Industry Buzz Podcasts

Industry Buzz Podcasts

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Read and hear about the latest and greatest in the UC world. Industry Buzz podcasts feature vendor interviews and exciting industry news that goes beyond the headlines to what the leading vendors are doing in the UC market. Industry Buzz helps you understand the new products, alliances, and technologies that vendors are announcing and introducing.

Did you know Industry Buzz podcasts are also available via iTunes? Search on "UCStrategies" to find them.



Cloud or Not Cloud - How Do Businesses Decide?

By UCStrategies February 20, 2018

Companies in the market to update or replace a business phone system are deciding whether to move to the cloud, stay on-prem, or do hybrid mix of both. What should those companies be thinking about? Why or why not should they consider the cloud, and what are those considerations? In this Industry Buzz Podcast, Blair Pleasant leads the discussion, with BCStrategies Experts Dave Stein, Melissa Swartz, Sara Uzel, Marty Parker, JR Simmons, Dr. Joseph Williams, David Smith, Steve Leaden and Ashish Jain.

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BCStrategies Reaction Following Avaya Engage 2018

By UCStrategies February 12, 2018

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Blair Pleasant leads a discussion about Avaya Engage 2018, with Experts Dave Michels, Dr. Joseph WilliamsSara Uzel, Marty Parker, JR Simmons, Phil Edholm, Jon Arnold, David Smith, Roberta J. Fox and Steve Leaden. Topics include the state of the company post-Chapter 11, the acquisition of Spoken Communications and other announcements.  

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Related UC Vendors: Avaya

Mergers and Acquisitions in BC: Reflections and Predictions for 2018

By UCStrategies January 12, 2018

In this Industry Buzz podcast the BCStrategies Experts discuss mergers and acquisitions; what to look for in upcoming M&A activity in the business communications space; and the notable and under-the-radar mergers that took place in 2017. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation with Experts Dave Smith, Jim Burton, Marty Parker, Phil Edholm and Steve Leaden.

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BCStrategies Forecasts for 2018

By UCStrategies December 27, 2017

The topic of this Industry Buzz podcast is the forecast for 2018 in the business communications space. Participants include Experts Jim Burton, Nicolas De KouchkovskyEvan Kirstel, Dr. Joseph Williams, Blair Pleasant, Jon Arnold, Dave Michels, JR SimmonsPeter Bernstein, Phil Edholm, Roberta Fox and Kevin Kieller.

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Is Net Neutrality Good or Bad from an Enterprise Perspective?

By UCStrategies December 21, 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Phil Edholm moderates a conversation on the recent FCC Net Neutrality ruling. The discussion includes Experts Jon Arnold, Dave Stein, David Smith and JR Simmons, with telecom attorney Martha Buyer, Principal, Law Offices of Martha Buyer, PLLC.

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2017 Year in Review in Business Communications

By UCStrategies December 8, 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast the BCStrategies Experts look back at the hot topics, issues and trends of 2017 in the unified communications and collaboration space. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation which also includes Experts Jon Arnold,Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm, Kevin Kieller, David Smith, Peter Bernstein and Roberta J. Fox.

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Related UC Vendors: Avaya, BroadSoft, Cisco, GENBAND, IBM, Microsoft, Mitel, ShoreTel, Sonus

Broadsoft CMO on Connections Conference, Cisco, Channel and Cloud

By Blair Pleasant November 15, 2017

During the BroadSoft Connections event, I spoke with Taher Behbehani, BroadSoft CMO, about BroadSoft’s announcements at the conference, including the big news – the Cisco acquisition of BroadSoft.

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Related UC Vendors: BroadSoft, Cisco

Cisco Acquires BroadSoft

By UCStrategies November 1, 2017

The announcement of Cisco's acquisition of BroadSoft is the topic of this week's Industry Buzz podcast. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation which includes BCStrategies Experts Jon Arnold, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm, Chuck Lear, JR Simmons, David Smith, Peter Bernstein, Dave Stein, and Dr. Joseph Williams

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Related UC Vendors: Cisco, BroadSoft

BC Summit 2017: Times Are a-Changin'

By UCStrategies October 26, 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Blair Pleasant moderates a conversation with the Experts about the recent BC Summit. Experts on the call include Dave Stein, Phil Edholm, Jon Arnold, Nicolas De Kouchkovsky, Marty Parker and Dr. Joseph Williams.

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Related UC Vendors: Vonage Business, NEC, Tata Communications, Mitel, Nectar, Logitech, BroadSoft

Experts Weigh in on the Gartner MQ for UCaaS 2017

By UCStrategies October 13, 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Marty Parker moderates a conversation about the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS MQ), Worldwide. Experts participating include Jon Arnold, Dave Michels, Chuck LearDon Van Doren, Phil Edholm.

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Webinar Replay: Real-Time Resolution for the Modern Contact Center

By Blair Pleasant September 12, 2017

For years I’ve been talking and writing about expanding beyond the walls of the formal contact center to enable subject matter experts to assist contact center agents in order to provide first contact resolution (FCR). Thanks to UC and cloud-based contact center solutions, this is finally becoming a reality.

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Related UC Vendors: Five9

Cisco Sparks a Slew of News

By UCStrategies August 24, 2017

This week, Cisco Spark™ announced several breakthroughs around security, compliance and analytics. This week's Industry Buzz podcast drills down into the significance of these announcements for Cisco customers and the industry. Dave Michels moderates the conversation, with Roberta J. Fox, Phil Edholm, JR Simmons, Don Van Doren, Kevin Kieller and David Smith. 

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Related UC Vendors: Cisco

Experts Discuss the Gartner Magic Quadrant for UC

By UCStrategies August 21, 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast the UCStrategies Experts discuss the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications 2017. Led by Marty Parker, the panel includes Michael Finneran, Phil Edholm, Dave Stein, Jon ArnoldDon Van Doren, Peter BernsteinJR SimmonsKevin Kieller and Steve Leaden.

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Related UC Vendors: Cisco, Mitel, Microsoft, Avaya, Huawei, Unify, NEC, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, ShoreTel

Avaya Clears Another Hurdle

By UCStrategies August 11, 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast,  the UCStrategies Experts discuss Avaya's recent announcement as it moves forward to emerge from Chapter 11. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, and includes Experts Phil EdholmJim Burton, JR SimmonsDr. Joseph WilliamsDave MichelsMarty ParkerSteve Leaden and Roberta Fox

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Related UC Vendors: Avaya

UCStrategies on the Mitel-ShoreTel News

By UCStrategies Staff August 3, 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Dave Michels leads the discussion among the UCStrategies Experts about the news that Mitel has acquired ShoreTel. Participants this week include Michael Finneran, Roberta J. Fox, Dave Stein, Phil Edholm, Jim BurtonMelissa SwartzJon Arnold and JR Simmons.

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Related UC Vendors: Mitel, ShoreTel

A Discussion with GENBAND’s “Kandy Man” Sacha Gera

By Blair Pleasant July 20, 2017

At the GENBAND Perspective 2017 event in Los Angeles, Blair Pleasant sat down with Sacha Gera, Senior VP of Cloud Products, to discuss GENBAND’s Kandy offerings, and how GENBAND’s carrier customers can use Kandy to differentiate their services.

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Related UC Vendors: GENBAND

Alexa, What's Amazon Up To?

By UCStrategies June 23, 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts address the recent news and rumors about Amazon, and how they may affect the enterprise. Dave Michels moderates the conversation, with Experts Michael Finneran, Blair PleasantPeter Bernstein, JR Simmons, Jon Arnold and Dr. Joseph Williams.

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Teleworking Changes: New Trend or an Overreaction?

By UCStrategies June 15, 2017

The UCStrategies experts discuss teleworking, where it does and doesn't fit, and why some companies are changing their policies for at-home workers. UCStrategies' Dave Michels moderates the conversation, with Experts Kevin Kieller, Blair Pleasant, Dave Stein, Marty Parker, Dr. Joseph Williams, Roberta J. Fox, Phil Edholm and David Smith.

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Related UC Vendors: IBM, HP

Reviewing Mitel and the Elite Experience

By UCStrategies June 9, 2017

The topic of this Industry Buzz podcast is Mitel, in the wake of the company's Mitel Elite Experience event held last week in San Antonio. UCStrategies' Blair Pleasant moderates a discussion among the UCStrategies Experts, which includes Steve Leaden, Dave Stein, Dave Michels, Roberta J. Fox, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Phil Edholm.

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Related UC Vendors: Mitel

CPaaS Perspectives

By UCStrategies May 19, 2017

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss Communications Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS). Topics include how CPaaS is changing, why organizations should choose certain CPaaS offers, and where the industry will evolve over the next 12-24 months. Phil Edholm, moderates a discussion, with Experts Peter Bernstein, Michael FinneranSteve Leaden, Dave Smith, and Jon Arnold.

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Related UC Vendors: Tata Communications, Cisco, Vonage Business

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