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Enterprise Connect Photos and Shirts

Last year I tweeted this photo of the Acano team at Enterprise Connect. @RowanTrollope wanted to know more, so he asked me about Acano.  I explained that this little upstart had some wicked technology that was actually better than Cisco’s….

Books Feb 2016

Continuing with my second monthly installment of books I recently completed. Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World: I really enjoyed this book and it was a real eye opener. I consider myself fairly…

T-Mobile has Chickenpox

I love T-Mobile’s attitude. I love that they are shaking up the stodgy US Cell Phone oligopoly. But I am deeply disappointed by their trickery. Like the other cell phone companies, they are not straightforward. They play games. I’ve previously…

Comcast Vs. Cellular

I keep hearing about cord cutters who are using mobile internet in preference to broadband. And, I keep saying: really? I don’t like Comcast any more than most people, but they have genuinely increased internet speeds over the last few…

Watching 3 Cloud Trends in 2016

It’s not news anymore that adoption of hosted/cloud solutions for business telephony and unified communications is well underway as businesses, small to large, recognize the benefits in subscribing to unified communications “as-a-service” (UCaaS) versus purchasing and installing hardware and software…

Like it or not Facebook Is Coming to Work

Facebook at Work might be exactly what we need, but this type of communications and collaboration application will be best delivered by enterprise-oriented vendors and providers.

What’s a Jasper

I’ve been getting questions about Jasper – what is it? That’s easy: a Jasper is an aggregate of microquartz and/or chalcedony. Also, it is an independent IoT firm that will soon be part of Cisco. As far as I can tell, the quartz thing…

The Year of Mobile Collaboration: What to Expect in 2016, According to AT&T

In this Executive Insights podcast, Jim Burton of UCStrategies is joined by Vishy Gopalakrishnan, Product Marketing Management AVP, AT&T, to discuss predictions for 2016 in mobility and collaboration.

The Year of Mobile Collaboration: What to Expect in 2016, According to AT&T

In this Executive Insights podcast, Jim Burton of UCStrategies is joined by Vishy Gopalakrishnan, Product Marketing Management AVP, AT&T, to discuss predictions for 2016 in mobility and collaboration.

Do you Support 112?

Do you know that if you use any cell phone in the world except for Verizon or Sprint you can dial 112 to reach emergency services? I’ll say it again: If you use T-Mobile or AT&T or any cell phone…

Avaya Partners of the Year + 2Pager

Just published a new 2Pager on Avaya. This year the Avaya Executive Partner Forum (AEPF) took place in San Diego. Last year it was in Cancun, and while that may sound more exotic I’ll take San Diego. Although named for partners, the…

Update on Avaya

Metaphorically, Avaya gets the onion award. There are so many layers to this company.  Actually, about 10. Let’s try: Legacy: There’s a ton of old blue (Nortel) and red (Avaya) out there – I still run into Merlins. Tech powerhouse: I…

Comcast Hates Flat Rate Data

At this point I think we all know America pays the highest rates for some of the slowest internet access in the world. Our broadband to the home is slow by world standards. Our cellular data is slow. Both are…

Video is Getting Hot Again #EC16

We tend to become numb to things that move slowly. Nothing moves slower than video. It’s a complex topic because it involves technical innovation, channel acceptance, and user adoption. The whole space moves in slow motion. Very quietly and slowly…

Interview with Unify’s New CEO, Jon Pritchard

I had a chance to speak with Unify CEO Jon Pritchard about his new position and his plans for Unify going forward. He notes that the future of Unify is now very secure, and that customers will see increased capabilities and service improvement.

Microsoft’s Skype for Business Cloud PBX

Microsoft has introduced a new premium Office 365 Enterprise Suite subscription plan called E5 that adds enterprise voice features to its hosted service, Office 365. Microsoft’s new E5 bundle makes it possible for businesses to use Office 365 as their…

No Need for 11 or 12 Digit Dialing

For 30 years there has been a constant worry about running out of telephone numbers in North America. And, there have been more than a few suggestions on how to migrate to 11 or 12 digit dialing. I have previously…

Enterprise Connect 2016 is Weeks Away #EC16

Are you ready for Enterprise Connect 2016? It’s always a full week – lots of great sessions, lots of great people, lots of celery and shrimp, and of course the keynotes. I always enjoy the keynotes. I think cutting them…

Gaming the Bell System

Long distance rates used to be based upon three things: The time of day you were calling, the distance you were calling, and whether you were dialing yourself or needed an operator. I remember working for my local Bell Operating…

The Case Against Net Neutrality

I am a strong believer in Net Neutrality. That is, I believe that Comcast is a common carrier and they should be colorblind as to the traffic that they carry. If they sell 50 megabit service they should delivery 50…