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The Rise of T-Mobile

We all know T-Mobile has evolved from a 2G only terrible network to a formidable network with fast speeds and decent coverage in the metropolitan areas. I’m impressed with how they pulled it off. They plummeted their fees and took…

7 Factors to Consider on Enterprise Messaging Apps

7 Factors to Consider on Enterprise Messaging Apps Before selecting a workstream messaging app like Circuit, HipChat, Slack, or Spark, be sure to explore each vendor’s particular architectural approach and philosophy. Before selecting a workstream messaging app like Circuit, HipChat,…

Cisco Sparks a Conversation Among the UCStrategies Experts

Cisco hosted recent events in San Francisco and regional centers to announce Cisco Spark 2.0 and Cisco Spark Board. Cisco Spark Board is an all-in-one collaboration screen-sharing presentation tool, a digital whiteboard and a videoconferencing display. Several UCStrategies Experts were in attendance and had the opportunity to see…

Network Utilization Will Grow 5x by 2020

Network architects need to budget for and design their networks for the peak busy hour of utilization, which will grow 5x in the next few years.  The peak utilization is growing significantly faster than average utilization, driven by our real-time…

Cisco’s iPhone Moment

The iPhone changed the world, and every company wants its products to be the next iPhone. Unfortunately, products with the disruptive force of the iPhone are inherently rare in part because there are few products with such mass, global appeal….

Accent Extends VoiceONE from Cloud to Premises

Accent is bucking the trend. The national provider of telecommunications services and solutions recently expanded its portfolio with a premises-based IP-PBX called VoiceONE Onsite, introducing new on-site equipment when most providers and vendors are racing to build out their cloud…

Clouds may not reign supreme

The funny thing about pendulums is that they love to swing. There are plenty of examples, from politics to nutrition, but computing cycles just might illustrate it best. The mainframe computer was a centralized model, with access through dumb terminals….

At $6 billion, is the Avaya debt too much to overcome?

After Avaya Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, reactions ranged from worry to relief. Avaya filed voluntarily with the stated objective to improve its structure. The filing affects Avaya and most U.S. subsidiaries. Most foreign affiliates are…

UCStrategies’ Reaction to Avaya Chapter 11 Announcement

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts react to the news that Avaya filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Dave Michels moderates the conversation, with Experts Nicolas De Kouchkovsky, Roberta Fox, Dr. Joseph Williams, JR Simmons, Jon Arnold, Steve Leaden, Dave Stein, Marty…

Screwed by Verizon’s International Plan

Colin Here. I’m a Verizon customer. Mostly because in my home area I find T-Mobile coverage too spotty. (My wife is now getting 4 dots of coverage and the “E” has been replaced with “LTE” so it may be worth…

Thoughts on Recent News & Announcements

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies’ Blair Pleasant hosts a conversation on a range of recent news topics. Experts include Dr. Joseph Williams, Phil Edholm, Dave Michels, Jon Arnold, and Michael Finneran.

The Fast Lane for iOS

Last August Cisco and Apple announced a partnership to improve the usability of Apple iOS devices in enterprises. A partnership to create a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with…

New Switcharoo from T-Mobile

T-Mobile is rolling out new pricing and new plans. As is to be expected, it is brilliant and once again it is very consumer-friendly. I see the key highlights this way: Taxes are included. A $70 plan will cost you…

The sky is streaming

Internet access has gone through several generations that started with dial-up modems. I still remember my “blazing fast” upgrade from 24 kbps to 56 kbps. Dial-up modems gave way to always-on broadband solutions. Initially there were two choices: Cable (DOCSIS)…

UCStrategies’ Predictions, Expectations and Hopes for 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Blair Pleasant moderates a discussion about what the UCStrategies Experts expect (and hope) to see happen in 2017. The panel includes Dave Michels, Marty Parker, Jon Arnold, Evan Kirstel, Michael Finneran, Phil Edholm, Steve Leaden, Dave Smith, JR…

Your Next Router Will be a Firewall

Security is now the top priority for network managers, displacing reliability and application performance.  With this, we will see a transition in the marketplace with more enterprises using their firewall vendor for routing.  I like the prediction that in 2017,…

Avaya Running out of Options to Avoid Ch11

I expect Avaya to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy very soon, perhaps as early as next week. I had previously thought Avaya would avoid Chapter 11. I knew the leadership team had a complex plan to sell the contact center business,…

Don’t Pay $150 to Fix Apple Touch Disease

Every Apple user that I know of has their screen become unresponsive. You go to answer your phone and you just cannot slide the control to answer it. Or, you try to touch an icon on your home screen and…

Video Will Break Your New Software Defined Network

By the end of 2020, video will consume 95 percent of the Internet and business networks, with a greater percentage being real-time or near-real time video.  Enterprise’s, cloud and network service providers, who struggled with Voice over IP, will find…

Take My Phone, Please

Take My Phone, Please Desk phones are here to stay, but do they have to be so dumb? Desk phones are here to stay, but do they have to be so dumb? Many predicted that softphones and mobile phones would…