With EnterpriseConnect around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to revisit this article on Federated Communications, which ran in No Jitter. Tight integration and federated user identities across IT and communications are key to building powerful solutions that help users be more productive and efficient. At a high level, federated communications occurs when multiple computing and/or networking providers agree on standards of operation that allow otherwise disparate applications to communicate. Most enterprises have traditionally used a variety of applications and devices to communicate with their suppliers, partners, and customers. Federation solutions promise to meet those growing demands, while simultaneously requiring fewer devices and applications.
One of the challenges that proponents of federation face is the myriad philosophies regarding how federation should be achieved. The single common theme among the various viewpoints, however, is the goal of federation, which is to provide secure, reliable, and seamless communications capabilities across multiple platforms and networks.
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