Unified most value to firms. No single vendor can

Unified
Communications (UC) is the convergence of communication and collaboration
technologies to create new solutions and services that can be integrated with
applications. The value of combining these capabilities is greater than their
sum. The goal is not to converge all services, but instead to determine will
add the most value to firms. No single vendor can provide UC. However, one
principle will be to minimize the vendors we need to integrate. There are four
core components that will make up Unified Communications solutions at Boeing;
Telephony, Messaging, Conferencing and IM/Presence. Mobility transcends all of
the combinations and should be a strong consideration for all solutions. In
defining Boeing UC strategy, it will be more important to understand what UC
means to Boeing and Military aircrafts than what the academic definition of UC
is. This understanding will drive which combination of capabilities will lead
to solutions that add the most value to Boeing. As Boeing signed a contract
with AT&T to consolidate its voice and data as well as made a decision to
upgrade to Microsoft’s Lync to have better real-time collaboration which
includes Audio and Video conferencing which traditionally sits within
communications. I like to comment on UC mechanism which can improve data
privacy and data integrity. When user starts using Lync for any type of
communication, that communication will reside within AT Cloud, which will
be Boeing dedicated environment. Data will reside in an unencrypted database
with AT data center. AT will have access to this environment. Any
chat session which lasts more than 2 mins is stored at 2 places. Data will
reside within Global Relay in a multi-tenant environment. Global relay manages
encryption keys which are protected by passwords. As 2 mins chats are not
encrypted there is chance for data compromise. As Boing is used for defense
system they must enforce proper data usage, storage laws as well as implement
proper security to guard the data.

Now
going to second discussion, on what extends to UC benefits experience by Boeing
mirror those of other firms that have deployed on UC.

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