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My 2013

2013 was a blur. Usually that’s a result of things happening too quickly. Not in this case, 2013 in terms of UC was a boring year with only a handful of dramas. I made it a blur by searching too…

Are You Ready for 2014?

Is ALU-E For Sale?

Reuters reported last week that “Alcatel was considering a sale of the corporate telephony unit – which employs 2,800 people including 1,400 in France – as part of its “Shift” plan, which includes 10,000 job cuts, 1 billion euros cost savings and…

Reflections on Cisco Summit

At the end of October I attended the Cisco Collaboration Summit 2013. It was my fourth conference of the month, followed by November commitments, so my backlog prevented me from writing sooner. This was an important event, but not because…

Analyzing Trends in Hosted UC

Time for Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Visit to Tokyo

Thanks to NEC hosting its iExpo conference in Tokyo, I had my first trip to Japan. When I was fairly young my father did some business in Japan and exposed to me many of the cultural aspects he enjoyed. For…

Wanted: Young and Innovative

We are just about to launch Innovation Showcase 2014. Each year at Enterprise Connect, we recognize four young companies for innovative contributions to enterprise communications. Enterprise communications is, of course, a broad area. The solution could involve voice communications, mobile…

I Was Wrong About Hybrid

Hybrid is going to be the next big thing. That part I believe I have right because in most matters of technology the answer is E) All of the Above. PC vs. Mac, IE vs. Chrome, iOS vs. Androoid, Coke…

Common Sense Calling

Colin here. T-Mobile announced that iPad customers will get 200 MB of free data every month…no strings attached. Apple’s iOS  features audio-only Facetime. And, of course, VoIP services are generally available for about $1.50 a month plus 1-cent per minute. Let’s do…

A World of Technology at NEC iExpo

In North America NEC is known for its telephony, UC, and computing products, but the firm’s portfolio is much broader in other countries – especially Japan. NEC offers a diverse portfolio of networking, electronics, and computing products and services. I attended its recent annual showcase and users conference called iExpo. The event follows a trade show format except that the exhibit hall included only technologies from NEC. It was quite surprising how broad the broad the NEC portfolio is; there were about 125 exhibits.

Huawei Exits the US Market

The warning came when Eric Xu, one of Huawei’s rotating CEOs, said in April “We are not interested in the US market anymore.” Now the Global Times reports that Huawei is exiting the US Market. Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, said the…