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Avaya's Top Communication Trends in 2012

Recently I had a chance to have an in-depth conversation with Avaya about the trends they see for 2012 in the communications space. In particular I spoke with George Humphrey a Director and Line of Business Owner at Avaya and...

With Rypple Acquisition Salesforce on Track to be Cloud-Based Oracle

In the early nineties I was and SQL programmer in a market dominated by companies like Oracle and Informix. At the time these database companies stuck to their core competency. Fast forward a few decades and Oracle sells software in...

Dotcom All Over Again?

This time domain names = IP addresses and dotcom = cloud The idea of cloud is not new – think mainfraimes, ADP for payroll and the ASP market of over a decade ago. This time though the investors are behind...

Salesforce Cloudforce NY 2011 Live Blog

I am headed to NY as I post. Check back for updates throughout the day.Heading to the keynote there was a DJ in the atrium of the Jacob Javits Center playing techno music wearing a shirt that said I Cloud...

Headed to Cloudforce New York. Can't Wait to Hear from Marc Benioff

Tomorrow I head to New York to the Salesforce.com Cloudforce conference where according to the company we will hear how companies such as Facebook, NBC Universal, Burberry and Disney are reinventing themselves as social enterprises with social, mobile and cloud....

Arrived at RightScale User Conference 2011

I just finished most of my meetings at Cloud Expo 2011 here in Santa Clara, CA and juest headed to the RightScale User Conference where I am meeting with company CEO Michael Crandell very soon. As you may recall, the...

Why a Cloud Computing Magazine? Why Now?

I am very excited to be going to the Cloud Expo next week in Silicon Valley - it is always a great show and I have lots of video interviews set up. I have been to the last three east...

TMC Covering Cloud, 4G and Open-Source This Week

Quite often at industry events I hear people say they can’t believe how many events TMC goes to each year and moreover,  they ask just how many conferences we cover each year. I haven’t done the math but it’s a...

Zenith's Cloud Computing Event hits New York Tomorrow

TMC has partnered with Zenith Infotech to bring a series of cloud seminars to cities around the US. Tomorrow the "It's Your Cloud" tour kicks off in New York tomorrow and it will be in a slew of major cities...

ITEXPO: 8x8 Buys Contactual

Breaking news from ITEXPO West 2011 in Austin, Texas.Hosted communications, video and VoIP pioneer 8x8 has just purchased Contactual, formerly known as White Pajama. I have been visiting 8x8 for about 15 years and when you enter their HQ the...

Cloud Communications: That's gold, Jerry! Gold!

Seinfeld fans rejoice – I haven’t forgotten about you – and Kenny Bania is now forever immortalized in this blog. He came to mind and his expression “That's gold, Jerry! Gold!” seems so fitting when I get to talking about...

TMC & Zenith Infotech Cloud Computing Seminar Series Launched

Cloud computing is perhaps the hottest and most important computing trend which hand-in-hand with the mobility markets are two of the shining stars of tech. The cost savings and myriad other benefits of migrating apps to the cloud has allowed...

YouSendIt on new Electronic Signature and Cloud Offerings

I recently sat down  for a talk with Mihir Nanavati, senior director of Product Management of online file sharing company YouSendIt and got a chance to learn about how the company has expanded its service offering from sending large files...

ITEXPO West 2011 Austin Highlights

Before all ITEXPO events I do a final proofread of the show directory and this one may be the biggest ever at 132 pages with tabs (just doing our part to support the economy). We will post a PDF version...

Latest Trends in Speech Technology, CRM, IVR, Collaboration and Cloud Computing

Speech analytics in greater demand At the recent SpeechTek 2011 conference in New York I gained some great insight into the state of speech technology. For example, Jeff Schlueter of Nexidia told me his company’s speech analytics solutions have been...

Living in a Post-OS World

Two of the major drawbacks to a perfect cloud-based existence where the browser serves all your needs are speed of remote apps/services and UI flexibility. It just so happens, two news items have coalesced recently to help usher in the...

The Real Story on Grasshopper Phone Service

Earlier this month I wrote about a service from Grasshoper called Spreadable which was shut down by the company. Unlike most companies which shut down a division or brand, Grasshopper decided to write a four-part series on why they did...

Quad: The Death of E-mail and Cisco's Social Enterprise Ambitions

Quad moves to the cloud, has native Cius tablet support and offers better interoperability Last week I took a train into the city from TMC’s Connecticut HQ to spend time with the Cisco Quad collaboration team – using Cisco telepresence...

Cloud Expo 2011 New York Video Interviews

I am still conducting video interviews at Cloud Expo New York and all 50 or so will be posted soon. For now, the first few are up and can be found here. You can also click the play button below...

Lady Gaga Causes Monster Cloud Crash

Born This Way is one of the most popular songs of the year - it already was the fastest-selling single ever on the Apple iTunes App Store. And Amazon knew this when it offered the entire Born This Way Album...

Voice Carrier Wants a Big Piece of the SMB VoIP Pie

The business VoIP market has a tremendous amount of growth potential based on a recent FCC report I highlighted last week. And perhaps the most exciting aspect of the market is there is no single leading player which comes to...

Earthquakes and Tsunamis to Help or Hurt Cloud Growth?

If your cloud services relay on a data center which is in an area affected by a natural disaster and your users or home office is not, you probably look at the recent disaster in Japan as a negative for...

How Cloud Computing Could Destroy VARs

A typical VAR is used to frequently selling large ticket items which may not all have the largest margins but in volume can throw off a good amount of cash and profit. As a result, many resellers have developed a...

Valentine's Day Special at TMC

You can save thousands at TMC on our upcoming expos in Austin, Texas focusing on information technology, communications, super WiFi, M2M, the channel, 4G, peering, cloud computing, cloud communications, business video and more. The details of this limited time $99...

ITEXPO East 2011 Behind The Scenes

ITEXPO East 2011 here in Miami begins officially in two days - but tomorrow has become a worthy conference day with power networking and education via three events from SIP trunking to cloud computing and communications. As the show gets...
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