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Marketing Discussion with xUC CMOs

The only thing less understood than marketing is UC marketing. I reached out to three illustrious former UC industry CMOs to ask them about their experiences. I spoke with: Andy Cunningham – prior CMO of Avaya Martyn Etherington – prior…

BCOM – An Update on Succeeding in UC from Enterprise Connect

In this Industry Buzz Podcast, UCStrategies welcomes two guests to the conversation to discuss BCOM ((Business Communications Operations Management). Edouard de Fonclare, CEO of Kurmi Software and Derek Smith, Product Marketing Manager of VOSS Solutions, join UCStrategies Experts Phil Edholm, Dr. Joseph Williams, Steve Leaden, Michael Finneran, Blair Pleasant and Roberta J. Fox.

Enterprise Connect Update: BCOM Helps Drive Successful UC Deployments

In this Industry Buzz Podcast, UCStrategies welcomes two guests to the conversation to discuss BCOM ((Business Communications Operations Management). Edouard de Fonclare, CEO of Kurmi Software and Derek Smith, Product Marketing Manager of VOSS Solutions, join UCStrategies Experts Phil Edholm, Dr. Joseph Williams,…

US Data at $1 per GB flat

I got my new iPad. It came without a SIM in the tray. When there is no SIM installed it reverts to a built-in Apple SIM which lets you immediately sign up for a data plan. T-Mobile has a remarkable…

Changing Communication Behavior — Game On!

I love my Prius, but not for most of the reasons people love their cars.  While it’s nice enough on the inside, it’s certainly not very luxurious.   It’s cute, but it’s far from sexy.  I can get it up to…

Tipping on Uber

Tipping is stupid. Yes, it’s a nice thing to do and often gives pleasure to both giver and receiver, but it’s ultimately a bad deal. Tipping is not common in most countries but thrives in America. One thing that Uber…

Mitel’s Acquisition of Polycom: UCStrategies’ Reaction

In this week’s Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts debate the Mitel acquisition of Polycom. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, and is joined by Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, Roberta Fox, Jon Arnold, Dr. Joseph Williams, Dave Michels, Michael Finneran, and Steve Leaden.

Are You Fooling Yourself?

I love statistics. Good statistics are a path to the truth. The truth helps you solve problems and make good decisions. I am always surprised by how often (poor) decisions are made because of emotion rather than the facts. We…

Mitel’s Acquisition of Polycom: UCStrategies’ Reaction

In this week’s Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts debate the Mitel acquisition of Polycom. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, and is joined by Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, Roberta Fox, Jon Arnold, Dr. Joseph Williams, Dave Michels, Michael Finneran, and Steve Leaden.

Mi-Polycom

Now that the deal is announced, Zeus Kerravala and I share our thoughts and reactions on the proposed merger. Related Posts: Mitel Polycom Unite See prior video/Blab on Mitel/Polycom merger speculation.  

Vertical Updates Wave IP, Adopts Cloud-first Strategy

Vertical Communications is in the midst of a transition focused on growing and enhancing its unified communications (UC) portfolio around the concept of streamlining business “workflows” and how people work today. It is solutions, not technology or infrastructure that will…

Take a Law Class

Every job anymore requires a basic understanding or rules and law. I recommend that everybody take at least one semester of introductory law. Whether you are a dentist, a telephone lineman, a sales person, or a clerk, you should understand…

LOLing at IM

If you want to IM with colleagues outside of your organization, chances are your UC system won’t help.

LOLing at IM

If you want to IM with colleagues outside of your organization, chances are your UC system won’t help.

Mitel and Polycom Unite

The last time I went to Asia Mitel acquired Aastra. While traveling in Hangzhou China, I heard that Mitel now intends to acquire Polycom. Although I didn’t have time to post while traveling, I did manage to connect with both…

Farewell Art

This past weekend we lost Art Rosenberg whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the past several years. Many of you know Art through his comments. He was prolific commenter. He had so much to say, and found commenting easier…

Self-Driving Cars in 92

I first rode in a self-driving car in 1992. Yes, 24 years ago. It was great. So I am pretty excited about self-driving cars coming to the road now because for me it has been a decades long wait. I’ll…

SD-WAN to the Rescue #WebRTC

WebRTC is a new protocol that is giving network managers grief on their WAN as it gains adoption. Built into WebRTC are media security, media transport, and media encoding/decoding. For security, WebRTC uses SRTP for encrypting real-time audio and video…

Law Concepts

I have been ranting a bit about how you need to go to a semester or two of law school, no matter who you are or what profession you are in. If you think that because you just sell phones…

Avaya’s IP Office in the Cloud

Avaya is moving quickly in rolling out cloud services for the mid-market based on IP Office, now offering two options for its channel partners – (1) a partner-hosted, partner-branded cloud service available globally (Powered by Avaya IP Office) and (2)…