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Google Search is Obsolete

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Internet web searching still uses what is basically 1990s full-text searching technology. It’s time for an update. 1990s technology took every word in a search query and tossed out noise…

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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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Google Fi is Faux

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I get asked quite a lot about Google FI. Google FI is a phone service where you pay $10 per gigabyte. This rate is effectively pro-rated into partial gigabytes. The…

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The OS for the Enterprise

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Back in the days when I had the Director of IT title, the OS discussion was relatively limited. Windows. But it isn’t so simple any more. The server side has…

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Why is Google So Stupid

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Fifteen years ago, the state of the art of full-text searching was word proximity based searching. You hand the search engine a few words and the documents with those words…

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EC15 Keynotes Google

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This last post of this four part series of keynote presentations at Enterprise Connect 2015 is about Google. The keynotes, in order of delivery (and posting), were: Rowan Trollope of…

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Lync, Skype, and IM

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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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Google and Cloud Security

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There is this impression that premises-based solutions are more secure than cloud-based solutions. While this certainly CAN be true, it is a far cry from being true. The vast majority of organizations…

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A Few Thoughts on Hangouts

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I’ve said before that Google isn’t that serious about enterprise communications. My main proof point was the bungling of the Google Voice opportunity. I’ve been using Google Apps from nearly…

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Reflecting on Chromebox for Meetings

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Google recently announced Chromebox for Meetings (Hangouts for rooms). Vidyo concurrently announced Hangouts to Other (H2O). Here’s a collection of my thoughts in random order. Related content: Room with a View. I…

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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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Forbes is Right – So What

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Forbes published a tirade on Microsoft on Jan 2 titled Microsoft is Fast Turning Into a Sideshow. Roger Kay makes some compelling points that Microsoft is not as influential as…

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Johnny Cab

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What seemed far fetched just a few years ago is on the fast track toward reality. I’m speaking about Johnny Cab. In the movie Total Recall, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) jumps…

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Microsoft and Me

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Regarding desktops, tablets, and smartphones – I am considering going pure Microsoft. That will mean two new mobile devices, and then switching to IE and Office 365. I will lose…

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The Googrilla Grows

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I recently published the Googrilla in the Midst which posits that the influence and impact of Google Apps is largely underappreciated and untapped by the UC community. We are reasonably…

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The Cloud Dissipation Problem

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Google has decided to kill Reader. This is not the first time a product I use and value has been discontinued. I continue to use lots of products that were…

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Siri, You Don’t Say

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Google slated Siri. Apple’s Siri and I have never gotten along. I don’t need a personal assistant with a sense of humor. I need a computer assistant that gives me…

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UC Alliance Anyone?

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The Tech Sector had a rough month in May. Kevin Kelleher of CNN Money asks (but doesn’t answer) the question Why Are Blue Chip Tech Stocks So Blue? Exhibit A, of…

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Google Apps in the Enterprise? Not!

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I’m a big fan of Google Apps. I regularly collaborate with others on various projects, and find Google Docs a powerful tool. Most of my documents include multiple editors. I…

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How I Fixed Reader

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I read a lot of news – ok, I skim a lot of news – and the stuff that I find interesting should be shared. Google Reader had a great…

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Gartner 2012 Predictions

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Forbes published an article called The Road Ahead: Gartner’s Outlook for 2012 And Beyond. It offers the reader, in summary/bullet form Gartner’s predictions for the IT sector.  Some of the…

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Industry Update

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The iPhone and iPad have broken more records than the iPod did CDs. Microsoft buying Skype was a game changer, but the new game remains a mystery. Here is the…

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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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