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Innovation Showcase 15 to be on Collaboration

We are just about to launch the Innovation Showcase for Enterprise Connect 2015. I am very excited because this year big changes are planned – including big companies are now eligible. In the past, Showcase eligibility was restricted to young,…

Wanted: Young and Innovative

We are just about to launch Innovation Showcase 2014. Each year at Enterprise Connect, we recognize four young companies for innovative contributions to enterprise communications. Enterprise communications is, of course, a broad area. The solution could involve voice communications, mobile…

Innovation Showcase at EC13

The hands-down highlight (for me) of each Enterprise Connect conference is the Innovation Showcase. Partly because I run it, but also because it is really the only part of the conference that is focused on the up and comers, the…

Match the EC13 Vendor to its Tagline

Pop quiz, here’s ten UC taglines spotted at the recent Enterprise Connect (#EC13) conference. Can you match the vendor to its tagline? Vendors Taglines 1 8×8 A Amplify Teams 2 Aastra B Click. Connect. Collaborate 3 Avaya C Cloud Solutions…

Selected Video Announcements at EC13

The show that used to be called VoiceCon has rapidly turned into a show about video. Below are selected excerpts from some selected video related announcements at Enterprise Connect. Emphasis added. Vidyo Goes Virtual Enterprise Connect, Orlando, FL – March…

Enterprise Connect 2013 News Preview

Enterprise Connect starts today, which means lots of news. So much, that it’s hard to keep up.  The Enterprise Connect team has put together a preview of news reprinted below. Note, it doesn’t include anything from Microsoft, Cisco, or Avaya…

My Enterprise Connect Awards

Enterprise Connect 2012 took place last week in Orlando. It was a very good and very busy conference. The mood was good, the products and services were great. Overheard too many times: We are not a technology company, we are…

Innovation Showcase Part 2 (Video)

Vidtel and Nuvixia present on Wednesday morning at Enterprise Connect 12, Orlando. The Innovation Showcase seeks younger companies making an innovative contribution to enterprise communications.

Innovation Showcase Part 1 (video)

Hookflash and Wrike present on Tuesday morning at Enterprise Connect 12, Orlando. The Innovation Showcase seeks younger companies making an innovative contribution to enterprise communications.

The DeskPhone – Friend or Foe?

Should the desktop phone be viewed as a visitor or long term resident? Earlier this week, I posted Discussing Cloud Trends at UCStrategies. It includes a prediction by Televerse CTO that desktop phones are doomed. In that post, I take…

Innovation Showcase 2012

We are doing the second annual Innovation Showcase at Enterprise Connect later this month. This is a great opportunity for younger companies to get some enterprise love. Enterprise Connect actually provides booth, hotel, and travel for the selected companies. This…

Clouds Forming Over Orlando #EC12

Enterprise Connect (#EC12) is coming-up at the end of March in Orlando. Lots of Pre-EC activities are already filling my days. This year’s event looks to be shaping up nicely. Corporate wallets are opening again, R&D is up, and the…

Wanted: CIOs

Coming up at Enterprise Connect will be the 2nd Annual Innovation Showcase. Enterprise Connect is the biggest UC, Voice, VoIP, communications event each year for enterprise communications. In addition to all the major vendors – there’s lots of CIOs and…

Multi-Modal Communications 3

In this third and final post to this series, I will take a look at a few enterprise focused examples of multi-modal communications. Companies in this post: Avaya, Fonolo, Gold Systems, Google, Proton Media, Radish Systems, Radvision, Siemens-Enterprise, and Skype,…

UC Is Free

Phillip Crosby published “Quality is Free” in 1979, and it became a key contributor to a global revolution in manufacturing practices. Previously, “Quality” was associated with goodness, or luxury rather than conformance to requirements. Quality was also considered intangible. Crosby…

Telecom Industry Report Card

Enterprise Connect was a great time to meet with vendors, end users, and other media and analysts. The event was filled with news, keynotes, and alcohol resulting with a distinct impression about the industry. I figured fresh from the conference,…

Where is the Green?

At the recent Enterprise Connect it is a great event to effectively see the whole industry – what’s new, shifts in direction, what’s hot, and what’s not. The trick is to separate compelling news from the noise makers. I decided…

Innovation Showcase Winners!

These companies will each be given the opportunity to present an “elevator” pitch to a general session audience. Two companies will be presented each day on Tuesday and Wednesday at the 9 AM general session time periods (March 1-2). Each…

Enterprise Connect 2011

Next week is Enterprise Connect, and it looks like it’s going to be a good conference. Most of my time is scheduled in briefings. You know why briefings are important? Because no one can understand press releases. Seriously. There is…

Innovation is Alive and Well

At Enterprise Connect there is something new… the Innovation Showcase of which I am the director. A very interesting process. We set out to find small companies that are doing truly innovative things in enterprise communications. On No Jitter: At…