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Put Microsoft Teams Displays on Hold

It’s a logical portfolio addition that contains some clever features, but the software seems too limited.

Let’s Re-Open the Economy

Harvard has revealed how we can do it. Let me extrapolate how it would work: Whenever you go out in public you take a COVID-19 quick test. That test is your 24 hour pass to go to work, to go…

TalkingHeadz with Tony Bates

Key Points From This Episode Staying busy and finding fun activities during the pandemic and quarantine. Looking back on Tony’s time at Skype and the sale they made to Microsoft. The Skype family and the culture of creativity and innovation…

COVID-19’s Aftermath for Enterprise Communications

For the half a dozen decades that I have lived we have debated whether the world will evolve so that there is no need to commute, where we can all sit at home and do our jobs while being linked…

Review: Cisco Desk Pro

At 17 minutes, this is the longest review I have posted. That’s because the Desk Pro is a sophisticated product with numerous use cases. One thing I didn’t mention in the video is Desk Pro admin is all done from…

Five9 Removing Barriers to Useful AI

Five9 made several AI announcements this week geared at improving and expanding contact center AI implementations.

Epic App Store Fight

Apple’s App Store monopoly is being attacked again! This time by Epic, last time by Basecamp, and previous times by Netflix, Match, Spotify, and I’m sure others. It’s a complex battle with sound arguments on both sides. So, in this…

UC Has Become Meaningless: Here’s Why

The distinctions between unified and integrated communications have become blurry.

UC Has Become Meaningless: Here’s Why

The distinctions between unified and integrated communications have become blurry.

TalkingHeadz Podcast with Noreen Allen of Bandwidth

Bandwidth (NASDAQ: BAND) is a Raleigh, NC-based software company focused on communications for the enterprise. Companies like Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Zoom, Dialpad, and RingCentral use Bandwidth’s APIs to power their voice, messaging, and 911 access into software and applications. It provides…

Review: Poly EagleEye Cube USB Webcam

2020 is the year of staying home and doing video meetings – and actually, that’s ok with me. I’ve got several reviews coming with various video devices. Let’s start things up with an extraordinary, Borg-like, USB webcam for rooms: The…

August 2020 Insider Report

The Most Important Enterprise Communications News from August 2020 August was a bit lighter in terms of enterprise communications news. But that’s not to say it wasn’t an intense month. The pandemic had considerable competition for headline space with riots,…

6 Reasons Why Zoom is Winning the Video Race

Catering to both consumer and enterprise customers and providing a simple to use video solution are just a couple of reasons why Zoom has pulled ahead.

DialPad Nabs Highfive

Dialpad doubles down on video as it tries to catch up to major UCaaS providers.

UCaaS: Rough Road Ahead

UCaaS: Rough Road Ahead By Dave Michels, August 27, 2020 1. Overview The unified communications as a service (UCaaS) industry is about two decades old, and it’s had a glorious run.  The industry has consistently experienced +20% annual growth as…

TalkingHeadz with Alan Duric of Wire

Wire was recently recognized in the Innovation Showcase at Enterprise Connect 2020. This is a fantastic in-depth conversation on securing communications. Alan has deep knowledge of  both technologies of communications and the issues of security. There’s a perception that most of…

This Post Will Self Destruct in 5 Seconds

Privacy concerns don’t just happen in the consumer world and can be a major threat to enterprises.

Don’t Be Confused by Multifaceted Approaches to Multicloud

Multicloud means different things to different providers; enterprises are advised to evaluate claims carefully.

TikTok, WeChat, Trump, and an Upcoming War

A friend of mine asked me about the TikTok/WeChat situation between the US and China because I spend so much time in Asia and do so much business with the Chinese. My answer was: “It’s complicated”. POTUS Trump has signed…

The Heard – a new collaboration with @Zkerravala

Zeus and I are now producing what is intended to be a weekly short chat about recent industry news. We are calling the series The Heard. At least for now, we are aiming for 10 minute episodes,. That’s a challenge…