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What Scares me Most about Warrantless Taps

Wiretapping has been in the news a lot. I think we all accept that the truth is that all of our calls, all of our text messages, and probably all of our emails are recorded and kept…by somebody. I lead…

What is Doomed, End of Life, Kaput (or Should Be)?

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts are posed the question, “What is Doomed, End of Life, Kaput (or Should Be)?” Topics could include technologies, vendors, practices, or “anything else.” Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by Art Rosenberg, Kevin Kieller, Don Van Doren, Michael Finneran, Blair Pleasant, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, J.R. Simmons, Jon Arnold, and Simon Dudley.

Time to Drop the Anchor

There are two times when it makes more sense to go with UCaaS than a premises-based UC anchor: always and now. There was a time when premises-based solutions made the most sense – basically when there wasn’t a choice. UCaaS has been evolving now for over a decade and it now offers a robust set of benefits. There are lots of reasons why UCaaS stands out. Here’s five…

Cable Merger Maddness

So the merger between Comcast and Time Warner is off. Now we have Time Warner and Charter proposing to merge. Why do these cable companies feel the need to merge? Well, it has more to do with bankers and MBAs…

The UCaaS Infonetics Scorecard

IHS Infonetics publishes a very interesting annual scorecard for North American Cloud UC. From the press release: Topping Infonetics’ 2015 North American hosted cloud UC scorecard are 8×8, West IP Communications, Vonage, RingCentral and Comcast Vonage made the biggest jump…

Microsoft: Continuing to Change UC

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Marty Parker leads a discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about Microsoft. Joining the call today are Phil Edholm, Simon Dudley, Dr. Joseph Williams, Jim Burton, Kevin Kieller, Michael Finneran, Roberta J. Fox, Dave Michels, Art Rosenberg, and Jon Arnold.

Skype4B and PSTN UCaaS is an E-Ticket Ride

Admission at the Disney parks now covers all the rides, but it wasn’t always that way. My dad worked at TRW and what I considered to be the biggest benefit of him working there was “TRW Night At Disneyland” simply because…

Skype For Business Online Gets PSTN

Download this TalkingPointz 2Pager for more information on how Microsoft will directly offering PSTN services with its Skype for Business Online offer in Office 365.  As Microsoft continues its journey to the cloud, it’s expanding its Office 365 option with…

Dear Dave 1

In May, Dave Maldow and I recorded a conversation dubbed Chatting with Dave.  There’s quite a bit of overlap between UC and video, and I really enjoy my conversations with Dave. This time we decided to record responses to letters…

Credit Card Passwords

Overseas, to use a credit card you must insert it into a chip reader and then enter a 6 digit PIN number. The chip makes the card impossible to duplicate. The PIN assures that only an authorized user is using…

Interacting With Interactive CEO Don Brown

In this Q&A, Interactive Intelligence company founder dishes on the role in communications he sees for artificial intelligence, analytics, the cloud, self-service, and more.

My Line-less Deskphone

I have a great phone on my desk. It’s a Grandstream GXP-2160 SIP/VOIP phone. What’s odd about it is that it isn’t connected to the Internet or IP phone system in any way. I love using it, although people think it’s…

A Password Strategy

It’s well documented that the most sign-in common password is “password” and that “123456” is next most popular. To combat hacking these trivial passwords, organizations impose password rules. The purpose is to force people to choose good passwords. Many of…

My Travel Tricks

I am not a hardened road warrior but do typically travel a few times a month. Here’s a few of the devices and practices I rely upon: Power Strip: I carry a small power strip. It has 3 regular outlets,…

Big Break for Microsoft Phones

Microsoft got rid of Nokia, and everyone is talking about the death of Microsoft Mobile. I think otherwise – getting rid of Nokia was probably the best thing that could happen for Windows mobile phones. Pre-iPhone, Microsoft was on a roll…

Is UCaaS a Blip or a Trend?

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies’ Dave Michels poses questions about UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS) to the UC Experts. Participating this week are Kevin Kieller, Evan Kirstel, Dr. Joseph Williams, Phil Edholm, Roberta J. Fox, Jon Arnold, Blair Pleasant, Steve Leaden, Don Van Doren, J.R. Simmons, Marty Parker, and Art Rosenberg.

Questioning Age Old Discrimination Policies

I’m going to argue FOR age discrimination here. I know that’s politically incorrect. I’m “elderly” now, and boast nearly a 40 year career that’s been pretty amazing, actually. I’ve worked as an engineer at several of America’s best R&D organizations,…

Encrypt the Email

If eMail were encrypted and secure, your bank could email you your monthly statement. Your doctor could communicate directly with you. Your life would be a lot simpler. It’s surprising that email isn’t encrypted. It’s shocking. Yes, I know that…

Recent Briefings 070515

AC Rules. It never occurred to me how the popularity of teleworking may be impacting the HVAC market. I know that I bought an air conditioner for my home office and I suspect I am not alone. Add someone else’s…

UC Experts Engage on Avaya

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss Avaya in the wake of their recent analyst consultant conference held in conjunction with IAUG in Denver. Marty Parker moderates the conversation, which includes Experts Roberta J. Fox, Dave Michels, Phil Edholm, J.R. Simmons, and Art Rosenberg.