Are Unified Communications essential for the modern workplace?

Unified communications (UC) has been on the buzzword for several years in the communications industry. As the way we work changes the way we communicate needs to evolve as well. UC is the integration of multiple systems such as phone calls, instant messaging, email and video calls.

There are many ways in which companies can embrace unified communications to improve productivity and efficiency in their business.

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Business telephone fraud – causes and prevention

We commonly see fraud written about in the news, often referring to internet fraud such as phishing scams, Trojan viruses and hacking. As businesses, it is vital to be aware of these risks and take steps to prevent it. However, telephony crime committed against businesses is one of the largest sources of fraud in the UK, 4 times larger than credit card fraud costing £1.5 billion in the last year. And yet this crime is largely unknown to UK businesses because it is not in the public eye, with many companies without protection against this. The average attack of toll fraud can cost upwards of £5,000 so it is vital to be aware of preventative methods to prevent this crime.

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Business Continuity- What Does It Mean To You?

Having a business continuity plan means your business will continue to function during, as well as after a disaster with as little disruption as possible. This could mean power failures, natural disasters or connectivity outages. The solutions to solving issues like this come in many shapes and sizes depending on what’s critical to keep your business running.


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SIP vs ISDN – the future of telecoms


BT have announced that the kill date for ISDN and PTSN lines is in 2025. Meaning over the coming years this legacy technology will become more and more obsolete, leaving the way open for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) solutions to take its place.

It pays to know the advantages and disadvantages of each solution to best prepare you for the eventual migration away from analogue and ISDN lines. This knowledge can help you determine the best method for your business to make the switch. SIP vs ISDN

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GDPR – Lawful Basis for processing

The requirement to have a lawful basis in order to process personal data is nothing new. The new implementation of GDPR mirrors the 1998 Data Protection Act and builds upon it with an increased focus on accountability and transparency around data processing.

The 6 new lawful basis’s for processing are broadly similar to the DPA conditions but there are some changes, meaning you will need to review your current processing and understand which is the most appropriate for your business. In many cases the existing condition you use will remain the same with GDPR.

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The Road To Digital Transformation

When we talk about digital transformation, we’re referring to the process of adapting or overhauling current business processes to incorporate digital strategies and technology into the company. This could be anything from bringing in new devices so employees can work remotely, VOIP telephony or going paperless by adopting digital data capture solutions.

BT are set to switch off the ISDN network in 2025 meaning that in the not so far future businesses, who have not already done so, will be required to switch to an alternative solution for their telecommunications. This starting point can act as a catalyst for the transformation of other business systems, for a more united digital solution. It is important to carefully consider the route taken towards digital transformation and how it will adapt to changes within the business in years to come.


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The rise of MDM in the workplace

The development of technology in recent years has led to mobile devices, like smartphones, becoming an essential part of our working lives. On top of this, homeworking continues to be an area of growth within small businesses and SME’s. Increased reliance on such devices comes with risks; lost/stolen data, breaches to company policy and compliance to name a few. This dependence has seen the development of MDM software to help minimize these risks.

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