Posts By Brian Riggs

The Deceptively Complicated World of UC Headsets

Brian Riggs | June 11, 2018 |
Things get a bit bewildering when you start delving into various vendors' portfolios, products, and features.

UC Headsets Can Cost a Pretty Penny

Brian Riggs | May 31, 2018 |
If you're looking to save gobs of money on your UC deployment, you can't necessarily rely on headsets as an IP phone alternative.

Managing Message App Overload, Part 2

Brian Riggs | April 19, 2018 |
Standardizing on one persistent messaging app is good for security, compliance, and cost control, not to mention collaboration.

Managing Message App Overload

Brian Riggs | April 04, 2018 |
Are messaging apps supplementing or supplanting other means of communicating within the enterprise?

The Road to Microsoft Teams: The Journey Begins

Brian Riggs | February 14, 2018 |
Replacing Skype for Business Online with Teams will take place over a period of months, or even years.

Teams Phone System: Back to Call Feature Drawing Board

Brian Riggs | January 16, 2018 |
With three telephony solutions now in Microsoft's portfolio, let's try to get a better feel for which offer what PBX features.

Microsoft Cloud PBX Gains Traction As It Bids Us Adieu

Brian Riggs | January 02, 2018 |
Cloud PBX might lack call features common in other corporate telephony platforms, but that hasn't stopped large enterprises from embracing it.

IoT & UC: Under the Hood of Mitel's Charles de Gaulle Deployment

Brian Riggs | December 07, 2017 |
The Paris airport has put IoT-triggered communications to the test, and keeps finding new use cases.

Bye-bye Buddy List?

Brian Riggs | October 18, 2017 |
Many factors that spurred the rise of corporate IM years ago are now working the same magic on team collaboration apps.

Avatars & Conferencing: With Virtual Reality It's Déjà Vu All Over Again

Brian Riggs | August 28, 2017 |
I don't see virtual reality taking off for business meetings, and here's why.

UCaaS, CCaaS, IaaS: Amazon's Many Roles in the UC Market

Brian Riggs | August 15, 2017 |
One way or another, looks like Amazon Web Services will play a role in cloud communications.

Interactive Whiteboards: Your Choice Written in the Stars

Brian Riggs | June 19, 2017 |
In the second of two posts, I cast your horoscope and guide you down the right path.

Interactive Whiteboards: Illusion of Choice

Brian Riggs | June 12, 2017 |
In the first of two posts, here's a feature-by-feature comparison of Google Jamboard, Cisco Spark Board, and Microsoft Surface Hub.

Team Collaboration Apps Diverging: Are You Headed Down Right Path?

Brian Riggs | March 22, 2017 |
Concerned they face an unstoppable force, Slack rivals are carving out various paths forward. Before picking one, enterprise IT must carefully assess user needs.

Line Between UC, Team Collaboration Blurring

Brian Riggs | February 13, 2017 |
...if not disappearing altogether

Hybrid UC as Path to Vendor Lock-In

Brian Riggs | January 11, 2017 |
Enterprises rarely benefit from an inability to mix and match, and needing to get on-prem and cloud UC services from single vendor is no exception.

Know Your Mitel Hybrid Options

Brian Riggs | December 06, 2016 |
The latest in an ongoing series on hybrid UC services...

Playing Defense: Microsoft Teams to Protect Office 365 from Slack and Spark

Brian Riggs | November 08, 2016 |
Microsoft's team collaboration app won't kill Slack not because its features are somehow inferior, but because of how it'll be sold.

Know Your ShoreTel Hybrid Options

Brian Riggs | October 12, 2016 |
Next up in what's turned into a series of hybrid UC services blogs: ShoreTel

Know Your Avaya IP Office Hybrid Options

Brian Riggs | August 30, 2016 |
Assuming Avaya's midmarket business weathers whatever tempest potential divestitures raise, hosted IP Office services could prove attractive UCaaS options.
 


September 26, 2018

Join Kevin Kieller, Microsoft UC&C expert, along with Ribbon Communications and Polycom, for an update on Microsoft Ignite, and a focus on critical things you need to know about your voice deployme

August 29, 2018

Moving your voice services to the cloud introduces new challenges for 9-1-1 services. These include the need to serve multiple locations, and the increased mobility that comes with having a phone t

August 8, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a reality for your contact center. But to turn the promise of AI into practical reality, there are a couple of prerequisites: Moving to the cloud and integr

March 12, 2018
An effective E-911 implementation doesn't just happen; it takes a solid strategy. Tune in for tips from IT expert Irwin Lazar, of Nemertes Research.
March 9, 2018
IT consultant Steve Leaden lays out the whys and how-tos of getting the green light for your convergence strategy.
March 7, 2018
In advance of his speech tech tutorial at EC18, communications analyst Jon Arnold explores what voice means in a post-PBX world.
February 28, 2018
Voice engagement isn't about a simple phone call any longer, but rather a conversational experience that crosses from one channel to the next, as Daniel Hong, a VP and research director with Forrester....
February 16, 2018
What trends and technologies should you be up on for your contact center? Sheila McGee-Smith, Contact Center & Customer Experience track chair for Enterprise Connect 2018, gives us the lowdown.
February 9, 2018
Melanie Turek, VP of connected work research at Frost & Sullivan, walks us through key components -- and sticking points -- of customer-oriented digital transformation projects.
February 2, 2018
UC consultant Marty Parker has crunched lots of numbers evaluating UC options; tune in for what he's learned and tips for your own analysis.
January 26, 2018
Don't miss out on the fun! Organizer Alan Quayle shares details of his pre-Enterprise Connect hackathon, TADHack-mini '18, showcasing programmable communications.
December 20, 2017
Kevin Kieller, partner with enableUC, provides advice on how to move forward with your Skype for Business and Teams deployments.
December 20, 2017
Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst with ZK Research, shares his perspective on artificial intelligence and the future of team collaboration.
December 20, 2017
Delanda Coleman, Microsoft senior marketing manager, explains the Teams vision and shares use case examples.
November 30, 2017
With a ruling on the FCC's proposed order to dismantle the Open Internet Order expected this month, communications technology attorney Martha Buyer walks us through what's at stake.
October 23, 2017
Wondering which Office 365 collaboration tool to use when? Get quick pointers from CBT Nuggets instructor Simona Millham.
September 22, 2017
In this podcast, we explore the future of work with Robert Brown, AVP of the Cognizant Center for the Future of Work, who helps us answer the question, "What do we do when machines do everything?"
September 8, 2017
Greg Collins, a technology analyst and strategist with Exact Ventures, delivers a status report on 5G implementation plans and tells enterprises why they shouldn't wait to move ahead on potential use ....
August 25, 2017
Find out what business considerations are driving the SIP trunking market today, and learn a bit about how satisfied enterprises are with their providers. We talk with John Malone, president of The Ea....
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.