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Kan Du Saga Aastra?

Just one final conference for the year – Aastra. I am anxious to learn more about Aastra’s vision and strategy. I attended the company’s user group conference last May – I can tell you they have some loyal customers. The upcoming…

Industry Update

The iPhone and iPad have broken more records than the iPod did CDs. Microsoft buying Skype was a game changer, but the new game remains a mystery. Here is the current industry round-up. Read it quickly as things are changing…

Innovation at Enterprise Connect

We are ramping up for the SECOND ANNUAL INNOVATION SHOWCASE to take place at Enterprise Connect.  I am so pleased to be a part of this and that it’s back. Last year, the event was a bit of a last…

ShoreTel Does it Again

Is it just me or does the word “ShoreTel” keep coming up? There is no question in my mind that ShoreTel is drawing the attention and ire of its competitors. 

Mind Blown at Defrag

Defrag is an unusual conference. The simplest way to describe it as TED for geeks. Lots of these tech folks are really smart, and when given a forum to speak about whatever they want might result with interesting ideas. The conference creator,…

Avaya Partner Event

Last week, Avaya held its Partner event in Las Vegas. There was surprisingly little coverage of the Avaya event, but here is what I’ve pieced together.

TalkingPointz Report:NEC Published

The first of several TalkingPointz reports on UC vendors is now available. NEC. Previously known as Nippon Electric Company, but NEC changed its name in 1983. I thought I knew NEC pretty well, but it’s amazing how much you learn when…

Digital Realities

When technology shifts occur slowly, dramatic changes in how we live take place. Electricity allowed us to work late at night as opposed to until sundown. But when technology changes are more rapid – we tend to force it to…

The New Killbot

Warning: Tasteless humor ahead. Recently at the All-Things-Digital Asia conference, Korea Telecom unveiled the new children’s Kibot. But every time I see the name, I think Killbot. I’ve revised the original article to reflect how it might be different for…

Next Conference: Comdex Virtual

I have mixed feelings about these virtual conferences. One one hand, they present so much of what I do believe in – telepresence and electronic communication. Why should we take the time to travel to conferences, when we we can…

Upcoming Conference: Defrag

Coming up next is Defrag – this is a pretty unique conference. Unlike most of my events that are focused on telecom, this one is a bit of a tangent. I go because 1) the content is phenomenal, and 2)…

Thoughts on Astricon 2011

A few thoughts about Astricon 2011. I probably learn more at Astricon than any other conference I attend. That says a lot since I attend about 25 conferences a year. Every conference has its share of selling and dispensing of…