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The Frugal Branch Office System

Colin here… We have numerous branch offices, and each of them has a lot of autonomy. While HQ provides some direction and support, the reality is that things vary a lot in each office. We just haven’t found the need…

SMART Inflation

I remember my first three-way. It was a two line phone from Radio Shack with buttons for Line1, Line2, and Lines1-2. It was miraculous, able to connect two separate calls into a single conversation. A friend of mine had a…

Wake Me For Windows 11

The last Apple product I bought was a classic iPod. I don’t buy into iOS, but I certainly do respect Apple. Many believe this act of defiance makes me a Microsoft fan. I do buy their products, but respect is…

T-Mobile WiFi Calling on a Ship

Colin here. When you are aboard an industrial, commercial, or cruise ship it is very expensive to make calls. The rates range from $5 to $15 a minute. Internet is also expensive, but it works out to about 25₵ a…

UCStrategies Yes or No Game

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates the UCStrategies version of the “Yes or No?” game. Dave reads a unified communications-related statement and calls on UC Experts to offer opinions on whether the statement is accurate or not. Participating this week are Experts Michael Finneran, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, Art Rosenberg, Kevin Kieller, Roberta Fox, and Martin Steinmann.

Are People Useful?  

Are you a people person, or someone that actually gets things done? I was asked recently why the notion of collaboration is so important? It’s a good question, because knowledge workers are usually most productive on their own. The benefits…

2015 Forecast from UCStrategies

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies’ Marty Parker moderates a discussion about 2015. The question posed: what is going to happen in the coming year that is seen as important in the areas of unified communications, social business, or collaboration? Among the variety topics discussed are the UC identity crisis, telemedicine, consolidation of cloud providers, externalization of collaboration, advancements in “longitudinal” search, mobile CEBP, and security. The conversation includes UCStrategies Experts Jon Arnold, Art Rosenberg, Michael Finneran, Dave Michels, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm, Blair Pleasant, Roberta J. Fox, Evan Kirstel, Martin Steinmann, Kevin Kieller, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

Smiling About Video

The democratization of video is upon us – and it changes everything. It’s the result of camera ubiquity, inexpensive broadband, and smart mobile devices. Video has traded its Sunday suit for a t-shirt and is blending into our daily workflow. The technology is now intuitive, natural, and accessible. As a result there’s tremendous recent video news occurring across the industry. Here’s a smattering:

Au Revoir Alcatel-Lucent

I expect 2015 will be a tremendous year for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALUE). 2014 was a year of adjustment and caution, but expect all cylinders to fire under new ownership. ALUE and Alcatel-Lucent are no longer parent and division. ALUE became…

Regarding UC’s Future: Toss Out What You’ve Known

As the unified communications industry continues to transform, all that was predictable is now in flux. Here are eight examples.

Is Verizon Wireless Falling Apart

Colin here. A number of users are reporting that when they make phone calls on Verizon they are more frequently getting error messages “The Verizon Wireless Number you dialed cannot be completed.” After a few more attempts the call goes…

Why Are You Surprised AT&T and Verizon are Spies?

Colin here… Are you one of those people who is surprised that AT&T and Verizon spy on you and provide your calling details to the NSA and government, even without a search warrant? You shouldn’t be surprised. They have been…

UCStrategies Experts Discuss “Most Significant“ of 2014

In this week’s Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts talk about the news items from 2014 they consider most significant. Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by J.R. Simmons, Michael Finneran, Evan Kirstel, Art Rosenberg, Marty Parker, Kevin Kieller, Blair Pleasant, Phil Edholm, Don Van Doren, Jon Arnold, Steve Leaden, Roberta J. Fox, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

AT&T First US Carrier in Hype

AT&T hosted its Developer Summit just before CES, so one might think that any news would get buried. No such luck – “AT&T First US Carrier to Support WebRTC” is everywhere. Impressive at least from a publicity point of view….

My 2014

2014 was a good year for the enterprise communications industry, certainly better than 2013. There were some big developments. It looks like WebRTC got unstuck and will resume its slow transformation of how we communicate. Unify and Cisco both launched…

UC Resolutions

Happy 2015! It’s a new year, not just another month. Good time to think about how this year will be different, and more importantly how we (you) will make it better. Here’s a few things to consider (resolutions?) for making…