Jabra: With office cubicles now empty, time ripe for UC

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By Tom Noda Communications solutions firm Jabra said that now is the perfect time for companies to invest on unified communication (UC) solutions as smartphones and tablets have become more powerful and Internet users continue to surge. [caption id="attachment_12010" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Holger Reisinger, Jabra global vice president of marketing for products and alliances"][/caption] The headset maker said harnessing the power of mobility can be more than just saving on costs on travel and office spaces but could even be profitable with the use of UC solutions. Holger Reisinger, Jabra global vice president of marketing for products and alliances, said enterprises should consider investing on having a more collaborative headquarters to save money while at the same time lowering the footprint of their branch offices. ?Office space is one of the biggest cost driver for companies. Today, half of the cubicles are empty as 35 percent of the workforce is already mobile,? Reisinger said. ?By 2017, about 75 percent of the workforce will be mobile. So if you combine the fact that half of your cubicles are empty, obviously people are better spending their time with customers and clients than being in the office.? The Jabra executive explained that investing on UC solutions will enable companies to deal well with today?s three mega trends — democratization of technology or rise of usage of mobile devices, decline of location, and war for talent. By harnessing the democratization of technology and decline of location, Reisinger said a company is set to do well in the war for talent by attracting the most talented people who are very smart in using mobile devices and offering their services anywhere in the world. ?Making your headquarters to be really inspiring, nice collaborative space can attract new employees who have this Googleplex experience as they will have an office they can identify with. So you?re able now to focus on collaboration, innovation, and brain storming,? Reisinger said. Jabra, for its part, is leveraging on the gaining momentum of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) as the local market is slowly realizing the practical potential of being mobile and connected all the time. Reisinger announced the arrival of Jabra?s line of corded and wireless headsets optimized for UC environments such as Jabra Biz 2400 and 9400 headsets as well as a series of compact and lightweight speakerphones tagged Jabra Speak 510. [caption id="attachment_12007" align="aligncenter" width="385" caption="Jabra Biz 2400"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_12013" align="aligncenter" width="284" caption="Jabra Biz 9400"][/caption] The Jabra Biz 2400 has a microphone that uses noise cancellation technology, so caller customers can only hear your voice and tune out a noisy environment. Yet the Jabra Pro 9400 is a wireless headset that brings all telephony systems together, enabling employees to take calls from their mobile, softphone and desk phone all through one headset. Reisinger reported that in less than two years, Jabra has become the top seller of audio devices in Asia Pacific, capturing 47 percent of the audio market share and is looking forward in gaining 20 percent more of it soon. ]]>

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