This blog post is sponsored by the CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya.
When in the course of business events, it becomes necessary for workers to enhance the collaborative experience which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the enterprise, the separate and equal station to which the Corporate IT Policies and of policies’ executive entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of employees requires that they should declare the cause which impel them to BYOD.
Like it or not, advancement of consumer mobile technology has outpaced IT organizational processes, especially for large enterprises or even medium enterprises. The traditional IT organization has always enjoyed being the gatekeeper or key holder, where it recommends and approves anything from laptops to operating systems to productivity software that employees must use in their daily work. Anyone caught circumventing IT’s authority faces possible harassment, usually in the form of constant pop-up warning messages or incessant automatically generated emails. Or an unpleasant phone call from the IT director.
In recent months rumors were flying around about Avaya beefing up its video business with an acquisition — Israeli-based RADVISION being the target. The acquisition chatter reached a peak on Wednesday, March 14, when Globes published an article about an imminent offer from Avaya.
Industry analyst Dave Michels at TalkingPointz blogged about a theorized marriage between the two companies back in December 2011:
So, I think this all makes sense. The industry is embracing/accepting/requiring video, Avaya needs a video partner, and Radvision has some good tech and (was at) a low price. So no one should be surprised. Nice theory.
I was discouraged by the rumors back then. Now the rumor proved to be true, I’m still uneasy about the deal…
We all know why Avaya shelled out the money for RADVISION. Video is taking off, Avaya’s video portfolio is weak, Cisco had bought TANDBERG, blah blah blah. But is this deal a vision or a delusion? Is the acquisition rad or bad?
A few days ago (yes, I know I’m behind on blogging) Aspect announced a partnership with Dell Services to push further Microsoft’s unified communications offering in the enterprise and in the contact center. This, of course, means that anytime you buy Aspect contact center software or Dell servers, you may be presented with a sweet deal on Microsoft Lync, too.