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Digital Transformation Gone Wrong: Did Macy's Fail?

Amazon will be moving into six floors at 300 Pine Street, a historic epicenter of Seattle retail, home to Macy’s. In fact,...

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Mazda Rotary Engine to Cease Electric-Range Anxiety

The rotary or Wankel engine is an automotive marvel. It revs higher than an engine with cylinders and weighs far less. It...

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Invoxia NVX 200 Phone Connects to Apple Watch 3

Forget Dick Tracey, Invoxia takes your watch phone one-step further by allowing you to use a desk phone as the interface to...

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Network Slicing - An A La Carte Network Service in 5G?

I’ve been meaning to write about network slicing for a while.  When 5G was first being written about, network slicing was one...

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Thanks to Actility, Comcast may Build Largest U.S. LoRa Network

There is a race to roll out the largest LoRa network as eventually trillions of devices will need a low-power way to...

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Infosys Applies IoT Analytics To Transform Business

Infosys is no stranger to IoT – they’ve been an innovator for years and we’ve been covering them as they've blossomed. In...

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Broadsoft CEO Not Happy with Trump Immigration Policy

January 31, 2017

Silicon Valley is not happy with president Trump and CEOs all seem to be coming out with statements which oppose his actions. Actually, tech companies beyond the valley seem to hold the same views.



BroadSoft CEO Michael Tessler is no exception. He's been a past speaker at ITEXPO (see above) and a visionary in the IP communications space for many years.

He recently said: 

“Today, I am frustrated to be an American. The recent executive order from our new president is an outrageous attack against the values of this country.”







Congrats to Broadvoice on Worker Benefit Expansion

January 30, 2017



Quick hats off to Broadvoice for expanding worker benefits... You probably know TMC launched the Tech Culture Awards last year (winners) to celebrate the best tech cultures. As a result, we like to highlight companies which are doing their part to provide enhanced work environments.

In this case, the company has expanded the paid leave times for new moms and dads to 12 weeks. Paula Bernier has more on what the Broadvoice is doing.

Its a great trend and hopefully this positive press will encourage the companies who are able - to strive to provide the best possible environment for their team(s).

TMC is working to raise awareness of such job-related issues via its Tech Culture Awards program.









See Next Big Thing From Digium @ITEXPO

January 26, 2017

Cloud and Debt did Avaya in

January 24, 2017


8x8 has seen its stock triple in the past five years as they move upmarket and take share from telecom hardware players. Interestingly, this increment is the exact same amount of time its been since ShoreTel acquired M5 to provide cloud solutions to customers.

This is what we said at the time:
Cisco may now be forced to buy 8x8 and Avaya will likely make a move as well. This move could even push Vonage to go after the SMB space. Mitel is an interesting question - they have leading edge tech but a troubled stock to use as currency.



Broadsoft UCaaS Leader - See Them Live @ITEXPO

January 23, 2017

IHS Markit has named Broadsoft the global Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform leader, with 38% of the total worldwide UCaaS seats running on its platforms, as of the second quarter of 2016.  According to the IHS study, the BroadSoft UCaaS global market leadership position places it ahead of its closest competitors.

“The UCaaS market today is comprised of pure-plays, network operators, cable MSOs, ISPs, system integrators, and traditional premises-based vendors. With a multitude of options, things can be confusing for businesses trying to find the right provider and service to fit their needs,” said Diane Myers, senior research director of VoIP, UC, and IMS for IHS Markit and author of the fourth quarter 2016 Analyst Insight report.

New Obama Immigration Rules and Trump's Lower Taxes and Regs to Boost Economy

January 20, 2017

Before Donald Trump gets inaugurated, its worth noting that the U.S. Government finally did something right when it comes to immigration. For the last 16 years - even after 9/11, both parties decided having an open southern border where sex-traffickers and drug dealers were free to come in was in the nation's best interest.

Sure - for the Republicans - this was a byproduct of Chamber-of-Commerce requests to allow cheap labor into the country. For the Democrats, they just saw new voters coming in.

Both parties were responsible for getting Trump elected as his core campaign promise was to secure the border which should have been secured after the World Trade Center attack, if not before.

Instead of focusing on high-value immigrants like other countries - those looking to create businesses in the U.S., we have let in millions who undercut the jobs of citizens - working for far lower wages.



The good news is President Obama finally addressed this issue - allowing job creators to stay in the country.









Good Morning, Quick Shout Out to IoT Evolution Sponsors - Thanks!

January 20, 2017

Hope to see you at the show in a few weeks in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!


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To learn more about Cradlepoint, come see them at the IoT Evolution Expo, February 7 to 10 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. To find out more about how you can appear in this Showcase, or to join us at IoT Evolution Expo, email Matt Gleeson now.







How ITEXPO Has Transformed into THE Communications Event

January 19, 2017

Recently, we have had a great deal of feedback from attendees commenting that ITEXPO in Florida (Yes, Florida, in February – and airfares are literally dirt cheap) has evolved to become THE communications event – for the Americas and beyond. We are humbled by the comments but the credit goes to my team who tirelessly looks to improve each event with fresh new content.

An analyst told me once that the show is so full of information that you run around like a chicken with your head cut off, except he said it Yiddish which made it sound more exotic.



I wasn’t sure at the time if it was a compliment but in a way it is the testament that the show has so much important information that you really need a team to cover it all.



The Deskphone Market... it's Alive; it's Alive!

January 19, 2017

The deskphone market has been left for dead by many but there is still room in the space for the device to evolve and become become a more integral part of your UC strategy. The ideas is simple... What if your deskphone became a colleague of your mobile, allowing you to have the advantages of the deskphone and mobile while leveraging the best of each from the other.

It may sound complicated but in reality, the idea is to allow calls to flow in either direction while allowing you to remote into your deskphone from anywhere.





Allworx came by TMC HQ and showed their new phones off to us last week and we remain impressed.

Congrats to TMC Customer Phone.com

January 19, 2017

Hats off to Phone.com for big customer wins in 2016. The cloud communications company landed new partners and clients like StructuredWeb, Liftmaster and The City of Newark.  In addition to an expanding clientele, the product suite augmented with a new and improved API to aid in iOS and Android apps, as well as Web collaboration, video conferencing, call presence and the phone system in general.



Building on the momentum of 2016, this February, Phone.com will be well represented at the The Communications and Business Transformation event of the year, ITEXPO. VoIP pioneer Alon Cohen will be participating in the panel discussion, “Bringing Telecom Innovations to Market Faster with APIs,” and Joel Maloff Senior Vice President at Phone.com and industry veteran, is moderating several others.

In addition, Phone.com has been sponsoring the Virtual Office online community for many years (thanks!), allowing TMC to cover the news and happenings in the space and bring the UC, UCaaS and Hosted VoIP communities together online.









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