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Up Next: SMBNation

My next conference is SMBNation in Las Vegas. This is an interesting show geared toward IT experts serving small businesses. Voice for this group has always been a step child, and many of them got burned with Microsoft’s prior SMB…

A Bitter Lync Divorce

Is Microsoft Lync ready for the enterprise? It’s a question that just won’t die. Certainly it seems to be selling well, and it represents a fairly unique solution. But Lync is so different that many just don’t know what to…

New iPad App: A Phone

This week HookFlash made a splash at Demo. To be initially made available on the iPad, and coming soon to Android, desktops, and other devices. Hookflash uses a new Pat Pending Open Peer technology for social communications. Hookflash Brings Business-Class…

QR Shopping

A fairly clever use of QR codes backed by financial results. QR codes are ugly, and IMO very limited, but they have a lot of potential to change the way we interact with data. I have a QR code on…

Tele-Entreprenuer of Last Century

This week on PBS is a new documentary about Bill McGowan – they guy that broke up the AT&T; “Ma Bell” Bell System Monopoly.  The story of the most famous business leader you’ve never heard. There is a lot of interest…

Interview: Avaya’s Alan Baratz on UC

Originally posted on NoJitter.com,  Sep 5, 2011 Doing interviews for No Jitter is an incredible opportunity, as I get the opportunity to meet with the movers and shakers of the industry. This time, Dr. Alan Baratz of Avaya. Dr. Baratz…

The State of Hosted UC

Originally posted on NoJitter.com,  May 16, 2011 Hosted VoIP has been around for about eight years. A fairly simple concept–Centrex meets VoIP. Centrex, though, was largely geographically limited, and VoIP is not, thus most VoIP service providers offer a national…

Craig’s Wild adVentures

Originally posted on NoJitter.com,  Dec 12, 2010 Until recently, Craig Walker was the product manager of Google Voice, the current consumer service that offers its users a single telephone number for all their phones. He landed that position by selling…

UCIF Chairman Aboba Opens Up

Originally posted on NoJitter.com,  Nov 9, 2010 Last April, a group of communications vendors organized a new effort toward interoperability, creating the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum, or UCIF. Interoperability, standards, and openness had become a top concern, a suspected culprit…

Conversation avec Laurent de Cisco

Originally posted on NoJitter.com, Oct 19, 2010 Laurent Philonenko is the Vice President and General Manager of the Unified Communications Business Unit at Cisco. He is also Cisco’s Interim CTO for Unified Communications. He is involved in several company cross…

A Dialogue with Digium’s Danny

Originally posted on NoJitter.com, Aug 25, 2010 Digium was created just over ten years ago with a Linux support mission. When the company needed its first phone system, its founder Mark Spencer opted to write one instead of buying a…

The Talented Mr. Rodman

Originally posted on NoJitter.com,  Jul 22, 2010 Polycom has been in the news quite a bit this year. Earlier, rumors swirled that the company was in play–likely to be acquired by Siemens Enterprise Communications. In May, Andrew Miller was promoted…

Hey Benioff, Get Off of My Cloud

Last week was Dreamforce, the Salesforce.com annual conference. This year, the conference drew 45,000 to the event with about 35,000 expected to participate remotely. Utterly huge numbers for a technology conference. I participated online. Salesforce.com is the self appointed poster…

SEN’s Got A CMO?

Originally posted on NoJitter.com,  Jun 28, 2010 When you think of Siemens, what comes to mind? For most people, it isn’t unified communications. Siemens conjures images of Appliances, medical equipment, even power plants. The firm is a European diversified giant.What…

Proof of HP’s Financial Genius

The first hardware conceived and delivered under HP’s ever popular CEO Léo Apotheker is an absolutely incredible calculator – destined to be a classic. I already have three of them! I bought one in 1983, the other two I quite…

How to Take On The iPad

There was a valuable lesson learned in the demise of HP’s WebOS tablet. Price matters. In iPad met its match in the TouchPad Cnet’s Brooke Crothers discusses that the blowout sales matched the passion and excitement of an Apple product. WebOS “wasn’t really…