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Big Blue’s Sphere

LotusSphere is an odd name for an event about non-Lotus software. That was just one of the themes from IBM’s (presumably last) LotuSphere 2012, that it is killing  the Lotus brand. Not that the show is dying – it’s a…

IBM’s Charlie Hill on Social Business

[Originally appeared on NoJitter.com December 11, 2011] As communications technologies and uses are changing, IBM is making some big bets on social collaboration technologies. Behind some of these technologies is Charlie Hill, IBM’s CTO for Social Business. Charlie is an IBM Distinguished…

StartupCamp5

StartupCamp5 will be taking place at ITExpo Feb 1-3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. I’ve attended the past four ITExpo’s and StartupCamps, but won’t be at this one. Feeling a bit wistful as so many people I know are…

Contempt for Customers

Thinly disguised contempt for the customer is an easy trap to fall into, after-all, without customers our jobs would be a lot easier. There is just one problem with this line of thinking… The first time I heard the term…

10 Reasons Why RIM Won’t Die

It has been fun to kick RIM. Text book example of why incumbents get disrupted/ RIM owned/invented email on a mobile phone. They invented the smartphone. We used to call their addicts ‘”Crackberries.” But they (along with everyone else) underestimated Apple….

What Happened in Vegas?

The advertising campaign “whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” was absolutely brilliant. Come to Vegas and be naughty – everyone does. It gave Vegas a classy mystique, an improvement over the City of Sinners. That kind of advertising is…

The Unspoken Question

What exactly should the mute button do? Daniel J. Wakin, reporting for the NYT: The unmistakably jarring sound of an iPhone marimba ring interrupted the soft and spiritual final measures of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at the New York Philharmonic on…

Word is Getting Out on TalkingPointz

It’s a new brand.   It’s a new concept. It takes time, but the word is getting out. TalkingPointz Research reports are independent UC research that can be purchased ad-hoc, without a subscription. Check out what InsideCTI says. I like how it…

CES 2012

What a ridiculous show. The show is just too big. They say only Vegas can handle a show this big, but it can’t. Vegas has the capacity in conference and hotel space, but once the show expands into multiple locations…

Megatrends 2012

It is good to reflect on the past year and I’ve been enjoying many of the pieces published in this annual ritual. It truly is impressive how much happens in a year. However, I also feel that the annual analysis…

Good Bye Best Buy

Best Buy has been dead to me for years, and I feel really bad about it. I bought a new TV on this last Black Friday from Best Buy. It was an exceptional deal. They had advertised it in advance…

Social Blue

IBM is an impressive company – It has lived through more computational generations than any other. The company doesn’t have the fan base of say an Apple, or the fight evil of Google – but it does have impressive credentials…

SEN to Brand

This just in: Siemens Enterprise Communications is going to do some advertising. According to Ad-Week, they hired a new firm to spend $90 million on annual media spending. Presumably, this is associated with a major effort to rebrand the company….

BT Offers Lync Pilot

On NoJitter, I recently attempted to explain Lync licensing (Lync Licensing: Effective Confusion). I recently completed a 40+ page report “summarizing” Lync licensing for a major research and analyst firm. The bottom line is Lync licensing is complex, but partially…

Operators No Longer Standing By

This week Aastra launched InAttend –  an attendant solution with advanced collaboration options. Ever call an agent and totally confuse them with a request that’s off the script? It creates all kinds of havoc invariably resulting with an incessant recording…

Cisco and Avaya Leaders Again

Cisco and Avaya were once again identified as industry leaders. This time, by a new IDC worldwide unified communications Marketscape report. The report claims to use a “rigorous scoring methodology that produces a definititive assessment of each vendro’s current market…

Lync One Year

Lync just passed its first year birthday – of course by that I am referring to the name “Lync” – as the product has been evolving for some time. None the less, it has had an extraordinary year. Its market…

TalkingPointz and Comedy

I love comedy. I’ve learned more about life and what’s important from Seinfeld than anything else. My pseudo nannies were Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. When my grade school buddies were buying Led Zeppelin albums, I was buying Bill Cosby….