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Enterprise Connect 2016

Download this free 2Pager on the industry event of the year.  Bottom line – this industry is changing – the solutions, value props, and the vendors – and that’s a good thing. Download this free 2Pager on the industry event…

Update on Avaya

Metaphorically, Avaya gets the onion award. There are so many layers to this company.  Actually, about 10. Let’s try: Legacy: There’s a ton of old blue (Nortel) and red (Avaya) out there – I still run into Merlins. Tech powerhouse: I…

State of Unify (Atos)

Unify hosted an analyst and consultant outreach event in January 2016. This TalkigPointz 2Pager offers a high-level summary of the two-day event along with some opinion.  Additional notes: Unify hosted an analyst and consultant outreach event in January 2016. This TalkigPointz…

ShoreTel to Acquire Corvisa

This one honestly surprised me. While Santa was distracted, ShoreTel decides to buy Corvisa. It surprised me because less than a year ago ShoreTel’s big marketing message was “ShoreTel One.”  ShoreTel acquired M5 Networks back in 2012 and has been…

Spark and Skype for Business

I just spent three days at the Cisco Collaboration Summit where the company unveiled a fairly significant vision. It was far too broad to attempt to capture in a 2Pager. In a nutshell, If Cisco delivers on its its expanded service…

Mitel

Update on Mitel Next

Mitel reached out to analysts and consultants in NYC at an event dubbed Mitel Next. The company believes that it is uqnieuly positioned for the ongoing convergence of  the enterprise, cloud, and mobile spaces.  This 2Pager attempts to summarize a…

Cisco Acquires Acano 2Pager

On Nov 20, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Acano. These two companies have a long history, longer than Acano exists because a decent portion of its talent came from Cisco and Tandberg prior to that.  It’s a very aggressive…

BroadSoft and its Project Tempo Vision

BroadSoft always puts on an incredible event at its Connections conference. This year was no exception, yet it was a very different event. It was the first Connections produced by the new marketing team put together by CMO Taher Behbehani – hired…

Workstream Communications and Collaboration

The first time I saw Cisco Spark (Project Square) I didn’t fully get it. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that Workstream Communications and Collaboration picks up where UC left off. This blog started around UC ….

Skype For Business Online Gets PSTN

Download this TalkingPointz 2Pager for more information on how Microsoft will directly offering PSTN services with its Skype for Business Online offer in Office 365.  As Microsoft continues its journey to the cloud, it’s expanding its Office 365 option with…

Flexibility is the Most Important Feature in UC

the rate of change and shorter technical lifespans of today’s technology buys exacerbate a longstanding situation. Generally speaking, technical investments continue to work as initially expected, but even as they keep plugging away, expectations, requirements, and available alternatives rapidly change. End-user preferences, technical obsolescence, and inter-mingled solutions all…

Cisco to Acquire Tropo

On May 7, Cisco posted the following to its blog. Cisco has been on a mission to make collaboration super-simple. From our video devices that require no user’s manual, to our cameras that sense and automatically adjust when the speaker…

ShoreTel One

There is a lot of talk about how radical things are changing. Many UC vendors insist that they can facilitate transformation. But, it’s ShoreTel that is undergoing a radical transformation itself. In the past two years, the company has undertaken…

How Cloud Reduces Risk

TCO, or Total Cost of Ownership, is a common methodology to provide a cost basis for an investment’s total economic value. The purchase price is a component of TCO, along with operating costs and variances in other expenses. The TCO…

Operators are Zipping By

Most technologies offer a spectrum of options from basic to advanced—and most implementations fall in the middle. With contact centers, though, that’s not the case. Here, organizations gravitate to the extremes. Sophisticated companies use specialized systems that are expensive to…

Enhancing and Extending UC Video

Demand is exploding for enterprise video communications. Rather than outfitting a few conference rooms, enterprises now are video-enabling entire workforces through desktop and personal devices. These widespread video solutions often occur as a result of enterprise-wide unified communications (UC) deployments….

Enhancing and Extending Lync via Messaging

Microsoft’s Lync platform has been the high-growth darling of enterprise unified communications (UC). The product’s success, in fact, has bucked several industry norms and trends. For example, Microsoft Lync is the only enterprise UC solution that does not utilize standard…

CaaS Opportunities for Businesses

Gi GigaOm Pro research report on Communications as a Service solutions featuring Twilio, Voxeo, and Plivo. June 2012. LoginorBecome a Member to Continue ReadingNot everything in life is free. TalkingPointz has no ads, so some content and reports are limited…

Clouds are Exceptional

Cloud services have shifted from intriguing to compelling. Organizations around the world are turning to cloud services as the preferred delivery model for computing, communications, collaboration, email, storage, payroll, HR, and CRM. Recent studies show that the migration is taking…

Building Revenue from Google Apps

As we move further into the 21st century, overheated server rooms are beginning to cool down as Wi-Fi networks heat up. For more and more organizations, cloud technologies are replacing on-premises software and hardware solutions—and leading the pack is Google…