Unified communications is a methodology that unifies separate modes of communication into a single, combined user experience. Email, text, and voice messaging work seamlessly with live voice, audio and video conferencing, and Web collaboration, in one interface, with “presence” notification to indicate your availability to participate.
A finger swipe lets you move between tablet, smartphone, or desktop phones, while One Number Service lets calls follow you to whatever device you select – whether office, home, or fishing lodge – completely transparent to your caller. And unified communications can be integrated or embedded into your business process software.
OpenScape empowers your employees to work much smarter and more productively from absolutely anywhere at any time. It meets the needs of today’s diverse workforce – mobile employees, at home workers, office-based, and those distributed across the globe. Use your mobile device, your home phone, softclient, or any media of choice to do the job. OpenScape enables you to:
• Establish and maintain a high-performance culture
• Attract and retain leading talent
• Enhance overall employee communications
• Provide a flexible workplace
Unified Communications reduces costs in many ways, including transferring mobile device traffic from the cellular network to the WLAN (when in WLAN range), further reducing service provider charges by enabling use of more efficient network transport such as SIP trunking and intelligent call routing, reduced travel costs and time replacing in-person meetings with Web collaboration , and by minimizing or even eliminating the human latency that arises from unsuccessful contact attempts.
Not necessarily. Some “legacy” PBX solutions, such as Unify’s OpenScape Enterprise, centralize the voice and UC server platform to enable UC capabilities, including mobility, provided there is desktop internet access. This approach is ideal for organizations migrating or evolving gradually to a full IP-based solution. By the way: IP and UC are distinct technologies – just because a phone systems is IP-based does not necessarily mean it is UC-enabled.
Unify introduced the first functional IP-based Unified Communication solution, called OpenScape, in 2003.
Great question! With some capabilities such as Web collaboration and video conferencing , yes, non-subscribers can participate in your Unified Communications session. For others such as presence, the answer is “no.”