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Mitel Summit 2019

Mitel hosted a summit for analysts and consultants in Dallas in September 2019. A packed full day of overviews, roadmaps, demos, and a 9 innings of MLB. Here’s my thoughts from the road. There is a ton going on at…

Mitel and Avaya

The Wall St. Journal is reporting that Mitel has made an offer to acquire Avaya. Maybe. It’s 4AM in Singapore, but I have a few thoughts on this. While it’s not surprising, it’s probably not that realistic either. It’s not…

TalkingHeadz Podcast The UC Channel with Todd Abbott

  It’s been a few weeks since we posted a TalkingHeadz. We try to queue these up more evenly but got hit with a last minute cancellation and then a whirlwind of conference travel. See/hear other TalkingHeadz conversations here.

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#MitelNext 2018

Here’s my post-event quick thoughts video on #MitelNext 2018. Very interesting event. I think it’s the most committed and aligned messaging from Mitel leadership in some time. The event itself was a three-ring circus, but with each ring in a…

Mitel Goes Private

Mitel  loves to buy undervalued companies, so has it decided to buy itself. Companies with consistent growth (share, revenues, and profits) generally see their stock price go up.  It’s a happy story — until it’s not. When share, revenue, and…

Consolidation Round-up

The business communications industry is evolving fast in terms of technology, but also in the number of vendors and providers competing in this market. There were several major shake-ups that impacted the unified communications (UC) space in 2017. Mitel purchased…

Who Killed ShoreTel?

Mitel will soon seal the deal on its acquisition of ShoreTel. Many people I know felt this outcome was inevitable. After all, ShoreTel indicated it was for sale and Mitel likes to acquire companies and previously made an offer. However,…

Mitel-Toshiba: Next Steps

In March of 2017, Toshiba Corporation of Japan announced abruptly it would “wind-down” its Telecommunications Systems Division (TSD) starting immediately, including all telecom sales in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The news came just as TSD was rolling out new…

New Mitel 2Pager (MitelElite)

Mitel Elite took place at the end of May and it was a very interesting event. Turns out the teams in Texas, Ottawa, and Stockholm have been quite busy with premises, cloud, and (surprise) IoT. In San Antonio I saw…

Quick Thoughts on Mitel Toshiba

Today Mitel confirmed that it has reached an agreement with Toshiba to assume its enterprise PBX business. The press release states: Mitel  will “transfer certain assets and support obligations, including existing inventory, from Toshiba Corporation. . .Combined with the transfer…

Mitel: Digits Away!

Today Mitel announced its intent to divest itself from Mitel Mobility (previously known as Mavenir) which Mitel acquired in April 2015. Mitel decided “to refocus the company exclusively on the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) market.” This news comes just…

Mitel MiCloud Office Enters US Market

Recently, Mitel introduced MiCloud Office, a new unified communications as-a-service (UCaaS) offering available in the U.S. and UK markets now, with Germany and France to follow in the third quarter of 2016. The cloud-based service is generally aimed at smaller…

A Fork in Avaya’s Road

There is quite a bit of speculation about Avaya’s near term future. As you may recall Avaya announced plans to evaluate options regarding its capital structure. I wrote about this here. Based on gossip and chatter, it seems that something…

ShoreTel’s High Cost of Success

The first time I ran into ShoreTel was in the late 80s. I saw their ad in Hemispheres (United Airlines in-house magazine). The ad was actually for the earlier version of the company called Shoreline Communications, and it was about making…

Polycom Gets a Better Offer

Three months ago Mitel and Polycom announced their engagement. It was one of those deals that you had to focus through the left side of the brain to appreciate. The synergies were questionable, but Mitel got Polycom to agree to…

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…

Mi-Polycom

Now that the deal is announced, Zeus Kerravala and I share our thoughts and reactions on the proposed merger. Related Posts: Mitel Polycom Unite See prior video/Blab on Mitel/Polycom merger speculation.  

Mitel and Polycom Unite

The last time I went to Asia Mitel acquired Aastra. While traveling in Hangzhou China, I heard that Mitel now intends to acquire Polycom. Although I didn’t have time to post while traveling, I did manage to connect with both…

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…

Mitolycom: Blabbing About Potential Merger of Mitel and Polycom.

Zeus Kerravala and I hosted a Blab on the potential merger of Mitel and Polycom. Still unsure about this Blab thing, but it is indeed fun. Simon Dudley joined in and we had a good conversation about this possibility and/or…