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Mitel Does 180 with New 360

I posted a more detailed explanation of the Mitel 360 Collaboration Point on NoJitter, but a few additional thoughts. Mitel has not made stand alone IP saucers before. Instead, the company had positioned its saucers as an add-on to its…

Why Your Local Wireline Carrier is Going out of Business

HP used to have a motto that went like this: “We eat our own cake.” What it meant was that HP would introduce a new model that was better, faster, and cheaper than the last model before their competitors could…

A Theory About Lync

Could the missing Lync be in your future? Perhaps. Microsoft acquired Yammer yesterday. No news here as the leaks were so accurate. I even opined about it a two weeks ago. But the official announcement did have a noteworthy omission:…

NEC Advantage Brought Clouds to Florida

NEC Advantage is NEC’s annual conference for telecom consultants and dealers. I did a broad summary of the event on NoJitter, but wanted to add a few more points. NEC gets lost in the marketing madness of the industry. They…

Thanks to Retina I am Going Blind

I am writing to caution you about a serious trap Apple has set for its customers. If you have’t fallen into this trap then you should be aware. You see, I purchased the new iPad with retina display. I loved…

Verizon Share Everything Plan is an IQ Test

I hate it when a company I want to do business with makes me feel stupid–or treats me like I am stupid. Cell phone companies excel at giving me this feeling. Note that I generally love Verizon. They have great…

MS Yammer

It seems nearly official: Microsoft is reportedly close to buying Yammer, a privately held social enterprise vendor, for more than $1 billion. WTF?

Which One is the Customer Again?

It has been a blur of conferences and ideas, and I haven’t been able to do a proper post. But don’t interpret lack of posts as lack of deep profound thoughts. But I did want to take a moment to…

UC Alliance Anyone?

The Tech Sector had a rough month in May.¬†Kevin Kelleher of CNN Money asks (but doesn’t answer) the question Why Are Blue Chip Tech Stocks So Blue? Exhibit A, of course, is the Facebook (FB) IPO, which in its first…

The Future of Communications (Futurist Thomas Frey)

[Originally appeared on NoJitter on May 15, 2012. Related: See this UCStrategies Podcast where UC Experts discuss Frey’s observations]   The future is really hard to predict. Normally I rely on my Magic Eight Ball, but recently I had the…