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New TalkingPointz 2Pager on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

ALE has new leadership, owners, and services that deserve a closer look. All in all, ALE is in an optimistic position.  The company is finally clearing it’s backlog on innovation and making a hard pivot to cloud services. The go-to-market…

2Pager on ALE – Verticals and Rainbow

These are turbulent times for UC vendors as re-invention and innovation are critically important as the basic UC proposition matures. Some companies are ahead of the curve, and some are (fatally?) behind. In many ways Alcatel-Lucent is ahead. The company…

MasterCard puts a finger on fraud

Most credit card verification systems only verify whether the card is valid and not if the presenter is the authorized cardholder. MasterCard intends to address that with its newly introduced card with a built-in fingerprint sensor. This new MasterCard gives…

MasterCard puts a finger on fraud

Most credit card verification systems only verify whether the card is valid and not if the presenter is the authorized cardholder. MasterCard intends to address that with its newly introduced card with a built-in fingerprint sensor. This new MasterCard gives…

Yahoo and Ringling Come to an End

There was so much excitement when Marissa Mayer became the CEO of Yahoo! Marissa had a great run at Google, but it was unclear how much of Google’s success could be attributed to her. In hindsight, probably not much. Her term at…

CoreDial & the BroadWorks Alternative

CoreDial, a PA-based cloud software and services solutions provider, reports positive momentum with its all-channel business model. The company offers its cloud services, including hosted PBX solutions, VoIP, SIP Trunking and Unified Communication services, to Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Interconnects…

Cisco makes videoconference technology invisible

Last month Cisco announced two new room video systems called the Spark Room Kit and Spark Room Kit Plus. Behind these dull names are some impressive technologies never before seen in videoconferencing. The room kits are nearly complete videoconferencing systems,…

Cisco makes videoconference technology invisible

Last month Cisco announced two new room video systems called the Spark Room Kit and Spark Room Kit Plus. Behind these dull names are some impressive technologies never before seen in videoconferencing. The room kits are nearly complete videoconferencing systems,…

Thoughts on Microsoft’s #EC17 Keynote

SfB saw very few improvements over the past year, so I was curious as to how Microsoft would fill its keynote slot at Enterprise Connect. The speaker, Ron Markezich, is new to me. The former CIO is a CVP within…

Time to Get an Electrician’s License

Are your RJ-45 connectors UL listed?   Does your Cat-5 wire have the required “LP” markings every two feet printed on the cable? The new 2017 National Electrical Code is coming and it isn’t a pretty sight. Everything connected to…

The 2017 National Electrical Code is Onerous

Colin here. If you are in telecommunications, you need to read the 2017 National Electrical Code that goes into effect in July in many parts of the country. It is one scary code. Every device connected to the electrical network…

The Twilio #EC17 Keynote: Missed it by that Much

I was really looking forward to Jeff Lawson’s first Enterprise Connect (EC) keynote. I’ve seen him present numerous times, and he has a great style that delivers everything clearly. He is easy to follow, yet never condescending. He generally includes humor…

Can Amazon be stopped?

Prime retail space is going vacant. The latest example of yet another retailer closing its doors is Payless Shoe Source. Payless has filed Chapter 11 and will be closing 400 stores. It’s ironic really, because their whole premise is Americans…

Can Amazon be stopped?

Prime retail space is going vacant. The latest example of yet another retailer closing its doors is Payless Shoe Source. Payless has filed Chapter 11 and will be closing 400 stores. It’s ironic really, because their whole premise is Americans…

Should Overbooking Be Allowed?

United’s forced removal of a passenger has become an Internet sensation, but the truth of the matter is overbooking and forced removals are actually pretty common — and United isn’t even the worst at it. Overbooking seems wrong. There’s X…

Ma Bell and Sandia Labs

All of the United States’ nuclear weapons are designed at Sandia National Laboratories. The role of Sandia is usually described as “Projects Vital to the security of the United States.” But you don’t really have to dig very far to…

By Any Other Name Would We Collaborate as Sweet?

By Any Other Name Would We Collaborate as Sweet? Names are important, but the winning category name for “team collaboration/messaging” apps may not emerge for several more years. Names are important, but the winning category name for “team collaboration/messaging” apps…

Enterprise Connect 2017 2Pager

This 2Pager is admittedly a little less complete than usual. I had a pretty tough EC17 – I think it was food poisoning but who knows. It’s a shame because it’s typically my busiest week of the year. I even adjusted…

Enterprise Connect 2017 Review

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Michael Finneran hosts a conversation about Enterprise Connect 2017, with Experts Jim Burton, Blair Pleasant, Melissa Swartz, Steve Leaden, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm, JR Simmons, Nicolas De Kouchkovsky, Dave Michels, Kevin Kieller, Roberta J. Fox, Dave Stein, David Smith and Peter…

Avaya’s Zang Office UCaaS

About a year ago (in March 2016), Avaya entered into the cloud-based communications platform-as-a-service market, announcing the new Zang subsidiary and new application development environment where developers and end users can build and deploy custom communications-enabled applications for mobile devices,…