This week in UC: Top stories you need to know (8.4)

UC is in the news and in the White House? This week we saw telemedicine take the national stage, Vyopta increase it’s all-star team, Skype for Business is on everyone’s lips, and a new e-book rolled out! It’s Friday so you know what that means: it’s time for us to share the UC news you may have missed this week.

 UC + Telemedicine | The VA’s new app tried to reach vets wherever they live

Telemedicine has made an appearance in these blog posts from the beginning—and for good reason. The next big thing in UC & collaboration is telemedicine’s ability to bridge the location gap and bring medical care to people who have historically gone without. This week the VA unveiled its new telemedicine initiative and showed of their new tech to the President: a tool that will be offered by 300 medical providers at 67 VA hospitals and clinics across the U.S., with plans to expand to more places.

The tech that helps bring this together? vAnalytics! That’s right, we’re honored to be working with the VA to provide them a centralized, comprehensive platform so they can monitor, optimize, and track adoption of the calls and services they’re helping to provide. It feels good to do good and we couldn’t be prouder of the work we do with the VA.

 UC + Vyopta | Vyopta appoints Dan Keelan as VP of Sales and Ruston Vickers as VP of Engineering

There’s big news coming from our offices: we’ve expanded our executive team! We’ve added Dan Keelan as VP of Sales and Ruston Vickers as VP Engineering. Both join the exec team at a critical expansion point for Vyopta and both bring a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to their key roles. Want to learn more about these heavy-hitters? Read our latest press release!

 UC + Messaging | What is Skype for Business?

If you’ve had your ear to the ground for the past few months you’ve heard the increasing rumble of Skype for Business. Now offered as part of the Microsoft 365 suite, more and more companies have begun to adopt Skype for Business as their main messaging tool. TechTarget added Skype for Business to their WhatIs section—signaling that we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this evolved form of the Microsoft Lync Server in the weeks and months to come.

 UC + The UC hybrid cloud | Answering the call: Understanding, managing, and optimizing your multi-vendor, hybrid UC environment

The UC and collaboration landscape has gone through remarkable changes in the last few years (or even the last few months). The call for a global-first community in business has put a greater emphasis on UC and collaboration tools in all levels of organizations. From video conferencing to chat to sharing platforms—UC&C is more than just a fun way to see your peers or clients in another locale, it’s the way you need to conduct your business in order to thrive.

Our latest e-book, Answering the call: Understanding, managing, and optimizing your multi-vendor, hybrid UC environment, gives you the where, when, what, and how you need to manage and master the new UC&C landscape.