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My Predictions for 2012

I have one key prediction for 2012: the Mayan calendar will be proved wrong, and the world will not come to an end in 2012. Assuming I got that one right, I will offer some UC predictions that I am…

Top Comm Stories

Social Networking Gets Serious: Who would have predicted the role 160 characters could play in revolt and revolution? Social networks have far more influence than many of us care to admit, like a single match that can destroy an entire…

Top 2011 Posts from Pin Drop Soup

Most read stories this year. The blog really saw some traffic increases in 2011. Though moving to a new site – and new name (TalkingPointz) caused a disruption in traffic and messed up my annual stats. Thanks for bearing through…

How I Fixed Reader

I read a lot of news – ok, I skim a lot of news – and the stuff that I find interesting should be shared. Google Reader had a great feature called Share for just that. I had a Google…

Upcoming Conference – CES

In January I will be attending CES. It’s been a while since I’ve been to one. The last time I attended the big new thing was DVD players – probably around 93. But all this talk about consumerization of IT…

Real-Time with David Gurlé

[Originally appeared on NoJitter on October 4 2011] David Gurlé, most recently of Skype Enterprise, is having a great time in Palo Alto, California. He left Skype last June soon after the Microsoft acquisition was announced, and he is currently…

When Did the Sun Set?

The story of Sun Microsystems is a great one. It has great characters (McNealy), great battles (open vs. proprietary, David vs. Goliath), incredible vision (the dawn of the dot.com), drama (the bust of the dot.com), and tragedy (the Oracle acquisition)….

Recap on Carrier IQ

Excellent summary and lots of links of what we know and what occurred regarding CarrierIQgate posted on TechDirt. The story so far: security researcher Trevor Eckhart exposed some very disturbing information about the “Carrier IQ” application here. This set off a small firestorm,…

Avaya Trends

Avaya recently posted what they see as trends in 2012.  It is a three page document with 12 trends – tightly written – crisp points. It’s intended to be a summary – a longer document is promised. The trends seem…

Gartner 2012 Predictions

Forbes published an article called The Road Ahead: Gartner’s Outlook for 2012 And Beyond. It offers the reader, in summary/bullet form Gartner’s predictions for the IT sector.  Some of the points are pretty obvious – a clear rise in Cloud…

Microsoft Killed the Netbook – not the Tablet

What we have here is a case of the victors writing the history book. We learned recently that Dell decided to discontinue selling Netbooks because of tablets. Netbooks? You remember them – the small, inexpensive notebook-like computers with a lightweight operating…

Privacy and Loyalty Clubs

This post is a part 2 of sorts to It’s [None of] Your Business posted on NoJitter. That was a tricky post because there is so much going on, and it is difficult to talk about it because there is…

Does Avaya have a RadVision?

I have felt that someone needed to buy Radvision. I wasn’t sure who, but it seemed like a beauty without a date. Consider: Cisco has been all about video for several years now. They are the number one or number…

SEN’s Course

Sometimes I forget about Siemens Enterprise. I’m a fan of their solutions and approach, but they aren’t exactly a marketing machine. Although rumor has it that might change next year. The fact I forget about them doesn’t seem to bother…

Wanted: CIOs

Coming up at Enterprise Connect will be the 2nd Annual Innovation Showcase. Enterprise Connect is the biggest UC, Voice, VoIP, communications event each year for enterprise communications. In addition to all the major vendors – there’s lots of CIOs and…

HP UC

Is HP a UC player? And if so, “Player” as in vendor or poser? The hot part of UC right now is mobility – and HP doesn’t seem to be in that space. Although that could still change. I’ve written…

Cord-cutting UC

Network World is confusing cord cutting with going mobile. We observed in our newsletter a week ago that the integration of business apps on mobile devices was very important to business, but we weren’t quite sure businesses were willing to “cut the…