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6 reasons why Slack is the next Netscape

Netscape provides an excellent illustration as to how tech darlings come and go. Netscape created and sold Navigator, the browser that essentially invented the World Wide Web. Prior to Netscape, the internet was mostly benefiting geeks and nerds. Netscape changed the…

6 reasons why Slack is the next Netscape

Netscape provides an excellent illustration as to how tech darlings come and go. Netscape created and sold Navigator, the browser that essentially invented the World Wide Web. Prior to Netscape, the internet was mostly benefiting geeks and nerds. Netscape changed the…

RingCentral Simplifies Collaborative Communications

RingCentral Simplifies Collaborative Communications RingCentral advances its collaborative communications vision, announcing updates to Office, market expansion, and improved analytics solutions. RingCentral advances its collaborative communications vision, announcing updates to Office, market expansion, and improved analytics solutions. Today RingCentral made several…

Toshiba Exits Telecommunications

“Toshiba Corporation has deemed it necessary to wind-down our Telecommunication Systems Division (TSD) business starting immediately.” Dealers were informed via letter on March 21, 2017. Toshiba provides us an excellent example of the product life cycle … or is the…

4 possible outcomes for Avaya

Avaya is one of the largest providers of enterprise communications products and services. It is a complex company of 158 separate entities that employ about 9,700 people worldwide. Most of its entities in North America, representing about 3,800 of its…

4 possible outcomes for Avaya

Avaya is one of the largest providers of enterprise communications products and services. It is a complex company of 158 separate entities that employ about 9,700 people worldwide. Most of its entities in North America, representing about 3,800 of its…

UCC YTD: 4 Eye-Opening Developments

UCC YTD: 4 Eye-Opening Developments From Amazon Chime to Cisco Spark Board, 2017 is shaping up to be a transformative year for enterprise communications. From Amazon Chime to Cisco Spark Board, 2017 is shaping up to be a transformative year…

Stay Clear of Clear

Clear is the latest program to try and improve both airport security and help speed fliers through security check points.  It currently fails at both and is not worth the $179/year premium.  TSA Pre(check) is still the best way to…

Roaming the Globe

I travel internationally a lot. And, I travel with a pocket full of SIMs. I have at least one SIM chip for pretty much every country that I travel to. The going rate seems to be about $15 a month…

Google, Vonage, and RCS

We all know messaging is big right now – WeChat, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack, Spark, the list goes on. It really all started with good ol, obsolete SMS. SMS is one of the big three that along with PSTN and…

Apple’s Most Clever Feature

Since the death of Steve Jobs, Apple hasn’t actually done a lot to wow me. It’s like after the death of Walt Disney. The company carried out the known visions of the founder, but they seemed unable to innovate. But…

Despite the Cloud, Part III

The year 2017 started with a bang with respect to new premises-based telephony solutions hitting the market. Five vendors on our radar have introduced new on-site hardware in recent weeks – Accent (VoiceONE Onsite), Cisco (Business Edition 4000), Epygi (QX20…

2Pager on 8×8’s Communications Cloud

On March 8, 8×8 issued two press releases that describe 8×8’s vision of a Communications Cloud. What does it all mean? Download this 2Pager. For additional information see my post on NoJitter. See other TalkingPointz 2Pagers here.   The press releases…

2Pager on 8×8 Communications Cloud

On March 8, 8×8 issued two press releases that describe 8×8’s vision of a Communications Cloud. What does it all mean? Download this 2Pager (add to cart). For additional information see my post on NoJitter. See other TalkingPointz 2Pagers here….

Times Are Changing #EC17

Tech conferences come and go, but Enterprise Connect (EC) has some impressive staying power. Remember VON, Enterprise 2.0, Web 2.0? All important, but relative flashes in the pan. I’ve been attending Enterprise Connect since it was called VoiceCon. This will be…

8×8 Bridges Messaging Islands

8×8 Bridges Messaging Islands As part of an ‘open cloud’ initiative, 8×8 picks up Sameroom.io for its ability to provide interoperability among disparate team messaging services. As part of an ‘open cloud’ initiative, 8×8 picks up Sameroom.io for its ability…

Verizon’s Reasonable International Plan

I have been doing a lot of international traveling lately. And, I am a couple of days in one country and a couple of days in another country. This makes it a nuisance to constantly be changing SIM chips and…

Digital fingerprints: The truth is out there

People lie all the time. At least I think so. It’s hard to know for sure. It can be really hard to tell if someone is lying, as few of us have Larry David’s ability to see truth by looking…

Cisco Buys Into Named Data Networking

Named Data Networking (NDN) is the future of network routing and security.  IPv6 is not the future of networking as I have blogged before.  This was validated last week by Cisco with their acquisition of PARC.  NDN has other names…

Innovation Showcase: 6 IoT Companies on Tap

Innovation Showcase: 6 IoT Companies on Tap These newcomers to the Enterprise Connect Expo Hall combine IoT connectivity with communications and collaboration capabilities. These newcomers to the Enterprise Connect Expo Hall combine IoT connectivity with communications and collaboration capabilities. Enterprise…