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CenturyLink Preaches, Practices Transformation

CenturyLink Preaches, Practices Transformation In its latest transition, this 87-year-old communications company looks to simplify and automate how enterprises connect with partners, employees, and customers. In its latest transition, this 87-year-old communications company looks to simplify and automate how enterprises…

The future of IoT: Where it’s heading, what to expect

The subject of the Internet of Things (IoT) has an extremely broad range of interpretations. Some immediately think of the “thing” itself as a connected thermostat. Others see it as a means to extend products into services. Most interpretations gravitate…

The future of IoT: Where it’s heading, what to expect

The subject of the Internet of Things (IoT) has an extremely broad range of interpretations. Some immediately think of the “thing” itself as a connected thermostat. Others see it as a means to extend products into services. Most interpretations gravitate…

Getting Listed for Networks

The 2017 National Electrical Code mandates that every device connected to the electrical network must be “listed”. This now applies to every permanently installed electrical device operating on any voltage. So it means that something as simple as an RJ-45…

Adding an IoT dimension to the Tour de France

The Tour de France pro cycling race is one of the oldest and most prestigious annual sporting events in the world. Each year about 200 cyclists compete during most of July in a race that crosses some 2,200 miles of…

Adding an IoT dimension to the Tour de France

The Tour de France pro cycling race is one of the oldest and most prestigious annual sporting events in the world. Each year about 200 cyclists compete during most of July in a race that crosses some 2,200 miles of…

Cisco Simplifies Business Edition for SMBs

Cisco recently expanded its Business Edition family of all-in-one communications platforms with a new model optimized for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs), the Business Edition 4000.  The new system joins the portfolio as a voice-centric telephony appliance for simple office…

Quick Thoughts on Mitel Toshiba

Today Mitel confirmed that it has reached an agreement with Toshiba to assume its enterprise PBX business. The press release states: Mitel  will “transfer certain assets and support obligations, including existing inventory, from Toshiba Corporation. . .Combined with the transfer…

Synergy Report Shows Surprises in Collaboration Market

Synergy Report Shows Surprises in Collaboration Market Reflecting on the latest collaboration numbers Reflecting on the latest collaboration numbers Market share reports are a curious thing. They are a nice confirmation when they validate my thoughts; but when there are…

Quick Thoughts on Cisco Acquiring MindMeld

Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire MindMeld, an artificial intelligence company based in San Francisco, for $125  million in cash. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year. The acquisition will be used to fuel…

NEC Advantage 2017

NEC showed-off its latest iteration of Smart Enterprise at Advantage its annual partner event. NEC Advantage 2017 is taking place this week in Chandler, Arizona with about 230 partners and industry consultants.

The National Electrical Code and LED lighting

You have probably seen these nifty LED light strips. You can mount them under your counter. You can put them in soffits in your living room. Most of these run on 5v to 12v which is perfectly safe to touch….

Smart buildings start with awareness

I want to work in an energy-efficient smart building. It would have advanced energy systems that would ensure no watt gets wasted. It would have lighting, like my fridge, that would magically turn off when unneeded, and doors that would…

Smart buildings start with awareness

I want to work in an energy-efficient smart building. It would have advanced energy systems that would ensure no watt gets wasted. It would have lighting, like my fridge, that would magically turn off when unneeded, and doors that would…

Unify: Back from the Brink

Unify: Back from the Brink With a revised commitment from its parent Atos, Unify should see accelerated growth. With a revised commitment from its parent Atos, Unify should see accelerated growth. Unify has gone through more transitions and transformations than…

Genesys Aligns Portfolios

Back in August of 2016, Genesys announced its intent to acquire competitor Interactive Intelligence, combining two market leaders in contact center and customer experience solutions. The Interactive Intelligence portfolio brings along products and services in the mid-market business segment (250-750…

Movers and Shakers

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss “movers and shakers” in the UC industry. Definition: companies, initiatives, and happenings in the industry that may or may not be in the headlines but are worth watching. Dave Michels moderates the conversation, with Experts Phil…

RIP Viptela

Viptela represents an incrementally better solution for Cisco in the SD-WAN space, not transformational, and has a high probability of fading away, like many of Cisco’s past acquisitions. The real reason that Viptela was sold to Cisco, below market price,…

Please hold for digital transformation

Enterprise communications is a fun gig.  I thrive on digging into the vendor nuances in vision and action. It’s a pebble and ripple thing. But I have to say, there’s a ton of bullshit in this industry. We like to…

The Role of AI in UC&C

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Blair Pleasant of UCStrategies leads a discussion about how artificial intelligence (AI), bots, machine learning and natural language processing are being used in unified communications and collaboration. The Experts participating this week include Phil Edholm, Marty Parker, Dave…