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iSchadenfreude

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Finally – Apple is falling. I take a little joy in this post because it’s been hard being a PC type during the rise of Apple. I will be the first to admit that Apple devices have offered a superior...

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Collaboration Boardom

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The electronic whiteboard has been around for a while and it’s gradually working its way from classroom to enterprise video collaboration environments. There’s pent-up demand for broader solutions for visual collaboration. We need to explode the all-in-one into separate, optimized...

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SD-WAN Meets Cloud UC

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Software-defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) has been making big headlines lately as the next frontier for enterprise networking and a better approach to handling the high-bandwidth requirements of the modern workplace, including the increasing adoption of cloud-based applications for information...

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Time to Kill IM

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Time to Kill IM Workstream messaging tools are the right tool for modern business needs. Workstream messaging tools are the right tool for modern business needs. Instant messaging/presence (IM/p) use for enterprise communications in the ’90s was a real breakthrough...

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Dump Tim

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My iPhone 7 plus doesn’t work. My MacOS Sierra doesn’t work. I have gone from apple products “Just Work” to a living technology hell. All of this happened in the past month with Apple’s latest bug releases. My Mac crashes...

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Avaya Not So Guilty

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Ten years ago Avaya filed a lawsuit against a partner named Telecom Labs in Washington state. Avaya felt that Telecom Labs (later renamed to Continuant) was performing unauthorized maintenance services on Avaya equipment. Telecom Labs countersued that Avaya’s approach to...

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Unified Comms My Ass

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When the PBX discovered VoIP, a whole new world of any-to-any communications became possible. The industry replaced the term “PBX” with “Unified Communications” and started selling the promise of a single enterprise communications platform that would do it all. It was conceptually pretty...

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Transitions Suck

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Most of us love new tech. There’s nothing better than the faster, better, and cheaper mantra of technology. We forget sometimes how unusual this is. The hammer remains largely unchanged. Most equipment is relatively flat – tractors don’t get twice...

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Books Sep 2016 Abundance + 2

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These are the books completed in September – a good month. Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal: There are not much television shows I remember from high school, but Soap is one of them. What no one could know back...

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A Vertical Hybrid

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A Vertical Hybrid Vertical Communications adds cloud overlay services to complement its on-prem communications systems and provide customers a path forward. Vertical Communications adds cloud overlay services to complement its on-prem communications systems and provide customers a path forward. As...

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Let’s Have the Next Meeting on Facebook

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Let’s Have the Next Meeting on Facebook What would a full-out Facebook commitment to enterprise communications and collaboration mean for the emerging messaging app market? What would a full-out Facebook commitment to enterprise communications and collaboration mean for the emerging...

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August 2016 Books Elon Musk +5

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August was a banner month for completed books. The list appears long, but I think I read Coraline in July and forgot to include it in last month’s post, and several of these books are short.  Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, and the...

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Avaya Releases R10 for IP Office

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Avaya Releases R10 for IP Office Enhancements are important for premises deployments, but scream “cloud” as well. Enhancements are important for premises deployments, but scream “cloud” as well. No product at Avaya has received as many upgrades and enhancements as...

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Industry Consolidation Podcast

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about the recent consolidation activity – actual and speculation – in the industry. Joining the conversation are Steve Leaden, Marty Parker, Simon Dudley, Phil Edholm, Jim Burton, Blair Pleasant, Evan Kirstel, Roberta J. Fox, Jon...

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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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QUIC is Quick

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QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) is a new UDP based network protocol developed by Google and used in their Chrome browser to speed up applications, especially video. QUIC supports multiplexed UDP connections to provide security equivalent to TLS, along with...

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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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2016 Midyear Review

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies conducts its annual “year in review” podcast at the midyear point. Moderator Dave Michels posed this question to start it off: “It’s halfway through the year; EC is months behind us. What’s interesting to you? What will...

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