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The time has come for IT to once again dive into the world of homegrown automation for running their networks. Network teams have a love/hate relationship with automation, and have had for decades. Time after time, they have tentatively extended the reach of automation, working with...

In my previous blog I discussed the five components of a successful video governance strategy: Assessment, Access, Encryption, Approval, and Retention.  I discussed best practices for addressing each of these areas, but didn’t address the “how.” How you enforce security, governance, and retention policies requires a critical...

Organizations are increasingly using video to communicate and collaborate.  Whether it’s streaming of live broadcasts like executive town halls, training, or other content, or recording of meetings for later playback, IT leaders are diligently working to meet rising demand for video streaming.  But in doing...

Look around and you’ll find video everywhere. Teenagers share videos with their friends using Instagram and Snapchat. Distant relatives communicate using Facetime, WhatsApp, or Google Hangouts. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube have become the primary means by which people consume television shows and...

I’ll forgo the drama momentarily and get to the important part: Yes, you can get a U.S. passport for your business or personal travel in one day (in fact, in a few hours) at one of the 30 U.S. Passport Agencies. So, if it's a nice,...

As we close the door on 2018, look to the future of communication and collaboration trends that will influence the UC market landscape in 2019. The unified communications market in 2018 saw rapid innovation, industry consolidation, and a shift toward team and workstream...

Vonage's shift to a 'fully programmable' platform aims to integrate its UCaaS, CPaaS, and CCaaS offerings to support digital customer experience. Read more at NoJitter.com...

BroadSoft this week held its 20th annual customer conference, its first since its acquisition by Cisco closed in February. This year’s event attracted a large analyst contingent, intent on learning how Cisco would meld its own hosted and cloud platforms with its newly acquired BroadSoft...

Nokia is bringing enterprise services to the fore in a concerted effort to increase its reach (and revenues) outside its better known communications service provider markets. They want IoT, 5G, and SD-WAN to be their foot (feet?) in the enterprise door, creating opportunities to expand...

Slack and Zoom are achieving success as viral apps with passionate users; IT leaders take note! This month, on opposite coasts, has seen separate user and partner conferences for two of the rising stars in enterprise collaboration -- Slack and Zoom -- each with similar market...

I attended the Mitel Next conference in Phoenix last week. Though no big announcements came out of the conference, there were some key takeways. Mitel executives conveyed the message to customers and partners that they’re not abandoning on-premises Unified Communications (UC) or contact center customers. Unlike...

Last week my colleague Irwin Lazar and I attended the Slack Frontiers conference in NYC. We both walked away impressed. Sure, we've been Slack fans since Nemertes moved on to the platform in 2016. And Irwin consistently hears good things about the platform in his research...