FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EDITORIAL CONTACT

Carol Zelkin

Executive Director, IMCCA

Phone:  516-818-8184

Email: czelkin@imcca.org

 

IMCCA Names 2020 UC Industry Impact Award Recipients

The Collaboration Industry and the Public Have Benefitted from the Nominees’ Above and Beyond Support during the Pandemic

 

New York, NY (November 17, 2020) -- IMCCA announced the recipients of the 2020 UC Industry Impact Awards honoring organizations deserving of recognition for their contributions and outstanding support during the pandemic. The names, as selected by a panel of five independent industry expert judges, were unveiled during the live IMCCA Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast on November 17, 2020.

 

“The UC Industry Impact Award honorees pushed the boundaries of UC technology and in so doing profoundly improved the user experience during a monumental shift in organizational structures and processes resulting from the pandemic,” said Carol Zelkin, Executive Director, IMCCA. “We congratulate all the outstanding nominees and these award recipients, and look forward to their continued contributions which benefit both the general public and the industry.”

 

Nominees for the Industry Impact Awards (all of which can be seen at https://www.collaborationweek.org/2020-impact-award-nominees) were selected by IMCCA Executive Board and Board Members. Then, a completely independent judging panel selected three nominees from each of the categories (Collaboration Platforms; Hardware & Peripherals; Integrators & Service Providers; and Distributors & Miscellaneous Organizations.) The independent judges were Irwin Lazar of Nemertes Research; Blair Pleasant of Commfusion; Dan Ferrisi of Sound & Communications; Roopam Jain of Frost & Sullivan; and Tim Banting of Omdia.

 

2020 UC Industry Impact Award Winners and Judges’ Criteria

 

Collaboration Platforms LogMein / GoToMeeting - The team at GoToSuite / LogMeIn  provided free Emergency Remote Work Kits for Health Care Providers, Educational Institutions, Municipalities and Non-Profit Organizations when the pandemic struck, enabling critical work to continue remotely.

 

Collaboration PlatformsMicrosoft Teams - Microsoft not only provided their great Microsoft Teams platform which seamlessly absorbed the surge in Work From Home employees, in addition, they launched a global skills initiative to help people hardest hit by the pandemic by making tools and resources available to learn digital skills.

 

Collaboration PlatformsZoom - Deservedly, Zoom led all Industry Impact Nominees with ten nominations. No other UC firm rose to the challenge of COVID19 as overwhelmingly as Zoom, becoming a global verb synonymous with video for Business, HealthCare, Education, and Religious and Social events, and in many cases was provided at no cost for the good of the greater community.

 

Hardware & PeripheralsCrestron - When the pandemic struck, Crestron designed, built and shipped an entirely new system to enable collaboration in non-traditional spaces, turning field hospitals, manufacturing floors, and large classrooms into Teams and Zoom rooms overnight.

 

Hardware & PeripheralsLogitech - Logitech enabled millions of people around the world with their powerful tools, helping them feel part of their work, connected to their loved ones,  as normal as possible during the pandemic, and created a program to specifically help educators.

 

Hardware & PeripheralsPoly - Whether in the school, enterprise or living room, using Poly's devices during COVID19 gave people a professional meeting experience without hassle. Their powerful, agnostic AI systems inside a catalog that has the unique breadth to cover all UC needs let users choose the best experience anywhere and at any time. For just one example, their Studio USB’s new rapid automatic tracking mode freed teachers to again walk around a classroom when presenting to remote students.

 

Integrators & Service ProvidersAVI-SPL - AVI-SPL pivoted quickly to provide newly assigned home workers with technology starter kits and dedicated courses on 'working remotely' for first timers. The speed and quality of their solution demonstrated an enormous commitment to customer service.

 

Integrators & Service ProvidersPoly - When Covid19 struck, Poly's Global Services team offered free consulting with UC experts to guide businesses, organizations and individuals on the best technology to enable remote working, network readiness and workspace design, empowering everyone to quickly adapt to the new normal. (Poly was the only double award winner – nominated in three categories and winning in two.)

 

Integrators & Service ProvidersYorktel - Yorktel responded to the pandemic's surge in demand by developing and building hundreds of Rapid Response Carts in a matter of weeks - just one of the steps their Pandemic Response Team took to support thousands of global customers.

 

Distributors & Miscellaneous OrganizationsAtlasIED - Atlas IED provided tens of thousands of medical grade protective Face Shields to first responders and those on the front lines, helping ease the crunch for PPE during the pandemic. They manufactured and shipped Face Shields to almost all fifty US states at no cost.

 

Distributors & Miscellaneous OrganizationsLegrand AV - Legrand converted one of their Indiana production lines during the height of the pandemic to making 1000 masks a day.

 

Distributors & Miscellaneous OrganizationsIMCCA - The IMCCA went above and beyond in its outreach to the UC community during the pandemic. Despite many live events cancelled due to Covid19, The IMCCA conducted on-line education, webinars, social gatherings and more beginning in March 2020 - a full month before any other organizations or companies managed to adapt to the needed content.

 

The pandemic has mobilized these and many other UC providers to deliver solutions that will help ensure the continuity and growth of UC technology usage, resulting from the work from home phenomenon coupled with the need to find alternatives for in-person interactions. Ms. Zelkin adds that the UC Industry Impact Awards have been a great opportunity to honor and thank those individuals and organizations who have supported and given visibility to the UC industry’s role in this accomplishment.

 

“We are fortunate to have such dedicated and innovative players in this industry and we truly appreciate their contributions,” she said. “From individuals such as our own David Danto, IMCCA’s Director of Emerging Technology – who worked tirelessly to drive outreach as the pandemic began – to organizations such as Zoom whose name has become synonymous with UC technology, our industry is to be commended for the responsible leadership it has shown in helping organizations keep working through this unprecedented situation, and prepare our world for the Hybrid Working future that’s upon us.”

 

For more information about the IMCCA, visit www.imcca.org or contact Carol Zelkin, Executive Director at 516-818-8184 or email at czelkin@imcca.org.

 

About IMCCA

IMCCA is a not-for-profit user application and industry focused association with membership comprised of service and product providers, consultants, and users. Members benefit from the understanding and the use of various interactive and collaborative communications technologies in their professional and everyday lives.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EDITORIAL CONTACT

Carol Zelkin

Executive Director, IMCCA

Phone:  516-818-8184

Email: czelkin@imcca.org

 

IMCCA Announces Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast

Symposium to Address UCC Industry Changes & Adaptations Resulting from Global Pandemic

Highlights Include Presentation of IMCCA Industry Impact Awards to Recognize Outstanding Contributions

 

New York, NY (September 21, 2020) -- IMCCA, a non-profit industry association for Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC), is hosting a webcast on November 17, 2020 to discuss how the Covid19 pandemic has affected the industry, how organizations responded and what can be expected going forward.

 

The IMCCA Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast, in lieu of the originally planned UC Week Silicon Valley, will include a panel discussion by industry experts offering insight into what role the industry has played in sustaining businesses during the pandemic and what the future may look like going forward, and an end-user panel that will share plans and experiences to better help attendees grasp the benefits of new working models that were devised to adapt to the unusual situation.

 

“The power and value of remote visual collaboration was tested and proven just weeks into the shutdown caused by the virus, as businesses, schools and other entities pivoted their conventional models of in-person environments to accommodate remote workers,” said Carol Zelkin, Executive Director, IMCCA. “It’s a new chapter for UCC technology and our Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast will bring to light the further benefits of remote visual collaboration as the many effects of the virus continue to unfold.”

 

A highlight of the event will be a presentation of IMCCA Industry Impact Awards to UCC organizations that are deserving of recognition for their contributions and outstanding support during the pandemic. Nominees for the Industry Impact Awards were selected by IMCCA Executive Board and Board Members. A panel of five independent industry expert judges will select three nominees from each of four categories, and the results will be announced during the program. Categories include Collaboration Platforms; Hardware and Peripherals; Integrators and Service Providers; and Distributors and Miscellaneous Organizations. Judges are Irwin Lazar of Nemertes Research; Blair Pleasant of Commfusion; Dan Ferrisi of Sound & Communications; Roopam Jain of Frost & Sullivan; and Tim Banting of Omdia.

 

The Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast, to be hosted and moderated by IMCCA board members, is another of IMCCA’s undertakings to provide support and guidance for the UCC industry notes Ms. Zelkin. Additional actions to date include educational webinars, IMCCA member pandemic video updates, weekly virtual social gatherings, and others via IMCCA’s Pandemic Support page on the IMCCA website (www.imcca.org/2020-pandemic-support).

 

The Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am EDT and 4:00 pm UK on November 17, 2020.  Registration is available online at www.collaborationweek.org.  Those registered will be sent a personalized link to join.

 

 

To learn more about the IMCCA Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast and sponsorship opportunities, contact Carol Zelkin, Executive Director at 516-818-8184 or email at czelkin@imcca.org.

About IMCCA

IMCCA is a not-for-profit user application and industry focused association with membership comprised of service and product providers, consultants, and users. Members benefit from the understanding and the use of various interactive and collaborative communications technologies in their professional and everyday lives.

 

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