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No Jitter Roll: This Week in Enterprise Communications

No Jitter Roll: This Week in Enterprise Communications Today's collection of what's hot and happening touches on snippets of news around cloud, video, SIP, mobility, and changes in leadership.

Today's collection of what's hot and happening touches on snippets of news around cloud, video, SIP, mobility, and changes in leadership.

Okay, if by now you haven't caught on to the fact that we're now doing weekly news round-ups on No Jitter, you're asleep at the laptop! Wake up! In case you're simply out of touch of late, don't fear -- you can still catch up on all the latest news by looking at last week's No Jitter Roll, as well as the couple of No Jitter Roll editions that came before that, here and here.

But now that I've awoken you, let's move on from the past and talk about what's happening here and now, this week in enterprise communications.

Oracle OpenWorld Focuses on Cloud

Chances are, most of you will know that Oracle OpenWorld -- the tech giant's annual conference -- took place this week in San Francisco. With an event of such scale (60K+ people), it's sometimes difficult to identify the biggest news of the event, but cloud received heavy emphasis. From high-level executive keynotes on the power of cloud, to its Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation Awards that recognize customers using Oracle PaaS and IaaS to drive business value, cloud was in no short supply at OpenWorld.

Of particular interest, Oracle announced this week new tools, services, and initiatives aimed at supporting and "empowering" cloud developers. The announcement is anchored in the goal to give developers more choice and flexibility in their efforts to build modern cloud applications. "As cloud deployment becomes the norm for enterprise workloads, developers need to build applications using microservices, APIs, containers, DevOps processes and platform capabilities that support analytics, integration, mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT)," the release states. Developers will have more choice in programming languages, databases, compute types, operating systems and virtual machines, to name a few.

This news has quite a bit of meat to it, and includes: new Oracle Cloud Platform services aimed specifically at supporting developers, the launch of a new Web portal for developers, enhancements to the Java Platform to address scale demands (see Project Jigsaw), the introduction of MySQL Cloud Service for data management, new PaaS offerings for optimizing workloads, and IaaS offerings to improve performance... and the list goes on. Take a look at the full release to go more in depth on how Oracle is working to empower cloud developers. You can also view a collection of on-demand videos of keynotes and other noteworthy moments from the week here.

IntelePeer & Mitel: Harmony in SIP

Cloud-based UC provider IntelePeer announced that it has earned certification for its SIP trunking solutions from Mitel. Becoming a certified SIP provider means that IntelePeer joins the Mitel Solutions Alliance (MSA), Mitel's developer partner program that supports services interoperable with Mitel enterprise, cloud, and mobile communications solutions. Specifically, IntelePeer's SIP offering -- marketed as helping businesses simplify networks, reduce costs, and speed time to deployment -- is compatible with the Mitel MiVoice Office 250 Call Manager, providing end users with additional support, Intelepeer said.

Panopto, Ramp Partner on Enterprise Video

Next-gen video delivery solutions provider Ramp and Panopto, a company that helps organizations create searchable video libraries, announced they are partnering to help advance businesses' optimization of video streaming. In short, Panopto's video platform will interoperate with Ramp's enterprise content delivery network, AltitudeCDN. The integrated software-based solution is meant to minimize deployment time and costs, with the companies saying the combination of the two technologies will reduce network bandwidth consumption while using industry-standard video codes, protocols, and HTML5-based video players.

Ramp also announced another partnership with Sonic Foundry, a video creation and management solutions provider. This partnership will focus on scaling delivery of enterprise streaming video applications like corporate communications, training, and live webcasts; specifically, Sonic Foundry's Mediasite Video Platform will be integrated with Ramp AltitudeCDN technologies to provide "scalable and secure video delivery behind the firewall," the release states.

Ushering in New Leadership at BlueJeans

Change seems to be in the air, as of late. While our No Jitter Roll two weeks back covered Polycom's new CEO Mary McDowell (also see related article, "5 Focus Areas for Polycoms New CEO"), this week we have more news on change taking place at the top of a couple of companies in enterprise communications. Video communications business BlueJeans Network today announced the addition of key executives to its C-suite leadership: Former HP sales VP Frank Vella will take the reins as BlueJeans' chief revenue officer, and former Adobe and Autodesk executive Mark Strassman takes his seat at the table as chief product officer. Both executives were previous business customers of BlueJeans "who are dedicated to advancing the $36 billion global enterprise video market," the release states.

In tandem with the new leadership, BlueJeans announced its BlueJeans Enterprise Video Cloud platform has reached 2 billion video minutes consumed annually. Additionally, the release outlined that the company added roughly 100 enterprise and midmarket customers in the last quarter. Further, in case you missed it, on Sept. 9, BlueJeans launched its interactive video platform for Facebook Live, which enables large-scale broadcasting capabilities. The Facebook Live announcement spurred the sign-up of almost 200 new business trials in just one day, BlueJeans said.

Wait, Don't Forget About Metalogix...

In other enterprise communications leadership news, Metalogix, provider of unified management software for enterprise collaboration platforms, announced today that Ben Levitan would be taking the role of CEO, while John Duvall joins the company as its chief financial officer. Prior to coming on board as Metalogix CEO, Levitan founded Cedalion Partners, a consultancy for investors and CEOs in the software industry. "Ben's experience, vision, and his balanced track record of sales, finance, innovation and operational execution is exactly what Metalogix needs as we embark on our next chapter of growth," said Abe Peled, executive chairman and former CEO of Metalogix, in a prepared statement.

Looking at Mobility with Tangoe

Alright, so we've touched on cloud, video, software, and SIP -- but what about mobility? Don't worry, we've got you covered on the mobility news front, too. Tangoe, a IT and telecom expense management software and services provider, unveiled this week its advanced analytics application, called Aware, aimed at boosting visibility into application usage behavior and the costs that come with it.

According to Tangoe press materials, the company received a patent in February related to "Cost Allocation for Derived Data Usage," which is the technology Aware is based on.

"As mobile data costs have continued to increase, businesses have come under pressure to impose usage caps because there is not enough visibility into the patterns and behaviors of end users," Tangoe stated in the release. With Aware, businesses will be able to monitor usage trends and check for deviation from corporate policies regarding work and personal use of devices. The first release of Aware is available to customers of Tangoe's Mobility as a Service and Managed Mobility Services offerings.

"Aware enables businesses to transform their usage analytics from cost and reimbursement policies to measurable productivity practices by giving businesses a line of sight in to how mobile data is consumed by device, application, and transaction within each application," said Tangoe CEO James Foy, in the release.

Startups Unite on Holiday Time

And in lighter news, Nov. 8 is shaping up to look like a perfect day to not go to work. That date should ring a bell with all U.S. No Jitter readers, because that's the day we have to decide our next president, not to mention the hundreds of U.S. senators and House members who are up for re-election as well as municipal, gubernatorial and local elections.

As it stands, Nov. 8 is not treated as a holiday, and all too often we hear stories of registered voters missing their chance to head to the polls to cast their votes because they are at the office. Well, Yuri Sagalov, co-founder and CEO of collaboration startup AeroFS is calling all startups to unite to make the day a national holiday. In a blog, Sagalov pointed out what's at stake not just for the country, but for the technology industry, noting as an example the immigration debate outcome having an impact on tech businesses' ability to source talent.

"If the technology community wants to drive real change, every member of that community -- founders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and employees at every level -- needs to make their voice heard," Sagalov wrote. "... we're giving our employees the day off so that they can fulfill their civic duty to vote without guilt or inconvenience. And we're calling on other technology companies to do the same."

Check out this site to learn more about the movement to take Election Day off work. Will you be joining the movement?

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