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 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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Stan Corporeau of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise on “Outcomes” for Customers and Partners

By Blair Pleasant March 9, 2015

At Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s partner forum, Stan Corporeau, Senior Director, Head of Communications, Product Marketing  talks about “outcomes,” ALU-E’s cloud solutions, and the focus on specific verticals such as hospitality and retail, and the impact for customers and channel partners.

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Related UC Vendors: Alcatel-Lucent

UCStrategies Gives Free Advice

By Dave Michels February 26, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts offer free advice to the following unified communications constituencies: CIO's, vendors, contact centers, carriers and service providers, and start-ups. Dave Michels moderates the discussion, which includes Art Rosenberg, Phil Edholm, Don Van Doren, Marty ParkerMichael FinneranSteve LeadenKevin Kieller, and Clark Richter.

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Voice Quality: Heading in the Right Direction?

By Phil Edholm February 12, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Phil Edholm leads a discussion about his recent article about the degradation of VoIP voice quality, "VoIPmageddon: Is Quality Leading to a Telephony Meltdown?" UCStrategies Experts on the podcast include Steve Leaden, Kevin Kieller, J.R. SimmonsEvan KirstelRoberta Fox, and Jon Arnold.

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Getting Engaged in Cancun

By Blair Pleasant February 3, 2015

At the Avaya Executive Partner Forum, a few analysts got to hear from Avaya execs about Avaya’s various cloud offerings, as well as the company’s focus on two types of engagement – Team Engagement and Customer Engagement. Team Engagement is the next step beyond unified communications and collaboration, and Customer Engagement focuses on the customer experience and related contact center capabilities. We also heard about the Avaya Engagement Platform, which uses reusable snap-ins to enable partners to create apps to provide the outcomes that customers are looking for. 

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Related UC Vendors: Avaya

UC in Telemedicine

By Joseph Williams January 29, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dr. Joseph Williams moderates a conversation with the UCStrategies Experts about the emergence of unified communications in telemedicine, and the challenges and opportunities that make up the delivery of health care services remotely. The conversation also includes Art Rosenberg, Steve Leaden, and Marty Parker.

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Related UC Vendors: ShoreTel, Cisco, Unify

Kenny Heitner of Consolidated Technologies, Inc. on Avaya, the Cloud, and More

By Blair Pleasant January 28, 2015

At the Avaya Executive Partner Forum, Blair Pleasant chats with one of Avaya’s channel partners to discuss Avaya, trends, and the future.

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Related UC Vendors: Avaya

Aspect's CMO on the Cloud and Other Changes at Aspect

By Blair Pleasant January 26, 2015

At Aspect’s Analyst Conference, Jim Freeze, Aspect’s CMO, discusses the cloud and other drivers impacting the contact center and consumer engagement.

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Related UC Vendors: Aspect

UCStrategies Yes or No Game

By Dave Michels January 22, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates the UCStrategies version of the "Yes or No?" game. Dave reads a unified communications-related statement and calls on UC Experts to offer opinions on whether the statement is accurate or not. Participating this week are Experts Michael FinneranMarty ParkerSteve LeadenArt RosenbergKevin Kieller, Roberta Fox, and Martin Steinmann.

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Related UC Vendors: Cisco, Unify, Microsoft

2015 Forecast from UCStrategies

By Marty Parker January 15, 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies' Marty Parker moderates a discussion about 2015. The question posed: what is going to happen in the coming year that is seen as important in the areas of unified communications, social business, or collaboration? Among the variety topics discussed are the UC identity crisis, telemedicine, consolidation of cloud providers, externalization of collaboration, advancements in "longitudinal" search, mobile CEBP, and security. The conversation includes UCStrategies Experts Jon Arnold, Art Rosenberg, Michael Finneran, Dave Michels, Don Van Doren, Phil Edholm, Blair Pleasant, Roberta J. Fox, Evan Kirstel, Martin Steinmann, Kevin Kieller, and Dr. Joseph Williams. 

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UCStrategies Experts Discuss “Most Significant“ of 2014

By Dave Michels January 9, 2015

In this week's Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts talk about the news items from 2014 they consider most significant. Dave Michels moderates the discussion, and is joined by J.R. SimmonsMichael FinneranEvan Kirstel, Art Rosenberg, Marty Parker, Kevin KiellerBlair Pleasant, Phil Edholm, Don Van DorenJon ArnoldSteve Leaden, Roberta J. Fox, and Dr. Joseph Williams.

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Related UC Vendors: Interactive Intelligence, Microsoft, Unify, Cisco, Mitel, Alcatel-Lucent

Catching Up With Interactive Intelligence

By Michael F. Finneran December 24, 2014

In this Industry Buzz Podcast, UCStrategies welcomes Gina Clarkin, Manager of Solutions Marketing for Interactive Intelligence. Topics include Interactive Process Automation, Interactive Intelligence's cloud capabilities, how it fits with BYOD, and the future of work. Michael Finneran is the moderator, and is joined by UCStrategies Experts Art Rosenberg, Clark Richter, and Don Van Doren

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Related UC Vendors: Interactive Intelligence

UCStrategies Reviews the Cisco Collaboration Summit

By Marty Parker December 3, 2014

Several UCStrategies Experts attended the recent Cisco Collaboration Summit in Los Angeles. We decided it would be great to do a podcast recapping what these Experts saw, learned and analyzed from that two-day experience. Joining me on the podcast are Blair PleasantDon Van Doren, Steve LeadenDave Michels, Michael Finneran, and Art Rosenberg.

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Related UC Vendors: Cisco

Lynda Smith Discusses Twilio and its Services

By Blair Pleasant November 11, 2014

Lynda Smith, Twilio’s CMO, talks to Blair Pleasant about Twilio, what it does and how it enables developers to bring communications into the applications they’re building.  

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UCStrategies Catches Up With Huawei

By Blair Pleasant October 29, 2014

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts welcome a guest from Huawei, Edwin Diender, CTO of Western Europe. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, and is joined by Phil Edholm, Evan Kirstel, Art Rosenberg, Don Van Doren, Michael Finneran, and Jon Arnold

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Related UC Vendors: Huawei

Connecting the Circuit

By Dave Michels October 28, 2014

UCStrategies Experts were in attendance last week at Unify's 2014 Global Analyst Summit in Scottsdale. In this Industry Buzz podcast, Dave Michels moderates a discussion about the biggest announcements from the event, the renaming and pending availability of "Circuit," formerly known as Project Ansible, and the introduction of a New Way to Work (#NW2W14). Experts include Steve Leaden, Phil Edholm, Michael FinneranMarty ParkerJ.R. SimmonsJon Arnold, Don Van Doren, and Art Rosenberg.

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Related UC Vendors: Unify

Dimension Data Unified Communications Services: An End-to-End Journey

By Jim Burton October 24, 2014

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies team welcomes Jaskarn Randhawa, Services Practice Manager – Converged Communications, Dimension Data, to the call. Jim Burton is the moderator, and is joined by Marty Parker, Don Van Doren, Roberta J. Fox, Dr. Joseph Williams, Art Rosenberg, Phil Edholm, and Steve Leaden.

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Related UC Vendors: Dimension Data

Introducing Switch Communications

By Blair Pleasant October 15, 2014

Blair Pleasant had a chance to meet with Craig Walker, President & CEO of Switch Communications. Craig was the founder of Grand Central, which was subsequently sold to Google, and has more recently founded Switch Communication. Switch Communication’s products include UberConference and Switch.co, to help businesses “reimagine business phone systems."

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UCStrategies Experts Discuss Gartner Magic Quadrant for UCaaS

By Dave Michels October 2, 2014

In this Industry Buzz videocast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for UCaaS. Dave Michels serves as moderator, and is joined by Experts Jon ArnoldMichael FinneranSteve LeadenDon Van DorenPhil EdholmArt Rosenberg, Roberta J. Fox, J.R. Simmons, and Dr. Joseph Williams

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Related UC Vendors: 8x8, HP, Microsoft, Mitel, Orange, RingCentral, ShoreTel, Star2Star, Thinking Phone Networks

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