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News From Day 1 of Ribbon Perspectives19 #rbbnp19

April 29, 2019

Ribbon Communications just kicked off day one of Perspectives19 and there is a tone of enthusiasm and optimism so far. We sat in a channel session earlier that was quite good - lots of stats and great networking. John Marcurio Senior Vice President Global Channel Marketing did a great job hosting the session.



We heard a rumor that Metaswitch will merge with Ribbon tomorrow - this comes on the heels of the companies deciding to cease patent litigation four days ago.

We will see what happens.

We also ran into Rich Shockey, Chairman of the Board of Directors SIP Forum - he explained tomorrow the House will vote on implementing STIR/SHAKEN to eliminate robocalls.



Here is a summary from the Tansnexus website - Great work from CEO Jim Dalton and his team:

STIR/SHAKEN uses digital certificates, based on common public key cryptography techniques, to ensure the calling number of a telephone call is secure. In simple terms, each telephone service provider obtains their digital certificate from a certificate authority who is trusted by other telephone service providers.













PCM Touts UCaaS and Collaboration Channel Offerings

April 15, 2019



The channel is a bit a new to PCM but according to Paul Harrold, VP of Collaboration they put emphasis on it since they started their collaboration practice which was covered in a recent post.

“We think it is important to align with the channel, understand their offerings, their salesforce and then understand the brokering of the relationship between PCM account managers and channel,” he explained.”

He told us they’ve added channel experts to their marketing team to support their sales force and provide channel resources and engagement.



The super-dynamic Paul Harrold (pictured left, Your's Truly on the right) 

We asked Paul why the channel chooses his solution over others and he said, “The depth and breadth of our overall offerings are why the channel chooses us – from video and collaboration endpoints which tie into channel partner offerings.” He continued, “We have 1,200 tech resources to support the channel and internal account managers.”

Highfive and Okta Bring Free VideoConferencing Services to the Enterprise

April 2, 2019



Last week we explained how Highfive is looking to make videoconferencing ubiquitous and this week, they reaffirmed this commitment by partnering with Okta to bring desktop and web video conferencing services to the enterprise. 

Highfive is giving companies what they aspire the future of video conferencing to be: easy to purchase, easy to use, and easy to maintain. They are partnering with Okta, a marketplace leader for integrations, to strengthen their value proposition in the marketplace.

StaffAlerter Adds Personal Alerting Device for Enhanced Safety

March 4, 2019

Instant communication is becoming more important in business, schools, municipalities and the federal government. After 9/11 this became more apparent than ever and school shootings and other emergencies have only reinforced the need.

Yet most schools and cities haven't solved the problem. Why? Perhaps because they don't know what company to turn to. 

ITEXPO #TechSuperShow 2019 Agenda Summary

January 30, 2019



My team just sent out this show agenda summary for ITEXPO and collocated events. I wanted to share it to keep you posted - thanks!

 

Dear Colleague,

ITEXPO 2019 is Here!

ITEXPO is Next Week, Get to Know Participants Now

January 21, 2019

We can't wait to host you at ITEXPO next week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

To get you up to speed on who you will see and what they are all about, check out some early interviews with participants. In addition, the Show Guide for this 2019 show guide is available for you to download.

Thanks, have a safe trip and we'll see you there!



Vendor

LINK

Nyansa

Nyansa: Cloud and AI Taking Complexity Out of Network Management

Qumu

Qumu: If You're Not Leveraging Video in Your Business, You're Falling Behind

OpsRamp

OpsRamp: Why AIOps is Critical to Business Success

IVR Voice

Why IVR is Critical to Revenue Growth

Avaya

Avaya: The Future of Work is All About AI, Mobility and other Emerging Tech

ServiceTree

ServiceTree: Meeting the Need for Speed with Modern IT Support Solutions

Radisys

Radisys: How Service Providers Can Accelerate Time to Market Strategies

Yottabyte

Yottabyte: How Service Providers Can Keep Pace with Amazon and Google

Pax8

Pax8: How Providers Can Simplify Their Cloud Migrations

Jive Communications (part 1)

Jive: How Cloud is Making Communications Better (Part 1)

Jive Communications (part 2)

Jive: How Cloud is Making Communications Better (Part 2)

Aruba

Aruba: Making SD-WAN Better with SD-Branch

Tehama

Tehama.io: Making Sure Businesses Can Function in the Cloud Era

Incessant Tech

Incessant Tech: Redefining the Future of Work with Digital Automation Strategies

Talari

Talari CEO Talks SD-WAN, Cloud & More



Reviewed: Tech Armor Wireless Car Charger, Air Vent Car Mount

December 17, 2018

The smartphone has become indispensable as a traveling companion. It's almost always better than whatever navigation and audio options which come with a vehicle. Even with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, there are lots of limitations.

This is why we typically use our phone for everything we can while driving. We like Waze - although occasionally Google Maps is needed for accuracy.

ITEXPO #TechSuperShow: The One Event Tech Buyers Should Attend Each Year

December 12, 2018

Time is limited and the only constant in tech is change.

In this environment, our challenge at TMC has been to evolve our conference ITEXPO, into a #TechSuperShow.







We hope you’ll make it Jan 30th-Feb 1st, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Simply stated, we have spent years, making ITEXPO (photos) the one place where purchasing decision-makers need to go to learn everything they need for the new year.

Stack8: Achieving the Promise of UC and UCaaS

September 21, 2018



When it comes to UC, quite often, integrators leave when a system is technically up and running, not when it is optimally running. Stack8 was founded in 2010 to address this gap by bringing enterprise UC systems closer to what they could be doing from what they are doing.

The name Stack8 is interesting - it comes from the 7 layers OSI model starting at the bottom - the  physical layer carrying binary transmission all the way up to layer 7 or the application layer.

Stack8 refers to the human and business layer which runs on top.

CEO Steven Karachinsky explained in an exclusive interview, his company fights for customers to achieve the promise of UC and network - allowing users to communicate anywhere, anytime, on any device.
 

They work with companies using Cisco UC and fill in the gaps.

Sample customer list


For example - moves, adds and changes using a level 2 engineer is challenging as it's expensive, doesn't provide job satisfaction for the tech, zaps morale and is low priority, meaning a new employee could wait 48 hours for a new phone to be configured.

As a result, they built SMACS or the STACK8 Moves, Adds and Changes System so non-technical users can take over the task without errors. He explained ease-of-use is very important to them - there is no new terminology to learn, the logic is built-in and there are no templates needed like other solutions on the market.

"We try to make it as easy as smartphones," he exclaimed.

There is a Dial-Plan Manager which acts like an airplane seat selector, showing available numbers when you're assigning a new extension.



In addition, the IT administrator can:
  • Decide which fields or services should be shown to and hidden from the user.
  • Choose which fields are required.
  • Provide default values for any field.
  • Select and order the values of any drop down.
  • Customize text fields such as descriptions and labels to follow your company standards.
  • Set restrictions based on location (e.g. define a New York SMACS user and a Chicago user who can each do provisioning only for their office.)

Then you can authorize non-technical people in office administration, human resources or other departments to take over user provisioning.




























Hate Calling Companies? 10 Digit Communications Has the Answer

September 13, 2018

And that answer ironically is, not to answer - by voice anyway... 



If you have kids, are a kid or know kids (I believe that covers all of you ) you realize the amount of time we spend talking on the phone has been reduced as we spend more time texting.

Yet companies are not adapting to this change with the speed they should.

Sure, a business owner of a small company may text with customers, but what happens in an organization which has a call center, or needs one?

Typical contact center solutions may have the ability to handle texting but they certainly aren't designed for texting. CTO of 10 Digit Communications, Thomas Howe explains that legacy contact center solutions were designed in the time of he landline, not the smartphone.



Now of course the world has smartphones.

And even the premium smartphone brand, Apple, has new phones starting at under $500.

On September 17th you can order a wide price range of phones from #Apple

$449 to $1,099#iPhoneXS up to 30 minutes more battery, #iPhoneXSMax more than 90 minutes#AppleEvent #appleEvent2018 pic.twitter.com/0IPHORda0t

— Rich Tehrani (@rtehrani) September 12, 2018
Getting back to Thomas - he is one of the few people who is a telecom disrupter and a doer - he has worked in large and small companies and his new launch feels like it is really onto something.

10 Digit is already working in telcos, major car companies and a school- Bryan & Stratton College, a for profit institution.



As Thomas explained, this organization had a 1/2 percent connect rate with new students but when they used text, this rate went to 33% or a 66 time improvement!

Anyone who has kids could have likely predicted such a result so even though the improvement seems statistically far-fetched, our collective personal experience verifies that it makes sense.

The company was just granted a second patent on this texting PBX which is pretty exciting and a nice validation that Thomas is breaking new ground.

He said they are forklifting other solutions from companies which caused me to ask - what about the existing voice calls? He replied that when callers call in, they present them with the option to text.





























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