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All About the API: The One Developer Event You Need

OK, I am going to start off by taking back the headline of this post... There isn't one of anything you need. If you have a sports car, you likely also need an SUV so your kids cramped in the...

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

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...

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

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...

Hiring Millennials? Fortune Favors the Prepared

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...

ShoreTel Connect Brings its Signature Simplicity to Hybrid Cloud Communications

Simplicity is one of the reasons ShoreTel emerged on the corporate communications scene and became a dominant player in a market once virtually owned by the likes of Avaya, Nortel, Cisco and Mitel. The company has also done a great...

How Chris Botting Moved Hardware to Software Decades before Others

Recently, I ran into Chris Botting at an event where everyone was telling me about how there is a move from hardware to software and the trend is revolutionary. I told Chris, that he is responsible for this revolution yet...

Prysm Enterprise Will Boost Collaboration and Might Kill Off Audio Conference Calls

Prysm’s recently released Prysm Enterprise solution is a SaaS/hardware solution designed to connect all users in an enterprise together in a more collaborative setting, allowing workers to become more productive and efficient. In an interview with Dana Corey (above),...

Lifesize Reinvents Itself in Cloud Video

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...

IoT News from Cisco, University of Missouri and a new IoT Certification Available

Lots of exciting news in the IoT and M2M spaces today. Cisco unveils six pillars for IoT development and lots of new products, iControl Networks will make the smart-home a reality. There is a big IoT project going on to...

CloudGenix Gets Funded to Fuel SD-WANs

Kumar Ramachandran, Co-Founder and CEO of CloudGenix recently sat with me and explained his vision for software-defined enterprise WANS, which use off-the-shelf hardware and allow corporations to abstract their business processes, utilize hybrid network virtualization and network function projection. SD‐WANs...

Akamai Connect adds Cache and Speed to Cisco WAN

When you’re in the media business long enough getting briefed by companies about their new offerings, you develop relationships which quite often means you gain a lot of trust with the person speaking with you. On virtually every call I'm...

Does Redbooth Signal a new Growth Spurt in Business Collaboration?

Collaboration solutions are one of the most challenging ones to judge in my opinion because the real world and online one are very different. Did any of you use the Second Life virtual world filled with avatars of people to...

How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry is changing rapidly thanks to time-shifting, on-demand and mobile devices. This in-turn affects the whole broadcast chain. The...

The Myth of the Bendable iPhone 6 Plus

I spent a good deal of time in the Apple Store today bending iPhone 6 Plus models. Guess what... None of them bent. Not even a little bit. I tried virtually everything and still, no sign of warping. No problems....

Larry Ellison Was a Real Trailblazer

Today, Larry Ellison announced he will step down as Oracle CEO, handing over the reins to co-presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, who will now report directly to the board. In the late eighties/early nineties I was a database programmer...

What's the Future of SIP Trunking, IoT, Cloud and WebRTC?

Gary Audin shares his insights on the future of technologyDoes the cloud have challenges you should be aware of? Is IoT the future? If so, how should carriers react? Weill WebRTC change how companies communicate internally? With customers? Will SIP...

On Aereo, Supreme Court Needs to Get with the Cloud

There are some good thoughts from Carl Ford on the Supreme Court Aereo ruling which says the company cannot transmit content freely received over public airwaves over the internet while also providing a DVR service and charging customers. Carl argues...

Will Vobi Make Enterprise Social a Reality?

One of the biggest disappointments in the world of tech predictions has to be the enterprise social space. For years, the common wisdom in the market was that this segment would be booming… Millennials were supposed to infiltrate the workforce...

Cisco says NFV to be a Revolution

Shocking words from an equipment provider? Jared Headley who heads up Cisco’s service provider mobility marketing said to me recently, “We still believe the best way to simplify service delivery is to virtualize it, put it on COTS and really...

NFV Roadmaps Are Affecting Carrier Purchases Now

The view from Asia I had the chance to catch up with a top exec at a major Asian telecom equipment manufacturer and he told me customers are asking for NFV and they are busy working with a number of...

Vonage buys Vocalocity: Better Late Than Never

For a good part of this past decade businesses have been moving rapidly to cloud-based communications… Especially small business. Bryan Martin, 8x8 CEO – his company is one of the leaders in the hosted VoIP space, told me in 2009...

Axis Communications Uses APIs and Low-Light Tech to Differentiate

One constant in business has been the ecosystem can be more important than the product. As an example, if a person is considering attending a conference, they typically look at the speakers and exhibitors to see if there is a...

Dialogic and Cisco Round Out Day's NFV News

It’s been a busy week regarding NFV and the software telco (R)evolution. First off Dialogic had some solid thoughts on six of the network elements ripe for NFV – they are routers, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, signaling nodes and DPI/WAN...

SugarCon 2013 Kicks off this week in NYC

I am spending some time at the Sugar CRM SugarCon 2013 conference this week to learn about the trends in the customer relationship management space. ...

Aruba Networks Shows WiFi Can Boost Retail Traffic

Aruba Networks had a few interesting announcements recently at Mobile World Congress 2013 and the first one shows how WiFi can be used as a differentiator and driver of retail traffic. In a deployment with NTT Broadband Platform or NTTBP...
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