UCStrategies Spotlight – December 21, 2010

Updated: December 21, 2010

UCStrategies Article: "Zeacom CEO Discusses the Art of Business Process Automation"

By Blair Pleasant

I have been following Zeacom for many years and have been impressed by the Company's growth and evolution. While many people think of Zeacom as a contact center vendor, the company is in fact much more than that. In addition to its contact center capabilities, its core strength is in voice communications, mobility, unified messaging, IVR, outdialing and presence, leveraging partners to provide best-of-breed solutions, and Business Process Automation (BPA). While several companies have jumped into the BPA arena in the last couple years as unified communications and communication enabled business processes (CEBP) became all the rage, Zeacom has quietly been providing these capabilities for years, but without using the term Business Process Automation.

I recently spoke with Zeacom's CEO, Miles Valentine, who is keynoting Zeacommunity 2011, Zeacom's global forum for users, resellers, partners and other colleagues. I asked about his keynote, and quickly understood why other folks at Zeacom are so passionate about Business Process Automation - it is because Miles is. Read the rest of this article on UCStrategies.com.

UCStrategies Article: "Acme Packet's Analyst Day - Clarifying the SBC Opportunity and the Death of Telecom"

By Jon Arnold

Lately I've been writing about vendor events that I've attended, and this time it's Acme Packet. Their first-ever analyst day was held last week, and enough dust has settled since for me to write about it for our readers.

I realize that SBCs are not top-of-mind for followers of UC, and maybe that's the point. I'll back up a step just to be sure we're on the same page here. SBCs are session border controllers, a little understood next-gen network element that addresses complex problems with complex technology. As you may know, I'm not a technical analyst, but I've covered the SBC space since inception, and understand it well enough to share some takeaways with you here. Read the rest of this article on UCStrategies.com.

UCStrategies Article: "Federal Outlook: Cloudy With a Good Chance of UC"

By Jay Brandstadter

Washington is very cloudy these days. Winter is right around the corner. The local, so-called, professional sports teams are unfortunately performing as expected. To paraphrase the old saw, "Washington: first in war, first in peace, and last in most any league." Then, of course, there's political Washington, enough said on that.

But wait, there are more clouds on the D.C. horizon and they definitely have a silver lining. "Cloud" alternatives have been a key direction of federal IT for quite some time and now cloud-based approaches are appearing in the UC domain starting with email and collaboration for a number of agencies. Read the rest of this article on UCStrategies.com.

Speech Technology Roundup for November 2010 - Eyes on Nuance

By Nancy Jamison

While many eyes were on unified communications and collaboration this month, and speech technologies are certainly part of that, speech held its own for announcements in November too. Just taking a look at Nuance alone, there were quite a few. This didn't even include the tasty, but so far false rumor that Apple was acquiring Nuance. This came about when Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder, misspoke at an event, mentioning that Apple had acquired Nuance. It created quite a stir and a bump in Nuance's stock price.

Despite the "rumor", Nuance was quite busy in November, boasting several announcements across the company's product lines. Nuance added another mobile device to the customer list by announcing that Nuance's natural language voice technology is behind the new Genius Button and Hands-Free mode innovations on T-Mobiles' myTouch 4G phone, which will allow consumers to speak, receive and send text messages completely by voice, by pressing a button and saying "Turn Hands-Free Mode on,". This turns on Bluetooth capabilities, providing complete hands free use. While this wasn't a big announcement, I'm all for it. Read the rest of this article on UCStrategies.com.

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