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The Smart Home and #IOT

Business Intelligence thinks smart home adoption is crossing the chasm. My home is sorta smart, and I sorta agree. However, it’s a far bigger chasm than they know. The BI article, like most news, has a post iPhone perspective. Tech and smart…

The Nest

In April I finished a book that is currently number 3 on the NY Times Best Seller list, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It’s the second time I have been surprised about this book. The other surprise was when my husband, who…

Homeland Insecurity

The Department of Homeland Security is probably the wrong name. This should come as no surprise. An employee of ours needed to renew their passport. In the process they had their iPad stolen. Now, the employee knew within a 5…

The New Role of APIs, Integrations, and CPaaS For Business Communications

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss APIs and integrations and the importance integrating with apps for the next stage of UCC. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, which includes Experts Jon Arnold, Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, Simon Dudley, Steve Leaden, Roberta…

The New Role of APIs, Integrations, and CPaaS For Business Communications

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss APIs and integrations and the importance integrating with apps for the next stage of UCC. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, which includes Experts Jon Arnold, Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, Simon Dudley, Steve Leaden, Roberta J. Fox, and Dave Michels.

Why I am Shorting Cisco’s Stock

Cisco is a dominate player in the networking, security, and communications markets, but they are facing ever stronger head winds. Their current business model cannot sustain these headwinds and their ability to quickly innovate and adapt is getting weaker. One…

Vonages Expands from UCaaS into CPaaS

Surprise! Vonage announced its intent to acquire Nexmo. The surprise wasn’t Nexmo, I’ve been expecting someone to acquire them – the surprise was Vonage – at least at first.  Download Free 2Pager on Vonage-Nexmo Nexmo is a CPaaS provider, the…

Vonage Acquires Nexmo

Surprise! Vonage announced its intent to acquire Nexmo. The surprise wasn’t Nexmo, I’ve been expecting someone to acquire them – the surprise was Vonage – at least at first. Nexmo is a CPaaS provider, the new cool thing. Nexmo is in…

Apple in the Near Future Sucks

Walt Disney died in 1966. Most people don’t remember how truly terrible Disney’s movies were in the 1970s. I mean, they were concisely rotten movies. People kept going to them because of their memories from the 1960s movies. But disappointment…

Cisco Spark & Cloud Telephony

Cisco has extended the features and functionality of its cloud-based team collaboration application, Cisco Spark, adding business telephony and video conferencing to the messaging and meeting capabilities already available. This latest development takes Spark to a whole new level, making…

Workstream Messaging and UC

In this Industry Buzz podcast, moderator Dave Michels and the UCStrategies team take on the topic of workstream messaging and its impact on communications and collaboration, and discuss some of the new players making inroads in the enterprise. Partipating in the roundtable…

Teaching Mom About PaaS

Despite the fact that I wasn’t born in Missouri, I am very much a “show me” kind of a guy. Abstract technology only excites me so much and I need to touch, see, or hear something before I’m convinced it…

Workstream Messaging and UC

In this Industry Buzz podcast, moderator Dave Michels and the UCStrategies team take on the topic of workstream messaging and its impact on communications and collaboration, and discuss some of the new players making inroads in the enterprise. Partipating in the roundtable are Experts Blair Pleasant, Kevin Kieller, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Simon Dudley.

Huawei Today

Recently I learned everything I know about Huawei. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but not  by much. Huawei thrives just off my radar. Their UC products are not available in the US, and they don’t exhibit at many US events….

Penny Wise, Dollar Foolish

Most large enterprises spend 15% of their IT budget on networking and communications. Smart enterprises spend half this amount by following these simple principles: Buy Wholesale – Instead of bringing 1 or 2 Network Service Providers (NSPs) into the enterprise…

Cisco Places Big Bet on Spark

For future success, UC vendors can either broaden their solutions or change existing models and assumptions. Cisco is doing both.

Cisco Places Big Bet on Spark

For future success, UC vendors can either broaden their solutions or change existing models and assumptions. Cisco is doing both.

Books April 2016 – Exponential Organizations +2

Books completed this month. The Giver by Lois Lowry: Technically a book for young readers, but like Watership Down it’s really for adults. It takes place in a future in a society that is nearly perfect. Seems like most future books are dystopian. This little…

Huawei 2016 Update

I attended the recent Huawei Analyst event in China in April, and learned there is more to UC than we see in the US. It turns out there is a giant firm out there that is doing just fine in…

Climate Change

I’m going to get way off topic here, just for entertainment, and to try to get to some big perspective. Or, perhaps just to grumble. I don’t know. But it is good to stand back in business because it is…