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.



Hopes and Aspirations for 2016

By UCStrategies September 23, 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts address their "hopes and aspirations" for UC for the rest of 2016, and welcome new Expert Dave Smith group. Moderator Dave Michels is joined by Experts Marty Parker, Roberta J. Fox, Dave Smith, Dave Stein, Phil Edholm and Michael Finneran.

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Industry Consolidation Podcast

By UCStrategies August 12, 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a discussion with the UCStrategies Experts about the recent consolidation activity  actual and speculation  in the industry. Joining the conversation are Steve Leaden, Marty Parker, Simon Dudley, Phil Edholm, Jim BurtonBlair Pleasant, Evan Kirstel, Roberta J. Fox, Jon Arnold, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

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Related UC Vendors: Avaya, ShoreTel, Microsoft, Interactive Intelligence, Cisco

Our Evolving Industry: Shaping the Agenda for BC Summit 2016

By UCStrategies August 8, 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the changes happening in the industry that will shape the agenda for the upcoming BC Summit in November. The BC Summit is November 1-3, 2016, at the La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA. Jim Burton is the moderator, and is joined by Experts Marty Parker, Roberta J. Fox, Michael Finneran, Steve Leaden, Melissa Swartz, Evan Kirstel, Dave Stein, Jon ArnoldBlair Pleasant, Dr. Joseph Williams, Kevin Kieller, and Phil Edholm.

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UCStrategies' Take on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for UC

By UCStrategies August 3, 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts review the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for UC. The conversation is led by moderator Marty Parker, and includes Experts Dave Michels, Marty Parker, Michael Finneran, Roberta J. Fox, Jon ArnoldSteve Leaden, Dave Stein, JR Simmons, Kevin Kieller, Don Van Doren, and Phil Edholm.

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Related UC Vendors: Cisco, Unify, ShoreTel, Microsoft, IBM

Cisco and IBM Bring the Power of Watson to “Intelligent Collaboration”

By UCStrategies July 22, 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Jim Burton leads a conversation with the UC Experts on the recent Cisco-IBM announcement. The podcast includes Blair Pleasant, Marty Parker, Roberta J. Fox, Dr. Joseph WilliamsDave Michels and Don Van Doren.

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Related UC Vendors: IBM, Cisco

Verint’s Ryan Hollenbeck on “Actionable Intelligence,” “Customer Engagement Optimization,” and more

By Blair Pleasant July 15, 2016

At Verint Engage 2016, Verint’s annual customer event, Ryan Hollenbeck, Sr VP, Global Marketing, Customer Experience, discussed some of the key themes of the event, and Verint’s role in these areas.

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Related UC Vendors: Verint

2016 Midyear Review

By UCStrategies July 11, 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies conducts its annual "year in review" podcast at the midyear point. Moderator Dave Michels posed this question to start it off: "It's halfway through the year; EC is months behind us. What's interesting to you? What will define 2016?" UCStrategies Experts participating include Marty Parker, Dr. Joseph WilliamsPhil Edholm, Steve Leaden, and Roberta Fox.

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UCStrategies Reviews INTERACTIONS 2016

By UCStrategies July 6, 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Jon Arnold leads a discussion about Interactive Intelligence. Several of the UCStrategies Experts attended the company's recent INTERACTIONS 2016 event, and in the second part of the podcast they discuss the company in the context of keynote speaker Salim Ismail's book, Exponential Organizations. Also participating are Experts Steve LeadenDon Van Doren, Blair Pleasant, Dave SteinPhil Edholm, Roberta Fox, and Dave Michels.

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Related UC Vendors: Interactive Intelligence

UCStrategies Reacts to Microsoft Purchase of LinkedIn

By UCStrategies June 23, 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Simon Dudley leads a conversation with UCStrategies Experts about the announcement that Microsoft will purchase LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The podcast includes Michael Finneran, Evan Kirstel, Jon Arnold, Blair PleasantDave MichelsSteve Leaden, and Roberta J. Fox.

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Related UC Vendors: Microsoft

Can We Solve the Tower of Babel That is Text?

By UCStrategies June 2, 2016

In this UCStrategies Industry Buzz podcast, Michael Finneran contends that text is the single most important and widely used medium of communications to have emerged in the past 20 years, but that it is about the farthest thing from an "integrated network” that has ever existed. The conversation includes Experts Phil Edholm, Joseph WilliamsJon ArnoldBlair Pleasant, JR Simmons, Roberta Fox, and Dave Michels.

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Metaswitch’s SVP Marketing on Helping Network Operators Succeed in UCC

By Blair Pleasant May 27, 2016

At the Metaswitch Forum 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ, Blair Pleasant spoke with Metaswitch’s Senior VP of Marketing, Steve Gleave, about what’s new at Metaswitch and the changes taking place in the overall market.

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NEC's IT Advantage

By UCStrategies May 26, 2016

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 SimmonsSteve LeadenMichael Finneran, Dr. Joseph Williams and Phil Edholm.

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Related UC Vendors: NEC

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

By UCStrategies May 13, 2016

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 ArnoldMarty Parker, Phil Edholm, Simon DudleySteve Leaden, Roberta J. Fox, and Dave Michels.

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Workstream Messaging and UC

By UCStrategies May 5, 2016

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 PleasantKevin Kieller, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Simon Dudley.

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Enterprise Connect Update: BCOM Helps Drive Successful UC Deployments

By Phil Edholm April 28, 2016

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 EdholmDr. Joseph Williams, Steve Leaden, Michael Finneran, Blair Pleasant and Roberta J. Fox.

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Related UC Vendors: Business Communications Operations Management (BCOM), Kurmi Software, VOSS

Mitel's Acquisition of Polycom: UCStrategies' Reaction

By UCStrategies April 22, 2016

In this week's Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts debate the Mitel acquisition of PolycomBlair Pleasant moderates the conversation, and is joined by Marty Parker, Phil Edholm, Roberta Fox, Jon Arnold, Dr. Joseph WilliamsDave MichelsMichael Finneran, and Steve Leaden.

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Related UC Vendors: Mitel, Polycom

Nextiva CEO Discusses Customer Experience and Nextiva Differentiation

By Blair Pleasant April 1, 2016

Tomas GornyCEO of business communication cloud vendor Nextiva, discusses who Nextiva is and how they differentiate from some of the other UCaaS vendors by focusing on ease of use and the customer experience.

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Jon Rauschenberger of Clarity Discusses New Integration with Facebook Messenger

By Blair Pleasant March 29, 2016

In this podcast, Clarity CTO Jon Rauschenberger of Clarity talks about the new integration as well as the initial customer and use case, and how Clarity supports hybrid environments and where it is going with Office 365.

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Related UC Vendors: Clarity Connect

The Role of Customer Engagement in the Contact Center

By UCStrategies March 25, 2016

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Blair Pleasant moderates a conversation about changes in customer care and the contact center, and the growing significance of the customer experience. Blair is joined by UCStrategies Experts Don Van Doren, Roberta FoxJon Arnold, Phil Edholm, Evan Kirstel, Steve LeadenMichael Finneran, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Melissa Swartz.

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Related UC Vendors: Dimension Data

UCStrategies Reflects on Enterprise Connect 2016

By UCStrategies March 23, 2016

UCStrategies' Marty Parker was not able to attend Enterprise Connect this year, so he interviewed the UCStrategies Experts to find out what he missed. In this Industry Buzz podcast, Marty hears from Experts Jim Burton, Michael FinneranEvan KirstelDave Michels, Dave SteinBlair Pleasant, JR Simmons, Steve Leaden, Kevin Kieller and Phil Edholm.

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Related UC Vendors: 8x8, Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft, Mitel, NEC, RingCentral, ShoreTel, Thinking Phone Networks, Unify, Vonage, Fuze

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