Although we still largely speak the way we did 100 years ago, communications have evolved way past voice. Communication vendors, and their customers alike, now consider voice communications only part of the communications puzzle. At first, it was up to the customer to bolt together various components such as IM and presence into a broader communications strategy. Individual employees smuggled consumer tools into the office, which introduced support and security concerns. Then the vendors offered extended suites with optional feature components, creating a UC menu. Finally, vendors now are offering UC as a base solution. Case in point, the recently announced OpenScape UC Server Enterprise offering from Siemens Enterprise Communications.
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