In Cisco’s response to the need for digitisation of the workplace and increased collaboration regardless of time or location, the Cisco Spark Board is revolutionising the concept of the office meeting.
Cisco Spark is a cloud-based solution which allows teams to collaborate no matter where they are- inside or outside the office. It allows teams to work together virtually from any device.
Cisco Spark has three core capabilities in their collaboration suite: Meetings, Messaging and Calling.
Arguably the most exciting aspect of Cisco Spark, and their point of difference from other collaboration platforms, is the Cisco Spark Board.
With the Cisco Spark Board, you can turn any of your conference rooms into a video-enabled meeting room, which will extend your physical meeting digitally, allowing team members and participants to join in the meeting virtually from anywhere in the world.
The Cisco Spark Board is the ideal product for cloud-based sharing. The Spark Board has an 86 degree 4K camera at 60 FPS, a 12-microphone array, beam shaping for audio clarity, and good speakers. The only physical connection required is power if Wi-Fi is used. Users connect to the board on their device through the Spark cloud. Using revolutionary new ultrasonic wireless pairing technology, users’ devices are automatically recognised and connected to the board as soon as they walk into the room.
The Cisco Spark Board is a touch-based, all-in-one collaboration device that combines a wireless presentation, digital white boarding, and video conferencing. Participants can connect physically or virtually, and in encourages a continuous workflow- from pre-meeting notes and discussion, right through to post-meeting follow up, even when everyone has left the physical room.
Imagine the possibilities in being able to meet with colleagues and clients around the country- or evenaround the globe- without experiencing the usual created by physical constraints.
The Cisco Spark Board enables your business to:
- Increase productivity, with real-time meetings and interactions allowing you to make better decisions, faster.
- Enhance engagements: With the video conferencing and white-boarding capabilities, it will feel as though you’re meeting in person, helping you build relationships and collaborate nationally and globally like never before.
- Improve effectiveness: Your meetings will be more effective than ever, with the capability to add agendas, edit and adjust projects in real-time, and action items during the meeting to improve team accountability.
The Cisco Spark Board will change the way you do business. Meetings will no longer require everyone to be in the same room, wasting time on travelling to and from a physical office. Now your team members can join and participate in meetings from the conference room, their desk, their home, a branch office, or even on the road.
Don’t just take it from us- experience it for yourself. Contact us by calling 08 9228 4118 or emailing for more information.
As we move towards a more tech-centric future, the physical office that we all know is becoming less and less relevant as a necessity for conducting business. While this can seem scary or maybe far-fetched, consider that an increasing number of job applicants expect the flexibility to be able to work from anywhere. In our globalised economy, more and more businesses want to have the capability to widen their potential talent pool outside the physical confines of a local area.
Yet businesses and departments still need to be able to communicate, meet and collaborate. But when you have less people working in a physical office environment, how are you able to continue this type of teamwork and sharing of ideas?
Enter Skype for Business. We all knew Skype as a fun way to video call with friends and family. But Microsoft have now developed Skype for Business, and it is quickly becoming an integral part of your everyday business requirements.
There are many reasons why Skype for Business is the right choice for your organisation:
No more company time being wasted while everyone travels to the office to attend a meeting. Skype for business allows you to communicate and meet with team members and clients around the world, no matter where you are or what device you’re using. Up to 250 people can join a meeting using smartphones, tablets, PCs or phones. Communicate using audio, video and instant messaging. Meetings can even be recorded so that they can be viewed later if some people can’t attend in real-time- a great benefit for global organizations working in different time zones.
Skype Meeting Broadcast extends this reach even further, allowing meetings of up to 10,000 attendees for webinars, all-hands meetings or presentations.
Teams can work together on documents and projects even when they aren’t in the same room. Skype for business includes integrated real-time co-authoring, desktop sharing, application sharing, and PowerPoint presentations. This saves time and effort that would have been wasted sending documents or presentations back and forth for editing and additions.
Using Skype for Business means your team members can receive calls no matter where they are, making your meetings and interactions mobile, convenient and efficient.
Skype for Business allows your business to unify your voice communications, streamline your infrastructure and save money. With Skype for Business (with PSTN Conferencing) you can eliminate 3rd party conferencing and cost per minute charges all while receiving an unlimited audio-video cloud solution. Moving away from your traditional PBX phone system will mean that you can reduce your overall costs- no more paying for hardware, installation, electricity, maintenance and management. You’ll have a simplified voice system with integrated communication platforms and enhanced flexibility across the organization.
Skype for Business Online has built in security, including an Intelligent Instant Message Filter which helps protect both your network and the Microsoft managed network.
Moving to Skype for Business and a cloud-based communications solution doesn’t happen overnight. But with a hybrid deployment of Skype for Business and a cloud-based phone solution, you can easily transition away from your business’ reliance on outdated tools and expensive on premise solutions.
Skype for Business with PSTN calling will allow a smooth transition, allowing you to slowly integrate the latest technology into your business. This simplified voice system management will simplify daily operations, reduce costs and complexity, integrate your communication platforms and enhance flexibility across your organisation.
Integration & Transition Strategies
Ensuring your business gains the most value from Skype for Business is critical to the success of any implementation. We at Scope Logic Group are experts in developing Integration and Transition Strategies that engage your teams and get your solutions up and running in the shortest possible time.
If you’re ready to take the next step in increasing collaboration, productivity and communication in your business, or just have questions, one of our experienced Technical Solution Consultants is ready to help you.
Give us a call on 08 9228 4118 or email and one of our experienced security engineers will be able to come up with a solution for your business.
Congratulations to the Winners of the OPS and Scope Logic ‘Perfect Pitch’ and ‘Best of Breed’ Competitions
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‘Perfect Pitch’ Competition
There is nothing like a little healthy competition to get the nerves racing and bring a team together, not to mention have a few laughs in the process. We believe all of our staff should have the ability to articulate the core values of the company and our unique ability to offer an end-to-end fully converged Voice, Data and ICT Cloud solution. Presenting is never easy and for some it was a real challenge. Every member of staff took this challenge head on and simply excelled. Winner of the Q1 2016 ‘Perfect Pitch’ was Sergei Gerasimov, Solutions Architect. Sergei was simply outstanding, offering both exceptional technical understanding and a jovial approach. We are very proud of the performances of the entire team and look forward to next quarter’s presentations.
‘Best of Breed’ Competition
Our ‘Best of Breed’ competition is voted by our peers, and although it’s next to impossible to single out one person in a winning team, this award recognises staff who have delivered above and beyond expectations. Q1 2016 was awarded to Emma Montgomery, Senior Business Coordinator, for her continual willingness to always do what ever is required to get the job done. We are all exceptionally proud to be part of the rapid growth and continual expansion of the company and the enthusiasm in the office is infectious.
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As the Official Supplier of Network Equipment for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, Avaya will provide the communication infrastructure and expertise for voice, data, and video collaboration — supporting the Olympic family (including athletes, officials, volunteers and the media) with every call, video, and data exchange they make during the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Avaya have put in place a range of solutions to make Sochi 2014 the most connected Olympic Winter Games yet, including:
- Support for 120,000 mobile devices
- The largest guest network in the world
- Distribution of over 35 HD video channels
- A secure, resilient network
Learn more about Avaya’s solutions for this world class event from the “Avaya at Sochi 2014” microsite.
Vendors of UC are evaluated on a broad range of criteria with an increased focus on:
- Mobility: Consumer demand for the ability to access content, applications and services anytime anywhere on mobile devices continues to increase. Vendors of UC are now expected to offer full UC functionality across all operating systems and platforms.
- Openness: Businesses are seeking long term interoperability of their UC platforms with other vendor systems so they can easily integrate and communicate with external parties in addition to internal and cross site communication. UC vendors must offer open platforms to meet these demands.
- Cloud: Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is becoming more widely accepted increasing the requirement for vendors to be able to provide a mix of on-premise, hybrid or pure cloud UC.
Our selected UC partners are meeting these criteria within the SME budget.
Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications 2012
Read the full report: Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications August 2012.
Contact us to learn more about Unified Communications.
Siemens Enterprise Communications has launched the new Release version of its flagship SMB UC solution – OpenScape Office, V3R3.
With this new release, Siemens Enterprise Communications address key needs of SMB customers.
Siemens Enterprise Communications now offer full integration of the OpenScape Office platform into VMware’s ZIMBRA and Apple’s Mac OS. The enhanced OpenScape Office also comes with a Business Applications Launcher.
This move is a result of growing demands from SEN’s seven million-strong SMB user-base in the following areas:
- Provision of a world-class UC solution with deep Groupware integration and seamless UC integration into business applications
- Support for the growing number of Apple devices in SMBs globally
- Unprecedented growth of UC solutions within the SMB Market
Siemen Enterprise Communications’ response to it in detail is:
1. UC-Integration – Differentiating our offering for Resellers:
The popular Zimbra Collaboration Server (ZCS) groupware, which includes email, calendaring and contact services, is now enriched by powerful UC services through OpenScape Office, delivering greater productivity for SMB users. Furthermore, this newly available integration makes it possible to run all communication services SMBs require on one single VMware-based system, thereby lowering the investment into infrastructure. In addition, with the expanded IT integration capabilities, OpenScape Office supports SMBs in integrating communications with business processes to improve productivity.
- Open Directory Service (ODS): an embedded connectivity to external databases. ODS provides access to contact databases, enabling identification of incoming callers by name as well as contact search beyond the contacts stored in the personal address book
- OpenScape Office Application launcher: a client application that allows the launch of any third party business applications, such as CRM apps, based on caller identification, to improve customer service
- Microsoft Office 365 support: OpenScape Office allows flexible connectivity with Microsoft Office 365 groupware
2. OpenScape Office V3R3 delivers all UC functions in one system and enables UC on any device anywhere – UC functionality for Mac OS and customizable UC Client:
With the improved SMB suite, Siemens Enterprise Communications Mac customers get access to a best-in-class unified communication solution. This enhancement aligns with Mac OS growth, as Gartner Group reported Mac OS grew 15.8% in 2010 and shipments of the Mac OS are to grow from 4.5 percent in 2011 to 5.2 percent in 2012. Along with Mac OS support, the user interface has been greatly enhanced to further improve user experience. With OpenScape Office myPortal now serving both Windows and Mac users – as well as mobile devices like iPhones, iPads and Android devices – Siemens Enterprise Communications SMB customers can get instant access to all their communication services through a flexible user interface, completely independent of device and location.
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Contact us today to learn more about the integration of OpenScape Office with Zimbra and Mac OS.
This award is a clear proof point and validation from an unbiased third-party expert of Siemens Enterprise Communications’ accomplishments in the unified communications, voice and messaging markets.
Why did Siemens Enterprise Communications win?
According to Frost & Sullivan: “Siemens Enterprise Communications’ continuous focus on customer value enhancement through the offering of competitive messaging solutions, a strong focus on open standards, and the delivery of customised packages, programs and promotions is validated by the company being the recipient of the 2011 Customer Value Enhancement Award, recognising the company’s accomplishments in the world enterprise voice and unified messaging platform markets.”
Key highlights of their research and reasons for winning the award:
- Siemens Enterprise Communications has been at the forefront of innovation in telecommunication technologies, products and services for businesses of all sizes.
- Siemens Enterprise Communications offers competitive messaging solutions that meet different customer needs.
- A strong focus on open standards that gives Siemens Enterprise Communications a solid competitive advantage as customers look to integrate best-of-breed communications applications today and into the future.
- The delivery of customised packages, programs and promotions, giving our customers choices and helping them to safely and cost-effectively migrate to newer technology.
About the Award
The Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. This Award recognises the company’s inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.
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Contact us today to see how you can add value to your organisation with Unified Communications.
Siemens Enterprise Communications Extends Partnership with VMware to Deliver Virtualized Unified Communications for Small and Medium Businesses Collaboration brings VMware vSphere® integration to OpenScape Office LX
Today at VMworld® 2011 Europe, Siemens Enterprise Communications announced an expansion of its strategic partnership with VMware to make it easier for small and medium businesses (SMBs) to realize the benefits of a virtualized unified communications (UC) solution. With many SMBs already moving to virtual infrastructure, customers can now be confident that Siemens Enterprise Communications’ OpenScape Office LX will work seamlessly on VMware vSphere®-based virtual environments. This is further evidence of Siemens Enterprise Communications’ commitment to offer partners and customers an open, flexible and future-ready telephony and unified communications (UC) platform, as well as building on support for virtualized real-time communications from VMware.
OpenScape Office LX is an all-in-one software-based UC solution for up to 500 users, designed to run on a single server and featuring UC, IP-telephony software and multisite networking. Available exclusively through channel partners, OpenScape Office LX allows mobile workers to easily communicate across multiple locations, boosting SMB productivity and lowering communication costs. The solution can be deployed on either standard server hardware or on VMware vSphere. Integrated with VMware vSphere, OpenScape Office LX supports thin provisioning, high availability, VMware vMotion®, and data recovery.
“Enabling UC technologies to leverage the benefits of the VMware platform is an important part of our relationship with Siemens Enterprise Communications,” said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “This expansion of partnership enables SMB customers who use VMware vSphere® to enjoy the benefits of OpenScape Office LX while improving data center efficiencies and reducing total cost of ownership.”
“Many of our SMB customers are already using or are interested in deploying virtualized communications solutions,” said Robert Ehses, Senior Vice President, Siemens Enterprise Communications. “OpenScape Office LX is an ideal UC solution for SMBs, and the fact that it can be deployed with VMware vSphere® makes it even more attractive by optimizing cost, flexibility and manageability.”
The solution is being shown in a virtualized live demo in the partner arena at VMworld® 2011 Europe this week at the Bella Center in Copenhagen.
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Scope Logic is an Approved Partner for Siemens Enterprise Communications. Contact us if you want more information on OpenScape Office LX.
Siemens Enterprise Communications has been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications 2011. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant positions vendors in one of four quadrants (Leaders – Challengers – Visionaries – Niche Players) depending on the company’s completeness of vision and their ability to execute.
According to Gartner “”The Leaders quadrant contains vendors selling comprehensive UC suites that are coupled with broad communications and collaboration portfolios and strong technology partnerships. These vendors, and their channel partners, have experience delivering UC to a broad range of enterprise types and into most geographic regions. These vendors are using their solution sets to enter new clients into their client rosters and to expand their footprints in their client bases in new functional areas.” (Source: Gartner Magic Quadrant for UC 2011)
Gartner divides unified communications into six core product areas which solution providers must offer in order to be included in the quadrant. The product areas are:
- Voice & Telephony
- Presence and Instant Messaging
- Unified Clients
- Integrated Communication Applications
Read the full report.
Learn more about OpenScape LX.
Contact us to discuss.