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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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Over-Sparked?

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Last week Cisco celebrated Spark’s birthday with a series of announcements. Cisco Spark was introduced just a year ago as Project Square. It was it was christened Cisco Spark at Enterprise Connect last March, and last week became the keystone...

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Discussing Spark with Zeus

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Cisco made several announcements today at its annual Collaboration Summit in San Francisco. Zeus Kerravala and I discuss them in this video. These announcements are in alignment with Cisco’s stated vision to “Deliver a single collaboration experience that spans all modes...

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Sparking Conversations

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Cisco’s Spark service overlaps with the company’s UC and TelePresence solutions. For example, all three solutions support video conferencing. Last June at CiscoLive, the company provided a glimpse of how Spark will transition from overlap to glue. In his keynote Rowan...

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Blabbing with Zeus

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Zeus and I lost our virginity together – we did our first Blab. Blab is where video conferencing and social media intersect. We talked about Workstream Communications and Collaboration and jointly addressed several questions and topics including: How is WCC different...

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Cisco and Apple

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Apple and Cisco announced they are creating a “fast lane” for iOS business users with the optimization of Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps. The announcement took place at a Cisco sales event and featured both Tim Cook and John...

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Split-Up or Shut-Up

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In a recent interview, investor superstar Marc Andreessen told Bloomberg’s Emily Chang at the Salesforce Dreamforce Conference on Wednesday.  that if a technology company is more than 20 years old, then “they’ll probably benefit from being broken up, and many of them...

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Cisco Intercloud

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The week after Enterprise Connect, at Cisco’s worldwide Partner Summit conference, Cisco announced Intercloud. Cisco will invest $1 B in the next two years to build its expanded cloud business, and we expect the incremental capabilities and investments from our partners to expand...

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A Room With A View

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Somewhere within the hard phone v softphone debate is an emerging class of collaborative endpoints. These are devices and/or accessories that facilitate collaboration. It’s a new and growing category of hardware that lies between an app and a device. I...

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Giants Competing

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For the past several months, the UC conversation shifted toward a Microsoft v. Cisco debate. Cisco enjoys a market share lead over Microsoft in UC, but Lync is experiencing rapid growth. Microsoft has its sights on dethroning Cisco. Personally, I...

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The Googrilla Grows

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I recently published the Googrilla in the Midst which posits that the influence and impact of Google Apps is largely underappreciated and untapped by the UC community. We are reasonably confident that the cloud in general, and Google Apps specifically,...

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Lonely at the Top

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We live in disruptive times. Technology is changing faster than ever before, the economy has been tough – plagued with war, scams (Enron, Madoff, etc.), and global recessions. World disasters have quite literally made conditions hostile (earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes). Nonetheless,...

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Cisco Snags AXIOSS

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Cisco intends to acquire AXIOSS from the UK subsidiary (formerly Axiom Systems) of parent company Comptel Corporation of Helsinki. Why? Because it will enable Cisco to extend network and service management across its platforms and enable service providers to launch...

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Who Stirred the Pot?

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Today we learn that service provider Windstream buys Paetec for $891 million. Now what equipment are they going to sell? Paetec claims to sell: Avaya – Platinum Partner Cisco – Silver Partner Nortel – Certified Reseller ADTRAN – Authorized Partner Allworx...

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Flip, Kin, Wave

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Did the SmartPhone kill the Flip? Horseshit. Cisco killed the Flip. Evidently murdered just before its newest version was to ship. Pogue reported that the company was set to release a new feature to enable live streaming – but the...

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Defending Avaya

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Avaya sure looks stupid, their desktop video device is the most expensive tablet on the market. But armchair quarterbacks don’t always see the whole game.  Eric Krapf in I’m With Stupid discusses the intelligence of a proprietary tablet strategy. Both...

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Discussion with Laurent

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Continuing with my discussions with compelling and interesting UC executives, NoJitter posted my conversation with Laurent Philonenko, the VP of Unified Communications at Cisco (and interim CTO and intranet blogger). This interview was logistically a bit more complex than the...

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Ciscollaboration

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Cisco’s Collaboration Summit last week was a major event. So major, John Chambers personally showed up this year. Kind of ironic, lately Mr. Chambers has relied on video instead of personal appearances as an attempt to reduce travel and demonstrate...

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The Value of VoIP

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Forbes Magazine ran an article with the same title. It is so odd reading about telecom in mainstream press. Every reference to something technical is immediately followed with a definition. For us professionals, we can’t write or read this way...

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