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VPN Safety

If you think that you are perfectly safe when you use a VPN, then you don’t understand how they work. A VPN protects your data from your phone, tablet or laptop up to the VPN provider. So it protects the…

Cutting Through the Encryption Argument

The FBI is complaining that they can’t get into everybody’s things, and they would like to make it unlawful to lock them out. That is, they want only “responsible encryption”. The argument that to protect the rights of citizens, the…

BroadSoft Fits Cisco Like Puzzle Piece

BroadSoft Fits Cisco Like Puzzle Piece Cisco announces $1.9 billion acquisition to boost its collaboration story. Cisco announces $1.9 billion acquisition to boost its collaboration story. This week is BroadSoft Connections. It’s an event I’ve attended for about seven years…

Catching a Glimpse of New Avaya

Catching a Glimpse of New Avaya Through customer demos and a first-time appearance of new CEO, Avaya gave a peek at its future self at last week’s GITEX conference in Dubai. Through customer demos and a first-time appearance of new…

Experts Weigh in on the Gartner MQ for UCaaS 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies’ Marty Parker moderates a conversation about the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS MQ), Worldwide. Experts participating include Jon Arnold, Dave Michels, Chuck Lear, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm.

The Cure to the Common Carrier

It surprises me that cellular companies continue to maintain that they aren’t really common carriers and shouldn’t be subject to the rules of common carriers. Common carriers are traditionally awarded a franchise area that they are allowed to serve. In…

September Quipz is Out

A month ago I shared the August Quipz Report – an opinionated recap of the enterprise communications news that took place in August. The September report published this week and is also publicly available.  For October, Quipz transitions to a…

Quipz Recap for September

Quipz provides short-take opinions on enterprise communications news each month. There’s a lot that happens in this industry. You can download the recap for September 2017 here. TalkingPointz Premium Subscription In this issue: Microsoft on a Partnership Roll: Microsoft keeps extending…

Arrow Electronics gives IoT a voice, connects devices to communications tools

Companies get into IoT for multiple reasons. In the case of Arrow, the Internet of Things (IoT) was thrust upon it. Now, however, Arrow Electronics is trailblazing into IoT platform services. Last year, Arrow did nearly $24 billion in revenue…

Business Phones & the OPEX Model

Last June, we wrote about the growing number of traditional telephony equipment vendors seeking to simplify the payment model for customers that opt for on-site IP-PBX, contact center, messaging, meeting and UC solutions. These vendors recognize that many of today’s…

SfB Online to Move to Teams

Microsoft shocked many with its announcement at Ignite 2017 that Skype for Business Online, its UCaaS offer, will fold into Microsoft Teams. SfB Server will continue to service premises-based customers.  It didn’t shock me. I’ve been expecting this since Teams…