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New Collaborative Endpoint from Cisco

Cisco has a new endpoint. On display at Enterprise Connect 2013 was the Cisco DX650. It’s the first endpoint representing the new family of DX600 series of devices optimized for a “Desktop Collaboration Experience.” The device on display was the DX650.

Avaya Expands Cloud Portfolio

Almost exactly a year ago, Avaya announced its foray into the (collaborative) cloud with its Avaya Live offering aimed at small business. Hosted services are growing rapidly and Avaya wants some of that – so here at Enterprise Connect 2013, Avaya announced an expanded cloud portfolio.

First Video Infrastructure Now Endpoints Drop

Video communications has been spreading from the boardroom through conference rooms to the desktop over the past several years. But why stop there? 2013 is the year of video everywhere, just take a look here at in the Enterprise Connect exhibit hall. F...

AVST Introduces Atom

A lot of what you see at Enterprise Connect is various vendors playing leapfrog with various new features and capabilities, rather than a new twist on communications. One of the interesting innovations being Atom from Applied Voice and Speech Technologies (AVST). Atom is a fresh take on the personal assistant. AVST is using it to empower the primary user as well as the caller. It is effectively acting like a 24/7 office manager that understands the context of a given situation.

Switchvox Now in the Cloud

The folks at Digium have been quite busy, in 2012 the firm released a new gateway product to ease customers into SIP and a new line of IP phones. Although the IP phones (targeted at its Switchvox users) were only released mid year, Digium reports it so...

Vidyo Rising

It is clear we are in the midst of a major video transition. Video communications are breaking free from both traditional room systems and its group meeting paradigm into far more pervasive forms of communications. Who’s profiting from this disruptive transition? Vidyo.

Enterprise Connect 2013 in Surround Sound

In a special Industry Buzz podcast previewing Enterprise Connect 2013, the UCStrategies Experts use new conferencing technology that will be demonstrated at next week's event. The partnership between Dolby and BT Conferencing aims to transform the user...

Growing Internationally

Colin here. One of the greatest opportunities any established business faces is growth internationally. Take a company like Apple. Recently,...

Enterprise Connect Disappointments

It is that time of year again. Set the clocks forward and head to Orlando. It is time for the annual telecom ritual where the industry flocks to the Gaylord Palms to exchange and shape perceptions of the UC industry. Enterprise Connect is, without ques...

Where Did Joe Go?

Keeping up with Joe Vitalone isn’t easy. I met him as VP of NA sales at ShoreTel. He left that gig in 2009 and headed over to LifeSize. He realized how much he loved ShoreTel and returned as VP of Channel Management last April. An internal memo by David Petts, senior vice president of worldwide sales at ShoreTel, stated Joe Vitalone is leaving ShoreTel immediately to join one of the company's competitors.

B2X is BS

At the recent Lync Conference we learned more about Microsoft’s combined Lync and Skype vision. It was last October that the Lync group was merged into the Skype group. That was a pretty bold move considering Skype is a consumer application, and Lync is working to build enterprise credibility. But more importantly, it was clear that the Skype division is now driving. It was announced that federation of voice, chat, and presence between Lync and Skype will be completed by June.

Remote Workers – Is Yahoo on Track?

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies addresses the recent decision by Yahoo! to rescind the option for its employees to work from home. Phil Edholm moderates the conversation, which includes UCStrategies Experts Marty Parker, Dave Michels, Don Van Doren, Art Rosenberg, Jon Arnold, and Steve Leaden.

nUCaaS is Here

Previously announced, NEC officially launched its new hosted UC service. Officially named UNIVERGE Cloud Services UCaaS, nicknamed nUCaaS, the service is now available in U.S. markets.

A Sea of UC

I attended the Channel Partners conference in Las Vegas last week. Channel Partners is a well run channel oriented event. The theme is largely service providers and carriers targeting resellers and agents. The exhibit floor was an impressive collection...