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Next week – ALU

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Alcatel-Lucent sometimes disappears from top of mind – they are not as well known in N. American enterprises as they are around the world. But the powerhouse of intellectual property is hosting its analyst event next week to discuss its UC...

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NEC’s Advantage

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This week is the NEC Advantage conference in Florida. NEC actually hosts two back-to-back conferences – the first one is for consultants and dealers, and then comes one for customers. It’s sound logic as they put a significant effort into...

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UCSummit 2012

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This week is the UC Summit in La Jolla, CA. This conference is all about the UC Channel, how it’s changing and what to benefit from the changes. What’s interesting is almost every major vendor has stated initiatives to expand...

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Akhavan at CeBIT

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At CeBIT 2012, Siemens Enterprise Communications CEO Hamid Akhavan summarized the the value of having UC embedded in everyday workflows and processes. There is a lot of opportunity in harmonizing communications media, devices and systems to achieve a more agile, responsive,...

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CES 2012

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What a ridiculous show. The show is just too big. They say only Vegas can handle a show this big, but it can’t. Vegas has the capacity in conference and hotel space, but once the show expands into multiple locations...

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Wanted: CIOs

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Coming up at Enterprise Connect will be the 2nd Annual Innovation Showcase. Enterprise Connect is the biggest UC, Voice, VoIP, communications event each year for enterprise communications. In addition to all the major vendors – there’s lots of CIOs and...

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A Layer 3 Elevator

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For years, I’ve used the metaphor of escalators and elevators to explain the difference between Asynchronous and Synchronous (TDM and VoIP). It’s not a perfect analogy, but people get it. It goes something like this: Escalators are a consistent speed...

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InterOp

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May is a crazy month for conferences, and it is hard to keep up with the posts. The Interop conference is a shadow of its heyday years, but still a significant event for networking technologies. It used to attract more...

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It’s a Wrap!

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The Aastra User Group conference came to a close today. Thanks Aastra for having me here.  This is my sixth telecom conference this year, but my first User Group. User Groups are great. Much less focus on “solutions” than vendor...

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Innoprise

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Two words you don’t see so often together are innovation and enterprise. Innovation is often associated with young upstarts that intend to disrupt the established order – better, faster, cheaper. Enterprise conjures images of large organizations that were, at one...

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Forget It!

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I am currently at GlueCon – that makes this Spring very heavy for conferences, this being number five. Things become blurry. And I have come to a conclusion about all of these events, It isn’t what you learn. It’s what...

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Xchange 2009

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I attend 2-4 technology conferences a year. I just got back from Xchange 2009 in Washington DC. This show is a little more about business than technology. It is targeted to dealers, VARs, system integrators, managed service providers, or whatever...

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