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Unified Communications in the Cloud

A couple of weeks ago, I explored the migration to Unified Communications and gave my point of view about how the migration is somewhat...

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DieselGate: We Were Right, Something Smells Awful

Remember back in 2015 when we said something doesn't smell right in the VW diesel scandal? it would be impossible for the...

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What Should the Next Generation SBC Be Able to Handle?

It’s strange to be writing about a next generation SBC, given that it seems only yesterday that SBCs came to the fore. ...

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StaffAlerter Provides Value in Emergency Notification and IoT

With terrorist attacks and other shooting incidents becoming commonplace, the need to quickly notify large groups of people regarding dangerous situations seems...

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Top 8 IoT Trends for 2017

The IoT market is accelerating as growth comes from numerous directions and markets and as it does, one thing is very clear,...

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Google Dandelion to Popularize Geothermal?

Geothermal energy is pure perfection for heating and cooling homes in climates which are very hot or very cold because the ground...

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LANTelligence's CEO on Channel and Contact Center

After a short conversation with Martin Tracey, CEO of Unified Communications Solutions Provider, LANtelligence, we decided to do an interview to...

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VidAngel Review: Watch any Movie for a Buck

January 18, 2016

The sharing economy comes to video

I had a chance to try VidAngel this weekend and I am pretty impressed with the company's business model. You purchase a movie online, stream it to various devices and sell it back within 24 hours and get a credit from the company. Effectively this means you pay $1 for an SD movie and $2 for an HD movie.

If you have an Apple TV, Google Chromecast or Roku box, you can also watch movies on your TV.

The company has dozens of filters you are forced to choose from before you watch. Examples include no profanity, no sex, etc.





Politically Motivated Hackers Hit Nissan, Are You Prepared?

January 15, 2016

Quite often when we think about hackers, we imagine there is someone looking to gain something of value from us. In response, we plan our computer and network security strategy with this in mind. For example, many attacks have targeted credit cards as companies like Target have learned about the hard way. Their breach cost them hundreds of millions - $200 million actually and counting.

Lifesize Reinvents Itself in Cloud Video

January 14, 2016

CEO Craig Malloy explains the new company’s mission and strategy for the future

I first introduced you to Lifesize in 2007 explaining the company offered near telepresence quality at a fraction of the cost. At the time I said, “The goal of the company is to be the price/performance leader and I can vouch for the quality of their technology as I had a chance to see it for myself.” Two years later, Logitech, excited about the opportunity to move upmarket in the video space, acquired them for $400 million.

The move upmarket: Prior to this acquisition, I had a chance to cover Lifesize as it improved its technology with better quality cameras and other peripherals.

I Correctly Predicted the Verizon Terremark Spinoff Last May

January 6, 2016

Last May, I alerted you that a solid source told me Verizon was looking to spin off Terremark. Today, we learned this is indeed the case thanks to Reuters (I love to scoop the financial media. Especially when they label their story “Exclusive”  ). Peter Radizeski explains why Verizon is doing this – he opines that the telcos are generally hurting.



Trump's Twitter Lead is the Real Force That's Awakened

January 4, 2016

Social media has become a major force in politics. This medium has allowed candidates to directly connect with supporters – without the need for filters. The interesting change in this year’s election cycle has been that Donald Trump, a Republican, is the leader in the Twitter wars. Yes, he has celebrity status but his main rival, Hillary Clinton is not new to the world of politics – meaning she has had lots of time to gain a following as well.





Sanders and Republicans Team to War with Obama on Jobs in 2016?

December 31, 2015

Like it or not, 2016 might see outright war between companies and leading Republicans as well as Bernie Sanders. Here's why: President Barack Obama is preparing a colossal new executive action that could print-up work permits for a huge number of foreign white-collar graduates every year, above and beyond the levels set by Congress.

There is 100% certainty that what Obama is doing will hurt US workers because foreign students who take jobs will be on the pathway to citizenship which has intrinsic value. In other words, its a perk like healthcare or free sodas. As a result, foreign-born workers will take the same job for less money than a citizen.

While potentially all wages are at risk, its really the white collar tech jobs which have historically drawn a great deal of foreign-born workers.

Corporations will soon be forced to consider the lower-priced worker because if they don't, their competition will.



Conservative Republican candidates and Bernie Sanders have been vociferous about foreign workers taking US jobs.









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December 30, 2015

My Thoughts on the Iran Dam Hacking in Rye, NY

December 21, 2015

Tehrani Time debuts: Apple, Post Office, Verizon & Mavatar

December 16, 2015

Zultys Upgrades its Communications Software

December 2, 2015

Unified communications vendor Zultys has been hard at work coming up with a new release and since it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to share what they are up to, I reached out to interview Neil Lichtman, Chairman & CEO of the company. He was gracious enough to give his views on a range of areas from the future of unified to communications the challenges facing channel partners.

Is technology changing business for the better? Why/why not?

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