CaféX shakes up the video conferencing world as reports circulate about the future of Samsung’s network business division
While Dimension Data is engaging the Unified Communications world with its latest study, the tech society at large remains glued to privacy issues at stake in Apple’s ongoing battle with the FBI. Read on to learn more about these and other top UC stories for the week of Feb. 21 – 27.
1. Cisco reportedly in talks to take over Samsung network division
According to sources cited in the Korea Times, Cisco has recently inquired “several times” about purchasing Samsung’s network business division. While the deal wasn’t accepted because the bidding price that was “too low,” the communications giant is reportedly still interested in making the acquisition. Sources told the Korea Times, that Samsung’s network business has a strong presence in several key markets. If Cisco could close a deal, it could further tap into Korea, India and Western Europe, and the U.S. As reported by Jayson Derrick in a Benzinga article published on Feb. 26, the potential acquisition could satisfy investors who are concerned by competition in the networking business.
2. Dimension Data says migrating UC&C technologies to the cloud is key
According to a study by Dimension Data, organizations are taking an overly cautious approach to cloud deployment. The first step to bringing highly distributed enterprises together, it says, is to migrate unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) technologies to the cloud. The group based its findings on a survey of 900 senior IT decision makers across the world and released the results in its 2016 Connected Enterprise Report. The study also claims that most companies are not viewing return on investment as the main way to measure the success of collaborative technology. In a Feb. 24 article for Unified Communications Insight, Chris Middleton opined that it’s more important for cloud technologies to increase agility and flexibility rather than reduce costs.
3. CaféX looks to simplify video conferencing with new Chime software
CaféX Communications believes that its new service, Chime, could truly change the way businesses communicate. As a next-generation software for intuitive video collaboration, Chime can reach users securely through existing video conferencing systems. The software is designed to make face-to-face teaming easier and more affordable for all users. According to CaféX, Chime offers a cost of ownership that’s up to 70 percent less than today’s video conferencing systems. In a release published by UCStrategies on Feb. 25, CaféX CEO Rami Musallam says that with Chime, “teams can work together more effectively to respond with speed and agility in the face of ever-increasing market demands.”
4. Apple looking to further close security vulnerabilities in iPhone
The New York Times has reported that Apple engineers are working on technology that could prevent future struggles over releasing secured data to government agencies. The company has been embattled with the FBI ever since it refused to unlock content on a phone belonging to a man involved in the Dec. 2 San Bernardino attacks that left 14 dead. Apple has already helped the FBI gain access to data backed up on the man’s iCloud account. However, the company has yet to help the agency unlock data stored inside the phone, despite a court ruling ordering it to do so. The story has reignited debate over the issue of data privacy versus national security. As reported by Shirley Siluk in a Feb. 25 story for CIO Today, Apple has been working on ways to close iPhone security issues even before the San Bernardino attacks. The recent court rulings have likely increased efforts.
5. Thinking outside the box with IoT advancements
While the Internet of Things has been riding a recent publicity wave, not all of its innovations are exactly new. For example, vehicles have had cellular services integrated with collision detection ever since the days of OnStar. As Tom Nolle, president and founder of CIMI Corporation, wrote in a column for No Jitter, IoT should be matching its hype with new innovations. Nolle claims that cars will play a vital role in the future of IoT. However, he says tech companies need to start thinking bigger about the role of IoT. Based on current tech evolutions, Nolle says drivers may eventually use IoT sensor data that can gauge road conditions.