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Experts Review BC Summit 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts get together to discuss the recent BC Summit. The podcast includes Experts Blair Pleasant, Jon Arnold, Jim Burton, Steve Leaden, Phil Edholm, Art Rosenberg, Kevin Kieller, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

A Chat With Some of the New BC Summit Participants

We had quite a few new vendor sponsors at this year’s BC Summit in La Jolla, CA. I had a chance to speak with several of them to discuss their role in business communications, their value proposition, and how their solutions can help customers and partners.

UCStrategies Reacts to Atos Acquisition of Unify

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts react to the news that The Gores Group and Siemens have reached an agreement for Atos to acquire Unify. Dave Michels, moderates the podcast, with UC Experts Art Rosenberg, Marty Parker, Don Van Doren, Jon Arnold, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Steve Leaden.

B2B Social Media and Social Selling: A Complex Landscape

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies' Jim Burton hosts a conversation with UC Expert Evan Kirstel about social media in business. Evan consults with organizations on this topic, and discusses how to get started, the resources available, and the kind of ROI to expect.

UCStrategies Experts Preview UC Summit 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Jim Burton hosts a preview of sessions to be presented by UCStrategies Experts at UC Summit 2015, November 15-18, in La Jolla, CA. Presenters include Michael Finneran,  Kevin Kieller, J.R. Simmons, Dave Michels, Phil Edholm,  Steve Leaden, Blair Pleasant, Art Rosenberg, and Evan Kirstel.

Broadsoft Unveils Project Tempo for UCStrategies

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies receives a briefing about BroadSoft's new Project Tempo announcement. Joining the conversation from BroadSoft are Taher Behbehani, Chief Marketing Officer; Karim Sadroudine, Director, Marketing; and Mike Wilkinson, Vice President, Product Offers. Michael Finneran is the moderator, with UCStrategies Experts Art Rosenberg, Jim Burton, Dr. Joseph Williams, Phil Edholm, Evan Kirstel, Blair Pleasant, Kevin Kieller, Steve Leaden, and Jon Arnold.

Discussing Intelligent Assistants for Enterprises and Contact Centers

In the recent podcast titled "Predictions We Got Wrong," moderated by Blair Pleasant, the Experts included Speech-Enabled Intelligent Assistants in a review of elements of the industry that hadn't met expectations or progressed as quickly as estimated. Dan Miller of Opus Research contacted Blair with a conflicting opinion, so we asked Dan to join this week's podcast to bring the team up-to-date. Blair Pleasant moderates the discussion, which includes Experts Steve Leaden, Simon Dudley, Art Rosenberg, Michael Finneran,  and Joseph Williams.

UCStrategies Reviews Gartner Magic Quadrant for UCaaS 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts review the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, Worldwide. Marty Parker moderates the discussion, with Dave Michels, Evan Kirstel, Phil Edholm, Simon Dudley, Steve Leaden, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

Predictions We Got Wrong

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts address failed predictions. Where did we miss the boat entirely, or when has the rate of adoption not met expectations? Blair Pleasant moderates the discussion with Art Rosenberg, J.R. Simmons, Jon Arnold, Phil Edholm, and Kevin Kieller. Among the topics discussed are enterprise social software, voice recognition, CEBP, WebRTC, Google, personal agents, and federation.

Mobile Considerations in Enterprise Communications

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts address mobile UC: working mobile, and mobile clients. Participating are Dave Michels, Michael Finneran, Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, Kevin Kieller, Steve Leaden, Art Rosenberg, Dr. Joseph Williams, Blair Pleasant, and Don Van Doren.

Bimodal IT & Collaboration: The Perfect Storm for the CIO

The topic of this Executive Insights podcast is the changing role of IT in enterprises today, as described in two new white papers from Dimension Data. Joining UCStrategies' Jim Burton are the two authors of the white papers, Ian Heard, Group Communications Principal Director: Collaboration, and David Danto, Principal Consultant for Collaboration, and Ian Heard, Group Communications Principal Director: Collaboration.

UCStrategies Reviews Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Marty Parker moderates a discussion about the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (2015). UCStrategies Experts participating include Art Rosenberg, Dr. Joseph Williams, Kevin Kieller, Phil Edholm, Michael Finneran, Jon Arnold, Dave Michels, Steve Leaden, Roberta Fox, and J.R. Simmons.

Conversation with Don Joos of ShoreTel

In this Executive Insights podcast, Jim Burton of UCStrategies sits down with Don Joos, CEO of ShoreTel. Discussion topics include the recent rollout of ShoreTel Connect, and a new channel program set to debut October 1.

Experts Discuss UC Security

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss UC security. Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by Experts Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, Michael Finneran, Blair Pleasant, and Kevin Kieller.

Metaswitch Customers Discuss the Cloud

At the Metaswitch Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee, recently, I had a chance to speak with several of Metaswitch’s customers/partners, including Ray Napoletano of Saddleback Communications/ReInvent Telecom and Chris Alberding, FairPoint Communications.

Is There Really a Market for UC in the SMB Space?

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Jon Arnold moderates a discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about new SMB research co-sponsored by Metaswitch Networks and Edgewater Networks, which was also the focus of his recent article, New Research - What SMBs Think About UC. Joining Jon are Experts Marty Parker, Roberta J. Fox, Art Rosenberg, Blair Pleasant, Dave Michels, Phil Edholm, Kevin Kieller, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Steve Leaden.

What is Doomed, End of Life, Kaput (or Should Be)?

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts are posed the question, "What is Doomed, End of Life, Kaput (or Should Be)?" Topics could include technologies, vendors, practices, or "anything else." Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by Art Rosenberg, Kevin Kieller, Don Van Doren, Michael Finneran, Blair Pleasant, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, J.R. Simmons, Jon Arnold, and Simon Dudley.

Microsoft: Continuing to Change UC

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Marty Parker leads a discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about Microsoft. Joining the call today are Phil Edholm, Simon Dudley, Dr. Joseph Williams, Jim Burton, Kevin Kieller, Michael Finneran, Roberta J. Fox, Dave Michels, Art Rosenberg, and Jon Arnold.

Is UCaaS a Blip or a Trend?

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Dave Michels poses questions about UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS) to the UC Experts. Participating this week are Kevin Kieller, Evan Kirstel, Dr. Joseph Williams, Phil Edholm, Roberta J. Fox, Jon Arnold, Blair Pleasant, Steve Leaden, Don Van Doren, J.R. Simmons, Marty Parker, and Art Rosenberg.

UC Experts Engage on Avaya

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss Avaya in the wake of their recent analyst consultant conference held in conjunction with IAUG in Denver. Marty Parker moderates the conversation, which includes Experts Roberta J. Fox, Dave Michels, Phil Edholm, J.R. Simmons, and Art Rosenberg.

Reflecting on Interactions

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Blair Pleasant discusses Interactive Intelligence Interactions with UCStrategies Experts who attended the event last week in Indianapolis. Also included are Don Van Doren, Jon Arnold, Marty Parker, Roberta Fox and Steve Leaden.

Catching Up With Mitel

In this Executive Insights podcast, Jim Burton of UCStrategies is joined by Jon Brinton, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Division for Mitel.

Discussion About “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along; Unifying Communications”

In this Executive Insights podcast, Jim Burton of UCStrategies hosts a discussion about a recently published article published on UCStrategies.com from Dimension Data, “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along; Unifying Communications?” Joining him are David Danto, Principal Consultant in the Americas covering collaboration for Dimension Data and the author of the piece, and Doron Youngerwood, Global Marketing Manager for Collaboration, Dimension Data.

Messaging-First Conferencing Solutions

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a spirited discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about what he calls "messaging-first conferencing solutions," such as those provided by Acano, Biba, Slack, and Unify Circuit, Cisco Spark, and Interactive Intelligence Collaborate. Also participating are UC Experts Dave Stein, Michael Finneran, Phil Edholm, Evan Kirstel, Jon Arnold, Kevin Kieller, and Steve Leaden.

UCStrategies Reflects on NEC Advantage 2015

UCStrategies was well represented at the recent NEC Advantage Conference in Chandler, AZ. In this Industry Buzz podcast, Jim Burton moderates a discussion about the event. Also participating are Steve Leaden, Phil Edholm, Melissa Swartz, Dave Michels, J.R. Simmons, and Roberta J. Fox.