Consumerization of Business Travel

If you travel much, you know first hand that business travel is not what it used to be. But this is not all bad, once you get over it. In fact, the new realities of business travel have spawned a whole industry of new applications and services to make …

No UC Encore from Andy Miller

“Elvis has left the building” is a phrase that was used by public address announcers following Elvis Presley concerts to disperse audiences who lingered in hopes of an encore. Make no mistake, Andy Miller has left the UC industry. Polycom went out of…

Productive Audio Conferencing

This is one of those things that they don’t teach in schools. Conference calls are reasonably intuitive, but not particularly efficient. But conference calls don’t have to be the bane of one’s existence. There are methods, disciplines and services that can make them more productive. Here are some tips to consider.

Where Will Mobility Take Us?

Recent articles with conflicting viewpoints on the topic of the “Mobile Revolution” spawned this Industry Buzz podcast. The UCStrategies Experts discuss the future of mobility, wearable devices, and the possibility of a backlash as privacy concerns mount. The podcast is moderated by Michael Finneran, and includes Dave Michels, Roberta J. Fox, Art Rosenberg, Phil Edholm, Bill MacKay, Clark Richter, Steve Leaden, and Kevin Kieller.

One API Closes and Another Opens

Microsoft is closing its desktop client API. I see this as the positioning of Skype as a WebRTC alternative. I outlined this in more detail in Is Skype a WebRTC Killer. The revelation for me is that through Skype’s URI…

Andy Miller Ousted as CEO of Polycom

After markets closed yesterday, Polycom announced its financial results and also mentioned the appointment of Kevin Parker as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Andy Miller, the CEO for the past three three years, resigned after an audit committee found “irregularities” in Mr. Miller’s expense submissions, for which Mr. Miller accepted responsibility.

OpenStack Turned 3

OpenStack is an emerging open private cloud alternative,
and it’s sure to impact UC significantly. OpenStack just celebrated its
third birthday. OpenStack got its start from NASA and
Rackspace as a private cloud alternative to Amazon’s public AWS. In just
three years, the effort now has support from 231 companies,
contributions from 1,036 individuals, implementations in 121 countries,
and several real-life customer implementations including Best Buy,
Bloomberg, Comcast, Fidelity, and PayPal.

Sectionalization of Comms Then and Now

Colin here. The internet appears to be doomed. Its been recently revealed that the US government is monitoring and recording most of the communications on the Internet. They do this both domestically and internationally. While PRISM has been known about…

Project Ansible

This week the UCStrategies team welcomes Chris Hummel, CCO of Siemens Enterprise Communications, to the Industry Buzz Podcast. The topic is the just-announced Project Ansible. Joining moderator Jim Burton are Steve Leaden, Blair Pleasant, Dave Michels, Art Rosenberg, Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

Declining Revenue, So What?

As the UC industry moves toward software based solutions, hardware sales decline. That should be obvious and healthy, but it seems to confuse a lot of people.

So, You Think You Are a UC Expert?

Earlier this year, UCStrategies began accepting contributions from guest experts. You can read them here.
Each expert’s biographical information is contained within the footer
of the post. Most of the content on the site comes from our regular
group of…

New Business Model: T-Shirts

At the recent Mitel BPC event, which took place in Hollywood Florida, I was able to make it down to the beach a few times. I grew up in California, so I find the Florida coast familiar but warmer. Anyway,…

Is Skype a WebRTC Killer?

Why Microsoft’s discontinuation of the Skype API may be a shot across WebRTC’s bow

Managing Recurring Revenue from Wi-Fi

The Access Point is in many ways what’s behind the big
move to the cloud. Smartphones and tablets are their most effective
when connected to a Wi-Fi network. But how do you leverage the growth of Wi-Fi and the growth of cloud services in a single offer?

What is Privacy?

Privacy concerns continue to increase and broaden. It’s a complex,
boring, multi-faceted, and critical topic. For the past several years,
organizations have been grappling with the information that firms like
Google and Facebook collect in exchange for the free services they

The Pitfalls of TCO

TCO is a complicated and incomplete measure of UCaaS value

Optimizing Unified Communications

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies team discusses Blair Pleasant’s recently published article, “Introducing Optimized Communications,” where she contends that we’re now entering the next phase of business communications, “Optimized Communications.” Blair Pleasant moderates the discussion, and is joined by Marty Parker, Art Rosenberg, Dave Michels, Roberta J. Fox, Clark Richter, Phil Edholm, and Steve Leaden.

Patent Trolls Pending

I recently published a post called Patent Changes Pending at NoJitter. What inspired the post was the company called VirnetX which many would classify as a UC Patent troll. The firm collects patents and then sues (UC vendors) for royalties. I…

Coopetition: Microsoft and Cisco

On the UC front, it’s pretty easy to get wrapped up in the Microsoft  v. Cisco 
battles, but these two firms are actually quite friendly in the bigger
picture. Cisco is dominate in networking and Microsoft is dominant in
operating systems – and just so happens that many organizations like to network their computers.

UCStrategies Reviews June Events: Avaya, Mitel, Siemens and WebRTC Conference and Expo

In this week’s Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels leads a discussion about June events attended by UCStrategies Experts, with Phil Edholm, Steve Leaden, Roberta J. Fox, Bill MacKay, Marty Parker, Art Rosenberg, Jon Arnold, Blair Pleasant, and Tsahi Levent-Levi.