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Microsoft's LinkedIn Acquisition is API Integration on Steroids

June 18, 2016

Redmond just turned ecosystem lemons into lemonade



Microsoft has been uniquely positioned in the IT space for decades meaning it’s a massive target for the whole industry. In fact, the company is now in a similar position to Novell in the 1990s when it owned the corporate network server space. Redmond used its dominant position in supplying endpoint software to also sell server operating systems and wiped out Novell.

Uber Picks Dialpad to Fuel its Growth

June 14, 2016



We’ve been covering cloud here at TMC for two decades – back when we called  these companies in this space ASPs and over these twenty years or so, there has been one constant in how they've gone to market. The initial target is small companies known as SMBs and then later they work up to larger companies. Grasshopper is an extreme example… They call themselves the entrepreneur’s phone system and while most have tried to move to larger installs, they seem to be stuck in place. Not that there is anything wrong with the approach, it’s just unusual.

IDT $19.99 Cloud UC Package Delivers Solid Channel Value

May 7, 2016

IDT Corporation has been a visionary in the VoIP space for almost two decades and I’ve always been impressed with the company’s technology and range of solutions in the SIP trunking and hosted PBX spaces. Recently, they have become very aggressive in the UC space, going after a channel and looking to be the disruptor in the market they helped create in the 1990s.

In an in-person interview, IDT/Net2Phone President Jonah Fink told me he thinks his company will keep people up at night. For example, IDT has had decades to build out its international infrastructure which includes POPs and nodes in five cities in Brazil as well as London, Hong Kong, Chile and Peru. They offer unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada as well as a core hosted PBX/SIP trunking plan which consists of South America, Western Europe and Central America.

Sennheiser TeamConnect: An Innovative Mobile War-Room in a Briefcase

April 16, 2016

One of the most innovative products I’ve seen this year in the UC space is the Sennheiser TeamConnect, a high quality, wireless conferencing solution. Here is the situation: you want to set up a conference call in a room which isn’t wired for conferences. You open a briefcase, take out a few pucks and place them around the table and voila, everyone is immersed in high quality audio.

 

Mitel Buys Polycom: The Good and Bad

April 15, 2016

This post has been updated on April 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm with feedback from Wes Durow, CMO of Mitel. Also, it turns out we broke the news on the potential of this merger even earlier than thought... December of 2015.

Last month my fellow TMCnet blogger Peter Radizeski broke the news that Mitel was buying Polycom – so if you’re a TMCnet reader, once again, you got in front of this news. Peter had more thoughts on the matter today as it became clear the acquisition was happening.

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

April 14, 2016

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 or the IT director, it’s your position on the line when things don’t work right.

Fortunately for you and your career, there is Riverbed and their latest version of SteelCentral UCExpert which is designed to help solve your quality problems.

Hiring Millennials? Fortune Favors the Prepared

April 14, 2016

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 bottom up to succeed. In fact just so many things these days seem to be this way. In many ways, Apple is to blame for this trend over the past decade but the web browser also became a bottom up install as workers forced companies into supporting web access.

Digital Transformation is Powering Vertical's UC Growth

April 13, 2016

Industry veterans remember some of the big mid-market brands in the nineties like Vodavi, Comdial, Artisoft and Vertical Networks. Artisoft purchased Vertical Networks, rolled up the other very well-known brands, changed the name to just Vertical and then went completely dark for years. Any other industry would have forced the company out of business for seemingly leaving the space. Telecom is different though because there was a loyal installed base and resellers pushing these products in the market – even when the big media companies like TMC rarely if ever heard from the company.

SD-WAN, the Best Bang for Your IT buck

April 13, 2016


My most recent video interview (Fall, 2015) with Kevin Gavin of Talari Networks (seated to the right)

I just had a chance to interview Kevin Gavin from Talari Networks – I’ve known him for years, going back to his ShoreTel days and I also covered Talari around the time he joined and named it a company to watch. He is very knowledgeable about tech and telecom. In this recent video interview I had with Kevin, he touts added benefits of SD-WAN like making the network more holistic.

I saw him most recently a few weeks back where he told me that 2.5 years ago when he joined the company, the space really didn’t exist. Furthermore, they had to sell the category as well as the product.




IR Says: UC Performance Management Should Not be an Afterthought

April 13, 2016

IR is the corporate brand name of Integrated Research Limited, a leading global provider of proactive performance management software for critical IT infrastructure, payments and communications ecosystems.

The company boasts over 1,000 customers in over 60 countries—including some of the world’s largest banks, airlines and telecommunications companies. IR Prognosis provides them with business critical insights while ensuring continuity-critical systems deliver high availability and performance for millions of their customers across the globe.

IR’s ultimate goal is to make sure these systems run at their best and predict vulnerabilities before they arise.

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