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August 2016 Books Elon Musk +5

August was a banner month for completed books. The list appears long, but I think I read Coraline in July and forgot to include it in last month’s post, and several of these books are short.  Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, and the…

The Role of vCPE in Branch Offices

Virtual Customer Premise Equipment (vCPE) provides network routing, security, and other functions via software versus dedicated hardware devices.  While most enterprises have a virtualization strategy for their data center, few have one for the branch office.  This needs to change!…

Avaya Releases R10 for IP Office

Avaya Releases R10 for IP Office Enhancements are important for premises deployments, but scream “cloud” as well. Enhancements are important for premises deployments, but scream “cloud” as well. No product at Avaya has received as many upgrades and enhancements as…

Facts Matter

A lot of the news we read is really opinion, not news and not facts. There are several reasons for this: As any undergraduate student knows, it’s easy to BS your your way through a term paper armed with just…

Discussing THINGS with Chris Matthieu

I’ve known Chris for some time (pre-stache), and he seems to have a knack for good ideas. I caught up with him to find out more about his new role at Citrix and to understand how a cyborg from the future…

Will Cisco Monopolize the SD-WAN Market?

IDC forecasts that the SD-WAN market will grow from $225M in 2015 to $6B by 2020.  This is a CAGR of over 90%!  The global enterprise network equipment market consisting of Ethernet switches, routers, firewalls, and load balancers is approximately…

My Greatest Sadness

I love life. I am one of the happiest people I know of. My wife says I am nearly always upbeat and have boundless energy. Indeed, when I tell stories of my life (such as here) the most common challenge…

Mitel MiCloud Office Enters US Market

Recently, Mitel introduced MiCloud Office, a new unified communications as-a-service (UCaaS) offering available in the U.S. and UK markets now, with Germany and France to follow in the third quarter of 2016. The cloud-based service is generally aimed at smaller…

A Fork in Avaya’s Road

There is quite a bit of speculation about Avaya’s near term future. As you may recall Avaya announced plans to evaluate options regarding its capital structure. I wrote about this here. Based on gossip and chatter, it seems that something…

The End of the Private Enterprise Network

The network is the last thing that IT fully controls within the enterprise and consumes 12-15% of the enterprise technology budget. Compute, storage and applications are moving to the cloud with its elastic, pay for what is used, model. Users…

Industry Consolidation Podcast

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about the recent consolidation activity – actual and speculation – in the industry. Joining the conversation are Steve Leaden, Marty Parker, Simon Dudley, Phil Edholm, Jim Burton, Blair Pleasant, Evan Kirstel, Roberta J. Fox, Jon…

AT&T Penalized for Cramming

AT&T to pay a $7.75 million fine for cramming (after it promised not to)… How often have you opened a closet looking for something (Item A), found something else (Item B) and spent more time than you’d imagined delving into something…

Vonage Calls on Integration

In the recent Q2 2016 performance briefing CEO Alan Masarek provided a glimpse into why Vonage acquired Nexmo. The acquisition surprised many as most UCaaS vendors see CpaaS as a separate business.

Managing Dynamic Sessions

Quality of Service (QoS) and Call Admission Control (CAC) are not enough to manage network congestion. As video and encrypted application traffic consume over 90% of network bandwidth, enterprise network managers must apply dynamic session management if they want their…

Our Evolving Industry: Shaping the Agenda for BC Summit 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the changes happening in the industry that will shape the agenda for the upcoming BC Summit in November. The BC Summit is November 1-3, 2016, at the La Quinta Resort & Club in…

IoT Market Drivers

When it comes to IoT, there’s general agreement that: It’s growing quickly It’s going to be huge It’s going to change everything IDC reported last week that IoT devices will grow from less than 20 billion today to 30 billion in 2020, and…

ShoreTel’s High Cost of Success

The first time I ran into ShoreTel was in the late 80s. I saw their ad in Hemispheres (United Airlines in-house magazine). The ad was actually for the earlier version of the company called Shoreline Communications, and it was about making…

#IoT Networking Guide

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not about the Internet. Many IoT devices don’t even connect to the Internet. IoT is really about enchanted things. Things become smarter with connectivity. We know this when we are in dead zones and…

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IoT Networking Guide

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not about the Internet. Many IoT devices don’t even connect to the Internet. IoT is really about enchanted things.   Things become smarter with connectivity. We know this when we are in dead zones…

Pokémon Go the new Bingo Card

Pokémon Go is a wild success. From BI Intelligence: Within five hours of its US launch, Pokémon Go became the most popular app in the App Store, according to data by Sensor Tower cited by Venture Beat. Two days later, it was installed…