Tech companies enter post-acquisition phases while the debate of privacy vs. security continues
As Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins knows, there’s a fine line between privacy and security in the tech world. As this issue wages on, Skype unleashes its new Android app while its parent corporation benefits from the acquisition of Event Zero technologies. Read more about these and other stories in the top Unified Communications news releases for the week of Jan. 17 – 23.
1. Latest version of Skype for Android offers new productivity features
Using Skype from an Android mobile device will now be even more streamlined. The video chat and voice calling service has updated its Android app, adding a host of new productivity features. Users can expect more flexibility with Microsoft Office files and easier access to Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. Skype also says that adding calls to calendars will now be easier on Android devices. As Dan Heilman wrote in his article for CIO Today on Jan. 21, users can create an event when scheduling a call and send an Outlook invite directly from Skype. The app update is now available from the Google Play Store.
2. Cisco CEO discusses the equilibrium between security and privacy
Tech companies and government agencies must work together to achieve a better balance between security and privacy. This was the conclusion that Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins came to during an interview with CNBC on Jan. 21. He went on to say that both the private and public sector will have to spend more time on the issue. “We’ve never provided backdoors into any of our products, and I think that citizens around the world want their privacy, but they also want security,” he told CNBC at the World Economic Forum. As reporter Fred Imbert noted in his piece about the interview, tech companies such as Apple and Facebook have recently enhanced privacy measures on their products to prevent government intrusion. Meanwhile, some government officials say that access to such data is in the best interests of national security.
3. Unify ready to move forward following its sale to Atos
With its sale to Atos SE now in the books, Unify is set to begin a new chapter of business. The acquisition gives Unify a much better financial footing, according to CMO Bill Hurley. The company is certainly much better off than when it bottomed out in the third quarter of 2014. In an interview with Zeus Kerravala for a No Jitter article published Jan. 22, Hurley explained that Unify’s turnaround is due partially to improved sales execution. Unify’s sales force uses Circuit, its communications and collaboration tool, as a way to open doors to large voice and Unified Communications deals based on the traditional OpenScape platform.
4. Winner of Cisco Collaboration pitch competition shares insights
When Peak Insight consultant Sam Deckert arrived at the 2015 Cisco Collaboration Perfect Pitch, he had never been to a pitch competition before. However, that did not stop him from impressing the judges and beating out over 330 entrants to win a $5,000 all-expenses paid trip to Cisco Live in Las Vegas. Deckert said in a CRN article published on Jan. 15 that he based his pitch on personal background. Having had plenty of prior tech consulting experience, Deckert told reporter June Ramli that he felt comfortable discussing productivity increases and property-related cost reductions with the judges. Peak Insight is an Australian-based IT solutions provider that was founded in 2013.
5. Microsoft acquires tech assets from Event Zero
With its purchase of the root technology assets of Event Zero’s UC Commander product suite, Microsoft is on its way to improving Skype for Business. As Robbie Pleasant wrote for Unified Communications Strategies on Jan. 18, the acquisition was a logical move for Microsoft, which is the parent owner of Skype Technologies. Event Zero provides management software for Skype for Business and will continue to exist. However, the purchase allows Microsoft to use Event Zero’s reporting and analytics technologies to boost online reporting for Office 365 Skype for Business.
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