Post Archive



September 2010

IT Funding Increasingly Comes From...Not IT

Robin Gareiss | October 01, 2010 |
Figure out how to engage business-unit leaders, if you're not already. And if you are, realize that, moving forward, you'll be increasingly dependent on their budgets, and make sure you document success of all projects to validate what IT can do.

Are You Paying Too Much For Long Distance?

Sorell Slaymaker | October 01, 2010 |
Here are some best practices to ensure optimal rates. You could see a 40%+ ROI.

VoIP/SIP Peering; Issues and Testing

Gary Audin | October 01, 2010 |
When trying to trunk different vendors' IP-PBXs via SIP trunks, there's a long list of tests you may need to run and issues to consider.

SIP Trunks: Deployments Increasing, But Availability Still Lags

Eric Krapf | September 30, 2010 |
In our webinar, we got some new stats from Nemertes Research and some interesting perspectives from Sprint.

Avaya Dials Up Skype As A Partner

Zeus Kerravala | September 29, 2010 |
The agreement is a multi-phase deal that has both a go-to-market element as well as a technology integration component, and will increase the value proposition for both companies.

World Web Conferencing Hosted Services Market: Need and Growth Don't Match

Melanie Turek | September 28, 2010 |
Revenue growth was slower than expected in 2009, but a general rebound is expected in 2010, with a return of healthy demand.

Avaya & Skype to Announce Strategic Agreement

Eric Krapf | September 28, 2010 |
Among other things, this would seem to make it less likely that Cisco is about to acquire Skype, as was previously rumored.

Valcom IP-Paging Primer

Matt Brunk | September 28, 2010 |
What's new on the horizon for paging systems in schools.

RIM's PlayBook Tablet: Going for the Enterprise

Eric Krapf | September 27, 2010 |
The RIM tablet can connect with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, making it a fit with more enterprise networks than Cisco's or Avaya's offerings.

Expanding Device Choices for Mobile UC

Michael Finneran | September 27, 2010 |
There are simply too many things tablets excel at for them not to be adopted as a major platform.

Commenting On The Commenters

Brian Riggs | September 27, 2010 |
Our intrepid blogger wades into the melee over Cisco vs. Microsoft.

The Cloud, Like Fog, Encircles Me?

Tom Nolle | September 24, 2010 |
There are some very good reasons not to believe all the hype about the Cloud.

Cisco's Unified Communications Strategy for the Next 12 Months

Zeus Kerravala | September 23, 2010 |
I expect Cisco to use its next fiscal year to stretch its lead over its archrival, Microsoft, focusing on video, social networking and cloud based UC. ALSO: Brian Riggs weighs in on the controversy: Commenting on the Commenters

To UC or Not to UC Point 3

Matt Brunk | September 23, 2010 |
Enterprise doesn't keep the pace with any consumer evolution. The argument is akin to saying, my cell phone has 10,000 speed dial entries, why doesn’t the PBX?

Facebook Phone: The Enterprise-ification of the Consumer

Eric Krapf | September 23, 2010 |
Truly, it's Facebook's world, and we just live in it. But that has big implications for the enterprise

Contrarian Speaks

Eric Krapf | September 23, 2010 |
A new blog to check out.

A Virtual Shoot-out: Alcatel-Lucent versus Aspect

Sheila McGee-Smith | September 23, 2010 |
The two vendors opt for virtual events to get in front of cusotmers and analysts: Who was more effective?

Is the Cloud Right for Unified Communications?

Eric Krapf | September 22, 2010 |
IBM Global Services debuts a new offering aimed at helping enterprises answer that question.

The Age of Innovation

Melanie Turek | September 22, 2010 |
These days, information is essentially a commodity. What matters today isn't what you know; it's what you do with that knowledge once you have it.

Polycom Introduces a New Line of Voice over WLAN Handsets

Michael Finneran | September 21, 2010 |
An integrated bar-code scanner could open the devices to use in communications enabled business processes (CEBP).

October 24, 2018

With disparate workplaces and ever-expanding volumes of information to manage, the challenges for collaborating effectively are only intensifying. Many critical applications are not integrated, and

October 10, 2018

Businesses are growing across international borders quicker than ever, but scaling operations to follow suit can be a harder, longer process.

This webinar focuses on scaling your next-generat

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

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.