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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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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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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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How Old Phone Systems Knew your Number

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How did central offices know your phone number? This sounds like a stupid, obvious question. But it was remarkably complicated. Step by step switches don’t know the phone number you…

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Engaging Conversations -ININ 2Pager

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Each year Interactive hosts its annual conference called Interactions. It’s a unique event, and the only time I ever make it to Indiana. I’m looking forward to going next year…

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Polycom Gets a Better Offer

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Three months ago Mitel and Polycom announced their engagement. It was one of those deals that you had to focus through the left side of the brain to appreciate. The…

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Skype Meetings Simplifies Confuses

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It was too good to last. Microsoft had it all nicely organized. There was Skype – the consumer app that everyone knew and Skype for Business (SfB). Lync was a…

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Panasonic Scales KX-NS700G for Small Business

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Panasonic introduces the new KX-NS700G, a lower-end communications server within its latest generation of KX-NS business communications systems. The new model, available to Panasonic’s authorized resellers in the U.S., is…

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Latest Podcast

Cisco and IBM Bring the Power of Watson to “Intelligent Collaboration”

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies’ Jim Burton leads a conversation with the UC Experts on the recent Cisco-IBM announcement. The podcast includes Blair Pleasant, Marty Parker, Roberta J. Fox, Dr. Joseph Williams, Dave Michels and Don Van…

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Robinson-Patman Act

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The reason that Comcast is notoriously crooked in doing business with has to do with the Robinson-Patman Act. And, it’s the same reason that Verizon and AT&T are sneaky and…

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Books June 2016 Stranger in a Strange Land + 2

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Books completed in June. Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein: Classic science fiction that’s been on my list for a very long time.  I think it’s held up well, but…

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Would you kill Hitler?

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It’s a popular meme on the internet to ask the question of whether you would go back and kill Hitler if you could go back in time. Let me offer…

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Toshiba UCedge 2.5 Extends Usability

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Toshiba has made some major enhancements to its UCedge client software that runs on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Windows PCs and Mac computers. New Release 2.5 software adds…

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Keeping Perspective

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When we judge policy making, or current regulations we often see things from our own perspective…….only. There seem to be a lot of regulations in telecommunications. In truth, it is…

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Global ignorance

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Forty years ago America lead the world in pretty much every technical area. We had more freedom, we had the best computers, we created all leading software languages and databases….

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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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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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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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