iAreaNet's cloud-based, "desktop-in-the-cloud" business communications suite, iAreaOffice, has been selected by TMC as a recipient of the 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year, presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. The honor comes as the company kicks off 2013 with a slew of new features for its flagship product and beyond, aimed squarely at helping channel partners keep pace with their clients' rapidly evolving real-world business needs.
"iAreaOffice continues to be a critical addition to any channel partner portfolio," said Andrew Campbell, Managing Partner at iAreaNet. "Rapid technology innovation is pushing VARs and channel partners into a world with never-before-seen frontiers in terms business requirements. Our virtualized, 'Internet-area network' approach to enabling business communications and IT is tailored to address shifting business user consumption habits."
In 2013, the consumerization of the enterprise is poised to become an unstoppable wave by any estimation, sped along by the pervasiveness of smartphones and tablets. In fact, Farpoint Group research shows that 88 percent of enterprises already have some form of sanctioned or unsanctioned bring-your-own device (BYOD) policy. But what isn't being adopted as quickly is cohesive BYOD management, designed to secure and manage the wave of iPhones, iPads, Android devices and other gadgets that employees are using for work.
iAreaOffice targets IT management and security concerns around BYOD and mobility in general with new dedicated apps available in the Apple App Store for iPad and within Google Play for Android.
"Employees will want to access their iAreaOffice-based corporate resources with their smart personal devices whether it's technically 'allowed' or not," explained Campbell. "That's the nature of a mobile, often virtual workforce. Our dedicated apps are specifically designed to address the critical need for endpoint security as IT consumerization continues apace, while delivering an intuitive interface for increased productivity on the go within the mobile office."
iAreaNet also has added social media management to its Intranet offering, including the inclusion of a Facebook-style "Wall" section. "This dovetails with our already popular employee center, so that companies can create the basis for a truly social corporate environment in 2013, with concerns about privacy and security addressed," added Campbell.
In another important theme for 2013, iAreaNet has beefed up its already robust redundancy profile with the addition of a new switch in Atlanta, and has added the iAreaNet Disaster Prevention offering to its portfolio, which provides businesses with a live disaster prevention solution with no rebuilt time. It can be set up and operational in 24 to 48 hours.
In the wake of Super Storm Sandy, a bright light has been shone on the need for a solid disaster recovery program. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a full 93 percent of businesses that experience a disaster go out of business within five years, and 80 percent of all companies that experience a business interruption of greater than five days without recovery plans do so as well.
"We want to ensure that our channel partners and customers have peace of mind when it comes to business continuity in the face of anything from a cut cable to a natural disaster," said iAreaNet CEO James deCrescenzo. "That's why superlative redundancy and reliability, and our new continuity offering, are key themes for iAreaNet this year."
When it comes to telephony, iAreaNet has completed an extensive upgrade to its phone system to improve call management, with features such as Ring All, a more customizable find me/follow me functionality, as well as an improved user interface.
iAreaOffice provides businesses, VARs and agents with a solution that leverages the benefits of the cloud service delivery model to deliver a best-in-class IT communications portfolio that can be combined with data and mobile connectivity. The secure "office-in-the-cloud" suite includes the latest version of Microsoft Office, which includes Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and can integrate other software to be delivered as a service, such as QuickBooks, Saga, Amicus, Fireworks or Dreamweaver. iAreaNet's programmers can also develop and deliver CRM and custom applications, all hosted on iAreaNet's powerful servers.
"Judging this year was more difficult than ever, with the breadth of products being reflective of the continuous evolution of the IP communications market. These winners have been chosen based on their innovation and ability to solve real business communications challenges," said Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director of INTERNET TELEPHONY.
The 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year winners are published in the February 2013 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, www.itmag.com.
'The editors of INTERNET TELEPHONY have verified the selected products demonstrate quality and innovation plus provide real needs in the marketplace," stated Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "These winners have exemplified excellence in IP communication technologies and I extend my congratulations to all."
Andrew Campbell, Managing Partner at iAreaNet, will be speaking at the ChannelVision Expo (CVx), taking place Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Miami. He will lend his expertise to a panel discussion entitled "Disaster Recovery to Disaster Prevention: Changing the Conversation and Driving Sales."
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