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AVI-SPL and Unify Square to co-deliver Microsoft Teams experience

Global integration group AVI-SPL has announced the launch of Microsoft Teams user experience services to be co-delivered with Unify Square, a provider of security software and services. AVI-SPL and Unify Square are combining their offerings to deliver a global software and managed services package that helps ensure meeting room reliability and a high-quality user experience.

 

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Microsoft Ties New Viva Employee Experience Platform to Teams

Microsoft Viva could make Teams more “sticky” but disruptive to some ecosystem partners. Microsoft has created an employee experience platform (EXP) that extends Teams into a unified workforce engagement and information access tool. The new Microsoft Viva addresses the rise in remote employees and distributed workplaces, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Gode, chief product marketing officer of managed service provider Unify Square, said Viva is poised to boost Teams’ appeal.

 

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Microsoft Will ‘Dominate’ Workplace Analytics with Viva – Partners

Partners give their thoughts on the Viva announcement. Microsoft is set to “dominate” the workplace analytics and productivity market with the launch of Insights. That is the view of Scott Gode, chief marketing officer at Unify Square, a Microsoft partner, who said that the Insights module, launched as part of Microsoft Viva, will cement the Seattle giant’s place as a top workplace analytics provider.

 

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Survey: How Remote Work Has Impacted Enterprise Employees

A recent Unify Square survey reveals enterprise employees’ feelings on workplace collaboration during the coronavirus pandemic. In some cases, perhaps technology workers are feeling the pinch from working at home more than others. That was just one of the findings from a recent Unify Square survey. The study was designed to determine how enterprise employees feel about workplace collaboration and communication in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.

 

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Take it Slow on Return to Office

Thinking that people will behave according to plan could be a mistake. As enterprises prepare to reopen offices later this year, the return-to-office process has the potential to be just as disruptive as last year’s abrupt shift to WFH. That’s the perspective shared in a recent post on No Jitter by IT expert Alan Shen of Unify Square, a software and services firm. Though Alan directs his cautions and advice toward IT teams, the situation he’s describing — and the impacts he’s warning against — will affect any enterprise organization charged with implementing the new work experience as the pandemic recedes.

 

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Get Real About Return-to-Office Planning

The looming threats of a hybrid remote, in-office approach should have IT on high alert. 2020 was a transformative year for UC and collaboration. Remote work configurations became status quo and are now well-integrated, both socially and technically, into the daily operations of most organizations. However, a disruption to this work-from-home (WFH) model is looming. Once companies are able to lift COVID restrictions, IT will face the need to support employees working from home, in the office, and on the go. This scattered distribution of knowledge workers will give rise to a new set of challenges in the UCaaS and collaboration space.

 

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Microsoft Outlines Plans to Fill Key Gaps in Teams Calling

Users will soon be able to place and receive Teams calls with Apple CarPlay. Customers have sought more robust Teams calling capabilities, according to Scott Gode, chief product marketing officer of Unify Square, a managed service provider and Microsoft Teams partner. “The announcements have generated a lot of questions and enthusiasm from our customers,” Gode said.While Gartner gave Teams Calling high marks in its 2020 UCaaS “Magic Quadrant” ranking, it included notable caveats. “Microsoft’s telephony capabilities are good enough for many organizations, but not for those that require advanced telephony features,” the report noted.

 

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Tech industry employees three times more stressed working from home

Unify Square, the services provider for Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Slack platforms, has released survey results around remote collaboration and communication among enterprises. The survey highlights key perspectives of enterprise employees on workplace collaboration and communication in the midst of the global pandemic. Findings highlight gaps in stress levels between workers at different job levels and industries and how increased usage of collaboration and UC applications has impacted the success of internal communication at enterprises.

 

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Researchers expose the stress levels of workers at different job positions

A Unify Square survey unveils key perspectives of enterprise employees on workplace collaboration and communication in the midst of the global pandemic. Findings highlight gaps in stress levels between workers at different job levels and industries and how increased usage of collaboration and UC applications has impacted the success of internal communication at enterprises.

 

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Tech Industry Employees Three Times More Stressed Working From Home

Workplace Collaboration Survey Finds Tech Industry Employees Three Times More Stressed Working From Home Than Those in Other Industries. Unify Square, the leading monitoring & management software and services provider for Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Slack platforms, today released survey results around remote collaboration and communication among enterprises. The survey unveils key perspectives of enterprise employees on workplace collaboration and communication in the midst of the global pandemic.

 

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Increased stress levels among remote workers

The report highlights breaks in stress levels among workers at different job positions. A new report published by “Unify Square” highlights breaks in stress levels among workers at different job positions and activities, and how elevated adoption of collaboration and UC employment has impacted the completion of internal communication at companies. Since the coronavirus pandemic forced a large majority of the business workforce into smart work, 72% of firms rolled out at least one new job application.

 

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UC Trends 2021 – Security and Compliance

What to expect from security and compliance in 2021? According to the Chief Product Marketing Officer for Unify Square, Scott Gode, data security, particularly regarding collaboration platforms, is the number one item on the list of Enterprise priorities right now. This is particularly essential at a time when the workforce is becoming increasingly remote and hybrid. When it comes to ensuring collaboration security, Scott says that a few significant customer trends stand out

 

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Remote Workforce Demonstrates UCC Management Tool Demand

With more than 80% of employees still working from home either full- or part-time, it’s vital to have a solid management strategy for UCC as well as contact center applications. IT leaders have various options for management tools from companies including Unify Square, Oracle, Vyopta, among others. Implementing these management tools will improve the administration and performance of UCC, and contact center, and the efficiency of those using them.

 

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Microsoft Plots Teams Advanced Communications Discount

Microsoft plans to include free audio conferencing with Teams along with a 35% discount off its new Advanced Communications option. Scott Gode, chief product marketing officer of managed service provider Unify Square said that Microsoft will apply a ‘freemium’ type offer to help get both net-new customers as well as a larger percentage of total users within current customers to use Teams. Customers win by receiving short-term cost savings to help out with current budgeting pressures, Gode added.

 

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Collaboration Security: Balancing Risk in the New World of UCaaS

Acknowledge the Collaboration Security Challenge. Collaboration security and governance are highlighted in industry reports as a top IT concern. Almost 90% of IT professionals view insider threats as a dangerous and growing concern. And yet the general response to that statistic is conflicting. As IT budgets and priorities focus on collaboration platform licensing and end-user transformation, not enough focus is given to the security and governance of those same platforms. 

 

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