No Jitter Roll: This Week in Enterprise Communications
Today's collection of what's hot and happening covers a whole gamut, from new CEOs to WebRTC and beyond.
In case you missed it, No Jitter is now running a weekly update on news from around the communications world that you might not have seen. Take a look at what No Jitter Editor Beth Schultz rounded up for you last time. Here we've compiled some of the most interesting news to cross our desks this week.Mary McDowell to Take the Reins at Polycom
As you might recall from earlier No Jitter coverage, following a bid from Mitel, Polycom instead went private, accepting a bid from private equity firm Siris Capital. (See related coverage, "Siris-Polycom: 'We Like This Deal'"). This week, the company announced that following the close of the transaction, which is expected to occur September or October, Mary McDowell will be succeeding Peter Leav as Polycom's CEO. As Polycom states in the press release on the news, Mary McDowell is a current executive partner at Siris Capital, and previously served as EVP of the Mobile Phones division at Nokia. She also serves on the Board of Directors of UBM plc., the parent company of No Jitter and Enterprise Connect. Check back in Monday for more on the change at the top at Polycom, from UC analyst Zeus Kerravala.WebRTC: Callstats.io Raises $3 million
Some might think that WebRTC has been pretty stagnant, but one could also argue that WebRTC is picking up steam. One of our top articles on No Jitter this year was "Apple Jumps on the WebRTC Bandwagon," which garnered 30 comments and thousands of shares on social media. Now, this week we have confirmation that at least one WebRTC related business is ramping up. WebRTC analytics company Callstats.io announced that it raised $3 million in Series A funding, which it intends to put toward the acceleration of its monitoring and management platform for WebRTC-powered audio and video communications.
"We believe WebRTC will be adopted by more than 20,000 companies in the forthcoming years," said Varun Singh, founder and CEO of Callstats.io, in the press release on the funding. "Video content is already the majority of the Internet traffic, and we see this growing with the addition of real-time communications and live streaming. With this new round of investment, we aim to serve the rapidly growing communications market by offering industry-leading solutions for monitoring and managing deployments in real time."Arkadin Acquires Applicable
In other news, Collaboration Services Provider Arkadin announced the acquisition of Applicable, another provider of cloud unified communications and enterprise voice services, and a specialist in Microsoft Lync and Skype for Business. The goal behind the acquisition is for Arkadin to widen its UCaaS offering to larger enterprises.
You can hear Arkadin Chairman and CEO Olivier de Puymorin talk about the acquisition in a short video available on the company's website here. "Our highly complementary portfolios and service strategies, coupled with shared cultural values and an aggressive vision for growth, present a huge opportunity for our global customers and partners to have the benefits of a private and fully managed cloud-based UC solution," he said.Cisco & VeloCloud: SD-WAN and Interoperability
If you remember from the last No Jitter Roll, which focused largely on SD-WAN interoperability initiatives, this is one hot area where there is a lot of activity as of late. (See related article, "Is SD-WAN Right for You? ") To add to the growing list of SD-WAN developments, this week VeloCloud announced it has achieved Cisco compatibility certification with the Cisco Integrated Services Routers, making VeloCloud a Preferred Solution Partner within Cisco's Solution Partner Program. According to VeloCloud CEO and co-founder Sanjay Uppal, this means VeloCloud is integrating its SD-WAN solution with Cisco's branch office router "to deliver differentiated UC services to enterprise and service providers."Video Conferencing: Better Yourself!
On a little bit of a lighter front, Polycom has created a 6-week video series with Polly Calm, an expert in video conferencing etiquette, or "vidiquette" as she calls it. "Although video has become mainstream -- not everyone does it well," it says on Polycom's site. "Polly's mission is to encourage video conferencing utilization and adoption by demonstrating that video conferencing is not hard -- and a few simple things can make it great." Check out the series here for tips on everything from what to wear, to location and even personal hygiene.