We are excited to unveil today a software product suite that will help global enterprises optimize their UC investments by monitoring and driving OCS usage, integrating with billing and chargeback information, and enabling comprehensive bandwidth planning across the enterprise. Our new Unify2 PowerView offering comes as a result of direct customer input and discussions about the measurement and billing support they need to better understand and maximize their UC investments.
PowerView is a sophisticated product for global enterprises looking to better track and measure OCS deployments based on business division or geography. Of particular interest are integrated billing options that can track and charge-back costs across business units.
Complimentary to PowerView is Unify2 PowerPlan, which enables an enterprise to determine its expected OCS bandwidth consumption across its entire network infrastructure--based on enterprise-specific usage parameters--to “right-size” its network and facilitate a quality OCS end-user experience.
PowerView generates detailed reports on enterprise OCS adoption, identifying usage patterns and estimated cost savings achieved through the use of enterprise voice, video conferencing, instant messaging, and application sharing. Snapshot of customizable reports:
- OCS Usage Analysis: Tracks OCS usage across the enterprise over time, adoption of OCS workloads and features, customized around organization hierarchy, department, business divisions or geography.
- OCS Operations Optimization: Tracks communications device and client usage, and provides inbound and outbound voice call trends by geography or organization, which is geared towards reducing infrastructure costs.
- OCS Billing Integration: Provides two options for implementing departmental billing, with subscriber fixed-fee or usage-based billing models. Enterprises can calculate and share costs assigned to different business units, and optionally export the data to corporate finance applications.
- OCS ROI Tracking: Tracks cost savings of deploying OCS for internal and PSTN dial-in conferences based on per-user per-minute savings.
Complimentary to PowerView is PowerPlan, which allows global OCS enterprises for the first time to develop a comprehensive bandwidth model for their actual OCS bandwidth consumption across all the network nodes and links of interest, including all branch offices in the enterprise.
PowerPlan lets enterprises simulate the impact of OCS workloads across a representation of their entire enterprise network, and thereby estimate the maximal bandwidth consumption on each link in actual operation. PowerPlan factors in current network consumption by other applications on the enterprise network, and can provide an integrated picture of network needs, both in the planning phase itself and on an ongoing basis as OCS usage and other network applications change over time. By understanding actual usage, enterprises can refine bandwidth consumption models using PowerPlan.
Used together, PowerPlan and PowerView enable an enterprise to “right-size” its network for OCS on a continuous basis. Read more about PowerPlan and PowerView on our Product page. Let us know how you're managing your OCS usage today, what's working, what's not, and if you think PowerView and PowerPlan can help.