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Talking API and UC with Zilkr

In this podcast, I sit down with Omar Paul, co-founder of Zilkr, a platform for communications APIs and SDK. In the...

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Will the Clinton Vs. Trump Outsourcing War hurt your Business?

With tens of millions of jobs lost in the U.S. due to outsourcing (including contract manufacturing), we can expect the topic to...

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Why Android Sucks: Part 2

Earlier this month in a piece titled Why Android Sucks you learned that Dell decided to stop updating Android devices. The article...

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2016 State of WebRTC

Where are we really with WebRTC?  It’s not generating the buzz it used to. There are not many specialized conferences anymore.  Even...

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What It Means to Master an Agency

After rumors swirled at CP Expo in Vegas in March, the announcement is finally here: Sandler Partners is acquiring X4. This...

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Why You?

This was another Me-too week in press releases. It was ILEC SD-WAN week with announcements from AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon. It...

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Zang to Grow Communications PaaS offerings at All About the API

Here at the All About the API 2016 show in Las Vegas I got a chance to catch up with keynoter Davide...

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Smart Technologies Adds Ludicrous Mode to Your Corporate Productivity

April 15, 2016

Ludicrous Speed from the Mel Brooks movie Space Balls


Speed is everything in business. It just is. It’s better to be quick than right because if you have a culture of speed you can adjust and get it right before the next guy or gal has a chance to even start copying you. Moreover, thanks to the internet, the ability to roll out new ideas as services where the cloud supports infinite scale means we are almost at the point where ideas and reality are directly connected.


API of the Week: IntelePeer is UC Glue for Microsoft and Cisco

April 15, 2016

Some years back, there were ads on TV for BASF – touting the fact they don’t make the products you use, they make them better. In the UC space, this is the position IntelePeer plays.

Specifically, IntelePeer Cloud Communications is a leading provider of on-demand, cloud-based communications services that enable high-quality voice, video and unified communications for businesses and contact centers. Through the CoreCloud SIP and Atmosphere contact center management services, IntelePeer customers can transition to complete, IP-based communications and contact center management solutions.

Mitel Buys Polycom: The Good and Bad

April 15, 2016

This post has been updated on April 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm with feedback from Wes Durow, CMO of Mitel. Also, it turns out we broke the news on the potential of this merger even earlier than thought... December of 2015.

Last month my fellow TMCnet blogger Peter Radizeski broke the news that Mitel was buying Polycom – so if you’re a TMCnet reader, once again, you got in front of this news. Peter had more thoughts on the matter today as it became clear the acquisition was happening.

Riverbed SteelCentral UCExpert Maximizes UC Quality on Avaya, Microsoft and Cisco

April 14, 2016

Communicating via quality voice and video conversations is essential for keeping happy employees, partners and customers. Perhaps most importantly, ensuring quality conversations is a big part of your job security. It doesn’t matter if you’re an MSP, VAR, Interconnect, channel or the IT director, it’s your position on the line when things don’t work right.

Fortunately for you and your career, there is Riverbed and their latest version of SteelCentral UCExpert which is designed to help solve your quality problems.

Hiring Millennials? Fortune Favors the Prepared

April 14, 2016

Six years ago I covered Cisco’s Quad, enterprise social network strategy that was a great idea but likely didn’t succeed because it was sold top-down the way Cisco is accustomed to selling things. It turns out social, needs to be bottom up to succeed. In fact just so many things these days seem to be this way. In many ways, Apple is to blame for this trend over the past decade but the web browser also became a bottom up install as workers forced companies into supporting web access.

Digital Transformation is Powering Vertical's UC Growth

April 13, 2016

Industry veterans remember some of the big mid-market brands in the nineties like Vodavi, Comdial, Artisoft and Vertical Networks. Artisoft purchased Vertical Networks, rolled up the other very well-known brands, changed the name to just Vertical and then went completely dark for years. Any other industry would have forced the company out of business for seemingly leaving the space. Telecom is different though because there was a loyal installed base and resellers pushing these products in the market – even when the big media companies like TMC rarely if ever heard from the company.

SD-WAN, the Best Bang for Your IT buck

April 13, 2016


My most recent video interview (Fall, 2015) with Kevin Gavin of Talari Networks (seated to the right)

I just had a chance to interview Kevin Gavin from Talari Networks – I’ve known him for years, going back to his ShoreTel days and I also covered Talari around the time he joined and named it a company to watch. He is very knowledgeable about tech and telecom. In this recent video interview I had with Kevin, he touts added benefits of SD-WAN like making the network more holistic.

I saw him most recently a few weeks back where he told me that 2.5 years ago when he joined the company, the space really didn’t exist. Furthermore, they had to sell the category as well as the product.




IR Says: UC Performance Management Should Not be an Afterthought

April 13, 2016

IR is the corporate brand name of Integrated Research Limited, a leading global provider of proactive performance management software for critical IT infrastructure, payments and communications ecosystems.

The company boasts over 1,000 customers in over 60 countries—including some of the world’s largest banks, airlines and telecommunications companies. IR Prognosis provides them with business critical insights while ensuring continuity-critical systems deliver high availability and performance for millions of their customers across the globe.

IR’s ultimate goal is to make sure these systems run at their best and predict vulnerabilities before they arise.

API of the Week: OpenMarket Powers Global SMS with Powerful API

April 12, 2016



SMS has quickly established itself as an import part of the application programming interface space – primarily because it allows companies to deploy applications and services which take advantage of a communications mechanism which is personal, immediate and secure. Moreover, it enables so many spaces to be more efficient. For example, for the medical and restaurant spaces there are appointment reminders and reservations updates. It can further provide a second factor in authentication - providing a helpful security boost.

Masergy's People-Directory Vision Has Potential

April 11, 2016

Dean Manzoori describes Masergy as a technology company which own and manages the world’s largest global private network providing cloud network, managed security and UC as a service. To ensure the highest level of quality, their UC platform is embedded in the fabric of their global network and the UC PoP is the same as the MPLS PoP.

See Dean interviewed by TMCnet at ITEXPO in Florida

In a recent live interview with me, Dean explained the company has 100% in-sequence packet delivery, no packet drops and under one millisecond of jitter. They can in fact provide forensic information on every call made and get a MOS score as well.

This allows a company to see packet loss, latency and jitter – if any is related to call quality.

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