Collaboration and Unified Communications is an Increasingly Important Business Investment
An increasing number of organisations are investing in collaboration solutions as they can see that agility is becoming a true differentiator for business success. For this reason, collaboration or unified communications is an increasingly important investment for businesses looking for agility to improve productivity and customer responsiveness. Choosing a unified communications vendor and integration partner is a complex decision.
As a solutions provider, our team at Unifi Communications are continually evaluating the marketplace to ensure that we are providing the best possible collaboration solutions to our business customers.
Rob Coleman, Unifi Communications MD comments, “We put a lot of weight on 3rd party analysis of the marketplace and it is no coincidence that Gartner have yet again named Cisco a leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications
. It is reports such as this that play an important part in our evaluation of the UC marketplace when we decide on which solutions we recommend to our clients who we hope will continue to choose Unifi Communications as their partner to deliver and meet your Cisco Unified Communications requirements.”
There is a significant amount of detail in this report with everything from product features and functions to marketing and sales strategies covered. Gartner’s evaluation reinforces Unifi Communications’ decision to invest heavily in our Cisco expertise to allow us to provide the best possible technology to our customers.
Gartner named Cisco a leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications
Cisco was rated as leader for vision and execution among the participating vendors. In a related post
, Tom McCafferty provides insight about the process of participating in Gartner’s analysis. As he puts it, Gartner doesn’t just “drop some dots on a chart,” but uses detailed data to assess vendors.
In Gartner’s words, it’s “intended to help organizations define their requirements and select specific products that match their needs as aligned with one of the use cases.”
Included in Cisco’s submission was the Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6000).
The BE6000 is a feature rich solution for midsize deployments up to 1,000 users. They feature comprehensive on-premises capabilities in single virtualized appliance that is easy to deploy, manage, and use. This means you can prioritize use cases, selecting from applications for:
Cisco received the highest scores across all the use cases Gartner defines as critical for unified communications:
- Full UC with Strong Telephony
- Full UC with Strong Collaboration
- Full UC for Midsize Organizations
- Ability to offer Hybrid Solutions
Full UC with Strong Telephony
Cisco continually make considerable R&D investment into telephony and video. The aim is to make it reliable and available for users as they become more mobile and for organizations they move to cloud.
Full UC with Strong Collaboration
Cisco Spark is a cloud-based collaboration service that provides message, meet, and call capabilities delivered through Cisco partners and hosted in Cisco data centers. It’s a holistic service and mobile-first offering. It’s a complete telephony, video and web conferencing, and secure business messaging within an integrated experience centered around the messaging app.
Full UC for Midsize Organizations
It’s not all about the enterprise. We’ve focused more on bringing cloud- and premises-based services to midsize (and small!) organizations so that you can have the same tools and capabilities to drive business forward at the right price with the right feature set.
Ability to offer Hybrid Solutions
Cisco Spark Hybrid Services can help you connect the Cisco Cloud to on-premises investments like Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Business Edition, and even Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution. Our goal is not only to help you extend value, but also use on premise and cloud together to drive new and better experiences.
The Expert Cisco Unified Communications Partner
Unifi Communications are experts in the design, installation and management of Cisco collaboration solutions and have experience of delivering successful Cisco Business Edition 6000 projects.
While midsize businesses have the same collaboration needs as their large enterprise peers, they naturally have fewer IT resources, so the solution has be easy to deploy, manage, and use.
Cisco are continually evolving and improve their offerings. BE6000 continues to get even better. The Collaboration Systems Release 11.5 build of BE6000 will feature the latest versions of their UC infrastructure applications. The updates will also include a new license option for Prime Collaboration Analytics Business, which provides a cost-effective monitoring, diagnostic and reporting option.
What does this all mean? Whether you are refreshing your architecture, revamping your collaboration strategy, or just looking to implement one of the many collaboration workloads, these results can provide confidence in Cisco as your collaboration vendor and in Unifi Communications as their partner to deliver and meet your Cisco Unified Communications requirements: -
- Unifi Communications are Cisco Advanced Unified Communications Specialised
- Unifi Communications are a Cisco Authorised Business Edition 6000 Partner
- Unifi Communications were the first Cisco Collaboration Express Partner in Europe
- Unifi Communications are a Cisco Advanced Video Specialised Partner
- Unifi Communications have experience in delivering successful Cisco Business Edition Projects
If you require advice on unified communication solutions for your business, please get in touch to find out more about how Unifi Communications can help.