Today’s “office” is vastly different from what it was even 10 years ago.
Workers are no longer bound by their stationary desktops and LAN lines, but “offices” are literally set up anywhere with laptops, “smart” devices (tablets and smart phones) and Internet connections. Just as offices are easily set up anywhere, at any time, so should business collaboration solutions be as easily accessible.
Today, Orange Business Services launched their new Unified Communications “as a service” (UCaaS) model, or “Business Together as a Service.” This new portfolio of tools, which is based on Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS), includes telephony, unified messaging, IM with presence and conferencing. One of the key benefits of this new cloud-based model is that it gives employees access to UC applications on the fly whether they’re looking to do a brainstorm from a coffeehouse or a last minute conference call while waiting for their flight.
As companies of all sizes look to integrate or enhance their business collaboration tools, models such as Orange’s Business Together as a Service demonstrate that there’s an appetite for business solutions that are flexible enough to accommodate today’s increasingly mobile workforce, but also give enterprises choices when it comes to how they deploy their solutions. From traditional on-premise solutions, to hosted as a service models delivered by a service provider, today’s collaboration solutions need to be built with flexibility and choice in mind from the beginning.