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Will Cisco Monopolize the SD-WAN Market?

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IDC forecasts that the SD-WAN market will grow from $225M in 2015 to $6B by 2020.  This is a CAGR of over 90%!  The global enterprise network equipment market consisting…

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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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My Greatest Sadness

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I love life. I am one of the happiest people I know of. My wife says I am nearly always upbeat and have boundless energy. Indeed, when I tell stories…

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Mitel MiCloud Office Enters US Market

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Recently, Mitel introduced MiCloud Office, a new unified communications as-a-service (UCaaS) offering available in the U.S. and UK markets now, with Germany and France to follow in the third quarter…

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A Fork in Avaya’s Road

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There is quite a bit of speculation about Avaya’s near term future. As you may recall Avaya announced plans to evaluate options regarding its capital structure. I wrote about this…

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The End of the Private Enterprise Network

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The network is the last thing that IT fully controls within the enterprise and consumes 12-15% of the enterprise technology budget. Compute, storage and applications are moving to the cloud…

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AT&T Penalized for Cramming

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AT&T to pay a $7.75 million fine for cramming (after it promised not to)… How often have you opened a closet looking for something (Item A), found something else (Item B)…

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Managing Dynamic Sessions

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Quality of Service (QoS) and Call Admission Control (CAC) are not enough to manage network congestion. As video and encrypted application traffic consume over 90% of network bandwidth, enterprise network…

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IoT Market Drivers

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When it comes to IoT, there’s general agreement that: It’s growing quickly It’s going to be huge It’s going to change everything IDC reported last week that IoT devices will grow from less…

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ShoreTel’s High Cost of Success

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The first time I ran into ShoreTel was in the late 80s. I saw their ad in Hemispheres (United Airlines in-house magazine). The ad was actually for the earlier version…

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Latest Podcast

AT&T’s Scott Velting Talks About Voice, Collaboration and AT&T Collaborate

AT&T Cloud Services Executive Scott Velting joins Jim Burton of UCStrategies in this Executive Insights podcast to discuss AT&T Collaborate and how it fits in the UC&C market, and in…

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#IoT Networking Guide

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is not about the Internet. Many IoT devices don’t even connect to the Internet. IoT is really about enchanted things. Things become smarter with connectivity….

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Pokémon Go the new Bingo Card

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Pokémon Go is a wild success. From BI Intelligence: Within five hours of its US launch, Pokémon Go became the most popular app in the App Store, according to data by…

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Each Generation Repeats Previous Mistakes

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One of the saddest things of civilization is that knowledge is lost each generation. This is why studies have shown that road bridge reliability vacillates on about a 50 year…

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IBM and Cisco at the Sametime

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On today’s WSJ front page is an article about pre-bubble Internet stocks being hot again. Needless to say there’s plenty of pre-bubble Internet stocks that aren’t around any more. What did…

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Books July 2016 – the Orbital Perspective +3

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MIT AI Course by Marvin Minsky: Marvin Minsky is one of the legends of Artificial Intelligence. His 1988 book on AI, Society of Mind, remains required reading – and it’s not…

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QUIC is Quick

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QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) is a new UDP based network protocol developed by Google and used in their Chrome browser to speed up applications, especially video. QUIC supports multiplexed…

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Achoo! Yahoo and AOL Together at Last

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I’ve taken a moment to pause and think about Verizon’s recent acquisition of Yahoo!. It would be easy to give a knee-jerk reaction of “Are they crazy?” So I wanted…

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Ancient Call Routing

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Today, the idea of routing traffic is no big deal. You dump the IP traffic into the internet and it comes out at the other end. The actual routing of…

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Vonage Business Coalesces Around Essentials & Premier

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Through a series of acquisitions in recent years, Vonage has built out its Vonage Business division with new cloud-based services that enable the company to address the needs of small…

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Scotty, Beamform me up

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Humans can usually hear what they want to hear. It is known as the cocktail party effect – we can hear the conversation we want, near or far,  and tune-out the…

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Cisco #CScape Recap with Zeus

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Zeus Kerravla and I recently attended the CScape conference (for analysts) which runs within the larger Cisco Live event. Cisco Live US is Cisco’s annual customer and partner event. This…

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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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