The Halifax Convention Centre hosted its official opening ceremony today, Dec. 15. “The Halifax Convention Centre will attract thousands of new visitors from around the world to our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “It will build on our booming tourism economy and help build a stronger Nova Scotia.” The centre features 120,000 square feet of flexible event space including a mix of multi-purpose and meeting space including a spectacular ballroom area with floor-to-ceiling windows spread over several levels and overlooking downtown. The configuration was enhanced from the original design with more natural light, an above ground ballroom, two distinct convention levels and a floor of dedicated meeting space. “The Government of Canada is proud to celebrate the opening of the new Halifax Convention Centre, an impressive, modern facility that confirms Nova Scotia as a world-class destination,” said Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board of Canada, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Investments in innovative and green infrastructure projects like this one are vital to creating middle class jobs, and providing sustained economic growth for our communities.” There are 90 events booked for the first year of operations in the new facility, bringing an estimated 75,000 delegates and more than $50 million in new money to the province. This includes 44 national and international conventions. “This new centre gives us the opportunity to show visitors everything that makes our city and our region unique,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. “I know our guests will create great memories here that will inspire them to come back. It’s an exciting time in Halifax.” The centre has planned a welcome weekend for the public to see the new space January 12-14. “We are ready to welcome the world to our brand new, state-of-the-art facility,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre. “Together with our community and partners, we look forward to delivering an amazing event experience for our guests that will make Nova Scotians proud.” The interior design of the facility was inspired by Nova Scotia’s culture, landscape and history and shaped by input received through a series of public consultations. “This is more than a building, it’s a platform to connect Nova Scotia to a global audience,” said Joe Ramia, president and CEO of Argyle Developments. “I’m very proud to have built a facility that will serve as a gathering place, connecting our guests to the people and experiences that make our province so special.” The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development including a hotel, financial towers, public plaza, retail space and parking. It is the largest integrated development project in the province’s history. The funding of the convention centre is shared between three levels of government, totaling $169.2 million.
How to Choose? Best of Breed vs. Single Solution Elizabeth (Beth) English August 28, 2019 Whether best of breed or single source, an enterprise should consider its needs, regulatory requirements, and other factors before deciding on a UC solution. Unified communications has been gaining traction, with more and more enterprises looking for the ultimate solution to enhance and streamline office communications, as well as help employees gain a bigger and better picture of their workday. The Growing Importance of AIBesides being a hot topic for some time, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged in recent years as a way to provide personalization, automation, and intelligent capabilities within UC solutions to help both contact centers and employees. Changing Focus: From Products to ServicesLogically, the shift in focus from products to services makes a lot of sense. While we may have a growing list of increasingly innovative technology, stronger devices, and more capabilities, if the end user isn’t utilizing the extras given or realizing benefits then the product is not necessarily better (nor does it grant the proposed value). Making UC Accessible for All Dave Mailer July 03, 2019 Look for solutions from companies like Cisco, Microsoft, and Zoom to serve the needs of all types of users. A Unifying UC PlatformIt’s no doubt there are a variety of UC solutions available (with more to be released), yet the experience itself isn’t unified across different services, devices, or products. Currently, it feels more like an aggregation of channels than true unification. We’re seeing this direction in real life with Avaya expanding its A.I.Connect ecosystem with more partners — such as Knowmail, Verint, and Salesforce — to grant greater possibilities for their users. These include effortless prioritization, smart communications, streamlined interactions, and optimized decision making. RIP: Skype for Business Kevin Kieller July 30, 2019 Microsoft sets retirement plan for Skype for Business Online, foreshadowing death of Server edition, too. So what should we expect from the future of UC? Enhanced ProductivityWhether you’re a business or an individual, it seems improving our productivity is always on our minds. UC holds the potential to help us become more productive, utilizing the areas mentioned above. Simply put, UC provides a better way to handle things. unifiedcommunications_774.png Thanks to the more organized workflows, bigger picture, and collaborative solutions that UC offers, we will be able to get more done with less stress and effort, helping the business and the user in more ways than just hitting targets. As UC analyst Dave Michels covered in a No Jitter post earlier this year, Avaya is one UC provider that’s already making such a transition, and we’re sure to see others putting services in the front row. Thanks to AI, services provided can be much more personalized for each user, as well as the results and directions provided to clients, making automation more effective, processes more flowing, and overall results much better (for users, organizations, and their own end-users). Furthermore, this direction stresses the importance of having a customer-centric strategy, which allows companies to enhance capabilities on their end in order to provide better services to their clients. But we still have a way to go until UC is available in a truly unified form, complementing enterprise employees in and out of the office across products, services, devices, locations, and even state-of-mind. How to Get Rid of Your Fax Machines… Finally Dan Aylward September 11, 2019 Many organizations still rely on faxing to secure and authenticate transmitted documents, but it’s time to move on. This can also provide much more freedom, without having to necessarily choose between Avaya and Cisco, for example, but rather, only the solutions we truly need from each. We can only wait to see further innovations and how they will help us in and out of the office. At the pace and growth of this field, it looks as if UC will grant us a truly unified experience to help us service our customers better, utilize AI better, and increase productivity and results for organizations and their employees.Tags:News & Viewsservicesoffice communicationsUC solutionscollaborative solutionsUnified CommunicationsAI & AutomationCloud CommunicationsFuture of WorkUnified Communications & Collaboration Articles You Might Like Open Source’s Role in UC & Networking on the Rise Sorell Slaymaker July 12, 2019 Exploring the impact of the software revolution that’s quietly empowering more open source networking and communications solutions Let’s look at email for example, which is accessible across Web, desktop, mobile, and even by voice through various digital assistants. Imagine such availability with UC tools; instead of providing an aggregation of channels and services, UC will have one language united across all — and users can simply pick which services (i.e apps/solutions) are needed and useful. See All in Unified Communications » Log in or register to post comments
More than 1,500 people attended a town hall hosted at Brock University by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The public event inside Ian Beddis Gymnasium was part of a cross-country tour of town halls, but was the only stop in Ontario.“Brock University is pleased to have hosted the Prime Minister’s town hall and to welcome the entire community to such an important event,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “Brock supports community engagement and development, as well as establishing a forum for dialogue, and tonight’s event was exactly that. It was an opportunity to talk about those important issues for Canadians.”A livestream of the event can be found on the Brock University Facebook page.