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Research, analysis, and thought leadership for enterprise communications.

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Office365 and Comcast

My home/office gets Internet from Comcast. We tolerate each other, and do our best to avoid communications. In terms of broadband Internet there really isn’t a viable alternative. For the…

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I’m Dave, your personal Telecommunications Contemplator. Most industry professionals gravitate toward the role of Analyst, Consultant or Journalist; I blend all three via commentary, research, and perspective on current enterprise business communications. You’ll find interviews, podcasts, and independent research here.

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What to UC in 2015

2015 is off to a bold start. Here’s a handy guide for some of the drama to watch for this year. ALUE ALU who? With regards to ALUE, most of…

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The Problem with Looking Back at People Looking Forward

Colin here. There has been an articles circulating around about how Arthur C. Clark really foresaw the future in 1976. A Huffington Post writer expressed it thusly: Yet, Clarke, with…

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Life with a $70 per extension PBX

Colin here… So we are deploying these PBX systems that are costing us $50 to $70 per extension including the multi-line feature phone and then PBX (see prior post). This…

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Radio Shack: Goodbye old friend

Colin here. I learned about electronics by buying parts at Radio Shack and building concoctions. I remember Radio Shack being the king of CB radios in the days of Smokey…

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Deciphering Avaya

I’ve been brushing up on my Avaya. Bottom line is there is more there than I thought. Avaya is a complex subject and it is hard to put it all…

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The Frugal Branch Office System

Colin here… We have numerous branch offices, and each of them has a lot of autonomy. While HQ provides some direction and support, the reality is that things vary a…

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SMART Inflation

I remember my first three-way. It was a two line phone from Radio Shack with buttons for Line1, Line2, and Lines1-2. It was miraculous, able to connect two separate calls…

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Wake Me For Windows 11

The last Apple product I bought was a classic iPod. I don’t buy into iOS, but I certainly do respect Apple. Many believe this act of defiance makes me a…

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Latest Podcast

UCStrategies Reviews Enterprise Connect 2015

UCStrategies was well represented at Enterprise Connect 2015, presenting, moderating, and participating on panels. In this Industry Buzz podcast moderated by Michael Finneran, the UCStrategies Experts discuss what made this year’s event stand out. The conversation includes Jim Burton, Blair Pleasant, Don Van Doren, Kevin Kieller, Phil Edholm, Evan Kirstel, Steve Leaden, and Dave Michels.

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T-Mobile WiFi Calling on a Ship

Colin here. When you are aboard an industrial, commercial, or cruise ship it is very expensive to make calls. The rates range from $5 to $15 a minute. Internet is…

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Are People Useful?  

Are you a people person, or someone that actually gets things done? I was asked recently why the notion of collaboration is so important? It’s a good question, because knowledge…

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Au Revoir Alcatel-Lucent

I expect 2015 will be a tremendous year for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALUE). 2014 was a year of adjustment and caution, but expect all cylinders to fire under new ownership. ALUE…

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Is Verizon Wireless Falling Apart

Colin here. A number of users are reporting that when they make phone calls on Verizon they are more frequently getting error messages “The Verizon Wireless Number you dialed cannot…

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Why Are You Surprised AT&T and Verizon are Spies?

Colin here… Are you one of those people who is surprised that AT&T and Verizon spy on you and provide your calling details to the NSA and government, even without…

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AT&T First US Carrier in Hype

AT&T hosted its Developer Summit just before CES, so one might think that any news would get buried. No such luck – “AT&T First US Carrier to Support WebRTC” is…

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My 2014

2014 was a good year for the enterprise communications industry, certainly better than 2013. There were some big developments. It looks like WebRTC got unstuck and will resume its slow…

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UC Resolutions

Happy 2015! It’s a new year, not just another month. Good time to think about how this year will be different, and more importantly how we (you) will make it…

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Calculators are worthless if you don’t get the math – says Dad. Michael Cieply, reporting for the NYT: “The Interview” generated roughly $15 million in online sales and rentals during…

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Telecom Deserves to be Hated

The most unpopular company in America in 2014 is Time Warner Cable – actually cable companies, airlines, and cellular companies make consistent appearances on these various lists. Fantastic article in New Yorker:…

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Hackers and inept programmers should go to jail

Colin here. I’m all for putting hackers who break into computer systems and steal personal information in jail. But I also think it is time to start putting inept programmers…

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Latest Interview

Steve Kokinos

Thinking of Phones

Steve Kokinos, CEO of UCaaS innovator Thinking Phone Networks, gives us the lowdown on where the company is today and where it’s headed.

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