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De-nile will lead to your undoing by Amazon

Amazon is the largest river in the world. A prescient name for a company that is fast becoming the largest, if not simply the most valuable company in the world. Amazon, the river, may be far easier to understand than…

Will Amazon ReInvent UCaaS?

This Tuesday is the next big conference to watch: Amazon’s AWS Re:Invent. I am not attending personally, but maybe next year. Re:Invent is when AWS leadership talks about the future of its business and what is coming next for the…

Tadiran UC&C on AWS, Opportunities All Around

Tadiran Telecom is broadening the deployment options for its Aeonix software-based Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) platform, announcing that Aeonix is available as a multi-instance cloud-based solution running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Tadiran Telecom customers can now opt to…

6 Reasons Why Amazon Prime is a Bad Deal

A lot of people tell me how much they love Amazon Prime. They pay a fixed annual price, and receive two day shipping on most items plus a handful of other “free” services. Considering two day shipping is at least…

Blabbing with Zeus

Zeus and I lost our virginity together – we did our first Blab. Blab is where video conferencing and social media intersect. We talked about Workstream Communications and Collaboration and jointly addressed several questions and topics including: How is WCC different…

Why the Slack Bubble Will Burst

Slack is a fascinating phenomenon. The company was only launched 16 months ago. Last April, it reported 750k “active users.” It is a freemium business application with an unusually high conversion rate (+25% of its users pay for services). Slack…

Mitel, Unify, and Amazon

What a week. It was a week of travel. I spent the week in Japan attending the NEC iExpo. More on that coming soon. The flight from Denver to Tokyo is over 12 hours – quite possibly the longest I’ve…

The Other Amazon Network

Colin Here. Telecommunications has always been heavily interconnected with government. The NORAD and SAGE systems were primarily developed by the Bell System, as we’re most of America’s nuclear weapons. When Bell was broken up these functions were transferred to the…

The Two Sides of Microsoft

I am not a fan of Apple, so many people assume that I am a Microsoft fan. Actually, I’m not really a fan type. Call me paranoid, but I’m convinced all these companies just want my money and don’t really…

UC Alliance Anyone?

The Tech Sector had a rough month in May. Kevin Kelleher of CNN Money asks (but doesn’t answer) the question Why Are Blue Chip Tech Stocks So Blue? Exhibit A, of course, is the Facebook (FB) IPO, which in its first…

Google Apps in the Enterprise? Not!

I’m a big fan of Google Apps. I regularly collaborate with others on various projects, and find Google Docs a powerful tool. Most of my documents include multiple editors. I despise making multiple copies and sending them via email –…

Industry Update

The iPhone and iPad have broken more records than the iPod did CDs. Microsoft buying Skype was a game changer, but the new game remains a mystery. Here is the current industry round-up. Read it quickly as things are changing…

Poor Retail

SaaS, or Shopping as a Service is killing retail. If there was one investment or model that I would have considered safe forever – say 20 years ago, it would be retail. If I had, I was sure wrong. The…

Amazon Expands Direct Access to its Cloud

Amazon AWS has done wonders for hosted data center applications and it practically defines the notion of a public IaaS cloud. As most UC enterprise voice vendors move toward supporting virtualization, it seemed voice in the public cloud was an…

Amazon: Talk to the SPAM

I wrote a story for NoJitter.com regarding a recent brute force attack from Amazon’s EC2; The Dark Side of the Cloud. The short of it is a major SIP attack came from Amazon’s EC2 cloud service. There isn’t much else…

UC Innovation leads to the Dumb PBX

Over the past decade, the phone system business has changed dramatically. It changed from TDM to VoIP, from hardware to software, and from switching to unified communications (UC). The changes are not slowing. Traditional phone systems are threatened by cellular…

Cloudy Forecast: Intel Outside

  I am tired of the Mac vs. PC battle. I can remember it for at least 20 years. I’ve heard all the arguments and I’ve been a happy user in both environments. But I’ve settled it, and I’m done….