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.



UCStrategies Reviews Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications

By Marty Parker August 28, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Marty Parker moderates a discussion about the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (2015). UCStrategies Experts participating include Art Rosenberg, Dr. Joseph Williams, Kevin Kieller, Phil Edholm, Michael FinneranJon Arnold, Dave MichelsSteve Leaden, Roberta Fox, and J.R. Simmons.

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

Experts Discuss UC Security

By Dave Michels August 14, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss UC security. Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by Experts Marty Parker, Phil EdholmMichael Finneran, Blair Pleasant, and Kevin Kieller.

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Metaswitch Customers Discuss the Cloud

By Blair Pleasant August 11, 2015

At the Metaswitch Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee, recently, I had a chance to speak with several of Metaswitch’s customers/partners, including Ray Napoletano of Saddleback Communications/ReInvent Telecom and Chris Alberding, FairPoint Communications.

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Is There Really a Market for UC in the SMB Space?

By Jon Arnold August 7, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Jon Arnold moderates a discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about new SMB research co-sponsored by Metaswitch Networks and Edgewater Networks, which was also the focus of his recent article, New Research - What SMBs Think About UC. Joining Jon are Experts Marty Parker, Roberta J. FoxArt Rosenberg, Blair Pleasant, Dave Michels, Phil Edholm, Kevin Kieller, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Steve Leaden.

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What is Doomed, End of Life, Kaput (or Should Be)?

By Dave Michels July 30, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts are posed the question, "What is Doomed, End of Life, Kaput (or Should Be)?" Topics could include technologies, vendors, practices, or "anything else." Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by Art Rosenberg, Kevin KiellerDon Van Doren, Michael Finneran, Blair PleasantMarty Parker, Steve Leaden, J.R. Simmons, Jon Arnold, and Simon Dudley.

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Microsoft: Continuing to Change UC

By Marty Parker July 24, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Marty Parker leads a discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about Microsoft. Joining the call today are Phil Edholm, Simon Dudley, Dr. Joseph Williams, Jim BurtonKevin KiellerMichael Finneran, Roberta J. Fox, Dave Michels, Art Rosenberg, and Jon Arnold.

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Related UC Vendors: Microsoft, HP, Dimension Data

Is UCaaS a Blip or a Trend?

By Dave Michels July 9, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Dave Michels poses questions about UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS) to the UC Experts. Participating this week are Kevin Kieller, Evan Kirstel, Dr. Joseph Williams, Phil Edholm, Roberta J. FoxJon Arnold, Blair PleasantSteve LeadenDon Van Doren, J.R. SimmonsMarty Parker, and Art Rosenberg

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Related UC Vendors: RingCentral, 8x8, Dimension Data, Interactive Intelligence, ShoreTel, NEC, Mitel, Thinking Phone Networks, Microsoft, HP, Cisco, Fonality, Star2Star

UC Experts Engage on Avaya

By Marty Parker July 3, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss Avaya in the wake of their recent analyst consultant conference held in conjunction with IAUG in Denver. Marty Parker moderates the conversation, which includes Experts Roberta J. Fox, Dave MichelsPhil Edholm, J.R. Simmons, and Art Rosenberg.  

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Related UC Vendors: Avaya

Reflecting on Interactions

By Blair Pleasant June 19, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Blair Pleasant discusses Interactive Intelligence Interactions with UCStrategies Experts who attended the event last week in Indianapolis. Also included are Don Van Doren, Jon Arnold, Marty Parker, Roberta Fox and Steve Leaden.

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Related UC Vendors: Interactive Intelligence

Jeff Platón of Interactive Intelligence Discusses C3 – Collaboration, Communication, Customer Engagement

By Blair Pleasant June 17, 2015

Interactive Intelligence’s CMO, Jeff Platón, shares his vision of C3 – Collaboration, communication, customer engagement, and the ways that unified communications, collaboration, and the contact center are coming together to help provide better business outcomes for organizations. 

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Related UC Vendors: Interactive Intelligence

Messaging-First Conferencing Solutions

By Dave Michels June 4, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a spirited discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about what he calls "messaging-first conferencing solutions," such as those provided by Acano, Biba, Slack, and Unify Circuit, Cisco Spark, and Interactive Intelligence Collaborate. Also participating are UC Experts Dave Stein, Michael Finneran, Phil Edholm, Evan KirstelJon Arnold, Kevin Kieller, and Steve Leaden.

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Related UC Vendors: Unify, Cisco, Interactive Intelligence

UCStrategies Reflects on NEC Advantage 2015

By Jim Burton June 2, 2015

UCStrategies was well represented at the recent NEC Advantage Conference in Chandler, AZ. In this Industry Buzz podcast, Jim Burton moderates a discussion about the event. Also participating are Steve Leaden, Phil Edholm, Melissa Swartz, Dave Michels, J.R. Simmons, and Roberta J. Fox.

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Related UC Vendors: NEC

UCStrategies on Microsoft Ignite

By Jim Burton May 21, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Jim Burton moderates a conversation about Microsoft Ignite, with UC Experts Blair PleasantMichael FinneranMarty ParkerSteve LeadenDon Van DorenPhil EdholmDave Michels, and Kevin Kieller.

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Related UC Vendors: Microsoft, Genesys, ShoreTel

UCStrategies Reviews Gartner Magic Quadrant for Midsize Enterprises

By Dave Michels May 15, 2015

Gartner released its first Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications for Midsize Enterprises, North America. In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a discussion about the report, with UCStrategies Experts Kevin Kieller, Roberta J. Fox, Steve Leaden, and Dave Stein.

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Related UC Vendors: Mitel, Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya, NEC, Unify, Digium, Interactive Intelligence, Toshiba

UCStrategies Reviews ShoreTel One Partner Conference

By Blair Pleasant May 7, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the 2015 ShoreTel One Partner Conference, held in Orlando, April 29-May 1. The conversation is moderated by Blair Pleasant, with Experts Melissa Swartz, J.R. Simmons, and Dave Michels.

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Related UC Vendors: ShoreTel

Windows Phone - Is Anyone Calling?

By Michael F. Finneran May 1, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the discussion is about the prospects for Microsoft in the smartphone business. The conversation is moderated by Michael Finneran, and includes UCStrategies Experts Phil Edholm, Roberta Fox , and J.R. Simmons.

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Related UC Vendors: Microsoft

What's Happening in the Mid-Market?

By Phil Edholm April 17, 2015

In this UCStrategies podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the current state of the unified communications mid-market: organizations in the range of 250 to 2,000 seats. Phil Edholm is the moderator, and is joined on the podcast by Experts Marty Parker, Blair PleasantDave Michels, Roberta J. FoxJon Arnold, and J.R. Simmons.

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Living in a Multi-Vendor World – Is BCOM a Key to Success?

By Phil Edholm April 1, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts welcome guests from VOSS Solutions, Unimax, and Kurmi Software to discuss "BCOM" - Business Communications Operations Management. Phil Edholm moderates the conversation, with Experts Kevin Kieller, Marty Parker, Blair Pleasant, and Art Rosenberg. Guests include Christopher May, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for VOSS Solutions, Phil Moen, CEO of Unimax, and Abdel Kander, CEO of Kurmi Software.

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Related UC Vendors: Kurmi Software, VOSS, Unimax

UCStrategies Reviews Enterprise Connect 2015

By Michael F. Finneran March 30, 2015

UCStrategies was well represented at Enterprise Connect 2015, presenting, moderating, and participating on panels. In this Industry Buzz podcast moderated by Michael Finneran, the UCStrategies Experts discuss what made this year's event stand out. The conversation includes Jim BurtonBlair Pleasant, Don Van DorenKevin Kieller, Phil Edholm, Evan KirstelSteve Leaden, and Dave Michels.

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Related UC Vendors: Unify, Cisco, GENBAND, Microsoft, Avaya, Interactive Intelligence, HP, IBM, NextPlane

UCStrategies Experts Preview Enterprise Connect 2015

By Jim Burton March 10, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts preview Enterprise Connect 2015, March 16-19, in Orlando. Jim Burton is the moderator, and is joined by Marty Parker, Michael Finneran, Dave Michels, Blair Pleasant, Phil Edholm, Kevin KiellerSteve Leaden, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Art Rosenberg

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