Unified communications becoming the obvious choice

Unified communications deployment is becoming the status quo.

There comes a moment when every new technology becomes a fixture rather than an innovation, and when those without it realize they have fallen behind their competitors. This may soon happen in the business communications technology field, with increased use of digital solutions giving businesses the mobility and connectivity their users are demanding. It's best to stay ahead of these waves, as the productivity benefits can put organizations ahead of the field in the early going and help them keep up in the long run. Communications systems are used daily by employees of every description, meaning their ability to boost overall productivity is high.

The new status quo
A recent TechTarget report explained that businesses are giving up on their legacy phone and other communication equipment, realizing that unified communications platforms are the way forward. These organizations have observed the existing solutions reaching the end of its service life and deciding to make the switch. The news provider explained that firms expanding their communication infrastructure have an easy choice between continuing on with tools that won't receive updates anymore and forging into new territory. Needing flexibility and productivity, these companies can choose the latter option and experience UC benefits right away. Now the question is how to go about switching.

The source reprinted Gartner's advice for officials overseeing UC projects, noting that the research firm encourages users move their firms into UC infrastructure piece by piece. This means migrating power-users first, giving instant messaging, video tools and other capabilities to the members of the organizations with the greatest need for the technology. TechTarget stated that the increasing upkeep of older infrastructure will become a factor, and the movement will be on to abandon traditional voice options. The use of unified communications may be just around the corner, with even hesitant organizations forced to accept that the time has come.

Work styles accounted for
The reasons to use UC go well beyond "you have to," of course. The technologies contained within the model are well suited to the modern, dispersed office. Real Business contributor Klaus Allion recently wrote that the mobility tools that are part of UC portfolios are well-attuned to today's workers, who often perform their duties alone and remotely rather than in the office. Allion suggested that a good framework could be the difference between employing a lot of disconnected personnel and making these workers an active part of the organization. Thus, the inevitable switch to more flexible infrastructures will become a connectivity cornerstone.

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