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UC Roundup: 8×8-Webcell, TetraVX, Windstream Enterprise, Poly

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… sell our award-winning OfficeSuite UCaaS and HD meeting solutions.”

Windstream Enterprise's Austin Herrington

Windstream Enterprise’s Austin Herrington

“We know partners have a choice when recommending providers and our goal is to remain at the forefront of the cloud and networking technology spectrum,” he said. “The benefits of collaboration within an organization are many and that’s why one of Windstream Enterprise’s top priorities is to meet the needs of our customers by aligning ourselves with best-in-class collaboration tools. With this integration, customers will be able to extend OfficeSuite UC’s already-robust capabilities to Slack using the app’s native slash commands, thus enabling them to maximize their return on investments in both services.”

Enterprises are increasingly faced with the challenges of email mailbox overloads, attachment restrictions, lack of version control and vulnerability to safety breaches, making collaboration tools a favorable option to get work done, Windstream Enterprise said. By integrating OfficeSuite UC with Slack, Windstream Enterprise seamlessly is enabling companies’ employees to connect for uninterrupted communication and collaboration. For example, customers can launch an OfficeSuite UC call or virtual meeting from within a Slack channel.

Poly Phone Series Interoperable with Ribbon’s Latest Application Server

Poly, formerly Plantronics and Polycom, this week announced its VVX desktop phones will be part of the largest VoIP deployment in U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) history.

Poly's Darrius Jones

Poly’s Darrius Jones

Ribbon Communications, which just released the latest version of its application server that is tested and certified by the DoD Joint Interoperability Test Command’s Defense Information Systems Agency, includes support for Poly’s VVX phones. The JITC certification of Ribbon’s application server and its support of VVX phones will help the agency reduce operational costs and future-proof its investment in communications with more options to choose from.

“The application server certification allows end-users to maximize the security and interoperability of the Poly VVX phone series,” said Darrius Jones, Poly’s executive vice president of strategy. “This important integration ensures Poly’s solutions are seamlessly standardized with Ribbon AS 12.1 JITC certification as well as VoIP and video for a truly secure unified communications experience, which is crucial at the federal level.”

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One comment

  1. Avatar Peter Radizeski July 24, 2019 @ 10:19 am

    8×8 is just playing catch-up with this purchase (which was a steal actually). Vonage, 8×8, RingCentral, and Nextiva are all platform providers at this point. They are thinking ecosystem. Get people on the platform any way they can. The platforms contain CRM, UC, Contact Center, SIP trunking, CPaaS, AI and analytics. It is a package of stuff – none of it best of breed but good enough for some businesses. And with an expected upside of being sticky and able to increase ARPU.

    CPaaS is more utility than UCaaS that’s why providers like Intelepeer (a huge SIP trunk shop), Bandwidth (a large DID house) and VoIP Innovations have all rolled out a CPaaS platform in the last year with AI, chatbots, etc. Some might say it was modeled after kandy.

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