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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. 

How Richard Sprague has Evolved Since ITEXPO

February 3, 2019


Many of you may remember Richard Sprague from ITEXPO. He was the Senior Director, Marketing for Microsoft Response Point - their small business phone system launched at the show. It was great working with him throughout 2009.

Richard moved on to focus more on the healthcare space after leaving Microsoft and more recently has been doing some fascinating things with his microbiome, meaning the entire community of microbes found in his body at any given time. A fascinating CNBC article about Rich details how he’s sent in hundreds of samples from his skin, nose and stool to various companies that claim to analyze the microbiome for insights about human health.

Here is an excerpt:

In 2014, he decided to do all he could to understand his body with these newly available tests.








ITEXPO #SuperShow 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!

Can't Miss at ITEXPO Jan 29-Feb 1st in Florida

January 8, 2019

Thanks to your feedback, we have been building ITEXPO into the most comprehensive business tech event around focusing on communications and IT.



First off, besides the ITEXPO Conference Program, here are some of the collocated events you should be aware of

Asterisk World: This is the business event behind the most popular open-communications solutions in the world. Come learn about the entire open-source/Linux communications ecosystem in a single place.

The Blockchain Event: The one place you need to be to learn about the future of distributed ledger and smart contact technology. Smart contacts could be the hidden gem in this tech as they can allow truly decentralized marketplaces to perform trust-based transactions. In other words - a smart contract could act as an intelligent agent - paying one party from another based upon preset conditions.

MSP Expo: Companies are more frequently turning to MSPs - especially as the war for tech talent heats up.









IBM Buys Red Hat - What Took so Long?

October 28, 2018

The late nineties are when IBM decided to make a big bet on Linux and open-source. It was a smart bet. They saw where the market was going and hopped on early.

In 1999, in fact, one year before the dotcom crash that the company announced it was jumping in.

It was a fairly big deal. IBM was known for proprietary operating systems and hardware and pretty much everything else.



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.




























PGi Aims to Become Heart of Digital Transformation and UCaaS

September 19, 2018

60% of companies are behind on digital transformation (DX) and 34% of business owners say half their workers will be remote by 2020. Companies have to change and quickly to be able to keep up with a workforce which is increasingly working from remote locations.

Sure, (DX) is a term we use a great deal - perhaps even overuse but if the market considers itself behind and competition and a changing workforce require it, then perhaps it needs even more press coverage to ensure decision-makers are taking the competitive threat and opportunity to excel, seriously.

iPhone XS and XS Max Benchmarked: World's Fastest Phones (Again) https://t.co/2Knzy2iFrC pic.twitter.com/41ik34t4jQ

— Rich Tehrani (@rtehrani) September 18, 2018

We know not only is change happening more quickly but the pace of change is increasing as well. Apple's iPhone XS to be released tomorrow, is the fastest smartphone on the planet and increases the pressure on enterprise services to keep up with all the amazing things the latest generation of handheld devices can achieve.

A major thought leader in the DX space PGi CTO Patrick Harper recently wrote a compelling piece on a TMCnet sister-site detailing six considerations for enterprises adopting a UC&C strategy. In it, he had this to say:

Uptake of collaboration tools continues to grow as companies using this technology report higher productivity. Those with effective internal communications achieve 47% higher returns for shareholders, which makes effective communication and collaboration technology highly prized, while failure to promote effective communication and collaboration can be expensive - $37 billion is lost annually due to employee misunderstandings and poor communication. 








SnapLogic: The Universal Translator of Digital Transformation and AI

September 14, 2018

Companies have a never-ending list of cloud applications they rely on with crucial data becoming ever-more siloed. Yet, in order to make sense of all this information, they need IT to manage exporting, massaging and importing data from various platforms to effectively make data-based decisions. IT of course is spread thin and decisions often need to be made in real-time, meaning one-time imports and exports get old, quickly.



This is where SnapLogic comes in. Their simple and fast IaaS-based enterprise integration platform empowers enterprise IT organizations and lines of business to connect apps, things and data. 



Nerdio ITaaS Helps Maximize MSP Profits

June 5, 2018

As customers continue to embrace cloud, MSPs and IT providers can look at the transition as an opportunity or a competitor.

One of the biggest challenges for MSPs is dealing with the increased cost of employees without being able to pass these costs on easily to customers. When benefits are factored in, increases can be 5-10+% each year.

One option is to hire less expensive workers but you get what you pay for many MSPs don't want the cheapest workers they can find servicing their customers.

Another way to handle the challenge is to automate but there is a limit to how much automation can be applied to installing servers and desktops.

This is where Nerdio comes in. They provide easy IT automation for managed service providers and their customers. Nerdio for Azure provides IT automation technology that delivers pricing, provisioning, management, and cost-optimization of hybrid and full IT environments on the Microsoft Cloud, allowing MSPs to build and rapidly grow their IT practices in Azure.

In a telephone interview, Nerdio CEO Vadim Vladimirskiy said, "Many MSPs are looking to add advanced cloud services to their offerings and find alternatives to continued investment in their own infrastructures.










Array Networks: Laser Focus on Private Cloud Security and Networking

May 24, 2018

Recently we shared how MSPs and resellers in telecom are going in three directions:

The first is business as usual. They continue to sell boxes and/or cloud services. Sometimes they'll just refer the business to the UCaaS provider and other times, they'll do the install themselves.

Another direction is the reseller becoming an MSP. They install software in the cloud - which could be their own data center, AWS, etc.



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