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Huawei Today

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Recently I learned everything I know about Huawei. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but not  by much. Huawei thrives just off my radar. Their UC products are not available in…

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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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Penny Wise, Dollar Foolish

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Most large enterprises spend 15% of their IT budget on networking and communications. Smart enterprises spend half this amount by following these simple principles: Buy Wholesale – Instead of bringing…

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Books April 2016 – Explosive Organizations +2

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Books completed this month. The Giver by Lois Lowry: Technically a book for young readers, but like Watership Down it’s really for adults. It takes place in a future in a society that…

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Climate Change

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I’m going to get way off topic here, just for entertainment, and to try to get to some big perspective. Or, perhaps just to grumble. I don’t know. But it…

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Marketing Discussion with xUC CMOs

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The only thing less understood than marketing is UC marketing. I reached out to three illustrious former UC industry CMOs to ask them about their experiences. I spoke with: Andy…

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US Data at $1 per GB flat

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I got my new iPad. It came without a SIM in the tray. When there is no SIM installed it reverts to a built-in Apple SIM which lets you immediately…

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Changing Communication Behavior — Game On!

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I love my Prius, but not for most of the reasons people love their cars.  While it’s nice enough on the inside, it’s certainly not very luxurious.   It’s cute, but…

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Tipping on Uber

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Tipping is stupid. Yes, it’s a nice thing to do and often gives pleasure to both giver and receiver, but it’s ultimately a bad deal. Tipping is not common in…

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Are You Fooling Yourself?

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I love statistics. Good statistics are a path to the truth. The truth helps you solve problems and make good decisions. I am always surprised by how often (poor) decisions…

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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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Mitel’s Acquisition of Polycom: UCStrategies’ Reaction

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In this week’s Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts debate the Mitel acquisition of Polycom. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, and is joined by Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, Roberta Fox, Jon Arnold, Dr. Joseph Williams, Dave Michels, Michael Finneran, and Steve Leaden.

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Mi-Polycom

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Now that the deal is announced, Zeus Kerravala and I share our thoughts and reactions on the proposed merger. Related Posts: Mitel Polycom Unite See prior video/Blab on Mitel/Polycom merger…

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Vertical Updates Wave IP, Adopts Cloud-first Strategy

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Vertical Communications is in the midst of a transition focused on growing and enhancing its unified communications (UC) portfolio around the concept of streamlining business “workflows” and how people work…

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Take a Law Class

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Every job anymore requires a basic understanding or rules and law. I recommend that everybody take at least one semester of introductory law. Whether you are a dentist, a telephone…

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Mitel and Polycom Unite

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The last time I went to Asia Mitel acquired Aastra. While traveling in Hangzhou China, I heard that Mitel now intends to acquire Polycom. Although I didn’t have time to…

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Farewell Art

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This past weekend we lost Art Rosenberg whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the past several years. Many of you know Art through his comments. He was prolific…

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Self-Driving Cars in 92

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I first rode in a self-driving car in 1992. Yes, 24 years ago. It was great. So I am pretty excited about self-driving cars coming to the road now because…

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SD-WAN to the Rescue #WebRTC

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WebRTC is a new protocol that is giving network managers grief on their WAN as it gains adoption. Built into WebRTC are media security, media transport, and media encoding/decoding. For…

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Law Concepts

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I have been ranting a bit about how you need to go to a semester or two of law school, no matter who you are or what profession you are…

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Avaya’s IP Office in the Cloud

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Avaya is moving quickly in rolling out cloud services for the mid-market based on IP Office, now offering two options for its channel partners – (1) a partner-hosted, partner-branded cloud…

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Lack O UC on Twitter

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I like Twitter. I find it to be an easy way to be heard. (Follow me on Twitter) What’s fascinating to me is how effective Twitter is. I regularly meet…

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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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