At Enterprise Connect: 3 Different Takes on UC RFPs
You'll be able to make an apples-to-apples comparison of UC with and without a PBX, and from a hosted model.
We're just about a month out from Enterprise Connect (which you can still get in on some discounts for if you register before the end of February), and one of the changes this year is that we're trying to coordinate our various mock RFP sessions. In the past we've had sessions that focused on RFPs for IP-PBXs, for UC components, and last year for the first time, for hosted UC services.
This year, we've gotten the experts from each of those sessions working in concert, and they've put together a coordinated RFP that lets you see how the various vendors would respond in each scenario:
* Unified Communications with a new IP-PBX * Unified Communications without a new IP-PBX * Hosted Unified Communications.
You'll be able to make something closer to an apples-to-apples comparison among the three scenarios, based on these RFP sessions.
Instead of me trying to describe it further, here's a short presentation that Marty Parker and Brent Kelly put together, illustrating how it'll work. Marty is doing the UC without IP-PBX session, and Brent is doing the Hosted UC session; Dave Stein will be doing the IP-PBX-based session.