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Dave Michels
Dave is an independent analyst focused on enterprise communications. he provides public content on TalkingPointz and other industry websites, and also works with clients directly.

Scoping Out Microsoft’s Next Possible Acquisition

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Scoping Out Microsoft’s Next Possible Acquisition Taking a gander at possible acquisitions that could benefit Microsoft’s UC&C offering. Taking a gander at possible acquisitions that could benefit Microsoft’s UC&C offering. Microsoft’s decision to acquire LinkedIn was a big surprise. The...

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Saying HA! to Downtime

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Saying HA! to Downtime Why you might explore high-availability solutions from NEC for your UC environment. Why you might explore high-availability solutions from NEC for your UC environment. As I mentioned last month on No Jitter, NEC combined its UC...

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Cisco Siri-ous about Monica

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Cisco Siri-ous about Monica Cisco previews Monica, its team-oriented, collaboration-focused twist on virtual assistants. Cisco previews Monica, its team-oriented, collaboration-focused twist on virtual assistants. Included in the “Collaboration Reimagined” keynote at Cisco Live last week were two previews of what’s...

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Genband Update

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I recently attended Genband Perspectives. Genband provides real-time communications software and solutions for service providers, integrators, and enterprises. I last attended Perspectives in 2014 and a lot has changed – particularly Kandy. Perspectives is an unusual conference because Genband is an unusual...

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NEC Transformation: Ready for Second Century

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NEC Transformation: Ready for Second Century UC transformation combines multiple standalone applications (and channels) into a unique, integrated IT portfolio. UC transformation combines multiple standalone applications (and channels) into a unique, integrated IT portfolio. Most UC briefings now include the...

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Cisco’s Secret Spark

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Cisco’s Secret Spark In a whitepaper published today, Cisco reveals its unique approach to giving Spark a way to search content it can’t see. In a whitepaper published today, Cisco reveals its unique approach to giving Spark a way to...

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Getting the Message

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Over the past several months I’ve been using Cisco Spark and Unify Circuit for projects and communications. Here’s a few take-aways from the experience. I get it. There’s a reason why messaging apps (Facebook Messenger, Line, WeChat, Hangouts, Snapchat, and more)...

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My New E-Bike

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I’ve always loved biking. Growing up in California meant I could ride my 5-Speed Schwinn (yellow Sting Ray with a banana seat) to school year round. In high school I rode a green Centurion 10-speed. In College I got my...

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Can We Solve the Tower of Babel That is Text?

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In this UCStrategies Industry Buzz podcast, Michael Finneran contends that text is the single most important and widely used medium of communications to have emerged in the past 20 years, but that it is about the farthest thing from an "integrated network” that has ever existed. The conversation includes Experts Phil Edholm, Joseph Williams, Jon Arnold, Blair Pleasant, JR Simmons, Roberta Fox, and Dave Michels.

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Books May 2016: Undeniable + 2

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My May reading list had these three books: Undeniable by Bill Nye the Science Guy. Nye decided to write this book after debating evolution vs. creationism. This is an excellent book that exceeded my expectations. Man’s understanding of evolution has significantly...

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NEC’s IT Advantage

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the recently held NEC Advantage conference, at which several members of the team were in attendance. Dave Michels moderates, and is joined by Jon Arnold, JR Simmons, Steve Leaden, Michael Finneran, Dr. Joseph Williams and Phil...

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Alexa Why?

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Alexa Why? The future holds potential for an enterprise, speech-enabled virtual assistant platform like Amazon’s Alexa, but the technology needs lots of maturing. The future holds potential for an enterprise, speech-enabled virtual assistant platform like Amazon’s Alexa, but the technology...

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UCaaS and CPaaS Merging

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Once upon a time there were two totally separate industries: unified communications as a service (UCaaS), the application; and communications platform as a service (CPaaS), the platform. But the distinction between these services is getting fuzzy.

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Huawei Today

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Recently I learned everything I know about Huawei. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but not  by much. Huawei thrives just off my radar. Their UC products are not available in the US, and they don’t exhibit at many US events....

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BCOM – An Update on Succeeding in UC from Enterprise Connect

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In this Industry Buzz Podcast, UCStrategies welcomes two guests to the conversation to discuss BCOM ((Business Communications Operations Management). Edouard de Fonclare, CEO of Kurmi Software and Derek Smith, Product Marketing Manager of VOSS Solutions, join UCStrategies Experts Phil Edholm, Dr. Joseph Williams, Steve Leaden, Michael Finneran, Blair Pleasant and Roberta J. Fox.

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Farewell Art

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This past weekend we lost Art Rosenberg whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the past several years. Many of you know Art through his comments. He was prolific commenter. He had so much to say, and found commenting easier...

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Books March 2016

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Just one book this month (and barely at that). Between Enterprise Connect, family activities around Spring Break, and a longer than usual book  – it was a single book month. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a Pulitzer Prize winning book....

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The Big Zang Theory

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A theory regarding the Zang Universe.   During his keynote at Enterprise Connect, SVP of Engagement Platforms Gary Barnett referred to Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) as a “hyper-growth” market that represents a $7.5 billion opportunity. His next announcement...

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Vidyo’s Clowd

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Vidyo launched a new cloud service that adds new consumption options including hybrid models to its portfolio. It’s a unique cloud offer because it includes both video conferencing as a service as well as cPaaS as it extends Vidyo’s APIs from products to include services.

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Books Feb 2016

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Continuing with my second monthly installment of books I recently completed. Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World: I really enjoyed this book and it was a real eye opener. I consider myself fairly...

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A Stand-out for GROUP Communications

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Logitech introduced the GROUP ConferenceCam. It’s a revised version of the cc3000e with a slightly less dumb name. GROUP is a laptop peripheral, or more accurately a room accoutrement. It’s intended to live in a conference room to facilitate laptop-powered group conferences. By connecting it to a laptop’s USB port, the laptop transforms into a room conferencing system with a 10x optical zoom lens, wireless remote, and high-fidelity acoustics capable of supporting up to 20 participants.

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PureCloud FY2015

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I’ve said before that Interactive PureCloud is the sleeper among these new workstream communications and collaboration (WCC) services. That’s because of Interactive’s willingness to think outside its box. Interactive is one of the very few UC vendors that still has its founder,...

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Books Jan 2016

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Books I completed this month. Under the Banner of Heaven: This is my second Krakauer book. The first was “Into Thin Air” which retells a disastrous year on Everest. “Under the Banner of Heaven” is also documentary style, but instead of Everest...

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Avaya Plays Sports

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Most sports sponsorships are little more than advertising. There’s no doubt that some goodwill is generated from Avaya’s sponsorship of the stadium where the San Jose Earthquakes play in California. But the real game is practice development. Avaya saw a win-win opportunity: the venue operators needed new technologies – contact centers, networking, and new applications – and Avaya wanted to transition from a product orientation to a solution focus. It’s part of Avaya’s larger transition from equipment provider to solution provider.

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Talkz Show #2

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Kevin and I continue discussing current news and opinions. In this recording we discuss: Endpoints and Security by Ranjeet Vidwans on No Jitter. Confessions of a Casual Collaborator  byBrian Riggs on NoJitter Vertically Integrating for UC Success: The Weave Way by...

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