Post Archive



July 2009

More Misleading Headlines I Would Like To See

Allan Sulkin | July 31, 2009 |
"Will Microsoft Make Bid for Nortel ES?" "Nortel Leads PBX Market" "Google to Replace PBX Systems"

AT&T Nixes Google Voice on the iPhone

Michael Finneran | July 31, 2009 |
For real creativity to flourish in the mobile space, we have to take the decision making out of the hands of the monopolists.

Unified Communications Coming of Age

Don Van Doren | July 31, 2009 |
As enterprises re-evaluate priorities for expenditures, UC projects are still making the cut.

The Analog Line is Dead? Not Yet

Gary Audin | July 31, 2009 |
The analog line in the enterprise, government or educational institution is more common then even the average telecom person realizes.

Positive Financial Results for Interactive Intelligence

Allan Sulkin | July 31, 2009 |
Results were positive despite the many negative economic conditions affecting IT budgets.

Siemens, MP File Objections to Avaya/Nortel Bid

Allan Sulkin | July 30, 2009 |
Although not yet mentioned as potential bidders, Nortel ES competitors such as Cisco Systems or Alcatel-Lucent can still join the fray.

Get Moving on the Green Closet

Gary Audin | July 30, 2009 |
If the IT department includes the closets in their strategies for energy conservation, there will be commensurate savings.

The Run-Up to Nortel's Enterprise Sale

Eric Krapf | July 29, 2009 |
Nortel received proposals from three stalking horse bidders for Enterprise Solutions.

Moving Beyond G.729 Voice Compression

Sorell Slaymaker | July 29, 2009 |
The industry mantra will go from "can you hear me now" to "can you understand me now."

The Nomad Worker

Allan Sulkin | July 29, 2009 |
Nomads work virtually anywhere they can connect to the Internet, usually through wireless means. Voice, once the primary medium for telecommunications among co-workers, is given short shrift.

Siemens/Gores Prepping Nortel Bid

Eric Krapf | July 29, 2009 |
They also filed an objection to the bidding procedures, which they claim give Avaya an unfair advantage in the auction for Nortel Enterprise.

Finding the Problem: Debugging Across Administrative Domains

John Bartlett | July 28, 2009 |
The first task is always to determine in which administrative domain the problem is occurring. None of these teams will ever admit that they might be the source of the problem, so test tools are required.

Users Moving Tentatively Toward FMC and Mobile UC

Michael Finneran | July 28, 2009 |
It appears that mobility is important, but the PBX is a small and easily replaceable part of that picture.

The Incredible Shrinking Communications Job Market

Allan Sulkin | July 28, 2009 |
When the recession ends and employment rates rise, demand for enterprise communications systems and services will again increase.

Old World Phone Books

Matt Brunk | July 28, 2009 |
It's amazing that we are surrounded by technology that promises convergence, green benefits and better TCO but we still haven't gotten away from phone books.

Ericsson Ponies Up for Nortel Wireless

Eric Krapf | July 27, 2009 |
I have no clue who's going to end up with Nortel Enterprise, but I will say that I'll be surprised if there aren't more bids.

What's an IP Phone?

Irwin Lazar | July 27, 2009 |
Those that are moving toward IP phones are increasingly looking at incorporating alternatives to traditional desktop phones.

Open Source PBX Rides A Wave of Returning Customers and Critical Vertical Industries

John Malone | July 27, 2009 |
Repeat customers install open source PBX systems averaging 62 lines.

NEC Unified Doing Fine

Allan Sulkin | July 26, 2009 |
NEC has more than tripled shipments of its SV8500 enterprise communications system since general availability in October 2008.

Aura is a Brand Name, Not a Product

Allan Sulkin | July 26, 2009 |
Aura is used by Avaya as a prefix to the Session Manager and System Manager names, but it is also currently used with earlier Avaya offerings.

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 depl

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 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.