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CommTech is Hot

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It happened. The biggest IPO of the year so far is a company that provides phone and messaging services. The stock soared more than 90% on its first day of…

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Welcome to TalkingPointz

This site provides opinion and research on various Enterprise Communications topics. The site started by Dave Michels as the PinDropSoup blog, but today features multiple authors. Note that TalkingPointz has no ads or sponsors – just informed opinions about what’s new, great, and not so great in modern communications. In addition to regular posts, there’s interviews, podcasts, and independent research. There’s no editors, so you might also find a few typos and perhaps some political incorrectness.

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Opening the iOS Dialer

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Last week Apple made several announcements at its developer’s conference and the UC nugget within was the implication that they opened the iPhone dialer. The problem with most UC apps today…

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Global Cellular Customs

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I am always amazed at the reaction of people when I tell them how you buy cell service in other countries. Likewise, people in other countries never believe me when…

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Forward Error Correction – Does Your Network Need It?

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The majority of SD-WAN implementations are using Forward Error Correction (FEC) to guarantee voice and other critical traffic such as credit card authorizations work well across networks that do not…

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History of 1+ Dialing

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If you grew up on the east coast in a large city you probably think 1+ dialing is weird, or an inconvenience. You never dialed 1 before a “long distance”…

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Genband Update

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I recently attended Genband Perspectives. Genband provides real-time communications software and solutions for service providers, integrators, and enterprises. I last attended Perspectives in 2014 and a lot has changed – particularly Kandy….

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I chat on WeChat

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I am biased because I spend a lot of my life in Asia. But it is no wonder to me why WeChat is such a popular messaging service. In Asia…

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In legacy, we stink

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Modern society as a whole doesn’t do legacy well, especially when it comes to technology. Fax. With all the wonders of cell phones and broadband connectivity, businesses still have to…

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Back to USA

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I’ll be headed back to the good old USA in a few weeks. I spend much of my time in Asia, and I have three overseas “permanent” addresses. I always…

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Latest Podcast

UCStrategies Reacts to Microsoft Purchase of LinkedIn

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Simon Dudley leads a conversation with UCStrategies Experts about the announcement that Microsoft will purchase LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The podcast includes Michael Finneran, Evan Kirstel, Jon…

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Why I Don’t Like My Surface Pro

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I got my Surface Pro 3 in the Spring of 2014. I ordered it before they were were shipping. Microsoft has done well with these machines. They are very popular…

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Alarming Idea for Telecom Dealers #IoT

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Do you install and maintain alarm panels? One of the many things that surprises people who look at our IT infrastructure is that we install, own, and maintain our own…

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Alarming Idea for Telecom Vendors #IOT

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Whenever I meet with a telecom manufacturer, one of my first questions is why they don’t get into the alarm business as an add-on. I have never heard a good…

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Apple car Followup

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I recently wrote about Apple Car and how it made sense for them to enter the car business as a service, not a product. That is, rent-per-trip. I pointed out that…

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Getting the Message

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Over the past several months I’ve been using Cisco Spark and Unify Circuit for projects and communications. Here’s a few take-aways from the experience. I get it. There’s a reason why…

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My New E-Bike

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I’ve always loved biking. Growing up in California meant I could ride my 5-Speed Schwinn (yellow Sting Ray with a banana seat) to school year round. In high school I…

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spikɪn ɪŋglɪsh

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I was asked by a Chinese student why English spelling is so irregular and complicated. It got me to thinking. You know, English spelling was not “standardized” until the late…

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Blab with @DisruptiveDean on BroadSoft and Intellinote

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BroadSoft announced it acquired Intellinote – this is part of its Project Tempo vision announced last Fall. Adding Workstream Messaging to the UCaaS mix is a good move. I wrote…

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Flows vs. Sessions

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Most network engineers think flows are the same as sessions, but they are not. Sessions are different from flows in six subtle, but important ways. Next generation networks are being…

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Can We Solve the Tower of Babel That is Text?

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In this UCStrategies Industry Buzz podcast, Michael Finneran contends that text is the single most important and widely used medium of communications to have emerged in the past 20 years, but that it is…

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Apple Could Dominate Cars

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If I ran Apple I might get into the car business, but not in a way everybody is expecting. Everybody thinks Apple is gong to sell an Apple car and…

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Latest Interview

Vik Verma, CEO 8x8

8×8 CEO Has a Tiger by the Tail

[My interview with Vik first appeared on NoJitter on February 8, 2016] Vik Verma became CEO of UCaaS pioneer 8×8 in 2013, having been recruited into the company a year earlier…

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