’Tis the season for turkey, pumpkin pie and quality time spent with friends and family. Above all, however, it’s the season for expressing gratitude for the many things we count as blessings in our lives. You may be thankful for your financial security, for example, or for your continued health and happiness.
In Part 1 of this series I blogged about the importance of business owners keeping a finger on the pulse of Windows Server 2003, which has emerged as one of this year’s largest security threats since becoming end of life. Although business owners understand that the server’s end of life status poses a security threat to their organizations, there may be a number of applications still running on the system that they are unaware of. The consequences of having applications run on the server while it is not receiving regular security updates can include massive workflow complications, system breaches and lost revenue.
If you didn’t catch the latest installment of our “Product Spotlight” series, Esna Collaboration Specialist Alex Misevski provided insight into exciting developments being made to Esna iLink for Avaya Scopia Desktop. The solution is a browser extension available for Internet Explorer and Chrome that enables users to start and schedule online Scopia meetings across any Web page or application (i.e. Google Apps, Office 365, Salesforce). You can click here to read more on this.
If you’ve been keeping up with us on Esna’s blog, you’ll know that we have been covering the topic of end of life product strategies as of late. I have been contributing to this conversation often myself. For instance, last month I wrote about the damage that end of life products can have on businesses looking to acquire and retain millennial employees. Fifty-three percent of hiring managers say they have difficulty doing so, and that number is likely to grow for businesses that still manage end of life solutions, which are less than enticing for meeting the needs of millennials today.
As Avaya GM Mohammad Nezarati recently wrote on Esna’s blog, the enterprise world is, without question, transitioning to “the operating system of the future”—a.k.a. the browser. The advent of browser-based technologies like WebRTC is aggressively transforming the state of the enterprise collaboration market. Esna’s hope is to sufficiently meet this heightened user demand for intuitive, truly interoperable browser-based technologies with its collection of embedded unified communications and collaboration products—like Esna iLink for Avaya Scopia Desktop.
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If you didn’t catch it, Mohammad Nezarati, GM and VP of UC applications at Avaya, delivered a keynote speech on the future of communications at ITEXPO West 2015, a global business technology event that took place from October 5-8 in Anaheim, CA.
The fall season is officially upon us; leaves are changing color, temperatures are dropping and the “pumpkin spice” phenomenon is in full swing. For many, the change represents a fresh beginning. For business leaders, autumn may be the best time to re-evaluate their customer engagement strategies, especially as they finalize their 2016 budgets.
Video is a core driver of enterprise communications and collaboration, but we’re not just talking about traditional video conferencing. Today, video has evolved in such a way that business leaders can truly fire on all cylinders—that is, they can rely on the power of video for both external and internal purposes. In other words, organizations can utilize video not just for customer service but also for internal training, mentoring and educational purposes.
Businesses that still use “end-of-life” communications solutions—solutions that are no longer heavily marketed or supported by vendors today (think fax)—are unfortunately set to hit a major bump in the road on their way to organizational efficiency, productivity and profitability. Why? Millennials entering the workplace are completely disrupting and redefining the enterprise communications and collaboration landscape.
Business owners are generally aware that Windows Server 2003 has reached end of life—that is, the product is no longer being produced, marketed or supported by Microsoft. Some of these business owners, however, lack visibility into exactly which of their business applications are still running on this expired server, which can pose serious security threats to their organizations. In fact, the platform is being touted by multiple publications as the “biggest security threat in 2015.”
Over the years, as you have retooled your communications/collaboration strategy, you may have come to the realization that one single platform simply isn’t enough to support the diverse responsibilities of your various departments. In other words, requiring each department within your organization to operate using the same collaboration infrastructure may not be logical or in your business’s best interests.
Avaya's acquisition of Esna has the potential to be very transformational for Avaya. Yes, there are currently some awkward overlaps in the portfolio, but I would expect those to get ironed out in the future product roadmaps. This acquisition puts Avaya right in the middle of some of the big trends that are happening in communications.
As we previously covered on this blog, companies are slowly but surely turning to multiple platform vendors to bolster departmental communications and better meet the needs of specific end users. In fact, contract values for IT outsourcing in the U.S. rose nearly 20 percent in 3Q14, according to research from IDG.
Think about the various departments within a single enterprise. From marketing to HR to finance to sales, each team may use different communications platforms, offered by different vendors, based on specific needs. For example, a number of applications are available for use by sales teams to manage prospects and customers. On the other hand, your marketing department’s campaigns may heavily rely on a specific chat system to communicate in real time. Meanwhile, the C-suite might leverage a particular conferencing platform to conduct meetings with international partners and key stakeholders.