productivity, 70% improved sales, and 63% improved competitive advantage, it’s clear from the 2016 Connected Enterprise Report that collaboration is an essential element in the digital business of the future.

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Related UC Vendors: Dimension Data

Increasing Millennial Feedback Through Live Chat Customer Service

While age is perhaps the biggest factor in the preference for live chat, it is actually an extremely successful customer service tool overall. An ATG Global Consumer Trend study (PDF) found that 90 percent of customers consider live chat helpful.

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Related UC Vendors: KOVA

Outdated Communications Risk Alienating Young Workers

By Robbie Pleasant April 5, 2016

Video allows for a more natural remote communication experience. It’s more effective than just voice calls, email, or text messages, and virtually every computer is already equipped with some level of video and voice equipment. Yet its uses in the office seem limited, in spite of its ubiquity. Research from BlueJeans Network has found that barely over a quarter of employers are proactively encouraging the use of video for office communications.

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Adoption and Consumption of the Connected Enterprise

By Dimension Data March 30, 2016

The 2016 Connected Enterprise Report answers many of the questions every CEO is asking today: how can we use collaboration technology to respond more quickly to the needs and possibilities of our business ecosystem?

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Related UC Vendors: Dimension Data

What Is Hosted Telephony and How Can It Benefit Your Business?

If you haven’t yet made the switch to a hosted telephone system, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. The main difference is the hardware: with a Hosted phone system, there is no traditional PBX on site - the whole system is hosted fully in the cloud. However, the real strength of hosted telephony lies in its versatility and this flexibility sets it apart from more traditional systems.

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Related UC Vendors: BT

Cloud-Based UC Steadily Becoming the Norm

By AT&T March 29, 2016

According to IDC, by 2017 60% of Enterprise UC as a Service deployments will be cloud based.* Enterprises are continuing to expand their UC solutions to the cloud, enabling workers to have more flexibility and broader functionality, while implementing and deploying new capabilities and technologies with less effort.

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Related UC Vendors: AT&T

CX Appeal - How Powerful is Your Customer Connection?

By Dimension Data March 16, 2016

Results from the 2016 Global Contact Centre Benchmarking Report show that CX is the underlying and common base for 83% of companies. In fact, CX has been deemed the most important strategic performance measure according to 78% of executives.

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Related UC Vendors: Dimension Data

Is Microsoft Becoming a Serious Cloud Telephony Player?

By UCStrategies Guest Contributor March 14, 2016

Cisco was able to leverage its strong position in data networking and strategic account relationships to win the transitions to VoIP and dramatically grow its market share to become the largest vendor of business telephony (by revenue) on the planet. And it seems like Microsoft is taking a page out of Cisco’s playbook.

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Related UC Vendors: Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya

What Role Does Collaboration Play in Your Digital Makeover?

By Dimension Data March 2, 2016

The number one item on any boardroom agenda today is digital transformation. With the rise of companies like Uber and Airbnb, your next major competitor may appear out of nowhere. Every business, regardless of industry, needs to adapt and accelerate its strategy for this new digital era.

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Related UC Vendors: Dimension Data

The Growth of the Fixed-Mobile Convergence Market

By UCStrategies Guest Contributor February 10, 2016

The FMC market has seen more growth than ever before, with what looks like better prospects than a decade ago. The increase in video consumption on all types of telecommunications networks means that FMC is more likely to be successful through cloud business communication software vendors than it was through the voice operators.

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Pick SIP… for Quality Sake

By UCStrategies Guest Contributor February 5, 2016

For any organization moving to SIP trunking to replace ISDN lines is not just a cost question, it is a quality requirement.  

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