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Consumerization of Business Travel

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If you travel much, you know first hand that business travel is not what it used to be. But this is not all bad, once you get over it. In fact, the new realities of business travel have spawned a whole industry of new applications and services to make ...

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Productive Audio Conferencing

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This is one of those things that they don’t teach in schools. Conference calls are reasonably intuitive, but not particularly efficient. But conference calls don’t have to be the bane of one’s existence. There are methods, disciplines and services that can make them more productive. Here are some tips to consider.

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Where Will Mobility Take Us?

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Recent articles with conflicting viewpoints on the topic of the "Mobile Revolution" spawned this Industry Buzz podcast. The UCStrategies Experts discuss the future of mobility, wearable devices, and the possibility of a backlash as privacy concerns mount. The podcast is moderated by Michael Finneran, and includes Dave Michels, Roberta J. Fox, Art Rosenberg, Phil Edholm, Bill MacKay, Clark Richter, Steve Leaden, and Kevin Kieller.

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Andy Miller Ousted as CEO of Polycom

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After markets closed yesterday, Polycom announced its financial results and also mentioned the appointment of Kevin Parker as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Andy Miller, the CEO for the past three three years, resigned after an audit committee found “irregularities” in Mr. Miller’s expense submissions, for which Mr. Miller accepted responsibility.

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OpenStack Turned 3

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OpenStack is an emerging open private cloud alternative, and it’s sure to impact UC significantly. OpenStack just celebrated its third birthday. OpenStack got its start from NASA and Rackspace as a private cloud alternative to Amazon’s public AWS. In just three years, the effort now has support from 231 companies, contributions from 1,036 individuals, implementations in 121 countries, and several real-life customer implementations including Best Buy, Bloomberg, Comcast, Fidelity, and PayPal.

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Project Ansible

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This week the UCStrategies team welcomes Chris Hummel, CCO of Siemens Enterprise Communications, to the Industry Buzz Podcast. The topic is the just-announced Project Ansible. Joining moderator Jim Burton are Steve Leaden, Blair Pleasant, Dave Michels, Art Rosenberg, Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

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So, You Think You Are a UC Expert?

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Earlier this year, UCStrategies began accepting contributions from guest experts. You can read them here. Each expert's biographical information is contained within the footer of the post. Most of the content on the site comes from our regular group of...

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What is Privacy?

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Privacy concerns continue to increase and broaden. It’s a complex, boring, multi-faceted, and critical topic. For the past several years, organizations have been grappling with the information that firms like Google and Facebook collect in exchange for the free services they offer.

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Managing Recurring Revenue from Wi-Fi

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The Access Point is in many ways what’s behind the big move to the cloud. Smartphones and tablets are their most effective when connected to a Wi-Fi network. But how do you leverage the growth of Wi-Fi and the growth of cloud services in a single offer?

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Optimizing Unified Communications

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies team discusses Blair Pleasant's recently published article, "Introducing Optimized Communications," where she contends that we’re now entering the next phase of business communications, "Optimized Communications." Blair Pleasant moderates the discussion, and is joined by Marty Parker, Art Rosenberg, Dave Michels, Roberta J. Fox, Clark Richter, Phil Edholm, and Steve Leaden.

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Coopetition: Microsoft and Cisco

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On the UC front, it’s pretty easy to get wrapped up in the Microsoft  v. Cisco  battles, but these two firms are actually quite friendly in the bigger picture. Cisco is dominate in networking and Microsoft is dominant in operating systems – and just so happens that many organizations like to network their computers.

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The Mobile Revolution is Over

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Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted. The can’t stop growth of smartphones stopped. Mobility is an important part of the conversation, but it has been a distraction. Now that support for mobile devices is basic table stakes it’s time to move-on.

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Shift Happens for ALU-E

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Last month, Alcatel-Lucent’s (ALU) new CEO Michel Combes announced details how he intends to return the beleaguered firm to profitability. He calls it the “Shift Plan,” and that’s what it better do. In 2012, under CEO Verwaayen, ALU reported a net loss of $1.81 billion, and since the 2006 merger of Alcatel and Lucent the company has lost about $13.4 billion.

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Take My Phone, Really

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The modern IP phone could be much more than it is, like a smartphone accessory. It’s an always-on IP device with a large speaker. It needs to be adapted to the modern workplace and become cell friendly (including charging, bluetooth, and more protection against interference). It also needs to become a desktop computer multimedia peripheral.

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Betting on XMPP

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I recently got caught-up in a conversation with some other analysts about Google’s bone-head move killing-off XMPP. I contend it was a mistake, and bet that Google will undo it. By October (on Apps, not Gmail). The other folks agreed on the first part, but disagreed that Google would reverse its course. That’s my position; the other two feel the story is over and XMPP and Google have parted ways indefinitely.

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