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Google and Cloud Security

There is this impression that premises-based solutions are more secure than cloud-based solutions. While this certainly CAN be true, it is a far cry from being true. The vast majority of organizations will find cloud-based services to deliver improved availability and security….

A Few Thoughts on Hangouts

I’ve said before that Google isn’t that serious about enterprise communications. My main proof point was the bungling of the Google Voice opportunity. I’ve been using Google Apps from nearly the beginning. Although not as robust as Microsoft Office, it…

Conversation with gUnify

Crisantos Hajibrahim is the founder and CEO of gUnify which brings enterprise UC to Google Apps. Actually, gUnify is a “middleware” company. It is a pure cloud play, and enables service providers to integrate with Google Apps. There is no…

Reflecting on Chromebox for Meetings

Google recently announced Chromebox for Meetings (Hangouts for rooms). Vidyo concurrently announced Hangouts to Other (H2O). Here’s a collection of my thoughts in random order. Related content: Room with a View. I can’t decide if this is a good price or not….

Federating BroadSoft

It is a very busy Fall. My Twitter followers know it was ShoreTel, STC, a dealer customer event, and BroadSoft Connections. This week is the Cisco Collaboration Summit, and soon after that is finale in Japan – NEC User Forum and iExpo. Generally,…

Forbes is Right – So What

Forbes published a tirade on Microsoft on Jan 2 titled Microsoft is Fast Turning Into a Sideshow. Roger Kay makes some compelling points that Microsoft is not as influential as it once was, and that it has missed or blown…

Johnny Cab

What seemed far fetched just a few years ago is on the fast track toward reality. I’m speaking about Johnny Cab. In the movie Total Recall, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) jumps into a driver-less taxi known as “Johnny Cab.” To make…

Microsoft and Me

Regarding desktops, tablets, and smartphones – I am considering going pure Microsoft. That will mean two new mobile devices, and then switching to IE and Office 365. I will lose apps on my mobile devices and hinder my path to…

The Googrilla Grows

I recently published the Googrilla in the Midst which posits that the influence and impact of Google Apps is largely underappreciated and untapped by the UC community. We are reasonably confident that the cloud in general, and Google Apps specifically,…

The Cloud Dissipation Problem

Google has decided to kill Reader. This is not the first time a product I use and value has been discontinued. I continue to use lots of products that were discontinued, such as my TV and car. The difference is…

Siri, You Don’t Say

Google slated Siri. Apple’s Siri and I have never gotten along. I don’t need a personal assistant with a sense of humor. I need a computer assistant that gives me answers. Siri gives enough backlash that it just isn’t fun…

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…

FireSpotter’s UberConference

Until I spoke to Craig Walker about FireSpotter Labs’ new UberConference service – I hadn’t really thought about how much audio conferencing has been frozen in time. Yes, there has been some big innovations – particularly with enterprise class premises…

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 –…

Google Voice Offline

Evidently at least one of the engineers at Google Voice woke up and came up with a new feature…Offline Texting. It was announced with the following blog post: Sometimes the times that we’re offline can be our most productive times….

How I Fixed Reader

I read a lot of news – ok, I skim a lot of news – and the stuff that I find interesting should be shared. Google Reader had a great feature called Share for just that. I had a Google…

Gartner 2012 Predictions

Forbes published an article called The Road Ahead: Gartner’s Outlook for 2012 And Beyond. It offers the reader, in summary/bullet form Gartner’s predictions for the IT sector.  Some of the points are pretty obvious – a clear rise in Cloud…

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…

Toy Story 4:Google Voice

Toy Story (1995) is a phenomenal movie on many levels. We can all relate to the core story – the bright shiny new toy makes us forget about our old favorites. But the bigger and sadder story was how Toy…

Dust Off that Analog Phone

I find it frustrating that Google Inc. keeps the service on such a tight leash. Despite this negligence, an ecosystem is forming around the service. Today’s GV topic is the OBI100 made by Obihai. Obihai puts a new twist on…