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Algebra

Calculators are worthless if you don’t get the math – says Dad. Michael Cieply, reporting for the NYT: “The Interview” generated roughly $15 million in online sales and rentals during its first four days of availability, Sony Pictures said on…

Telecom Deserves to be Hated

The most unpopular company in America in 2014 is Time Warner Cable – actually cable companies, airlines, and cellular companies make consistent appearances on these various lists. Fantastic article in New Yorker: Why Airlines Want to make you Suffer. But at least…

Meet the Next-Generation Informal Call Center

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies’ Jim Burton welcomes Tom Minifie, CTO of AVST. The discussion focusses on AVST’s TeamQ™ informal call center solution.

Meet the Next-Generation Informal Call Center

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies’ Jim Burton welcomes Tom Minifie, CTO of AVST. The discussion focusses on AVST’s TeamQ™ informal call center solution.

Coke Cuts Voicemail: Sign of the Times, or Mistake?

Coca-Cola’s stated driver is to streamline and simplify. But is that really what will happen?

Why Cisco’s Project Squared Requires Firefox

As of today, Firefox offers the most versatility for WebRTC, with support of two video codecs, including Cisco’s beloved OpenH264.

Hackers and inept programmers should go to jail

Colin here. I’m all for putting hackers who break into computer systems and steal personal information in jail. But I also think it is time to start putting inept programmers and managers of bit companies in jail, too. For the…

Goodbye Lync

Microsoft intends to change the name of its Lync solution for real-time communications to Skype for Business. I’ve heard some negative reactions to the change. Despite these criticisms, I believe rebranding Lync was an ingenious move. For lots of reasons, but I will highlight three.

Wanted for Enterprise Connect 2015: Innovative Team Collaboration Tools

The 2015 Innovation Showcase aims to expand thinking about enterprise UC&C by highlighting a new breed of team collaboration solutions.

ThinkingPhones: A View of the Future of Enterprise Cloud Communications

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies welcomes ThinkingPhones to the call to discuss the company’s mobile initiative. Moderator Michael Finneran, Jim Burton, and Evan Kirstel of UCStrategies are joined by Steve Kokinos, ThinkingPhones Founder & CEO, David Laubner, Vice President of Marketing,…

ThinkingPhones: A View of the Future of Enterprise Cloud Communications

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies welcomes ThinkingPhones to the call to discuss the company’s mobile initiative. Moderator Michael Finneran, Jim Burton, and Evan Kirstel of UCStrategies are joined by Steve Kokinos, ThinkingPhones Founder & CEO, David Laubner, Vice President of Marketing, and Alex DiNunzio of Product Management.

Carrier aggregation for the cellular monopoly

Colin here. There is an increasing trend that is likely to shape US cellular service behind the scenes. It is called “Carrier Aggregation”. It is the one final solution to pesky competition. Carrier Aggregation is a very simple idea: Why…

Innovation Showcase 15 to be on Collaboration

We are just about to launch the Innovation Showcase for Enterprise Connect 2015. I am very excited because this year big changes are planned – including big companies are now eligible. In the past, Showcase eligibility was restricted to young,…

FCC Clears the way for 5G Cellular Services

Colin here. The FCC has cleared the way for 5G Cellular Services using frequencies of 25 GHz and higher. (See: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/eye-5g-fcc-approves-rules-speed-small-cell-and-das-deployments/2014-10-17) If you would like to see a decent slideshow that discusses an American vision of 5g, here is a…

The new Mac Pad Air (Speculation)

Colin here. Predicting the future comes in two forms: 1) extrapolating the logical next step or 2) Unbounded wild speculation. I have found nobody is very good at unbounded speculation. So let me propose to you what Apple’s next amazing…

All Hail the USB-C Connector

Colin here. The hideous USB connector is about to become brilliant! The USB connector we now use is a UI failure. A typical person can’t determine which side is up so there is a lot of fumbling to get the…

AT&T Passport Exploits Customers

Colin here. International roaming by AT&T and Verizon are unethical rip-offs. Both of them charge about $20,000 per gigabyte while roaming. Yes, you will pay more than a new car just for using one gigabyte of data while roaming internationally….

UCStrategies Reviews the Cisco Collaboration Summit

Several UCStrategies Experts attended the recent Cisco Collaboration Summit in Los Angeles. We decided it would be great to do a podcast recapping what these Experts saw, learned and analyzed from that two-day experience. Joining me on the podcast are Blair Pleasant, Don Van Doren, Steve Leaden, Dave Michels, Michael Finneran, and Art Rosenberg.

Mitel CMO Etherington Out

Unexpected – Martyn Etherington, CMO at Mitel is leaving the company this month. Martyn joined Mitel in August of 2012. His tenure there was less than three years, but a hell of a ride. During his stay, Mitel has made multiple acquisitions…

Speaking up about Mute

Two observations about mute. A lot of people don’t know when to use it and almost as many don’t know when to turn it off. As a home-based worker, most of my meetings are virtual. I am a Mute Master. My…