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Books October 2016: The Big Short +1

Two books this month, and in both cases it was the movie that caught my attention.I generally prefer to start with the book because it has more than two hours of content, and movie adaptations cut too much out. However, after…

Collaboration Boardom

The electronic whiteboard has been around for a while and it’s gradually working its way from classroom to enterprise video collaboration environments. There’s pent-up demand for broader solutions for visual collaboration. We need to explode the all-in-one into separate, optimized…

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Apple has Evidently Lost It

I’m not alone in starting to be consistently disappointed by Apple. Look what happened to their stock price after the most recent round of product announcements. Disappointment. I think that is the word. Apple’s laptop lineup was 3~4 years old,…

Zane Long – RingCentral’s VP of Channel Sales

UCStrategies’ Blair Pleasant sat down with RingCentral’s VP of Channel Sales, Zane Long, to discuss his views on how the channel is evolving, some of the challenges the channel is facing, and how RingCentral is helping partners be more successful.

SD-WAN Meets Cloud UC

Software-defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) has been making big headlines lately as the next frontier for enterprise networking and a better approach to handling the high-bandwidth requirements of the modern workplace, including the increasing adoption of cloud-based applications for information…

Speaking of Disruption…Introducing Workplace by Facebook

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels, moderates a conversation with the UCStrategies Experts about Workplace by Facebook (formerly “Facebook at Work”). Joining Dave is Phil Edholm, Michael Finneran, Marty Parker, Jon Arnold and Dr. Joseph Williams.

Three Stages of IoT

IoT conversations, like Uber conversations, take unexpected turns if you assume the other person’s attitude. Most people seem to be positive on Uber – after-all it did improve multiple  aspects of the Taxi industry. But, it’s not uncommon to come…

Why Network Refreshes Take 3-4 Years – Part 1

Today’s networks are very complex and enterprises have been conservative in making any major changes, for fear of causing an outage that disrupts the business.  Most network projects are tactical in nature to meet short-term needs such as adding another…

Time to Kill IM

Time to Kill IM Workstream messaging tools are the right tool for modern business needs. Workstream messaging tools are the right tool for modern business needs. Instant messaging/presence (IM/p) use for enterprise communications in the ’90s was a real breakthrough…

Can’t Answer Your iPhone? You Aren’t Alone!

I can’t answer incoming calls on my iPhone 7 plus about 10% of the time. The call appears on the screen, but the slider just won’t slide. The call comes in and keeps ringing. But when I put my finger…

Disruption: It’s not Just an election thing!

In the last two disruption cycles, Cisco used its market muscle from the adjacency in the IP data network to become a market leader in VoIP-based PBXs, and Microsoft used a similar dominant position in Personal Productivity software (Office) to…

What I Saw at Cisco Oslo

I recently spent a cold October day at Cisco Oslo. This office supports about 500 Cisco employees,  80 percent of which are engineering focused and about half of the engineers once worked at Tandberg. OJ Winge, Previously of Tandberg, Cisco, and…

Dump Tim

My iPhone 7 plus doesn’t work. My MacOS Sierra doesn’t work. I have gone from apple products “Just Work” to a living technology hell. All of this happened in the past month with Apple’s latest bug releases. My Mac crashes…

What Tools & Technologies Do WE Use?

Unified Communications analysts and consultants get a lot of stuff to try out. In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the phone, messaging, and UC apps they use in their every day business and personal lives. Blair Pleasant moderates…

Apple Frustrations

I cannot express how frustrated I am with lousy quality Apple products. Apple’s slogan used to be “It just works”. Well, Apple with the latest release reliability is worse than Windows. My iMac running MacOS crashes ten times a day….

Vertical’s Phased Approach to Hybrid Cloud

Vertical Communications recently unveiled Vertical Cloud Connect (VCC), a suite of cloud-based applications and services hosted and running on Amazon Web Services or AWS (transitioning to Google Cloud). VCC is part of the company’s cloud-first strategy in which all going-forward…

Rich Shaw of AT&T Discusses Strategy for Delivering Differentiated Solutions in the Market

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies’ Jim Burton is joined by Rich Shaw, VP of Voice and Collaboration Services at AT&T. Topics include an update on AT&T’s cloud products and services, including AT&T Collaborate, AT&T conferencing with Cisco WebEx, IP…

Facebook Jumps the Shark

Facebook Workplace is Facebook’s new enterprise service. The company is going to attempt to expand from its consumer social-app that is associated with wasted time and cat videos to an enterprise communications and collaboration tool associated with productivity. Good luck…

Avaya Not So Guilty

Ten years ago Avaya filed a lawsuit against a partner named Telecom Labs in Washington state. Avaya felt that Telecom Labs (later renamed to Continuant) was performing unauthorized maintenance services on Avaya equipment. Telecom Labs countersued that Avaya’s approach to…

Interview with Microsoft IT, Project Atrium and ODL Executive on UC SDN at Open Daylight (ODL) Summit 2016

I was at the ODL Summit in Seattle September 11th and 12th   and got to listen to the keynote from Microsoft IT and Project Atrium on UC SDN. Right after the session I had the great opportunity to interview the…