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January 2017

Slack No Longer Brushing Off the Enterprise

Michelle Burbick | January 31, 2017 |
At long last, Slack unveils its plan and features for the enterprise.

7 Factors to Consider on Enterprise Messaging Apps

Dave Michels | January 31, 2017 |
Before selecting a workstream messaging app like Circuit, HipChat, Slack, or Spark, be sure to explore each vendor's particular architectural approach and philosophy.

Avaya Users: Time to Build Your Contingency Plans

Stephen Leaden | January 31, 2017 |
With Avaya in Chapter 11, enterprise customers need to do their due diligence and, while hoping the company remains intact, plan for the worst.

Polycom Beefs Up Meeting Room Experience

Michelle Burbick | January 31, 2017 |
Introduces two new video meeting products aimed at improving in-room and virtual participation.

What, There's Something Better Than Real Time?

Jon Arnold | January 31, 2017 |
Voice is losing primacy to messaging, and for anyone with legacy DNA left in their thinking, the logic is confounding -- but to move forward you best figure it out.

The Future Is Here: Digital Banking Communications in 2017 and Beyond

Perry Price | January 30, 2017 |
Consumer desire for digital, mobile interactions will surely create endless opportunities for new communication services.

Cisco Spark Board Shows Value of Spark Cloud

Zeus Kerravala | January 30, 2017 |
It’s the combination of the cloud, hardware and software that makes Spark unique.

No Jitter Roll: This Week in Enterprise Communications

Michelle Burbick | January 27, 2017 |
Today's collection of what's hot and happening includes news from Cisco, Slack, CloudPassage, CafeX, Vonage, 8x8, Plantronics, and Digium.

Sparking Thoughts on Cisco Spark

Phil Edholm | January 27, 2017 |
With a new set of Spark announcements, Cisco is ratcheting the bar ever higher on the next-generation integrated communications and collaboration environment.

Peeling Away the Layers of IoT Interoperability

Gary Audin | January 27, 2017 |
Internet of Things interoperability is more than a network connection.

Wi-Fi RFID Keeps Campus Traffic Flowing

Matt Brunk | January 27, 2017 |
An example of how actionable data can help minimize student drop-off and pick-up traffic and safety concerns

Video Calling by Default

Beth Schultz | January 26, 2017 |
VCaaS is booming, video-enabled team collaboration is on a roll, and embedded video is getting easier to do than ever...

Slack Prepares Itself for the Enterprise?

Michelle Burbick | January 26, 2017 |
Slack rumored to launch its enterprise version next week

Cisco Grabs AppDynamics to Deepen Insight Delivery

Michelle Burbick | January 26, 2017 |
Cisco boosts its analytics position with $3.7 billion acquisition of application intelligence provider AppDynamics.

'Cloud or Nothing' for Global Hotelier Contact Centers

Beth Schultz | January 25, 2017 |
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group exemplifies the move away from aging premises infrastructure as it aims to boost flexibility and improve customer experience.

Combination to Unlock Seamless Mobile UC All in the 'Digits'

Tom Brannen | January 25, 2017 |
Will T-Mobile innovation help us finally achieve a seamless, converged, mobile communications experience?

Assuring Top Performance for the 'Moment of Truth'

Darc Rasmussen | January 25, 2017 |
Here's how to make sure your UC systems don't fail during those all-important real-time customer interactions.

Cisco Pushes Into Immersive Group Collaboration

Irwin Lazar | January 24, 2017 |
Cisco Spark Board further validates the immersive group collaboration market, and provides an opportunity for Cisco customers to improve distributed and virtual team collaboration.

Cisco Launches Spark Board, Meetings

Michelle Burbick | January 24, 2017 |
Cisco brings interactive whiteboard capabilities to Spark, both in the meeting room and in your pocket.

Apple CallKit Catching On

Michael Finneran | January 24, 2017 |
Get a status report on which UC providers are doing what with CallKit in the 'Optimizing Apple in Your Enterprise' session at Enterprise Connect 2017.


August 16, 2017

Contact centers have long been at the leading edge of innovation in communications technology, given their promise of measurable ROI and the continual need to optimize customer interactions and sta

July 12, 2017

Enterprises have been migrating Unified Communications & Collaboration applications to datacenters - private clouds - for the past few years. With this move comes the opportunity to leverage da

May 31, 2017

In the days of old, people in suits used to meet at a boardroom table to update each other on their work. Including a remote colleague meant setting a conference phone on the table for in-person pa

August 16, 2017
World Vision U.S. is finding lots of goodness in RingCentral's cloud communications service, but as Randy Boyd, infrastructure architect at the global humanitarian nonprofit, tells us, he and his team....
August 11, 2017
Alicia Gee, director of unified communications at Sutter Physician Services, oversees the technical team supporting a 1,000-agent contact center running on Genesys PureConnect. She catches us up on th....
August 4, 2017
Andrew Prokop, communications evangelist with Arrow Systems Integration, has lately been working on integrating enterprise communications into Internet of Things ecosystems. He shares examples and off....
July 27, 2017
Industry watcher Elka Popova, a Frost & Sullivan program director, shares her perspective on this acquisition, discussing Mitel's market positioning, why the move makes sense, and more.
July 14, 2017
Lantre Barr, founder and CEO of Blacc Spot Media, urges any enterprise that's been on the fence about integrating real-time communications into business workflows to jump off and get started. Tune and....
June 28, 2017
Communications expert Tsahi Levent-Levi, author of the popular BlogGeek.me blog, keeps a running tally and comprehensive overview of communications platform-as-a-service offerings in his "Choosing a W....
June 9, 2017
If you think telecom expense management applies to nothing more than business phone lines, think again. Hyoun Park, founder and principal investigator with technology advisory Amalgam Insights, tells ....
June 2, 2017
Enterprises strategizing on mobility today, including for internal collaboration, don't have the luxury of learning as they go. Tony Rizzo, enterprise mobility specialist with Blue Hill Research, expl....
May 24, 2017
Mark Winther, head of IDC's global telecom consulting practice, gives us his take on how CPaaS providers evolve beyond the basic building blocks and address maturing enterprise needs.
May 18, 2017
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.
April 28, 2017
Change isn't easy, but it is necessary. Tune in for advice and perspective from Zeus Kerravala, co-author of a "Digital Transformation for Dummies" special edition.
April 20, 2017
Robin Gareiss, president of Nemertes Research, shares insight gleaned from the firm's 12th annual UCC Total Cost of Operations study.
March 23, 2017
Tim Banting, of Current Analysis, gives us a peek into what the next three years will bring in advance of his Enterprise Connect session exploring the question: Will there be a new model for enterpris....
March 15, 2017
Andrew Prokop, communications evangelist with Arrow Systems Integration, discusses the evolving role of the all-important session border controller.
March 9, 2017
Organizer Alan Quayle gives us the lowdown on programmable communications and all you need to know about participating in this pre-Enterprise Connect hackathon.
March 3, 2017
From protecting against new vulnerabilities to keeping security assessments up to date, security consultant Mark Collier shares tips on how best to protect your UC systems.
February 24, 2017
UC analyst Blair Pleasant sorts through the myriad cloud architectural models underlying UCaaS and CCaaS offerings, and explains why knowing the differences matter.
February 17, 2017
From the most basics of basics to the hidden gotchas, UC consultant Melissa Swartz helps demystify the complex world of SIP trunking.
February 7, 2017
UC&C consultant Kevin Kieller, a partner at enableUC, shares pointers for making the right architectural choices for your Skype for Business deployment.
February 1, 2017
Elka Popova, a Frost & Sullivan program director, shares a status report on the UCaaS market today and offers her perspective on what large enterprises need before committing to UC in the cloud.
January 26, 2017
Andrew Davis, co-founder of Wainhouse Research and chair of the Video track at Enterprise Connect 2017, sorts through the myriad cloud video service options and shares how to tell if your choice is en....
January 23, 2017
Sheila McGee-Smith, Contact Center/Customer Experience track chair for Enterprise Connect 2017, tells us what we need to know about the role cloud software is playing in contact centers today.