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Mitel Analyst Event 2015 Live Blog #MitelNext

November 12, 2015

Mitel put on a nice event in Manhattan today. Wes Durow, CMO made a great presentation on where the company was and where its going.

A quote of note: "One out of three SMS messages goes across the Mitel network."

Some of what I am hearing is embargoed - so sadly, I'll have to keep you posted on some announcements at a later date.

Rich McBee, CEO takes the stage.

Are desk phones dead? "We ship a handset every 14 seconds and the pace is accelerating."

Our vision: Making communications and collaboration seamless.

Important points:

They will continue to acquire legacy solutions and then grow them. The contact center is a more and more important part of the business.

The intersection of mobile, cloud and enterprise is the next thing for us - we will accelerate products and solutions in this area.

"We have 3 billion potential subscribers with our current carrier customers."

Much discussion about Mavenir - the acquisition which gives them great mobile technology and low cost R&D centers.

Security is becoming a huge factor going forward.

UCC is more complex than ever

Simplifying this in an open environment  is what we're betting the company on.

We will continue to be a consolidator.

Mitel Next Accelerator is a think tank working on the next big thing but it needs to have products in a customer in one year - and they have to be paying customers.

When Hired Gun Managers Fail

November 11, 2015

What happens when you intersect the Innovator's Dilemna with investment, ROI and stragic planning? Especially since new, disruptive technologies aren't adopted overnight - they can take ten years or more to be widely accepted. Conversely, investors are generally more short-term oriented.

Bottom line: markets have their own timing which require companies to adapt.

ITEXPO Anaheim 2015 Video Interviews Part 1

October 7, 2015

GENBAND's KandyMobile comes to NYC

October 2, 2015

GENBAND's Kandy communications Platform-as-a-Service solution recently celebrated its one-year anniversary by bringing its KandyMobile vehicle to popular nightclub, LIGHTBOX in New York City on September 30, 2015. Kandy allows any developer to embed real-time communications into their applications fairly easily but more importantly, the solutions subsequently become carrier-grade.

They had a number of interesting demos at the event. SkywriterMD (above) had its demo on the bus pictured at the start of this post.

Salesforce and Microsoft Skype for Business Collaborate

September 17, 2015

Microsoft and Salesforce are getting cozy: The two have decided to extend their strategic partnership to connect their productivity apps and services, with the end goal of more personalized, customer-driven sales activities, achieved through streamlined collaboration.

The two leaders plan to mash up Salesforce with Skype for Business—which will be hosting a conference at this year's upcoming ITEXPO in Anaheim—OneNote, Delve and Windows 10, starting with the Salesforce App for Outlook, which works with Outlook 2013 and Office 365, and Salesforce1 Mobile App for Microsoft Office.

After that, Salesforce will next integrate Microsoft’s unified communications (UC) suite, Skype for Business (formerly known as Microsoft Lync) into its new Lightning Experience. Lightning is the renamed core customer relationship management (CRM) product for Salesforce.

Also in the second half of next year the two will launch the Salesforce1 Mobile App for Windows 10.

These two companies which were once bitter enemies have learned to work closely together - acknowledging the synergies between the dominant Salesforce platform and Microsoft's Skype for Business 

solution which is growing rapidly.

In just two weeks, Paco Contreras, Herrera Director WW Product Marketing - Skype for Business will be keynoting ITEXPO in Anaheim, California and I hope he touches on this new collaboration and the benefits it will bring to customers worldwide.

Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

August 31, 2015

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the first mainstream story, in fact, describing the concept revolved around a retailer knowing a customer was pregnant before her family knew. The possibilities are certainly endless. You may recall a post I wrote some time back about IBM and the concept of digital Darwinism – the idea that companies that embrace new technology will win out over those that do not.

VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

August 31, 2015

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers flirted with the technology about a decade ago but never got their systems to work very well. Apple – to its credit, released a solution which is very good.

Dialogic: The Software Powering Next-Gen Networks

August 27, 2015

Much of the communications solutions industry owes a debt of gratitude to Dialogic – the company that really helped pave the way for the once disparate worlds of voice and data to work together. The company was a major player in the communications enabling equipment market in the eighties and nineties allowing "off the shelf" computers for the first time, to host telephony apps. If you’ve heard the acronyms CTI or computer telephony integration or just plain CT it’s because Dialogic, NMS and a few other companies permitted computer servers to handle media processing tasks. If you’re interested in more about the company – check out my posts or those on TMCnet.

Expect Cloud UC Player BroadVoice to Acquire and More Inside Scoop

July 27, 2015

BroadVoice begins to construct new headquarters

BroadVoice has been having a great deal of success lately – they’re moving to a new HQ, ranking at 316 on the fastest growing U.S. company list by Deloite and adding new features to their hosted communications platform. To find out more I had a chance to interview company CEO Jim Murphy – I hope you find it useful.

I’ve been seeing the BroadVoice name more than ever – what’s changed to make this possible?

Broadsoft, Nimble Storage, Vodafone, Hibernia, Sonus and other video Interviews

June 30, 2015

Erik Linask of TMC interviews Hugh Shannon of Avotus

My video team has been at some of the latest shows in the telecom and tech space and we’ve been gathering the latest and greatest news from the events. Here are the companies that were interviewed.


Cloud Expo New York 2015

 Erik Linask of TMC interviews  Andrew Moraski of Vodafone

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