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Polycom’s Mary McDowell: Leading an Endpoint Empire

[This interview first appeared on NoJitter on September 28, 2017] In the summer of 2016, Polycom was on track to be acquired by Mitel. The shareholders of both companies had agreed, but private equity firm Siris Capital unexpectedly intervened with a better…

What Company Will Vonage Acquire?

In a recent Bloomberg interview, Vonage CEO Alan Masarek indicated that Vonage might leverage the company’s near-11-year-high valuation to make acquisitions. “We don’t feel like we have any holes in our product portfolio, but we think there’s going to be…

Free Markets

We Americans are proud of our “Free Marketplace” and capitalism. But I think sometimes corporations try to confuse us about what this means. Corporations try to sell the idea that a “Free Marketplace” means one free of regulation. But this…

China Will Dazzle You

The largest pool of venture capital is no longer in the United States. It is in China. They have the largest venture capital funds. They total more than $250 Billion. Here is a great 2 minute eye opener about China:…

AT&T and Verizon’s Towers

Just a few years ago both AT&T and Verizon sold off most of their cellular towers. For that, they got about $5 Blllion in cash, each. Verizon used the money to purchase AOL, and as that was such a strategic…

Vonderours Verizon

Verizon is an interesting creature for me to follow. I watch their finances and just find them curious. On the surface they are a delightfully profitable company generating about $13 Billion a year in net income. (Down about 25% per…

Unify’s OpenScape Cloud: A Q&A

Recently, Unify (a division of the European IT service company Atos) released the OpenScape Cloud service, an integration of the company’s Circuit team collaboration software-as-a-service (SaaS) application and its OpenScape Voice solution as a single cloud-based service. Each solution on…

Deskless Workers Need UC Too

Deskless Workers Need UC Too Team collaboration tools draw in knowledge workers, as well as those who don’t sit in an office. Team collaboration tools draw in knowledge workers, as well as those who don’t sit in an office. We’re…

UnAuthorized FAQ Regarding Cisco and BroadSoft

Last month, Cisco upstaged BroadSoft’s annual Connections conference with news that the two companies agreed to be one. Acquisitions and mergers are complicated matters that take months to resolve. Because sometimes these deals don’t actually close (such as Mitel-Polycom), this…

T-Mobile is Wicked Good

T-Mobile is a company that I admire. In about five years they have been transformed from a nearly-dead also-ran company to the fastest growing communications company in America. And the reason is one man: John Legere. This foul mouthed militant…

The New CenturyLink Emerges

In local news, CenturyLink completes its $30.3 billion acquisition of Level 3. Well, sort of. It’s not really local as CenturyLink is headquartered in Monroe LA. However, from Qwest, CenturyLink has a large presence in Colorado and Level 3 was…

The October Quipz Recap

What occurred in October? These are the stories in the October Quipz. Quipz monthly recaps are a premium service that also includes research notes. You can learn more here. October Quipz newsletter: Story of the Month is Cisco Acquires BroadSoft…

8×8 Differentiates New X Editions

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) provider 8×8 recently introduced three new competitively-priced cloud-based user bundles, the 8×8 Virtual Office “X” Editions. Each of the new editions (X2, X5 and X8) comes with popular enterprise telephony and UC functions, but…