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Enterprise Connect 2017 2Pager

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This 2Pager is admittedly a little less complete than usual. I had a pretty tough EC17 – I think it was food poisoning but who knows. It’s a shame because it’s typically my busiest week of the year. I even adjusted...

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2Pager on 8×8 Communications Cloud

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On March 8, 8×8 issued two press releases that describe 8×8’s vision of a Communications Cloud. What does it all mean? Download this 2Pager (add to cart). For additional information see my post on NoJitter. See other TalkingPointz 2Pagers here....

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2Pager on Avaya Engage

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I’ve been asked regularly about my opinion on Avaya ever since attending Avaya Engage. My answer is “it’s complicated.” In many ways everything is just great. The conference was well attended. The mood was good. The vendors in the expo...

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Microsoft Announces Microsoft Teams

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When I describe Workstream Messaging I inevitably make a reference to Slack. That’s about to change as most of the world is about to discover the concept from Microsoft with its newest offer: Microsoft Teams. There was a rumor sometime ago...

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Polycom 2016

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Video is on my mind. Not just because it improves engagement or because I use it daily.  I just completed a 10 day video-oriented trip that included detailed briefings with the CEO of Vidyo in New Jersey, Cisco’s Video team...

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Microsoft Ignite 2016

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2Pager update on Skype4B post Microsoft Ignite 2016.  Microsoft used to host the Lync Conference which was dedicated to … Lync. That conference has folded into the larger Microsoft Ignite conference which covers the entire enterprise portfolio. Skype4B wasn’t even mentioned...

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IoT Networking Guide

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is not about the Internet. Many IoT devices don’t even connect to the Internet. IoT is really about enchanted things. Things become smarter with connectivity. We know this when we are in dead zones and...

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IBM and Cisco at the Sametime

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IBM and Cisco announced two new partnerships recently: IoT and Watson Collaboration and Watson Both IBM and Cisco see partnerships as a strategic way to expand their businesses. That seems obvious, but in previous times both companies were on solo missions.  These...

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Interactive Intelligence 2016

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There are several reasons I enjoy Interactive Intelligence: They are friendly – a mid-west company from Indiana. They are not too big – people seem to know each other. There’s no totally separate or unrelated divisions (that I know of). They not too small....

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Update on Genband 2016

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Genband provides real-time communications software and solutions for service providers, integrators, and enterprises. Its brand is well known within the industry, but not particularly well with end-users largely because its channel partners use their own brands. I attended their partner event,...

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Vonage Acquires Nexmo

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Surprise! Vonage announced its intent to acquire Nexmo. The surprise wasn’t Nexmo, I’ve been expecting someone to acquire them – the surprise was Vonage – at least at first. Nexmo is a CPaaS provider, the new cool thing. Nexmo is in...

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Huawei 2016 Update

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I attended the recent Huawei Analyst event in China in April, and learned there is more to UC than we see in the US. It turns out there is a giant firm out there that is doing just fine in...

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Enterprise Connect 2016

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Download this free 2Pager on the industry event of the year.  Bottom line – this industry is changing – the solutions, value props, and the vendors – and that’s a good thing. I think the big themes this year were...

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Update on Avaya

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Metaphorically, Avaya gets the onion award. There are so many layers to this company.  Actually, about 10. Let’s try: Legacy: There’s a ton of old blue (Nortel) and red (Avaya) out there – I still run into Merlins. Tech powerhouse: I...

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State of Unify (Atos)

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Unify hosted an analyst and consultant outreach event in January 2016. This TalkigPointz 2Pager offers a high-level summary of the two-day event along with some opinion.  Additional notes: As I reflect back upon the event, two things really stand out. Unify...

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ShoreTel to Acquire Corvisa

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This one honestly surprised me. While Santa was distracted, ShoreTel decides to buy Corvisa. It surprised me because less than a year ago ShoreTel’s big marketing message was “ShoreTel One.”  ShoreTel acquired M5 Networks back in 2012 and has been...

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Spark and Skype for Business

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I just spent three days at the Cisco Collaboration Summit where the company unveiled a fairly significant vision. It was far too broad to attempt to capture in a 2Pager. In a nutshell, If Cisco delivers on its its expanded service...

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Update on Mitel Next

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Mitel reached out to analysts and consultants in NYC at an event dubbed Mitel Next. The company believes that it is uqnieuly positioned for the ongoing convergence of  the enterprise, cloud, and mobile spaces.  This 2Pager attempts to summarize a...

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Cisco Acquires Acano 2Pager

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On Nov 20, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Acano. These two companies have a long history, longer than Acano exists because a decent portion of its talent came from Cisco and Tandberg prior to that.  It’s a very aggressive...

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BroadSoft and its Project Tempo Vision

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BroadSoft always puts on an incredible event at its Connections conference. This year was no exception, yet it was a very different event. It was the first Connections produced by the new marketing team put together by CMO Taher Behbehani – hired...

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Skype For Business Online Gets PSTN

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Download this TalkingPointz 2Pager for more information on how Microsoft will directly offering PSTN services with its Skype for Business Online offer in Office 365.  As Microsoft continues its journey to the cloud, it’s expanding its Office 365 option with...

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Cisco to Acquire Tropo

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On May 7, Cisco posted the following to its blog. Cisco has been on a mission to make collaboration super-simple. From our video devices that require no user’s manual, to our cameras that sense and automatically adjust when the speaker...

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ShoreTel One

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There is a lot of talk about how radical things are changing. Many UC vendors insist that they can facilitate transformation. But, it’s ShoreTel that is undergoing a radical transformation itself. In the past two years, the company has undertaken...

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Microsoft Surface Hub

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Download this TalkingPointz 2Pager for additional information on the new Microsoft Surface Hub, expected to be released in the 2nd half of 2015. It comes in two sizes, including an giant 84-inch model. The Surface hub is a 4K display...

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Introducing Cisco Spark

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At the Enterprise Connect conference in March 2015, Cisco’s Rowan Trollope introduced Cisco Spark. The solution was previously previewed as Project Squared just five months earlier. Cisco Spark is a totally new type of communications solution that embraces real-time communications (video)...

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TalkingPointz on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALUE)

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In a post-Snowden era, Chinese ownership could significantly hinder ALUE’s success in the west as was the case with Huawei which has exited the US market. ALUE downplays this risk and points to the Committee of Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) approving the sale to Huaxin. CFIUS is the inter-agency committee that reviews, investigates, and potentially blocks foreign investments that are deemed to raise national security concerns. It is very likely that perception and competitive FUD will thwart ALUE’s expansion in the US and parts of Europe.

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