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August 2008

Microsoft Slams Cisco over Email (Updated w/Joe Burton Response)

Eric Krapf | August 29, 2008 |
Microsoft's Unified Communications team has leaped on the Cisco purchase of PostPath as a reversal of a previous position about the relative importance of email. I had a chance to talk with Zig Serafin, GM for the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft, and he made many points that you'll also find in this post from Microsoft blogger Moz@Work:

Habits Are Things We Do Without Thinking

Fred Knight | August 29, 2008 |
"Habits are things we do without thinking." My father would repeat those words endlessly to my sisters and me when we were kids. Good study habits at school would lead to productive behaviors in the workplace; regular exercise as a child increased the odds of staying active and fit as an adult; staying away from booze and cigarettes would.... Well, I never bought into that one.

Cisco's PostPath Acquisition: More Light on Cisco's UC Roadmap

Marty Parker | August 27, 2008 |
Yesterday, August 27, Cisco announced agreement to acquire PostPath, a startup in the e-mail and calendar server market. PostPath has produced a web-based messaging engine that reportedly includes emulation of Microsoft Exchange, apparently down to the level of the Exchange RPC interfaces.

Challenging Issues in IT Equipment Purchase & Maintenance/Support Agreements

Kevin DiLallo | August 27, 2008 |
In the first of a three-part series, a negotiator warns of the pitfalls and stumbling blocks when purchasing communications gear.

UC Obstacles: It's Not the Technology...or Is It?

Matt Brunk | August 27, 2008 |
There's been a fever in the industry to claim UC as the "thing" to do, hawk and implement. I've come to terms to accept UC in the eyes of the users and not the vendors. It seems that the biggest obstacle facing UC isn't the technology: the magic glue that binds us to everyone else at a moment's notice, or even buggy software. Instead it's human behavior.

Cisco Acquisition Aims at Microsoft? (Updated)

Eric Krapf | August 27, 2008 |
This acquisition by Cisco, of a company called PostPath, looks an awful lot like Cisco is gearing up to go head to head with Microsoft's Unified Communications strategy.

Comes a Time When You Settle Down

Eric Krapf | August 27, 2008 |
Our next VoiceCon webinar (register here) poses a question that has made me think. The Webinar is titled, "Taming the Nomad--How to Accomplish More by Moving Less," and its premise is that the ever-increasing desire for mobility may be tempered by the realities of the current energy situation. In other words, how do you plan for an environment where workers who used to take mobility for granted are now much more conscious of the amount they're spending to drive or fly? And how can communications technology help you deal with this changing reality?

Monitoring Videoconferencing Endpoints

Eric Krapf | August 26, 2008 |
I was talking with Joe Frost of Psytechnics, about the quality-monitoring company's future directions, and Joe said that they're focusing on monitoring of video endpoints, and that they're not seeing much reason to get into the business of QOS monitoring for Unified Communications endpoints.

Middleware for Microsoft OCS and IP-PBXs?

Eric Krapf | August 25, 2008 |
A company called Covergence is out with a gateway that aims right at the problem that any enterprise will face as it plans its migration into Unified Communications: Getting all of the pieces to talk to each other.

Preparing For Alternative Energy

Matt Brunk | August 25, 2008 |
As a followup to Building Your Own Power Plant, I wanted to share some of what we've learned over the past year in our building and energy projects.

More on Social Software and UC

Blair Pleasant | August 25, 2008 |
I've received a few emails about last week's post on social software and unified communications, so I'd like to expand on some of my comments.

How Will the Economy Impact the Enterprise Budget?

Tom Nolle | August 22, 2008 |
We're in one of those times when the questions occupying the minds of executives undergo a radical change. Gone are questions like who will win what sporting event or maybe the next management golf tournament. In their place is "What's happening in the economy?" and "What happens to my budget?" There's good news and bad news; two items in each, in fact.

Social Software and UC

Blair Pleasant | August 22, 2008 |
I've been thinking a lot about social software lately. The UCStrategies.com team is in the process of adding a social software community to our website, and last month I joined the ranks of twitterers (or is it tweeters or twits?) using Twitter, the micro-blogging service. In addition, there've been some interesting discussions about unified communications on some of the Google Groups I'm in. This all leads me to wonder, how does social software relate to UC?

Building Your Own Power Plant?

Matt Brunk | August 22, 2008 |
For those that are wrestling with how to get more juice to their closets or somehow perform a juggling act with facilities, then supplementing your power with green sources may be the solution. According to Costco, "Green is Gold."

Another Nortel Acquisition: Beyond Telepresence

Eric Krapf | August 21, 2008 |
I'm working on this unified theory of consolidation, about how vendors like Avaya and Nortel ought to be buying not each other, as the earlier rumors had it, but companies in cutting-edge communications like telepresence. Nortel obliged me today by buying a company called DiamondWare, which makes "high-definition, proximity-based 3D positional voice technology that brings life-like sound to virtual web and voice communications." They only paid $10 million, which even Nortel can still afford, and it's interesting technology they're getting.

Telecom and Networking Industry Needs Attrition More than Mergers and Acquisitions

Zeus Kerravala | August 21, 2008 |
Over the past couple of years we've seen a tremendous amount of companies merge, be acquired or turn private in our industry. Alcatel bought Lucent, Siemens went private and will be merged with Enterasys, NEC acquired Sphere, Mitel purchased Inter-Tel and AT&T bought Interwise to name a few. Currently there is speculation around Silver Lake acquiring Tandberg and folding it into Avaya, raising speculation around Polycom's future. Typically, as markets mature, a logical market leader, number two and three vendors mature and the number of vendors eventually rationalizes down to a quantity that can be supported.

SpeechTek Virgins and Other Musings

Sheila McGee-Smith | August 21, 2008 |
This year SpeechTek competed neither with VoiceCon San Francisco nor my annual trip to the Jersey Shore. Given my office location just 50 miles north of Manhattan, I took the opportunity to drive down to the Marriot Marquis on Monday to attend my first SpeechTek. I was not alone. The Grand Opening of the show floor Monday evening was wall to wall traffic.

Masergy Connects Telepresence

John Bartlett | August 21, 2008 |
I discussed the telepresence (and video conferencing) global connectivity problem and the solutions from IPV Gateways and Virtela Networks in my last 3 posts. Today let's look at how Masergy has structured their MPLS network and the Masergy Video Exchange (MVE) to help solve this problem.

Note to The FCC: Bargain for a Better White Space Plan

Michael Finneran | August 20, 2008 |
Come September, the FCC will decide if and on what basis they will allow use of TV white space for unlicensed or "lightly licensed" operation. The outcome of this decision can have a major impact on the entire wireless market, from cellular to WiMAX, Hot Spots, and even wired broadband access.

Stealth Player in Unified Communications? Maybe : Voxeo Acquires SIP Player and Announces Prophecy 9

Nancy Jamison | August 20, 2008 |
I'll bet that when you think unified communications companies, Voxeo doesn't immediately leap into your mind. Until this week they weren't really positioned in my mind that way either.


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Diane Myers, senior research director at IHS Markit, walks us through her 2017 UC-as-a-service report... and shares what might be to come in 2018.
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