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Cisco upgrades one IoT platform and announces another

Following Cisco’s launch last week of its Digital Network Architecture (DNA), which delivers intent-based networking solutions and services, this week’s Cisco Live event in Las Vegas was highly focused on networking. Only a few announcements were made, but the Internet…

Cisco upgrades one IoT platform and announces another

Following Cisco’s launch last week of its Digital Network Architecture (DNA), which delivers intent-based networking solutions and services, this week’s Cisco Live event in Las Vegas was highly focused on networking. Only a few announcements were made, but the Internet…

VOIP Phones Need to Migrate to WiFi

The new 2017 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) will be phased in and it is a doozie. It is time for telecom manufacturers to take note. The biggest changes are in the area of low voltage wiring. In the past,…

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TalkingPointz 2Pager on Arkadin’s Vision

Arkadin has launched a new video conferencing service, or in their terms a new “Digital Meeting Space.”  It’s an intriguing alternative to say WebEx, Zoom, or SfB for conferencing. The most compelling feature of the new service is its price…

Alexa, What’s Amazon Up To?

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts address the recent news and rumors about Amazon, and how they may affect the enterprise. Dave Michels moderates the conversation, with Experts Michael Finneran, Blair Pleasant, Peter Bernstein, JR Simmons, Jon Arnold and Dr. Joseph Williams.

IoT devices or humans?

A Swedish rail line can now collect fares by scanning its customers for embedded biometric chips. The primary benefit is the elimination of a physical ticket—plus it’s harder to lose. It sounds futuristic, but my dogs have been sporting embedded…

IoT devices or humans?

A Swedish rail line can now collect fares by scanning its customers for embedded biometric chips. The primary benefit is the elimination of a physical ticket — plus it’s harder to lose. It sounds futuristic, but my dogs have been…

How UC mobile apps could vanish from smartphone screens

About 10 years ago, unified communications was young, smartphones were new and the mobile knowledge worker was revolutionary. The UC mobile app was inevitable and promised to make and receive work calls outside the office. The potential was brilliant, except…

Is the Government Listening?

I was considering purchasing a Nest Protect smoke detector system for my home until I turned my brain on. The Nest Protect smoke detector has a microphone in it. The purpose for this is to listen at the audio announcements…

Teleworking Changes: New Trend or an Overreaction?

The UCStrategies experts discuss teleworking, where it does and doesn’t fit, and why some companies are changing their policies for at-home workers. UCStrategies’ Dave Michels moderates the conversation, with Experts Kevin Kieller, Blair Pleasant, Dave Stein, Marty Parker, Dr. Joseph Williams, Roberta…

Amazon transforms data into bricks

There’s been a lot of news lately about Amazon opening physical stores. These news articles keep interrupting my regular stream of stories about digital transformation. Or are these topics the same? Digital transformation involves using technology to improve performance and/or…

Amazon transforms data into bricks

There’s been a lot of news lately about Amazon opening physical stores. These news articles keep interrupting my regular stream of stories about digital transformation. Or are these topics the same? Digital transformation involves using technology to improve performance and/or…

Thoughts on Ubiquiti

Our company is very frugal. So were don’t get to play much ion the sphere of Cisco and other higher-end communication companies. We have “stumbled” into an amazing product for companies with small branch offices and with many offices. It’s…

How Free Router-ware Changes Everything

Compute and storage have undergone tremendous change in both preferred method of delivery and price.  Surprisingly, network routing technology has not fundamentally changed in the past 20 years and remains inherently complex and expensive.  This will change as routing innovation…

New Mitel 2Pager (MitelElite)

Mitel Elite took place at the end of May and it was a very interesting event. Turns out the teams in Texas, Ottawa, and Stockholm have been quite busy with premises, cloud, and (surprise) IoT. In San Antonio I saw…

The New Polycom Emerges

The New Polycom Emerges By focusing on interoperability, Polycom’s bringing its arsenal of advanced features to one-time competitors in a win-win environment. By focusing on interoperability, Polycom’s bringing its arsenal of advanced features to one-time competitors in a win-win environment….

Solving the Desktop Audio Conundrum

The desktop audio conundrum is about balancing the need for quality audio conferencing with the desire for high fidelity music. It’s a problem on a desktop, and it’s even more of a problem on the road with a mobile device….

Simplifying the On-prem Payment Model

We’ve been watching the growing popularity of cloud-based business communications and the associated recurring, operational expenditure (OPEX) payment model. The budgetary advantages are clear. With an OPEX model, a business avoids the up-front expense of purchasing and installing on-site equipment,…

Mitel Next 2017

I was surprised to be invited to Mitel Elite last month because Mitel hosted an analyst event just last Fall – how much can change? Turns out quite a bit! In San Antonio I saw new products planned for later…

Reviewing Mitel and the Elite Experience

The topic of this Industry Buzz podcast is Mitel, in the wake of the company’s Mitel Elite Experience event held last week in San Antonio. UCStrategies’ Blair Pleasant moderates a discussion among the UCStrategies Experts, which includes Steve Leaden, Dave Stein, Dave Michels, Roberta J. Fox,…