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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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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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Workstream Messaging and UC

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, moderator Dave Michels and the UCStrategies team take on the topic of workstream messaging and its impact on communications and collaboration, and discuss some of the new players making inroads in the enterprise. Partipating in the roundtable are Experts Blair Pleasant, Kevin Kieller, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Simon Dudley.

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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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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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Talkz Show #1

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My first TalkingPointz podcast. In case you hadn’t noticed, I like to talk about enterprise communications. I do so on the near-weekly UCStrategies podcasts, I’ve hosted several video interviews and even Blabs. But I’ve never actually created a TalkingPointz podcast....

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UCStrategies Predictions for 2016

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts take a look ahead to 2016 and predict what will happen in unified communications (UC). Michael Finneran moderates the conversation, which includes Marty Parker, Don Van Doren, Dr. Joseph Williams, Jon Arnold, Blair Pleasant, Roberta J. Fox, Simon Dudley, Kevin Kieller, Dave Stein, Steve Leaden, and Phil Edholm.

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Putting the CIO Back in Control of Their UC Strategy. A Discussion with Anthony Bartolo of Tata Communications

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In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies' Jim Burton is joined by Anthony Bartolo, President of Collaboration and Mobility Services at Tata Communications. Anthony is a keynote speaker on Sunday afternoon at the UC Summit, held November 15-18, in La Jolla, CA. The title of his presentation is “Taking a Holistic Approach to Global Collaboration.”

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Broadsoft Unveils Project Tempo for UCStrategies

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies receives a briefing about BroadSoft's new Project Tempo announcement. Joining the conversation from BroadSoft are Taher Behbehani, Chief Marketing Officer; Karim Sadroudine, Director, Marketing; and Mike Wilkinson, Vice President, Product Offers. Michael Finneran is the moderator, with UCStrategies Experts Art Rosenberg, Jim Burton, Dr. Joseph Williams, Phil Edholm, Evan Kirstel, Blair Pleasant, Kevin Kieller, Steve Leaden, and Jon Arnold.

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Discussing Intelligent Assistants for Enterprises and Contact Centers

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In the recent podcast titled "Predictions We Got Wrong," moderated by Blair Pleasant, the Experts included Speech-Enabled Intelligent Assistants in a review of elements of the industry that hadn't met expectations or progressed as quickly as estimated. Dan Miller of Opus Research contacted Blair with a conflicting opinion, so we asked Dan to join this week's podcast to bring the team up-to-date. Blair Pleasant moderates the discussion, which includes Experts Steve Leaden, Simon Dudley, Art Rosenberg, Michael Finneran,  and Joseph Williams.

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Predictions We Got Wrong

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts address failed predictions. Where did we miss the boat entirely, or when has the rate of adoption not met expectations? Blair Pleasant moderates the discussion with Art Rosenberg, J.R. Simmons, Jon Arnold, Phil Edholm, and Kevin Kieller. Among the topics discussed are enterprise social software, voice recognition, CEBP, WebRTC, Google, personal agents, and federation.

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Bimodal IT & Collaboration: The Perfect Storm for the CIO

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The topic of this Executive Insights podcast is the changing role of IT in enterprises today, as described in two new white papers from Dimension Data. Joining UCStrategies' Jim Burton are the two authors of the white papers, Ian Heard, Group Communications Principal Director: Collaboration, and David Danto, Principal Consultant for Collaboration, and Ian Heard, Group Communications Principal Director: Collaboration.

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Is There Really a Market for UC in the SMB Space?

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, Jon Arnold moderates a discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about new SMB research co-sponsored by Metaswitch Networks and Edgewater Networks, which was also the focus of his recent article, New Research - What SMBs Think About UC. Joining Jon are Experts Marty Parker, Roberta J. Fox, Art Rosenberg, Blair Pleasant, Dave Michels, Phil Edholm, Kevin Kieller, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Steve Leaden.

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What is Doomed, End of Life, Kaput (or Should Be)?

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts are posed the question, "What is Doomed, End of Life, Kaput (or Should Be)?" Topics could include technologies, vendors, practices, or "anything else." Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by Art Rosenberg, Kevin Kieller, Don Van Doren, Michael Finneran, Blair Pleasant, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, J.R. Simmons, Jon Arnold, and Simon Dudley.

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Is UCaaS a Blip or a Trend?

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Dave Michels poses questions about UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS) to the UC Experts. Participating this week are Kevin Kieller, Evan Kirstel, Dr. Joseph Williams, Phil Edholm, Roberta J. Fox, Jon Arnold, Blair Pleasant, Steve Leaden, Don Van Doren, J.R. Simmons, Marty Parker, and Art Rosenberg.

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UC Experts Engage on Avaya

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss Avaya in the wake of their recent analyst consultant conference held in conjunction with IAUG in Denver. Marty Parker moderates the conversation, which includes Experts Roberta J. Fox, Dave Michels, Phil Edholm, J.R. Simmons, and Art Rosenberg.

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Discussion About “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along; Unifying Communications”

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In this Executive Insights podcast, Jim Burton of UCStrategies hosts a discussion about a recently published article published on UCStrategies.com from Dimension Data, “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along; Unifying Communications?” Joining him are David Danto, Principal Consultant in the Americas covering collaboration for Dimension Data and the author of the piece, and Doron Youngerwood, Global Marketing Manager for Collaboration, Dimension Data.

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Messaging-First Conferencing Solutions

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a spirited discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about what he calls "messaging-first conferencing solutions," such as those provided by Acano, Biba, Slack, and Unify Circuit, Cisco Spark, and Interactive Intelligence Collaborate. Also participating are UC Experts Dave Stein, Michael Finneran, Phil Edholm, Evan Kirstel, Jon Arnold, Kevin Kieller, and Steve Leaden.

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UCStrategies Reviews Enterprise Connect 2015

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UCStrategies was well represented at Enterprise Connect 2015, presenting, moderating, and participating on panels. In this Industry Buzz podcast moderated by Michael Finneran, the UCStrategies Experts discuss what made this year's event stand out. The conversation includes Jim Burton, Blair Pleasant, Don Van Doren, Kevin Kieller, Phil Edholm, Evan Kirstel, Steve Leaden, and Dave Michels.

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UCStrategies Gives Free Advice

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts offer free advice to the following unified communications constituencies: CIO's, vendors, contact centers, carriers and service providers, and start-ups. Dave Michels moderates the discussion, which includes Art Rosenberg, Phil Edholm, Don Van Doren, Marty Parker, Michael Finneran, Steve Leaden, Kevin Kieller, and Clark Richter.

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UCStrategies Yes or No Game

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates the UCStrategies version of the "Yes or No?" game. Dave reads a unified communications-related statement and calls on UC Experts to offer opinions on whether the statement is accurate or not. Participating this week are Experts Michael Finneran, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, Art Rosenberg, Kevin Kieller, Roberta Fox, and Martin Steinmann.

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2015 Forecast from UCStrategies

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Marty Parker moderates a discussion about 2015. The question posed: what is going to happen in the coming year that is seen as important in the areas of unified communications, social business, or collaboration? Among the variety topics discussed are the UC identity crisis, telemedicine, consolidation of cloud providers, externalization of collaboration, advancements in "longitudinal" search, mobile CEBP, and security. The conversation includes UCStrategies Experts Jon Arnold, Art Rosenberg, Michael Finneran, Dave Michels, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm, Blair Pleasant, Roberta J. Fox, Evan Kirstel, Martin Steinmann, Kevin Kieller, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

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UCStrategies Experts Discuss “Most Significant“ of 2014

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In this week's Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts talk about the news items from 2014 they consider most significant. Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by J.R. Simmons, Michael Finneran, Evan Kirstel, Art Rosenberg, Marty Parker, Kevin Kieller, Blair Pleasant, Phil Edholm, Don Van Doren, Jon Arnold, Steve Leaden, Roberta J. Fox, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

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Next-gen WLAN and Hybrid SDN for Lync is NOW

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In this Executive Insights Podcast, UCStrategies' Jim Burton continues the conversation about HP’s Software Defined Networking (SDN) innovation with Manfred Arndt, Chief Technologist for UC&C and Mobility at HP. Almost a year later, HP brings into discussion new SDN content: Lync QoS optimization for next-gen WLANs, and “how to” information for those interested in leveraging this SDN innovation in their existing networks.

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Connecting the Circuit

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UCStrategies Experts were in attendance last week at Unify's 2014 Global Analyst Summit in Scottsdale. In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a discussion about the biggest announcements from the event, the renaming and pending availability of "Circuit," formerly known as Project Ansible, and the introduction of a New Way to Work (#NW2W14). Experts include Steve Leaden, Phil Edholm, Michael Finneran, Marty Parker, J.R. Simmons, Jon Arnold, Don Van Doren, and Art Rosenberg.

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Social Customer Service in the Enterprise

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts are joined by Karina Howell, Solutions Marketing Manager, Interactive Intelligence. The topic is Social Customer Care, using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as a channel for customer service. Blair Pleasant moderates the podcast, and is joined by Experts Phil Edholm, Steve Leaden, Dave Michels, Roberta J. Fox, Jon Arnold, Melissa Swartz, Art Rosenberg, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

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Discussing the Cloud Ecosystem with Interactive Intelligence

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In this week’s Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts welcome guest Zach Hinkle, Solutions Program Manager for Interactive Intelligence in their CaaS (Communications as a Service) group. The topic is how the cloud ecosystem is making it easy for the customers to pull together the apps and services they need. Jon Arnold moderates the discussion, and is joined by Experts Blair Pleasant, Dave Michels, Don Van Doren, Roberta J. Fox, Phil Edholm, and Art Rosenberg.

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UCStrategies Experts Discuss Recent Industry Consolidation

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Prompted by the recently announced planned merger of Mitel and Aastra, the UCStrategies Experts discuss industry consolidation among UC vendors and channels, and the drivers behind the trends seen in the UC marketplace. Dave Michels moderates this week's discussion, and is joined by Roberta Fox, Marty Parker, Clark Richter, Dr. Joseph Williams, Art Rosenberg, Jon Arnold, and Michael Finneran.

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UCStrategies Reaction to Microsoft Lync’s Reported Growth

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, Blair Pleasant moderates a discussion among the UCStrategies Experts about the reported growth of Microsoft Lync deployments in enterprise voice and the impact that Microsoft Lync is having on the UC market. Also included are Marty Parker, Dave Michels, Jim Burton, Phil Edholm, Steve Leaden, Art Rosenberg, Michael Finneran, Kevin Kieller, and Roberta J. Fox.

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Software-Defined Networking and UC

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies team welcomes Manfred Arndt, distinguished technologist from HP's Advanced Technology Group focused on UC and mobility, to discuss Software-Defined Networking at HP. The conversation is moderated by Dave Michels, who is joined by Blair Pleasant, Dr. Joseph Williams, Phil Edholm, Steve Leaden, and Marty Parker.

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UC ROI

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts address return on investment (ROI) in UC. The conversation is moderated by Dave Michels, who is joined by Steve Leaden, Marty Parker, Don Van Doren, Dr. Joseph Williams, Kevin Kieller, Bill MacKay, Michael Finneran, Art Rosenberg, Phil Edholm, Jon Arnold, and Roberta J. Fox.

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