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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…

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TalkingPointz Insider Subscription is news/analysis service designed to keep readers up-to-date on events, announcements, M&A, and other developments that shape enterprise communications. TalkingPointz travels the world attending corporate and industry events so that you don’t have to.  Senior execs and…

TalkingPointz Quipz for August 2017

I’ve been compiling a monthly report for my recurring customers that has evolved into TalkingPointz Quipz. It provides recap and opinion of the major industry topics over the preceding month. I previously had considered August to be a slow month….

The Last Pre-Sonus Genband 2Pager

In July, I attended likely the last ever Genband Perspectives.* It’s been a good series of events. This was the first time they upgraded to a west coast venue. Genband is a complex company with a diverse portfolio -some of…

arkadin

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…

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…

2Pager on ALE – Verticals and Rainbow

These are turbulent times for UC vendors as re-invention and innovation are critically important as the basic UC proposition matures. Some companies are ahead of the curve, and some are (fatally?) behind. In many ways Alcatel-Lucent is ahead. The company…

Enterprise Connect 2017 2Pager

This 2Pager is admittedly a little less complete than usual. I had a pretty tough EC17 – I think it was food poisoning but who knows. It’s a shame because it’s typically my busiest week of the year. I even adjusted…

2Pager on 8×8 Communications Cloud

On March 8, 8×8 issued two press releases that describe 8×8’s vision of a Communications Cloud. What does it all mean? Download this 2Pager (add to cart). For additional information see my post on NoJitter. See other TalkingPointz 2Pagers here….

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2Pager on Avaya Engage

I’ve been asked regularly about my opinion on Avaya ever since attending Avaya Engage. My answer is “it’s complicated.” In many ways everything is just great. The conference was well attended. The mood was good. The vendors in the expo…

Mitel

Mitel 2016

I recently attended a Mitel overview and have made a 2Pager available below. I love it when a company does something so obvious that it’s actually unique. I have to give recognition to Mitel for it’s ingenious approach to the…

Microsoft Announces Microsoft Teams

When I describe Workstream Messaging I inevitably make a reference to Slack. That’s about to change as most of the world is about to discover the concept from Microsoft with its newest offer: Microsoft Teams. There was a rumor sometime ago…

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Polycom 2016

Video is on my mind. Not just because it improves engagement or because I use it daily.  I just completed a 10 day video-oriented trip that included detailed briefings with the CEO of Vidyo in New Jersey, Cisco’s Video team…

Microsoft Ignite 2016

2Pager update on Skype4B post Microsoft Ignite 2016.  Microsoft used to host the Lync Conference which was dedicated to … Lync. That conference has folded into the larger Microsoft Ignite conference which covers the entire enterprise portfolio. Skype4B wasn’t even mentioned…

UC and Conferencing

Every organization has its own approach to collaboration, and often each team has its own way of collaborating. The way one department or group of employees works together as a team may not be appropriate for another group. And how…

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IoT Networking Guide

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not about the Internet. Many IoT devices don’t even connect to the Internet. IoT is really about enchanted things.   Things become smarter with connectivity. We know this when we are in dead zones…

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IBM and Cisco at the Sametime

IBM and Cisco announced two new partnerships recently: IoT and Watson Collaboration and Watson Both IBM and Cisco see partnerships as a strategic way to expand their businesses. That seems obvious, but in previous times both companies were on solo missions.  These…

Interactive Intelligence 2016

There are several reasons I enjoy Interactive Intelligence: They are friendly – a mid-west company from Indiana. They are not too big – people seem to know each other. There’s no totally separate or unrelated divisions (that I know of). They not too small….

Update on Genband 2016

Genband provides real-time communications software and solutions for service providers, integrators, and enterprises. Its brand is well known within the industry, but not particularly well with end-users largely because its channel partners use their own brands. I attended their partner event,…

Vonage Acquires Nexmo

Surprise! Vonage announced its intent to acquire Nexmo. The surprise wasn’t Nexmo, I’ve been expecting someone to acquire them – the surprise was Vonage – at least at first. Nexmo is a CPaaS provider, the new cool thing. Nexmo is in…