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Avaya Engage 2018 NOLA

It’s a whole new Avaya. As part of my commitment to do more video in 2018 – here are my first thoughts from New Orleans. TalkingPointz will be publishing a full research note on Avaya next week . More videos…

Review: Jabra Evolve 75E

The Jabra Evolve 75E reviewed here:

I’m Down to Two Bars

At my home I have enjoyed 5 bars of Verizon coverage for decades. This is the reason that I went with Verizon so long ago. AT&T had spotty coverage and a lot of dropped calls. T-Mobile only had “2G Edge”…

Use the USF

Why don’t we use the Universal Service Fund to build cellular towers in every black spot area? There is more than enough money. France is doing something interesting: They are eliminating all black spots in cellular coverage as a matter…

Avaya CEO: Running to Win

Avaya CEO: Running to Win Jim Chirico has laid out his course for 2018 and beyond, as he discusses in this Q&A. Jim Chirico has laid out his course for 2018 and beyond, as he discusses in this Q&A. Last…

Happy New Year Evan Kirstel

A quick chat with the legendary @EvanKirstel. I see Evan several times a year at various conferences including the BC Summit. We talk about his new venture into digital health, our health, his age, goals and plans for 2018, and…

Hangn’ at the Mall

I will lose eight hours of my life because of Apple, and I begrudge it. My iPhone is two years old and well, it’s not as it used to be. The battery lives for the next charger cord like an…

Progress with Verizon OneTalk

Four days ago I was interested in Verizon OneTalk, a service that lets me move my phone number into the cloud and then have menus, voice mail, and simultaneously ring multiple phones at the same time. I went to the…

Messaging Coins

Cryptocurrencies have huge ramifications to commerce and distributed computing. They may also impact enterprise communications. Telegram is about to launch a provoking experiment. Its planning the Telegram Open Network (TON) built on its own interpretation of cryptocurrency technologies. Telegram is…

Voice, Reborn

Voice, Reborn Speech technologies are finding a place in communications and collaboration, as we’ll highlight in this year’s Enterprise Connect Innovation Showcase. Speech technologies are finding a place in communications and collaboration, as we’ll highlight in this year’s Enterprise Connect…

The Dirty Secret Behind the UL Logo

Underwriters Laboratories, the owners of the UL logo found on electrical appliances is a non-profit organization dedicated to testing product safety. Such a description would hardly tip you off to what this nefarious organization really is. Sitting atop $850 Million…

It’s 2018 to Us, It’s 1980 to Verizon

How exciting, Verizon seems to have a product called Onetalk that will allow our staff to integrate their VOIP and cell number on a single device. And, it has IVR and also multi-ring capability It sounds interesting. So I went…

Spark Doesn’t Melt

Meltdown and Spectre — two massive security flaws revealed publicly this month — allow attackers to access “secure” data by compromising privileged processor memory. They are the mother of all security vulnerabilities, making the largest breaches and vulnerabilities in the…

The Good Thing about the Apple Battery-Gate

The built-in, consumable battery on smartphones has always bothered me. Batteries are consumables and computer hardware doesn’t have to be. The good thing about Apple’s battery fiasco is this may be the straw that results with owner-replaceable batteries becoming standard….

Research Radar: 2018

If this past year is any indication, we are in for another whirlwind year of surprises and major changes in the fast-evolving business communications space. It’s that time again. Another year has gone by, and we look back to see…

Google to Get Into UCaaS? (Finally!)

Google to Get Into UCaaS? (Finally!) Long-dormant rumors of Google’s plans for a cloud PBX service have resurfaced this week. Why now? Long-dormant rumors of Google’s plans for a cloud PBX service have resurfaced this week. Why now? A persistent…

Executive Life

I’ve been a corporate executive for most of my 42 year long career. Ten years into my career I was in the inner circle. I find there are four types of executives, generally: Those who provide brilliant course corrections at…

December 2017 News Quipz

Happy New Year. May your 2018 be better than your 2017. That shouldn’t be too hard as 2017 wasn’t that great a year. I don’t think any UC company was actually profitable in 2017. That’s because there’s a whole lotta…

Visualizing the End of Passwords

Visualizing the End of Passwords Biometrics and other advanced technologies will radically change our approach to security for enterprise communications… and beyond. Biometrics and other advanced technologies will radically change our approach to security for enterprise communications… and beyond. Proving…

My 2017

Time for my the annual report. See previous Annual Reports here: 2016,  2015, 2014, 2013. Through an enterprise comms lens 2017 was a year of transition, though that may be the new normal. A Few Posts in 2017 29 posts…