“Nemertes finds that more than 75 per cent of companies now use a video conferencing system. Thanks to falling costs, improving quality, and the need to reduce travel, interest and usage is growing. Enabling integration of video conferencing systems both inside the company as part of a UC architecture, and outside the firewall to support cross-company collaboration is a key requirement to a successful video conferencing deployment. Enterprises can now use interoperability as a key buying criteria when purchasing video conferencing systems.”
“As the number of distributed locations continues to grow, often we’ll see the number of collaboration tools an organization deploys grow as well. More than half of Nemertes research participants are deploying applications, such as Web conferencing and instant messaging, to meet their collaboration requirements. Organizations increasingly are quantifying the value to the organization of their investments in collaboration.”
Leena Rao writes that Nokia has acquired mobile Web browser technology developer, Novarra, which is based in Illinois.
“Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The acquisition makes sense, considering that Nokia builds its own browser. Nokia says Novarra’s technology will be integrated to provide a more powerful browsing experience on Nokia phones. Novarra which was founded in 1999, raised $50 million in funding in 2007. The company creates Web-based technologies for low-end mobile feature devices, including functionality for internet access, portals, videos, widgets and advertising. Novarra supplied its technologies to Palm and U.S. Cellular previously. While Nokia develops and operates its own browser on its devices, the Nokia’s Ovi store offers third-party browsers for some phones, including Opera Mini and Skyfire.”