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You Can Now Use your Phone on the Plane

September 9, 2016

The latest Windows 10 update makes it easier than ever to bring your mobile lifestyle onto an airplane. If you go into Settings and then Network & Internet, under Mobile hotspot, you can turn the service on and set a network name and password. As I write this on a Microsoft Surface Book, I decided to try the feature out. I then connected an iPhone and within a minute the phone rang.

With Polycom, Siris Capital Builds Impressive UC Holdings

July 11, 2016

Many where caught off guard when they learned Siris Capital outbid Mitel for Polycom but there are some good reasons for Siris to have made this move. After the Mitel acquisition was announced, I detailed the good and bad about the deal.

Here were the two comments which I placed in the bad category:

Bad: Polycom most logically should have ended up merging with Plantronics IMO – the companies are geographically close to one another and the synergies between headsets and other endpoints seemed like a perfect fit. I’ve thought this for many years.

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.

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