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More on Avaya - Nortel Enterprise Event at ITEXPO

24 hours ago I excitedly shared the important news that Avaya will be at ITEXPO to discuss the acquisition of Nortel's enterprise assets. In one of the biggest communications deals in the market - two companies who were fierce competitors...

Avaya's Nortel Roadmap Featured at ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami

One of the most important enterprise communications acquisitions in recent memory will be highlighted at a keynote luncheon roundtable at ITEXPO, Thursday, January 21st at 12:00 pm EST. I am very excited to announce a brand new session at the...

Google, Apple set for Death Match

Like a Godzilla movie with award-winning special effects, this battle will open up new opportunities for players in the communications market deep into the decade. Apple recently announced it has had over three billion applications downloaded on the iPhone and...

Adtran Acquires Objectworld

I got a tip that Adtran was acquiring Objectworld. My take? Objectworld is a company with great UC technology and no brand recognition. Adtran is a company with a product line similar to Cisco but much smaller. Still, with a...

Cisco to Acquire Tandberg for $3B

Cisco has done a remarkable job pushing the telepresence market forward but on the low-end of the market the company left lots of room for smaller players such as Tandberg, Lifesize, etc to prosper while relying on Cisco's marketing and...

Junction Networks Update

I had a chance to speak with Michael Oeth (pronounced "Oath") the CEO of Junction Networks regarding his company's new offering my.onsip.com, a rich UC interface for the PBX. Offering features such as click-to-call and drag-and-drop calling, there are also...

Nortel: Unified Communications Reduces Healthcare Costs

Companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the decades to ensure their contact centers are as efficient as possible. In a business where you have hundreds of agents in a call center you have to worry about any...

ITEXPO West 2009 Keynote: Dr. Don Brown

After an introduction for me, Dr. Don Brown, a true communications visionary and veteran began a presentation at ITEXPO West 2009 which asked where the value was in communications. He explained CEBP and unified communications were terms made up by...

Paula Bernier Joins TMC

It is with great pleasure I welcome Paula Bernier to the TMC family as our new Executive Editor in charge of NGN, Unified Communications and Internet Telephony Magazines. On my trip to Texas this week, the industry seemed very excited...

Avaya Purchases Nortel Enterprise Assets

The highly anticipated news of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions business being sold to either Siemens or Nortel is here. The envelope please... And the winner is... Avaya - subject to bankruptcy bidding rules and court approval of course. Here are some...

How to Sell Communications Products This Fall

I know we are in a recession and everything is supposed to be gloom and doom, etc. but please indulge me as I remind many of you just how important it is in these tough times to get new customers....

Early Thoughts from Sprint Palm Pre Launch

 In one of the more memorable product launches of recent times Sprint CEO Dan Hesse took the stage to speak to a packed room about the launch of the new Palm Pre and how he expects it to help Sprint...

NetIQ Automates Information Technology Processes

As the world of information technology and IP communications converge, NetIQ is a company in the center of both markets, providing solutions which enable their customers to better manage both disciplines. The company's core business is IT process automation and...

Sagem-Interstar Makes Fax More Survivable

Sagem-Interstar Inc. (Sagem Communications) of Montreal, Canada  has been selling advanced fax server solutions for IP networks globally since 2002. Their technology leverages IP telephony and Unified Communications (UC) systems to boost productivity, collaboration activities and overall ROI. At VoiceCon...

Unimax Continues to Evolve

While wandering around VoiceCon recently, I was struck by how many different kinds of communications platforms are available for organizations, and many companies attempting to tackle unified communications must eventually find themselves in a multivendor environment needing "unified management". How...

Hi Availability Unified Communications from AVST

For over a decade TMC has covered AVST and their wonderful unified messaging solutions - which in the nineties were the talk of the industry. But as is sometimes the case, when the industry talks about the next big thing,...

CEBP - Why Don't You Die?

  Perhaps the most maligned term in telecom is communications enabled business processes or CEBP. It is funny how just so many companies tell me they have a new CEBP solution and then go on to say they despise the...

TMCnet for iPhone, Asia, Jobs, Cable, Satellite and More

As TMCnet has expanded I have to admit it is tough to keep track of all the sites we have which can help you in your job. To that end I decided to take a moment and list some of...

Where On Earth is Rich Tehrani?

I have been in 30 minute meetings throughout the two days I have been at VoiceCon and will be doing the same at CTIA which I travel to tomorrow. In between meetings I scrambled to find nourishment and potentially a...

Tango Networks Improves FMC and Corporate Texting

I scan over 1,000 news headlines a day when I am not traveling and without a doubt the most popular tech topic in the mainstream media these days is Twitter. David Pogue from the New York Times has even devoted...

Interview With Spanlink's Scott Christian

Are companies really cutting their investments in customer acquisition and retention in this economic climate?  I have known the management of Spanlink Communications for years but haven't covered them in a while. Today I got a chance to speak...

Google Voice Arrives

It took a full 20 months since the Grand Central acquisition but perhaps the wait has been worth it. Google just rolled out Google Voice, a service which expands on the one number for life idea. I spent a few...

Plantronics Redefines Unified Communications Endpoints

Company looks to differentiate itself from other headset vendors through software and innovation Historically the headset was not an area of the communications space where people expected tremendous amounts of new technology. Certainly wireless standards like DECT and Bluetooth have...

From Bad GM News to Good Tektronix News

I woke this morning to hear GM may face bankruptcy, even though the taxpayers have loaned the company tens of billions of dollars. Later in the day I traveled to Genband where they tell me business is good. I then...

SimpleSignal Adds Voice to the Cloud

"If it doesn't support FMC it isn't truly unified communications," says David Gilbert whose business card reads "The Big Cheese" at Broadsoft-powered hosted communications company SimpleSignal. Gilbert skipped handing me the lengthy press kits which are customary in our profession...
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