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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…

Getting the Message

Over the past several months I’ve been using Cisco Spark and Unify Circuit for projects and communications. Here’s a few take-aways from the experience. I get it. There’s a reason why messaging apps (Facebook Messenger, Line, WeChat, Hangouts, Snapchat, and more)…

Newz Snippets Spring-2016

Sometimes being succinct, yet thorough, and presenting details without fluff and hype is refreshing. Here, we round-up recent advancements around business telephony and unified communications products and services – in a brief, quick-take type of format. Read about some of…

Cisco Meraki Jumps into Telphony with MC74

It looks like Cisco is going to take another crack at SMB telephony, but this time it’s not from the Cisco Collaboration unit. It’s from Cisco golden-child Meraki. Before getting into the Meraki MC74 a few words about internal competition. Internal…

Why I am Shorting Cisco’s Stock

Cisco is a dominate player in the networking, security, and communications markets, but they are facing ever stronger head winds. Their current business model cannot sustain these headwinds and their ability to quickly innovate and adapt is getting weaker. One…

Cisco Spark & Cloud Telephony

Cisco has extended the features and functionality of its cloud-based team collaboration application, Cisco Spark, adding business telephony and video conferencing to the messaging and meeting capabilities already available. This latest development takes Spark to a whole new level, making…

Despite the Cloud, Part II

Business communications manufacturers are putting a lot of R&D into building out their cloud unified communications (UC) offers. Their commitment to “cloud” is strong, and for good reason as we witness the continued migration from traditional on-premises telephony and UC…

Over-Sparked?

Last week Cisco celebrated Spark’s birthday with a series of announcements. Cisco Spark was introduced just a year ago as Project Square. It was it was christened Cisco Spark at Enterprise Connect last March, and last week became the keystone…