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Thanks to the plethora of communication and messaging apps available to the average user, unified communications (UC) is becoming more important than ever before. UC is a set of products and services designed to give employees a uniform communications experience, integrating different apps and channels to a singular point of interaction. For example, UC might allow a transcript of a voicemail to be delivered to a recipient’s email, enabling a central communication location that comprises multiple mediums at once. Overall, UC has the ability to help companies perform more efficiently, boosting productivity, profitability, and even employee morale. However, UC technology is always evolving, and if you want to stay informed with the latest in the industry, you need to be aware of the latest trends. The Biggest Trends in UC These are some of the most important trends to w... (more)

Three Tech Tools Every Company in the Travel Industry Needs | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Automation

As soon as the internet became mainstream, the entire travel and hospitality industry quickly pivoted. No longer did people have to visit a travel agent to plan an extensive vacation. They suddenly had control over even the tiniest details of their trips. Today, in order for companies in the travel industry to survive, it's necessary to recognize these changes and utilize the right technology to engage and convert customers. Make Sure You're Using These Tools There's no such thing as maintaining the status quo in today's travel industry. If you're standing still and trying to mai... (more)

Big Data: The Unrecognized Driving Factor in Consumers’ Lives | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #Analytics

Big Data: The Unrecognized Driving Factor in Consumers' Lives Big Data is literally everywhere, and consumers interact with it daily. However, it's the marketers who recognize the value of such data and use it to perfect the customer experience. Consumers, on the other hand, are often oblivious to their contribution to the mass data that marketers and businesses use to design their products and services. They don't realize that their phones actually ping location-based data to nearby retailers. Browsing history, social media shares, online transactions, subscriptions, and other o... (more)

How Does Big Data Affect Intellectual Property Rights? | @BigDataExpo #BigData #Security

Patents are a good step towards shielding your IP data, but they're not a seamless solution. Legal protection regarding intellectual property isn't definite and has some holes in it. The constant stream of big data has made this problem even worse, obscuring the specifics about original ownership. Data comes in streams from all over the world. Companies have more information about consumers and their closest competitors than ever before. It's an incredible marketing advantage when utilized correctly, and businesses are happy to have it in their arsenal. However, there's a dark si... (more)

Understanding Virtualization | @CloudExpo #VM #AI #DX #Virtualization

A Look at How Virtualization Is Setting Business Free from Physical Constraints Instead of trying to determine whether or not virtualization is a good general business practice, you need to ask yourself one simple question: Does it make sense for my business? The floodgates have officially opened. Businesses that were once reluctant to invest in virtualization are now willing participants, looking for any opportunity to reduce their dependence on physical assets and environments. But is it worth the cost? This is a question that many businesses find themselves wondering and the ... (more)