Unify to Beta Ansible UC Platform in May, Launch It in October
The company is finishing up pre-beta trials of the platform, which will include support for WebRTC and Unify solutions like OpenScape 4000.Unify officials are preparing to take the next steps with its Project Ansible next-generation unified communications platform, which they said is on track to become generally available later this year. Unify—nee Siemens Enterprise Communications—first unveiled Ansible in June 2013, outlining a solution designed to seamlessly aggregate communications streams—from voice and video to social software, analytics, text, search and business applications—and to enable businesses to centrally manage it all through a single common user interface. Unify officials have argued that current management tools for conferencing, collaboration and content are segmented, which forces users to do a lot of the integration themselves. Ansible will clear that up, they said. On March 17, the first day of the Enterprise Connect 2014 show in Orlando, Fla., Unify officials gave a timeline for their project and more details about what businesses can expect when it launches in October. The solution has been undergoing pre-beta trial testing with users, and the company will shift to formal beta tests in May. Included in the beta effort will be a trial run by Unify itself, according to the company. The first version in October will be delivered via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.
Unify CEO Dean Douglas, named to the position in December 2013, said the initial customer reviews of the unified communications (UC) platform have been strong.