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Peter Drucker on UC

If you are not familiar with Peter Drucker, he was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of modern business….

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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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3rd World Phone Service in the US

Colin here. I really think that America may have cell service that ranks it as a Third World country. Let’s compare it to a real live Third World country such…

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Starting A Video Call On-Time

I do prefer video conferencing over audio-only meetings, and I find myself increasingly annoyed with audio-only forums. The audio-only call remains popular, but the excuses are getting weaker, like bad…

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Rat Nests and Progress

Colin Here. One of the first things that people notice when they come to Thailand is the wiring running down the street. It’s a rats nest. Literally. It’s simply amazing…

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Split-Up or Shut-Up

In a recent interview, investor superstar Marc Andreessen told Bloomberg’s Emily Chang at the Salesforce Dreamforce Conference on Wednesday.  that if a technology company is more than 20 years old, then “they’ll…

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Safe Wi-Fi-ing

Colin Here. Hopefully you are aware that if you connect to a WiFi hotspot that doesn’t use a password you are basically sharing all of your data with the world….

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Crazy October

It was true last year too – October is a crazy month in the world of UC. This October 2014 is filled with travel, briefings and trials. On the travel…

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Cell Coverage: Perception and Maps

Colin here. Cell coverage is a subject of great office debate over who is best. Invariably a lot of anecdotal evidence will be given to support whatever view is offered….

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WebEx Becomes Persistent

Today Cisco formally announces its latest release of WebEx. It is hard to believe that WebEx dates back to 1996. Cisco acquired the conferencing company back in 2007. It’s also…

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Latest Podcast

UCStrategies Reviews the Cisco Collaboration Summit

Several UCStrategies Experts attended the recent Cisco Collaboration Summit in Los Angeles. We decided it would be great to do a podcast recapping what these Experts saw, learned and analyzed from that two-day experience. Joining me on the podcast are Blair Pleasant, Don Van Doren, Steve Leaden, Dave Michels, Michael Finneran, and Art Rosenberg.

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iPhone Users Should Nix 2 Year Verizon Contract

If you enter into a 2-year Verizon contract you are going to get screwed. Here’s the math: When you buy an iPhone in a 2-year contract you get a $450…

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Lync, Skype, and IM

I can’t recall when I started using Skype – probably around 2007. It’s incredibly useful – at least it was. I’ve begun removing contacts from Skype because their presence indication…

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Chambers is on the Bridge

Chambers likes to do interviews, but they are mostly on point about something Cisco just announced. I thought this Wall Street Journal Interview captured more about Mr. Chambers than most. Though…

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IRS Scam Call

There is a major scam ring with people impersonating the IRS.This happened to my gardener and we called back and I recorded the call.Actually, it is quite amusing to listen…

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Thoughts on the Apple Watch

The big news last week was Apple’s watch. It tightly integrates with the iPhone and the price starts at $350. Everybody’s all excited about the Sapphire display glass which keeps it…

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Phones and iPhones in Thailand

I recently posted an article talking about the iPhone 6. You can buy them in Thailand before general availbility. The real ones, not copies. The copies are also starting to…

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2014 Hype Cycle

I added a few UC components to the 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle Gartner’s Hype Cycle Report provides strategists and planners with an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future…

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Fuze for Enterprise

If you haven’t checked out Fuze lately, they are worth another look.  It’s a video/WebEx type service with a very compelling freemium model. Besides the pricing, there’s a few things…

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Mobility with Video

A few thoughts on ShoreTel Mobility 8 ShoreTel released Mobility 8 last month (Aug 8). ShoreTel Mobility 8 includes the router and ShoreTel Mobility Clients for iOS and Android. The…

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New From Apple: The iPager

The team in Cupertino did it again. This device is amazing – the new iPager from Apple. Many people were expecting a watch, or iWatch. “Watches are ridiculously obsolete” says…

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Unify Heads to Santa Cruz

News recently broke that Unify intends to open an office in Santa Cruz, CA. If you are not familiar with Santa Cruz, it’s just west of San Jose, about 45…

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Latest Interview

ErikLagerway

Decoding WebRTC with Erik Lagerway

When I have questions about codecs and IETF standards, I turn to Erik Lagerway. I caught him in the midst of packing for his trip to the upcoming IETF 88 meeting….

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