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The New Polycom Emerges

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The New Polycom Emerges By focusing on interoperability, Polycom’s bringing its arsenal of advanced features to one-time competitors in a win-win environment. By focusing on interoperability, Polycom’s bringing its arsenal of advanced features to one-time competitors in a win-win environment....

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Y 4K?

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Y 4K? 4K video conferencing is available today, and the technologies and economics will continue to improve. 4K video conferencing is available today, and the technologies and economics will continue to improve. In the past few years, 4K video has...

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Time to Kill IM

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Time to Kill IM Workstream messaging tools are the right tool for modern business needs. Workstream messaging tools are the right tool for modern business needs. Instant messaging/presence (IM/p) use for enterprise communications in the ’90s was a real breakthrough...

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The Emerging Cloud Order

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My trip to BroadSoft’s Connections conference  got me thinking more about the cloud and hosted UCaaS. The space is growing, energetic, and optimistic. Infonetics recently reported the number of seats for hosted business voice-over IP and unified communication services is...

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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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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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BT Offers Lync Pilot

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On NoJitter, I recently attempted to explain Lync licensing (Lync Licensing: Effective Confusion). I recently completed a 40+ page report “summarizing” Lync licensing for a major research and analyst firm. The bottom line is Lync licensing is complex, but partially...

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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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Skype’s Big Shoes

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Has anyone else noticed the recent shift in conversation about Skype? For the past several years, Skype was the darling of the technorati. Disruptive, visionary, cool. But recently, and not just because of Microsoft, the conversation shifted from ‘Skype is great’...

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MS Skype

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“MS Skype” Does that sound weird to anyone else? The MS Skype thing is big for a lot of reasons. One obvious BIG reason is the valuation – $8.5 BILLION for a company that is losing money and the vast...

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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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Google’s Gag on Voice

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Google’s enigmatic voice service known as Google Voice once again surfaces to headlines. It’s becoming a silly ritual, Google unveils something trivial like number portability and the blogs light up with praise rather than condemnation that it’s been missing for...

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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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UC Pioneers

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Television just isn’t what it used to be. TV used to command our attention and unite our society. Most of my generation grew up with a handful of decent channels. Everyone watched certain hits – Happy Days, Six Million Dollar...

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This Week

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A round-up of my posts from this week. The Other Voice Channels The majority of voice systems are procured through indirect channels. The old term was “Interconnect,” the provider interconnected branch equipment to the carriers. Other terms include Dealer, VAR,...

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UC Update

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I’ve written quite a few articles on Google Voice. The service itself is reasonably simple, but its potential impact to enterprise UC gets profound. The latest article on NoJitter gets into some of the recent real time acquisitions Google’s made,...

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The Android Anigma

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The HitchHiker’s guide to the Galaxy described the Earth this way: …an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape- descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. The book...

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