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Business communications is getting more contextual and intelligent, thanks to emerging technologies, such as AI and APIs. UCC tools are adapting to these new trends.

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  • VoIP (voice over IP)

    VoIP (voice over IP) is the transmission of voice and multimedia content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. VoIP historically referred to using IP to connect private branch exchanges (PBXs), but the term is now used interchangeable with IP telephony.

  • instant messaging (IM)

    Instant messaging, often shortened to IM or IM'ing, is the exchange of near real-time messages through a stand-alone application or embedded software.

  • unified communications (UC)

    Unified communications (UC) is a framework for integrating various asynchronous and real-time communication tools, with the goal of enhancing business communication, collaboration and productivity.

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Collaboration Applications for UC

Collaboration applications for unified communications are the interfaces and systems that can greatly improve productivity and maximize IT assets by allowing employees to have a seamless work experience, no matter what the IT infrastructure, device or location. Learn about collaboration software and collaborative applications such as video conferencing, telepresence and mobile unified communications, as well as unified communications application integration with mission-critical enterprise applications and call centers.

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  • instant messaging (IM)

    Instant messaging, often shortened to IM or IM'ing, is the exchange of near real-time messages through a stand-alone application or embedded software.

  • unified communications (UC)

    Unified communications (UC) is a framework for integrating various asynchronous and real-time communication tools, with the goal of enhancing business communication, collaboration and productivity.

  • 4K video resolution

    4K video resolution is high-definition (HD) video that has four times the resolution of 1080p HD video.

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Implementing UC

Successfully implementing unified communications and managing it depends on first building a solid infrastructure to support your unified communications solutions, then having a solid strategy in place to manage UC application performance and troubleshoot UC hardware and software problems. Learn how to implement unified communications systems and deal with the challenges unified communications solutions present, like security, interoperability and standards adherence, compatibility and adoption.

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  • identity management (ID management)

    Identity management (ID management) is the organizational process for identifying, authenticating and authorizing individuals or groups of people to have access to applications, systems or networks by associating user rights and restrictions with established identities.

  • unified communications (UC)

    Unified communications (UC) is a framework for integrating various asynchronous and real-time communication tools, with the goal of enhancing business communication, collaboration and productivity.

  • DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)

    DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is a network management protocol used to dynamically assign an Internet Protocol (IP) address to any device, or node, on a network so they can communicate using IP.

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IP Telephony

The next generation of enterprise communications depends on reliable, converged voice and data networks to reach its potential. Whether you're considering IP telephony deployment or troubleshooting quality issues before a unified communications installation, this section provides a wealth of resources on cost issues, IP telephony products and systems, network planning and testing, VoIP protocols, implementation help, QoS and security issues.

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  • VoIP (voice over IP)

    VoIP (voice over IP) is the transmission of voice and multimedia content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. VoIP historically referred to using IP to connect private branch exchanges (PBXs), but the term is now used interchangeable with IP telephony.

  • Skype for Business

    Skype for Business, formerly known as Microsoft Lync Server, is a unified communications (UC) platform that integrates common channels of business communication and online meetings, including instant messaging (IM), presence, voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing, file transfer, web conferencing, voicemail and email.

  • electret microphone

    An electret microphone is a widely-used electronic communications and audio recording device. The devices are a type of condenser microphone.

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Understanding UC

Understanding unified communications demands a firms grip on the technology, as well as a solid grasp of the many unified communications solutions, unified communications vendors and unified communications services available in the UC marketplace today. In this section, communications managers will find the general resources they need to develop a strong unified communications strategy and make sure they propose UC solutions, platforms and products that meet the business and ROI expectations of their enterprise.

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  • unified communications (UC)

    Unified communications (UC) is a framework for integrating various asynchronous and real-time communication tools, with the goal of enhancing business communication, collaboration and productivity.

  • UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service)

    Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) is a cloud delivery model that offers a variety of communication and collaboration applications and services.

  • Skype for Business

    Skype for Business, formerly known as Microsoft Lync Server, is a unified communications (UC) platform that integrates common channels of business communication and online meetings, including instant messaging (IM), presence, voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing, file transfer, web conferencing, voicemail and email.

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  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

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  • security information and event management (SIEM)

    Security information and event management (SIEM) is an approach to security management that seeks to provide a holistic view of ...

  • polymorphic virus

    A polymorphic virus is a harmful, destructive or intrusive type of malware that can change or 'morph,' making it difficult to ...

  • cyberterrorism

    According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, cyberterrorism is any 'premeditated, politically motivated attack against ...

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  • accountable care organization (ACO)

    An accountable care organization (ACO) is an association of hospitals, healthcare providers and insurers in which all parties ...

  • patient engagement

    Patient engagement is an ideal healthcare situation in which people are well-informed about -- and motivated to be involved -- in...

  • personal health record (PHR)

    A personal health record (PHR) is a collection of health-related information that is documented and maintained by the individual ...

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  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

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  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

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