Have you ever heard about „Unified Communication & Collaboration“?
In a globalized world where time and cost pressure is more and more influencing our business behavior, communication with different devices becomes of growing importance.
In addition to that, the role of social media and videos is increasingly becoming more prominent in how we are communicating internally and externally.
In our private life, we are all used to communicating via multiple channels like email, Whatsapp, Facebook, telephone, Twitter, Skype etc. Unified Communication and Collaboration unifies a broad range of applications, such as unified messaging, presence, collaboration, video, social media and others and allows using those dearly held habits also in our professional environment ….. and believe me, the generation just entering the working life will not just wish to use those channels … they will require the same standard to the one they are used from home.
Picture taken by Kim Ekman (Vision51.com)
But there are lots of other advantages a company can profit from. Decision making processes will improve a lot. Imagine that somebody can be reached via single-number-reach. You will see efficiency benefits by using status indication tools. Working in a global environment by minimizing travel time and expenses at the same time will become possible. Last but not least, you’ll be giving your employees the flexibility to work wherever they prefer in order to make them more motivated and productive. Wherever they are, they can just take the headset plug it into their notebook and they’ve got their own telephone with them. These are just some of many advantages.
But before implementing UC&C internally, a survey of the current communication status in your company is essential. Don’t start such a complex project without having a detailed view on: which type of communication media are in use today; where does communication happen; what communication costs are accruing currently; what location policy will be pursued by an organization?
Many things to consider – but believe me, it’s worth racking one’s brain about.
Have you tried implementing UC&C in your organization? How have you gone about it?
Fujitsu is offering a broad range of optimized client devices, services and solutions, supporting a future-oriented UC&C strategy – find more information here:
Going into the cloud presents a number of challenges: scalability, quality of service, control of shadow IT… to mention but a few.
Individual businesses require individual answers. At this year’s Gartner Symposium, Fujitsu showed the factors businesses must consider in order to extract maximum advantage from the cloud.
See the presentations below for more details.
- Fujitsu: Take Control of Shadow IT: The CIO as a Cloud Enabler byCameron McNaught, Executive Vice President, Solutions, International Business
- Fujitsu: Mobilizing the Enterprise by Simon Hallett, Offering Manager
They can be downloaded from on: http://www.fujitsu.com/fts/about/info-center/itxpo/itxpo-2013.html.
Alternatively, go to http://www.gartnereventsondemand.com/ to see the recorded presentations.
What cloud challenges are you facing?
Fujitsu believes that over the next 3 years we will see a huge spike in the adoption of cloud services. The challenge for CIOs and their IT departments is how to enable this while protecting the organization’s data and systems – and ensuring compliance.
The Fujitsu Cloud Integration Platform provides a completely new and innovative procedure for IT departments to manage any kind of cloud solution in addition to their existing ICT services.
Fujitsu’s unique approach means that CIOs can act as cloud enablers for their business – combining for the first time the functions of cloud brokering, integration and aggregation together with the options of the Fujitsu Cloud Integration Platform being delivered either on- or off-premise, and either self-managed or as a managed service.
Fujitsu believes cloud services can power innovation and drive new levels of agility. The CIO now has the platform to deliver a highly responsive service while reducing management burden and risks.
How does your organization cope with Shadow IT? What challenges are you facing in enabling cloud services — yet ensuring that your data and systems are protected?
Cameron McNaught, Executive Vice President Solutions, Fujitsu International Business
Thomas Stanley, Senior Vice President, Global Partner Sales & Alliances, NetApp
In the past decades ICT has changed. In the Cloud business era it’s about taking specialized IT at low cost, without ignoring security. Cloud underpins big data, mobility and social business but traditional IT is not going to go away.
The Fujitsu Cloud Initiative was started in 2009. Since then over 3600 customers have turned to Fujitsu to provide a cloud. Fujitsu has 18 cloud centers, and this number will increase to 26 by the end of 2014. Fujitsu’s cloud customers include the public sector, retailers, automotive manufacturers, banks…
Since 2009 Fujitsu has developed its cloud portfolio in order to provide customers with choice. To do so, Fujitsu has relied on its partners and particularly, NetApp.
Everyone has to think like a service provider. IT professionals can no longer simply build silos and data centers. They have to be service brokers. To do so, IT professionals start with the cloud. The cloud has to be hybrid in order to integrate public resources while retaining control. Compute is stateless but data is stateful. How do customers ensure that their data is secure and they can get it whenever they want? NetApp wants to provide customers with choice and Fujitsu gives customers that choice.
Cloud choice should be based on triggers, ICT workloads and how cloud needs to be delivered. This is vital as the move to cloud is not done overnight. Moving data to the cloud is where many customers stop. Once the workloads have been examined, then it’s time to look at the delivery models, for example, on or off-premise. How do you manage all the choices so that customers have control and quality? The Fujitsu Cloud Integration Platform gives customers the single pane of glass to make IT the strategic business enabler.
NetApp looks at the customer situation and how to create value. Together with Fujitsu, vShape takes workloads that were previously taking hours and makes them available within minutes. We’ve already vetted the architecture and integrated it into the offering. By extending data ONTAP, NetApp focuses on customer success by bringing innovation to the customer and creating customer value.
The Fujitsu Cloud is powered by NetApp software. Through the Fujitsu Cloud an Australian volunteer service managed to save 55% on their infrastructure, and increased their capacity to expand threefold.
The Fujitsu NetApp partnership will continue for years to come. Fujitsu is a strategic partner for NetApp. NetApp continues to invest more and more every quarter into this strategic partnership in order to solve customer problems. There is a deep integration of Fujitsu and NetApp which differentiates us and brings value to our customers.
Talk to us at Fujitsu Forum 2013!
At Fujitsu Forum we are introducing, together with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, an “Intelligent Desk”. Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization with a strong focus on people’s needs, e.g. health, security, communication, energy and the environment.
This Intelligent Desk acts as the front-end device for a wide range of End User Services and shows the latest technology used in ergonomic and efficient working. It covers state-of-the-art illumination concepts as well as current ergonomic furniture technology. The Intelligent Desk integrates Fujitsu’s IT know-how and demonstrates our UC&C solutions live. You can see that the workplace of the future is almost cable-free. Touch functions and gesture control are also fully integrated together with digital import options for analog documents so that they can be processed further.
We invite all visitors to experience the future of workplaces first hand at the Democenter (Innovation area). We have prepared some interesting showcases, where we would like to invite you to join us on a journey to a Reshaped Workplace.