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Response Point Phone System Signals a Nimble New Microsoft

Microsoft had a whirlwind of announcements at ITEXPO West 2008 last September in Los Angeles, California and at the show I had a chance to meet with XD Huang , Microsoft General Manager and Richard Sprague, Senior Director about...

SMBs Buy Better Communications To Combat Slowdown

 In an economic slowdown, companies need to focus now, more than ever on their communications solutions. Today's technologies can make your company more efficient, save you money directly on communications costs as well as travel and even real estate....

ITEXPO Best Show Ever for Microsoft Response Point

There was tremendous buzz about Microsoft's multiple announcements at ITEXPO West 2008 in Los Angeles last week and I was very happy to hear that ITEXPO was the best show Microsoft's Response Point team has ever been involved with. It...

Toshiba Moves Upmarket With CIX1200

Sandra M. Gustavsen an analystat at T3i Group LLC does a thorough and succinct job of evaluating Toshiba's move upmarket. The company has a new PBX called the CIX1200 which can be networked to support 128,000 users. Impressive. In addition...

8x8/Packet8 and Microsoft SMB VoIP Collaboration

Breaking News There is big news out of ITEXPO this week in Los Angeles. 8x8 and Microsoft just released the news that the two companies will be working together to offer Packet8 VoIP SIP trunking service with the Microsoft...

iPod Touch: Your Next Office Phone?

Recently at a launch event, Steve Jobs had a less than earth-shattering presentation where it seems the news of his health was more interesting to most reporters than the products being rolled out. Having said that, there was apparently huge...

Brian Ross Joins Acredo Technologies

Hosted communications provider Acredo Technologies recently hired Mike Ross to bolster the company's sales. Acredo is headed up by Mike Ross a veteran of the communications space having worked for Dialogic, Rhetorex, Aculab and many others.Mike's son Brian worked with...

Iwatsu Update

Dallas is home to one of the largest assortments of communications companies anywhere. Sure, Israel, Silicon Valley, New Jersey, Canada and even Massachusetts have many companies in the space as well but you know what they say about Texas...

magicJack Changes VoIP Positioning

It is early on a Saturday morning and a I flip through channels on the TV I noticed an infomercial for magicJack and I just can't believe how good it is. I have been hearing that the magicJack has been...

Conjecture: Covad to Acquire Small PBX Player

In an effort to compete with PAETEC/Allworx, we can possibly expect Covad to make an acquisition before the year is over of a small PBX player which competes with Allworx. I have heard talk of this and numerous comments which...

SMBs Optimistic About Own Business

65% of SMB professional rank their own business conditions as good as opposed to the overall economy where only 27% rated it as good.There seems to be a disconnect between small business and the economy. I wonder why. Is it...

Microsoft OCS Training

An education like no other is what we promise at ITEXPO -- especially our TMC Universtiy certification classes which take place September 16-18, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.One of the certifications being offered at the show focuses on...

Critical Links Choses Digium

Big news for Digium as the company will be the exclusive supplier of Asterisk-compatible analog and digital PCI and PCIe telephony boards for the Critical Links' edgeBOX solution.If you aren't familiar,edgeBOX is an office-in-a-box appliance that provides a complete voice,...

Talkswitch Interview: Jan Scheeren

Right now the small business market is the shining star in communications -- plenty of growth is predicted in this space and small businesses for the most part are behind the tech curve -- meaning they need to catch up....

How Business Can Learn From Obama

I came across an article which shows how a small company can use the methods Obama utilized in the election to help them compete with big players in the market. Some of the examples include how a small hardware store...

Plantronics Calisto Pro Series Review

I have had a few months to use the Plantronics Calisto Pro Series wireless telephone and bluetooth headset and I remain tremendously impressed by this solution which I say is perfect for the small business who wants maximum flexibility...

Flat Rate Voice/Data Plans for SMBs

If you are an SMB and you feel you would like to pay less for voice and data service, perhaps now is the time for you to rejoice... Well at least smile. The reason is there is a new flat...

Microsoft Response Point at Costco

Is the world ready to buy their IP PBXs from Costco? We are about to find out as the warehouse club with 537 worldwide stores and over 51 million card holders will be carrying Syspine/Microsft's Response Point, the entry level...

ITEXPO West 2008 Conference Announced

One of the areas we have been feverishly working on at TMC is our conference program for ITEXPO,September 16-18, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We have truly strengthened this offering with the addition of new TMC University certifications....

Starface Looks for US IP-PBX Growth

I recently came across a software-based IP-PBX company from Germany that I have never written about before. Vertico Software GmBH makes a product called Starface which comes in a variety of flavors, from software to an appliance or hosted solution....

Allworx Does Analog

Is it that Sandra Gault at Allworx loves her job or is it that Allworx is a great place to work? I say this because whenever I meet with her, she seems to be so excited about how her company...

Polycom's Durable 8002 VoIP Phone

I have to be frank… I have never been in a meeting where I saw a product launch accompanied by a phone being slammed on a table. So I was a bit surprised when Polycom's Ben Guiderian did just that...

More SMB Communications Growth

Yesterday I discussed how well the SMB space is doing in the communications market and today there is more evidence of competition in the space as WhaleBack Systems is expanding deeper into the mid-Atlantic region. Three companies, Schultz Technology Solutions,...

Cbeyond Sees Massive Growth

What can you say about Cbeyond? Like HP they hit the cover off the ball with their earnings. The company which provides voice, broadband and mobile service to the SMB space had strong fourth quarter growth with revenues of $76.9...

SMBs Embrace FMC

Huge news comes from Nortel as they recently commissioned a survey which found SMBs are more technically savvy than some might have imagined. SMBs seem to be screaming for FMC solutions and unified communications -- especially as it relates to...
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