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Skype: Interop is a Waste of Time

Ecomm is a fantastic conference (for telecom propeller heads). This year I was only able to do a fly-by. However, the organizers are starting to post videos. Jonathan Christensen of Skype discusses the latest release of SkypeKit, an SDK for…

Long Live the Business Card

I have new found respect for the business card. It works. Various forms of new technology with the promise of a better solution have tried many times to kill this old-school piece of paper, but none have really delivered a…

A Cloud a Risin’

Is the Cloud OS going to replace traditional server operating systems? Are the days of server based Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX, UX, etc. over? Last week: Citrix acquires Cloud.com VMware announces vSphere V In terms of enterprise voice, we are…

Enterprise Tablets: Hurry and Get One Before They Are Gone

The Cius is almost here. That makes two enterprise UC tablets: Cisco Cius and Avaya Desktop Video Device with the Flare Experience. First some clarifications and differences, then a few conclusions. These devices do not compete with each other. The…

Which Gesture is Best?

It seems like April was just a few months ago… Last April 1, Google ‘announced’ Gmail Motion, a new interface that combines a webcam and human gestures to improve the Gmail interface. The announcement video is below. I’m a big…

Is That A Tablet In Your Pocket, or…?

My problem with tablets is they don’t replace anything. My smartphone replaced a lot of things, my laptop replaced my desktop. My Kindle replaces lots of books. From what I see, tablets don’t replace anything. They are a new device…

MS Lync Gets a Wireless Phone

Well not really. Microsoft Lync is pretty much the only enterprise class telephony platform that does not directly support SIP endpoints. Microsoft insists that doing so will compromise its rich user experience it has worked so hard to craft. Instead,…

Just What UC Needs: More Private Equity

Last April, rumors broke that Alcatel-Lucent was looking to exit the enterprise space by selling off its enterprise businesses including Genesys. I speculated then, and stick to it now, that Siemens Enterprise is a good suitor (Cisco too, but unlikely)….

Frost Recognizes Switchvox

Frost and Sullivan recently recognized Digium’s Switchvox UC solution for “exceptional value.” The award comes out of Frost’s Best Practices Research effort where the firm makes an effort to “determine how best-in-class companies worldwide manage growth, innovation, and leadership.”: “Based…

Mitel NASDAQ Day

About a year ago, Mitel had its second IPO. The company went private around ten years ago when its co-founder Sir Terry Mathews returned and took the company private. On July 5th, Mitel CEO Rich McBee rang the proverbial closing…

Danger Will Robinson

The new next big thing is Telepresence robots. At least that’s what some people think. I think not. With any luck, telepresence robots are currently experiencing their peak in popularity. That probably isn’t the case – telepresence robots may become…

Have a Scary Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a fine holiday. It’s a real holiday – no work. It’s a casual holiday  – hot dogs, really? It’s a summer holiday – parks, pools and picnic areas are the places to be. And it…