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One for All and All for One –Joining the UC Exchange Community

September 26, 2013

As we discussed in our last two posts, the DIY approach to federation and the endless search for federation-ready companies can be onerous and time-consuming. So, you might be asking “if NextPlane offers a viable alternative, how do I federate once I sign on with NextPlane. What’s Nextplane going to do that I can’t do myself?”

All you need to do is join UC Exchange’s extensive community of “federation-ready” organizations, and then find, connect and collaborate with your business partners.

The Members Federation Directory is accessed from the UC Exchange Federation Management Portal – a secure web-based portal designed to simplify the process of establishing and managing UC federation with other UC Exchange member organizations and federation with other services such as Skype and Yahoo!

The Federation Management Portal has a simple and intuitive user interface. It’s designed to ensure that you can easily provision your UC domain(s) for external federation, attend to your federation tasks, and track your external federation requests.

Provisioning your UC domain(s) for federation is an easy three-step process that includes ‘on-boarding’ or providing information about your domain for federation, completing the federation readiness checklist, and self-testing the federation via the NextPlane Echo Bot – a unique federation test application.

Once you have successfully passed the self-test task, your domain will become active within UC Exchange and you will be able to make and receive federation requests.

Requesting a new federation is equally simple thanks to the portal’s Federation Wizard. All that you have to do is select the domain that you wish to federate, choose the external UC domain from the UC Exchange Members Federation Directory, and then review and submit your federation request. UC Exchange will do the rest of the work by notifying the UC Administrator of the requested domain.

You can also track the status of your outbound federation requests as well as incoming requests in your Dashboard, another convenient feature of the Management Portal. It takes one to three business days until your request is validated and activated at which point you can notify your end users of the new federated connection.

The Federation Management Portal offers additional powerful features like reporting and analytics for tracking your employee’s usage statistics; viewing and managing your provisioned UC domains and active federations; managing policies and disclaimers plus the ability to subscribe to additional services such as Social Media, Yahoo! or Skype federation.

So, if you want to federate with multiple business partners and consumer messaging platforms, while avoiding the headache of Do-it-Yourself (DIY) federation process, UC Exchange is an excellent choice.

To learn more about the UC Exchange, please visit www.NextPlane.net or contact our team for more information.

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