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Mitel: Digits Away!

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Today Mitel announced its intent to divest itself from Mitel Mobility (previously known as Mavenir) which Mitel acquired in April 2015. Mitel decided “to refocus the company exclusively on the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) market.” This news comes just...

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NokiALU

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Nokia acquired Alcatel-Lucent. What is the narrative to tell? Drastic measures to take on the Chinese? Will these vendors ever learn? Both of these firms are well known in enterprise comms circles, but not for what they do today. Nokia...

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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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Mitel a UC Leader

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Companies always refer to themselves as leaders especially in press releases. It’s generally a meaningless term unless of course its Gartner calling the company a Leader in the context of  a Magic Quadrant. Mitel was recently recognized as such in the Gartner...

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Vertical and Fulton Merge

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From the stranger than fiction department, Vertical Communications and Fulton Communications merged. The new company will operate as Vertical Communications with Fulton continuing to operate under its existing brand through the integration period. Vertical will continue to sell and support...

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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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Mitel To Buy Telepo

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Acquisitive Aastra managed to make another acquisition before being acquired itself by Mitel. Aastra announced today that is acquired Telepo, while just last week it announced its own shareholders approved its sale to Mitel. By law of transitive property, Mitel...

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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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Two Different Pictures

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A few months ago, highly respected and legendary prognosticator Elliott Gold predicted that Vidyo would pass Polycom. At the time it didn’t seem particularly reasonable. But as Elliot says “the trend is clear.” My reservations with his prediction were that...

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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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Mitel Releases MAS 4.0

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Mitel has announced its Mitel Application Suite (MAS) 4.0. The new solution solidifies and simplifies Mitel’s product line and offers a number of key enhancements: collaboration, mobility, scalability, and virtualization. The MAS upgrade expands functionality to replace the Mitel Audio and...

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StartupCamp5

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StartupCamp5 will be taking place at ITExpo Feb 1-3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. I’ve attended the past four ITExpo’s and StartupCamps, but won’t be at this one. Feeling a bit wistful as so many people I know are...

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Word is Getting Out on TalkingPointz

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It’s a new brand.   It’s a new concept. It takes time, but the word is getting out. TalkingPointz Research reports are independent UC research that can be purchased ad-hoc, without a subscription. Check out what InsideCTI says. I like how it...

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Social Blue

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IBM is an impressive company – It has lived through more computational generations than any other. The company doesn’t have the fan base of say an Apple, or the fight evil of Google – but it does have impressive credentials...

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Conference Update

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Telecom and UC, VoiP, telephony, or whatever term you choose to describe the convergence, concentration, and diversification of real time communications is indeed in a state of transition, transformation, disruption or whatever term you prefer to use to describe explosion. There is...

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Mitel Changes

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Mitel announced several significant changes today – about three months after hiring Rich McBee as CEO. I am traveling this week, so just a quick review of the press release. Mcbee was to smplify the business! Mitel has become a...

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Hosted Voice

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Hosted Voice is a fascinating space and it is just getting started. Hosted voice, enabled by VoIP, started around 2005. The most well known pioneer was Vonage – but that was more conceptual in that the were always consumer focused....

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