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Seeing the Forest wo Getting Lost

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I’m always surprised to see how willing many people are to suspend reality when making critical thinking. I can’t count how many committees have I sat through with a hideously…

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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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Newz Snippets Spring-2016

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Sometimes being succinct, yet thorough, and presenting details without fluff and hype is refreshing. Here, we round-up recent advancements around business telephony and unified communications products and services – in…

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Cisco Meraki Jumps into Telphony with MC74

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It looks like Cisco is going to take another crack at SMB telephony, but this time it’s not from the Cisco Collaboration unit. It’s from Cisco golden-child Meraki. Before getting into…

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NEC’s IT Advantage

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the recently held NEC Advantage conference, at which several members of the team were in attendance. Dave Michels moderates, and is joined by Jon Arnold, JR Simmons, Steve Leaden, Michael Finneran, Dr. Joseph Williams and Phil Edholm.

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Adaptive Codecs – Good for Users, Bad for Networks

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The Quality of Experience (QoE) for cloud based, team collaboration tools is poor for many enterprise users. This needs to change! Network managers have the responsibility of a providing a…

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Underdog and the Future of Addictive Communications

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Like me, I am sure you’ve seen articles and news stories about how the old Jetsons cartoons predicted the future. Off the top of my head, I can think of:…

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For Chatbot Press 1

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Chatbots are the new IVR. That is chatbots are a technology that will transition from promising to imprisoning. I’m not against chatbots. They are a very clever evolution of the…

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John Oliver Reads TalkingPointz

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I must conclude that John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight reads TalkingPointz. What other conclusion can be made? He recently did a segment on some serious shortfalls with our…

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What’s All this IoT Jibberish

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I keep hearing about the Internet of Things. I don’t really know what that is. The name doesn’t sound too exciting. If it is just putting a cellular modem into…

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Latest Podcast

BCOM – An Update on Succeeding in UC from Enterprise Connect

In this Industry Buzz Podcast, UCStrategies welcomes two guests to the conversation to discuss BCOM ((Business Communications Operations Management). Edouard de Fonclare, CEO of Kurmi Software and Derek Smith, Product Marketing Manager of VOSS Solutions, join UCStrategies Experts Phil Edholm, Dr. Joseph Williams, Steve Leaden, Michael Finneran, Blair Pleasant and Roberta J. Fox.

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Busted the iPad Thief

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There is a way that you can probably locate your new iPad IOS device, even if it is stolen and the SIM is removed. iPad thieves have learned that they…

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The Smart Home and #IOT

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Business Intelligence thinks smart home adoption is crossing the chasm. My home is sorta smart, and I sorta agree. However, it’s a far bigger chasm than they know. The BI article,…

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The Nest

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In April I finished a book that is currently number 3 on the NY Times Best Seller list, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It’s the second time I have been surprised…

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Homeland Insecurity

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The Department of Homeland Security is probably the wrong name. This should come as no surprise. An employee of ours needed to renew their passport. In the process they had…

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The New Role of APIs, Integrations, and CPaaS For Business Communications

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss APIs and integrations and the importance integrating with apps for the next stage of UCC. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, which includes Experts Jon Arnold, Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, Simon Dudley, Steve Leaden, Roberta J. Fox, and Dave Michels.

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Why I am Shorting Cisco’s Stock

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Cisco is a dominate player in the networking, security, and communications markets, but they are facing ever stronger head winds. Their current business model cannot sustain these headwinds and their…

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Vonages Expands from UCaaS into CPaaS

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Surprise! Vonage announced its intent to acquire Nexmo. The surprise wasn’t Nexmo, I’ve been expecting someone to acquire them – the surprise was Vonage – at least at first.  Download…

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Apple in the Near Future Sucks

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Walt Disney died in 1966. Most people don’t remember how truly terrible Disney’s movies were in the 1970s. I mean, they were concisely rotten movies. People kept going to them…

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Cisco Spark & Cloud Telephony

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Cisco has extended the features and functionality of its cloud-based team collaboration application, Cisco Spark, adding business telephony and video conferencing to the messaging and meeting capabilities already available. This…

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Teaching Mom About PaaS

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Despite the fact that I wasn’t born in Missouri, I am very much a “show me” kind of a guy. Abstract technology only excites me so much and I need…

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Workstream Messaging and UC

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, moderator Dave Michels and the UCStrategies team take on the topic of workstream messaging and its impact on communications and collaboration, and discuss some of the new players making inroads in the enterprise. Partipating in the roundtable are Experts Blair Pleasant, Kevin Kieller, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Simon Dudley.

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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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