Jabra Joins Newly Launched UCIF

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Headset vendor Jabra has joined the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) to participate in the development of open, standards-based, inter-vendor Unified Communications (UC) interoperability. The UCIF is a non-profit alliance of worldwide technology leaders working together to fully realise the potential of unified communications.

With the goal of propelling worldwide enterprise UC adoption. Jabra has joined the UCIF along with founding members HP, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Logitech / LifeSize, and Polycom, as well as Acme Packet, Aspect, AudioCodes, Broadcom, BroadSoft, Brocade, ClearOne, Plantronics, RADVISION, Siemens Enterprise Communications, and Teliris. Recognising that seamless interoperability is one of the key requirements to drive UC further into today’s enterprises, UCIF members will collaborate to overcome existing interoperability barriers and deliver a reliable and rich UC experience.

“As distributed organisations deploy unified communications, interoperability is an enormous hurdle,” said Tomasz Goldman, Vice President, Jabra Technology Management. “They’ve found over time that their different regional offices have bought systems that aren’t compatible with headquarters or with each other. Or they’ve discovered their partners and customers have different, incompatible systems, eliminating the most significant benefits of UC – decreased costs and increased productivity. Jabra, as part of the UCIF, will help overcome these hurdles. We are honored to be part of this important initiative.”

“Interoperability is not only critical to customer success for deploying unified communications but intrinsic to the delivery of legacy, current and next-generation UC tools, services and infrastructure from multiple vendors. Until now, efforts to achieve interoperability have appeared ad-hoc, which has given customers little assurance that their existing and planned investments are protected and will deliver the value promised,” said Jonathan Edwards, research analyst, Unified Communications, IDC. “I’m delighted to see Jabra take a leading role by joining the UCIF. Together, these companies will help drive industry wide adoption of open standards and develop programs that put accountability on the vendors and provide peace of mind and investment protection for end customers – something that will surely accelerate adoption of UC technologies.”

The UCIF will work with existing industry standards, identifying and filling the gaps between current protocols and interoperability issues that have stalled broad adoption and deployment of valuable communications. UCIF membership is open to hardware and software solution providers, service providers and network operators. For more information or to join the UCIF, visit www.ucif.org.

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