Remote Working: Technically Easy but Culturally Difficult

By Epoch On Behalf Of Imago Techmedia, PRNE
Monday, March 7, 2011

Unified Communications Expo Opens Today With Two Seminar Streams Dedicated to Remote Working and First-see Product Demonstrations in the UK

LONDON, March 8, 2011 - Unified Communications Expo 2011 - the UK's
leading business communication event bringing together the key technologies
and key people of this rapidly evolving world - opens its door today at
9.30am at Olympia. On the same day, new research indicates that remote
working is still a controversial topic in the UK.

Research among delegates who pre-registered to attend illustrates that
there's still a difference of opinion when it comes to remote working in the
UK. Almost exactly half of those surveyed claimed that people are accepting
of remote working and that home working can be just as productive, indicating
that attitudes here are almost perfectly split down the middle. There is
however a marked difference between the technology- and business-focused
attendees with 61% of the technology audience against just 45% of the
business audience agreeing that it's acceptable.

In addition, 79% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that
smartphones are now essential to their business, implying that, even if
attitudes towards home working are divided, attitudes towards mobile
integration are not. Unified Communications Expo will continue this debate
with two seminars streams dedicated to the topic, featuring the leading
companies in this space including BlackBerry, Vodafone, Microsoft and Mitel
on hand to answer delegate questions.

Interesting seminars from the Enterprise Mobility and Flexible working
seminar tracks include:

How Chatter and Salesforce Mobile drive real-time social communication
and more effective decision making by Xavier Ormazabal, Salesforce. Tuesday
8th 14.30 - 15.00

Challenges facing everyday business collaboration and how mobility can
help by Steve Flavell, Ring2 Conferencing. Tuesday 8th 15.50 - 16.20

How to leverage flexible working practices and keep your business moving
forward by Philip Vanhoutte, Plantronics. Wednesday 9th 11.50 - 12.20

Show highlights:

The business case for video panel session includes Cisco, HP, LifeSize,
Polycom, Radvision and Vidyo and is chaired by Richard Thurston, Senior
Analyst at Ovum NEC demonstrates its Android Cloud Communicator for the first
time in the UK ShoreTel announces the launch of ShoreTel Mobility, a
comprehensive portfolio of solutions delivering desk phone and UC
capabilities to customers' mobile devices Mitel announces the UK launch of
Mitel Mobility for BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 CTI Group launches the
SmartInteraction Suite for call centres Jabra unveils a new entry-level

Digirati and Artesian at Unified Communications Expo demonstrate their
deployment, integration and consultancy around the recently launched IBM
Cognos Collaboration platform

Unified Communications Expo 2011 takes place in Olympia on 8-9 March

Media Contacts: Niamh O'Grady / Kelly Kerruish, Epoch on behalf of Imago Techmedia, +44(0)20-7401-8001 nogrady at / kkerruish at

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