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D Players and Managers

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Colin here. I read Dave’s post about purging D-players (Improving Your Hand) from your IT organization. I could not have agreed more. I have risen from the ranks from the lowest-most position to HR director and I have seen from every level...

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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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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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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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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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UC Summit

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Next conference is UCSummit, hosted by UCStrategies. UC Summit takes place in La Jolla (San Diego, CA) March 27-30. The attendees are generally either consultants or dealers/resellers – and the hosts are UCStrategies Experts (Consultants and analysts) and multiple vendors...

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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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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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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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More on OCS

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I have real mixed feelings about Microsoft’s Office Communication Server (OCS). I like the assumptions it attacks, and the UC attention it creates – but I find portions of the solution very limiting. It is a different type of beast...

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