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UCStrategies on Microsoft Ignite

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Jim Burton moderates a conversation about Microsoft Ignite, with UC Experts Blair Pleasant, Michael Finneran, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm, Dave Michels, and Kevin Kieller.

UCStrategies Reviews ShoreTel One Partner Conference

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the 2015 ShoreTel One Partner Conference, held in Orlando, April 29-May 1. The conversation is moderated by Blair Pleasant, with Experts Melissa Swartz, J.R. Simmons, and Dave Michels.

What’s Happening in the Mid-Market?

In this UCStrategies podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the current state of the unified communications mid-market: organizations in the range of 250 to 2,000 seats. Phil Edholm is the moderator, and is joined on the podcast by Experts Marty Parker, Blair Pleasant, Dave Michels, Roberta J. Fox, Jon Arnold, and J.R. Simmons.

UCStrategies Reviews Enterprise Connect 2015

UCStrategies was well represented at Enterprise Connect 2015, presenting, moderating, and participating on panels. In this Industry Buzz podcast moderated by Michael Finneran, the UCStrategies Experts discuss what made this year's event stand out. The conversation includes Jim Burton, Blair Pleasant, Don Van Doren, Kevin Kieller, Phil Edholm, Evan Kirstel, Steve Leaden, and Dave Michels.

UCStrategies Experts Preview Enterprise Connect 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts preview Enterprise Connect 2015, March 16-19, in Orlando. Jim Burton is the moderator, and is joined by Marty Parker, Michael Finneran, Dave Michels, Blair Pleasant, Phil Edholm, Kevin Kieller, Steve Leaden, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Art Rosenberg.

UCStrategies Gives Free Advice

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts offer free advice to the following unified communications constituencies: CIO's, vendors, contact centers, carriers and service providers, and start-ups. Dave Michels moderates the discussion, which includes Art Rosenberg, Phil Edholm, Don Van Doren, Marty Parker, Michael Finneran, Steve Leaden, Kevin Kieller, and Clark Richter.

UCStrategies Yes or No Game

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates the UCStrategies version of the "Yes or No?" game. Dave reads a unified communications-related statement and calls on UC Experts to offer opinions on whether the statement is accurate or not. Participating this week are Experts Michael Finneran, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, Art Rosenberg, Kevin Kieller, Roberta Fox, and Martin Steinmann.

2015 Forecast from UCStrategies

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Marty Parker moderates a discussion about 2015. The question posed: what is going to happen in the coming year that is seen as important in the areas of unified communications, social business, or collaboration? Among the variety topics discussed are the UC identity crisis, telemedicine, consolidation of cloud providers, externalization of collaboration, advancements in "longitudinal" search, mobile CEBP, and security. The conversation includes UCStrategies Experts Jon Arnold, Art Rosenberg, Michael Finneran, Dave Michels, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm, Blair Pleasant, Roberta J. Fox, Evan Kirstel, Martin Steinmann, Kevin Kieller, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

UCStrategies Experts Discuss “Most Significant“ of 2014

In this week's Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts talk about the news items from 2014 they consider most significant. Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by J.R. Simmons, Michael Finneran, Evan Kirstel, Art Rosenberg, Marty Parker, Kevin Kieller, Blair Pleasant, Phil Edholm, Don Van Doren, Jon Arnold, Steve Leaden, Roberta J. Fox, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

ThinkingPhones: A View of the Future of Enterprise Cloud Communications

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies welcomes ThinkingPhones to the call to discuss the company's mobile initiative. Moderator Michael Finneran, Jim Burton, and Evan Kirstel of UCStrategies are joined by Steve Kokinos, ThinkingPhones Founder & CEO, David Laubner, Vice President of Marketing, and Alex DiNunzio of Product Management.

UCStrategies Reviews the Cisco Collaboration Summit

Several UCStrategies Experts attended the recent Cisco Collaboration Summit in Los Angeles. We decided it would be great to do a podcast recapping what these Experts saw, learned and analyzed from that two-day experience. Joining me on the podcast are Blair Pleasant, Don Van Doren, Steve Leaden, Dave Michels, Michael Finneran, and Art Rosenberg.

Next-gen WLAN and Hybrid SDN for Lync is NOW

In this Executive Insights Podcast, UCStrategies' Jim Burton continues the conversation about HP’s Software Defined Networking (SDN) innovation with Manfred Arndt, Chief Technologist for UC&C and Mobility at HP. Almost a year later, HP brings into discussion new SDN content: Lync QoS optimization for next-gen WLANs, and “how to” information for those interested in leveraging this SDN innovation in their existing networks.

ESI: “We Make it Easy to Communicate”

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies' Jim Burton is joined by George Platt, CEO and President of ESI. The company started out 28 years ago as an OEM provider of voice messaging, and today develops business communications products targeted to businesses of all sizes.

Connecting the Circuit

UCStrategies Experts were in attendance last week at Unify's 2014 Global Analyst Summit in Scottsdale. In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a discussion about the biggest announcements from the event, the renaming and pending availability of "Circuit," formerly known as Project Ansible, and the introduction of a New Way to Work (#NW2W14). Experts include Steve Leaden, Phil Edholm, Michael Finneran, Marty Parker, J.R. Simmons, Jon Arnold, Don Van Doren, and Art Rosenberg.

UCStrategies Experts Discuss Gartner Magic Quadrant for UCaaS

In this Industry Buzz videocast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for UCaaS. Dave Michels serves as moderator, and is joined by Experts Jon Arnold, Michael Finneran, Steve Leaden, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm, Art Rosenberg, Roberta J. Fox, J.R. Simmons, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

Social Customer Service in the Enterprise

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts are joined by Karina Howell, Solutions Marketing Manager, Interactive Intelligence. The topic is Social Customer Care, using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as a channel for customer service. Blair Pleasant moderates the podcast, and is joined by Experts Phil Edholm, Steve Leaden, Dave Michels, Roberta J. Fox, Jon Arnold, Melissa Swartz, Art Rosenberg, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications – UCStrategies Views

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Marty Parker leads a discussion about the recently released Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communication. Marty is joined by UCStrategies Experts Dave Michels, Dr. Joseph Williams, Steve Leaden, Melissa Swartz, Phil Edholm, Don Van Doren, Bill MacKay, Art Rosenberg, J.R. Simmons, and Roberta Fox.

UCStrategies Experts Debate Windows Phone

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts debate the pros and cons, opportunities, and likelihood of success of Windows Phone. Michael Finneran moderates the conversation, and is joined by Experts Dave Michels, Marty Parker, Roberta J. Fox, J.R. Simmons, Dr. Joseph Williams, Art Rosenberg, and Steve Leaden.

UCStrategies Reaction: Apple – IBM Partnership

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts offer first takes on the recently announced Apple - IBM Partnership, and what it may mean for the rest of the industry. Michael Finneran moderates the discussion with Experts Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, Dave Michels, Art Rosenberg, Phil Edholm, and Don Van Doren.

UC – Supporting Initiatives in the Public Sector

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss ways unified communications is used by both public and private sector enterprises to pursue social policy. Topics include remote workers, enabling the disabled, and healthcare. Marty Parke...

Tim Passios on Interactive’s Customer Service Experience Study

Jim Burton of UCStrategies caught up with Tim Passios, Vice President of Solutions Marketing at Interactive Intelligence, in this Executive Insights podcast. The topic is the recently completed Customer Service Experience Study (Wave II). The second annual international survey involved about 1,500 consumers, and 500 IT professionals and customer care leaders.

UCStrategies on Interactions 2014

In this week's Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts review the Interactive Intelligence Global Conference, Interactions 2014. Jim Burton is the moderator, and is joined by Phil Edholm, Don Van Doren, Dave Michels, Jon Arnold, Bill MacKay, Ar...

UCStrategies and Ram Menghani, on the NEC Advantage

Several UCStrategies Experts attended the NEC Advantage event in Nashville in May. This week, UCStrategies invited Ram Menghani, Vice President, UC Products and Services, NEC, into the conversation to discuss the event, and other NEC happenings. The co...

OVCC: Addressing Barriers to B2B Video Adoption

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies' Jim Burton is joined by Christine Howley of Verizon, Marketing Committee chair of the Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC). Founded in October 2011, the OVCC’s mission is to enable an environment with simple, anywhere, anytime, any party video communications.