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Cisco Spark Security

Today, Cisco made its first major announcements on Spark since its January launch of the Spark Board. The company says there are more major announcements still planned for this year. Cisco’s announcements fall into two broad categories: Security End-to-end message…

Microsoft versus Cisco: A Classic Three-card Monte Con

If you are spending time debating between Cisco and Microsoft communications solutions, you are likely falling victim to the classic three-card monte con. The Three-Card Monte Con The three-card monte con is simple. A dealer places three cards face down…

Chuck and Tim

Last week I attended Cisco Live – an excellent and informative event. This year the event overall was focused on Cisco’s next generation of networking or Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA). As DNA was announced the previous week, there were…

Cisco Simplifies Business Edition for SMBs

Cisco recently expanded its Business Edition family of all-in-one communications platforms with a new model optimized for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs), the Business Edition 4000.  The new system joins the portfolio as a voice-centric telephony appliance for simple office…

Quick Thoughts on Cisco Acquiring MindMeld

Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire MindMeld, an artificial intelligence company based in San Francisco, for $125  million in cash. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year. The acquisition will be used to fuel…

Despite the Cloud, Part III

The year 2017 started with a bang with respect to new premises-based telephony solutions hitting the market. Five vendors on our radar have introduced new on-site hardware in recent weeks – Accent (VoiceONE Onsite), Cisco (Business Edition 4000), Epygi (QX20…

Cisco Buys Into Named Data Networking

Named Data Networking (NDN) is the future of network routing and security.  IPv6 is not the future of networking as I have blogged before.  This was validated last week by Cisco with their acquisition of PARC.  NDN has other names…

Cisco’s iPhone Moment

The iPhone changed the world, and every company wants its products to be the next iPhone. Unfortunately, products with the disruptive force of the iPhone are inherently rare in part because there are few products with such mass, global appeal….

The Fast Lane for iOS

Last August Cisco and Apple announced a partnership to improve the usability of Apple iOS devices in enterprises. A partnership to create a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with…

Cisco Has a Secret

Cisco has a secret it can’t wait to tell. It won’t be much longer though – the cat comes out of the bag in a few weeks on January 24th. But, the writing is on the wall. That’s because Cisco employees and…

Cisco’s Subscription Pricing for Premises and Cloud

The collaboration team at Cisco has been working to find solutions that ease the buying decision process and remove some of the barriers typically associated with purchasing a business communications solution.  Upfront costs, complex installations, lengthy deployments and long-term contracts…

What I Saw at Cisco Oslo

I recently spent a cold October day at Cisco Oslo. This office supports about 500 Cisco employees,  80 percent of which are engineering focused and about half of the engineers once worked at Tandberg. OJ Winge, Previously of Tandberg, Cisco, and…

UC and Conferencing

Does UC include conferencing? The vendor pitch is always yes, but in reality conferencing is often acquired separately.  My wife just started work at a new company and on her first day she was given a Skype for Business account…

Cisco Spark, Slack ignite fledgling team messaging market

One topic I regularly get asked about is Cisco Spark. Specifically, is anyone using Cisco Spark? In a recent Network World interview, Rowan Trollope, Cisco’s head of collaboration, finally provided a clue. He said the messaging application has more than…

Will Cisco Monopolize the SD-WAN Market?

IDC forecasts that the SD-WAN market will grow from $225M in 2015 to $6B by 2020.  This is a CAGR of over 90%!  The global enterprise network equipment market consisting of Ethernet switches, routers, firewalls, and load balancers is approximately…

IBM and Cisco at the Sametime

On today’s WSJ front page is an article about pre-bubble Internet stocks being hot again. Needless to say there’s plenty of pre-bubble Internet stocks that aren’t around any more. What did catch my attention is the fact that these two companies…

Scotty, Beamform me up

Humans can usually hear what they want to hear. It is known as the cocktail party effect – we can hear the conversation we want, near or far,  and tune-out the rest. It’s not so easy with microphones which are generally…

Cisco #CScape Recap with Zeus

Zeus Kerravla and I recently attended the CScape conference (for analysts) which runs within the larger Cisco Live event. Cisco Live US is Cisco’s annual customer and partner event. This year it took place in Las Vegas. Both CScape and…

CommTech is Hot

It happened. The biggest IPO of the year so far is a company that provides phone and messaging services. The stock soared more than 90% on its first day of trading ($15-$28.97) – a jump of 91% (and that’s not…

Opening the iOS Dialer

Last week Apple made several announcements at its developer’s conference and the UC nugget within was the implication that they opened the iPhone dialer. The problem with most UC apps today is they mirror the native dialer in functionality, but the…