Top 3 Cisco Unified Communications alternatives

Last updated: May 08, 2014
Cisco Unified Communications
With Cisco Unified Communications, your company can connect co-workers, partners, vendors, and customers with the information and expertise they need, access and share video on the desktop, on the road, and on-demand, as easily as making a phone call, facilitate better team interactions, dynamically bringing together individuals, virtual workgroups, and teams, make mobile devices extensions of the corporate network so mobile workers can be productive anywhere

The best Cisco Unified Communications alternatives:



Microsoft Lync



Lotus Sametime



Avaya Aura





Latest news about Cisco Unified Communications


2014. Cisco-Jive and 5 other Unified Collaboration leaders



Large enterprise customers have become so impatient. They want one thing in one place — right now, in real time - the solution that provides collaboration and social interactions and communications and doesn't require long integration project. That's why, software vendors invented the new term "Unified Collaboration" and now sell their solutions under this sauce. Of course, not any IT giant can build such system. Sometimes they need to unite. In particular, the unified communications leader Cisco recently partnered with social networking provider Jive and announced that now it has the best solution on the market. However, experts note that Cisco has five strong competitors: Microsoft (Yammer + Lync), IBM (IBM Connections + IBM Sametime), Citrix (GoToMeeting + Podio), Siemens (Unify + Ansible), Salesforce (Chatter + DimDim). However, the last two vendors are currently only potential because their UC solutions are not quite ready yet.




2014. Cisco and Google unite against Microsoft on the Unified Communications market



Cisco competes with Microsoft's Lync on the unified communications market. Google competes with Microsoft on the operating system market. The conclusion - Cisco and Google should be friends. And they make friends. A few days ago the companies ported Cisco Unified Communications systems and Cisco Webex on Google Chromebooks. Thus, large companies now have one more reason to upgrade their Windows XP licenses (in April) to free ChromeOS, but not to paid Windows 8. In addition, Google and Cisco realized integration between Cisco communication systems and Google Apps suite. In particular from now you can plan online Webex and Cisco UC meetings in Google Calendar, start voice and video calls directly from GMail and Google Contacts.