Michael Finneran

Principal

dBrn Associates

http://dBrnassociates.com

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Michael Finneran is principal at dBrn Associates, a full service advisory firm specializing in wireless and mobility; services include research, policy development, purchase analysis, and security/technology assessment. Mr. Finneran has worked in the networking field for over 30-years and has operated the practice since 1982. He has published numerous research reports, white papers, and has provided technical and market analysis on the full range of wireless technologies including Wi-Fi, cellular, WiMAX, fixed-mobile convergence, and mobile unified communications (mUC).

A lively and informative speaker, Michael makes frequent appearances at trade shows and conferences including Enterprise Connect (formerly VoiceCon), InterOpBlackBerry World, and Mobile Explosion; he now serves as the program chairman for wireless and mobility at Enterprise Connect. In the consulting area, he has provided assistance regarding network design, market assessment, and strategic planning to wireline and wireless carriers, equipment vendors, end users, investment firms, and a number of government agencies.

For twenty-three years Michael wrote the Networking Intelligence column for “Business Communications Review”, and he now contributes on wireless and mobility to NoJitterUCStrategies.comInformation Week, and The Voice Report. A number of his white papers are available on Webtorials.com, and he has contributed to Computerworld, SearchMobile.com, and The ACUTA Journal. In 2008 he published his first book, Voice Over Wireless LANs- The Complete Guide.

Well respected as an educator, Michael has conducted over 2500 training seminars on networking topics in the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He taught in the Graduate Telecommunications program at Pace University, and conducted programs at the Center for the Study of Data Processing at Washington University in St. Louis.

A member of the Society of Telecommunications Consultants, Mr. Finneran holds a Masters Degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

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While the UCC suppliers continue to hope that 2018 will be the year that users finally embrace their vision of collaboration and willingly adopt their preferred...

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BlackBerry hosted its Security Summit in New York this week, and the big message appeared to be, “we’re not dead!” BlackBerry is still in business, and may be showing...

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On the carrier side, we are suddenly seeing a deluge of technical options coming to the fore, probably more than at any time in recent memory. That in turn is driving...

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Apple made a number of interesting announcements at its World-Wide Developers Conference ...

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According to the Wall Street Journal the two largest cable operators in the country, Comcast and Charter Communications, have entered into a partnership to...

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For years, the nation’s E911 system has been struggling with the challenge of precisely locating callers using wireless phones. This is an important challenge since...

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, Michael Finneran hosts a conversation about Enterprise Connect 2017, with Experts Jim Burton , Blair Pleasant ,...
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After dozens of failed attempts at coming up with a mobile capability any user was interested in, last year something important finally happened for mobile UC. All of...

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In what seems like a major case of déjà vu, the term "WiMAX" has miraculously popped up in the papers this week. WiMAX, or Worldwide I...

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Unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platforms have provided the basis for this transformation; however, the focus of UC&C must now move beyond the...

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So, I got an Apple Watch Series 2 for my birthday - if you drop enough hints, sometimes things work out for you. It took almost a month to get it, and while I've been...

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An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal titled "Tech Sector's Profits Are Fueled by Mobile, Cloud" caught my attention and caused me to rethink the peculiar...

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In this UCStrategies Industry Buzz podcast, Michael Finneran contends that text is the single most important and widely used medium of communications...
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It is with great sadness that I report that my good friend and long-time UCStrategies contributor Art Rosenberg has passed away after an extended illness.

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Two distinct items came across my desk recently both impacting the nascent Internet of Things (IoT) market. First at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, the Wi-Fi...

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts take a look ahead to 2016 and predict what will happen in unified communications (UC)...
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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts get together to discuss the recent BC Summit. The podcast includes Experts Blair Pleasant ,...
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It is no secret that some companies have thrived in the transition to mobile while others have floundered. Among the latter are the UC&C vendors who while they...

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To the UC&C industry, it seems that the iPhone has come to represent the standard by which other user experiences are measured. Not that those UC&C user...

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies receives a briefing about BroadSoft's new Project Tempo announcement. Joining the conversation from...
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Two recent articles caught my attention and got me thinking about the new communications technologies that are coming on line and the impact they are having on some...

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It is no secret that Apple has a long history or ignoring the needs of enterprise users and has focused its attention on the consumer market. That was why it was so...

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I've seen a couple of articles of late decrying the fact that Apple iPad sales are essentially flat and speculating about the future of one of the iconic Apple...

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In what can't be deemed a surprise, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last week announced the company will take a $7. 6 billion write-down on its $9.4 billion investment (...

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Mobility, in conjunction with unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), has swept through the enterprise, making users more productive and accessible....

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the discussion is about the prospects for Microsoft in the smartphone business. The conversation is moderated by...
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I have been tracking the user acceptance of mobile UC for the past nine years, and by my count it has still failed to hit five percent of UC users. Despite this...

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UCStrategies was well represented at Enterprise Connect 2015, presenting, moderating, and participating on panels. In this Industry Buzz podcast...
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The last week has brought two separate announcements regarding new carrier services based either wholly or partly on Wi-Fi. First, Google announced plans to resell...

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In this Industry Buzz Podcast, UCStrategies welcomes Gina Clarkin, Manager of Solutions Marketing for Interactive Intelligence . Topics include...
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In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies welcomes ThinkingPhones to the call to discuss the company's mobile initiative. Moderator Michael...
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It's going to take more than just training to get users off the dime on social business adoption. Unless all team members buy in, that collaborative workspace is...

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A few days ago I posted a piece heralding Apple's "discovery" of UC in the way of a new capability where an iPhone-Mac user could tether their iPhone to the Mac and...

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Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, took to the stage at the company's headquarters yesterday to announce two new iPads and the latest Mac operating system; the company also...

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I conducted the full-day tutorial on BYOD at Interop New York this week, and once again got to ask one of my favorite audience questions: "Do any of you have the word...

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The announcement of two new models of the iPhone and the long awaited Apple Watch along with a bevy of new capabilities has put Apple back in the position of leading...

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts debate the pros and cons, opportunities, and likelihood of success of Windows Phone. Michael...
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The TMC.Net's Wearable Tech Expo took place in New York this week; this is the second year I attended the expo, and I found a very different line-up than last year....

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts offer first takes on the recently announced Apple - IBM Partnership, and what it may mean for...
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A recent survey by hosted Microsoft Lync unified communications (UC) provider ConnectSolutions caught my attention and provided some interesting insight into the...

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Good Technologies held its annual Good Exchange conference in New York this week, and I was struck by how much the message echoed what we have been saying in the UC...

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss Michael Finneran's recently published InformationWeek 2014 State of Unified...
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In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies welcomes two guests from Interactive Intelligence to a conversation about mobility and the contact center...
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In the rush to incorporate richer communications and collaboration capabilities and fine tune the user experience, it seems that analytics for Unified Communications...

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UCStrategies Experts were involved in 25 sessions at Enterprise Connect 2014, and in this Industry Buzz podcast they give their impressions of the...
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In the What UC Trends Will Fizzle in 2014 podcast held a couple of weeks ago, Dave Michels suggested the following: "BYOD is absolutely over;...not...
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In response to last week's Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies Experts Look Ahead to 2014 , this week the Experts take turns predicting (and debating...
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Well it's that time of year we pundits start cranking out our predictions for the coming year. Of course those of us who follow the mobile space shudder at that...

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While they have not been widely recognized as a force in enterprise mobile networking, HP has quietly been assembling the pieces...

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For the past two to three years many of us in the mobile market have been lamenting the dearth of major advances from Apple, some pinning the cause on the passing of...

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As a greater percentage of workers become mobile and start to use their cell phones as much or even more than their desk phones, inevitably the option of going "all-...

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Microsoft announced that it will be buying Nokia's Devices and Services business for €5.44 billion, the equivalent of $7.18 billion in an all cash deal. For readers...

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Businesses need to develop new customer service capabilities to meet the expectations of these mobile customers and provide ways to serve them better and faster to...

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Recent articles with conflicting viewpoints on the topic of the "Mobile Revolution" spawned this Industry Buzz podcast. The UCStrategies Experts...
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Mary Meeker presented her annual "State of the Internet" report at D: All Things Digital Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Wednesday. The thing that always...

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This week the UCStrategies Experts discuss wireless devices. The conversation is moderated by UCStrategies' mobility expert Michael Finneran , and...
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Context is also a big topic in mobility, though (like most things mobile) it has been focused on B2C interactions. Context refers to the sum total of what the...

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As we ramp up to the UC Summit next week, there has been a lot going on in mobility. However, the more interesting story...

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Well, 2012 has been another tumultuous year in the mobility market, but more than anything else it has set the table for what should be a number of major developments...

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My good friend Dave Michels did a post on his blog, Talkingpointz, titled "RIM: Back From the Brink?...

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As the East Coast recovers from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, all utilities are being pushed to their limits. However, the response of the mobile operators has...

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There's been more than a little news on the mobility front this week, most of it coming not from the market leaders, but from the "challengers." It touches...

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UCStrategies' Michael Finneran moderates this week's podcast about the recently announced Nemertes PilotHouse Awards, and is joined by UC Experts...
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This week's podcast topic is New Directions in Mobility. Where will the intelligence reside in next-generation mobile technologies, and what kind of...
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The lessons for SI's are clear. If all you're looking at is selling a couple of servers to activate the licensed capabilities the customer already has, you're not...

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Many organizations are taking a rather cavalier attitude towards security as we enter the age of BYOD. I'm in the final stages of analyzing the InformationWeek 2012...

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At the recent Enterprise Connect in Orlando, there was much discussion on the topic of collaboration and the impact it was having on the enterprise. One of the most...

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Several UCStrategies Experts attended and participated in Enterprise Connect 2012. In this Industry Buzz podcast moderated by Michael Finneran , the...
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Enterprise Connect, one of the major trade shows for the UC and IP PBX businesses, went off in Orlando last week and focused on the themes of cloud, SIP trunking,...

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Rather than looking at these new post-PC devices as "the enemy," maybe we should start the conversation with the customer with what we can do for their smartphones...

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iPass has published its quarterly Mobile Workforce Report and found that the percentage of users who identified themselves as "satisfied" with their cellular service...

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies experts debate the impact of millennials, or Generation Y, in the workplace. The discussion is...
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I was struck by an Information Week Analytics Survey on Social Networking in the Enterprise, which found that enterprise social networking is clearly not setting the...

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With the complexities of call routing and skills management, the contact center sits at the convergence of telecommunications, marketing, and the specialized skills...

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Like Marty Parker, I too spent a good part of last week at Lotusphere in Orlando, where "Business. Made Social" was the central theme, and I could not help but be...

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The political season is upon us, and I'm always struck by the contrast between the world our politicians are talking about and the one we live in. The candidates seem...

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Unified Messaging/Unified Communications vendor AVST has introduced mobile clients for the Apple iOS and Android smartphone...

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss the future of the public switched telephone network (PSTN). The podcast is moderate...
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An analysis of the new Distributed-Input-Distributed-Output (DIDO) radio technology from Steve Perlman and the Rearden Companies.

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts discuss new modes of work, and the role UC will be playing in them. Michael Finneran...
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The UC Summit wrapped up last week Estancia La Jolla Resort & Spa in La Jolla, CA, and was universally praised. This is the third time UCStrategies has run the UC...

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In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies experts discuss the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T. The Expert panel includes Michael...
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A report on RIM And Nokia's mobility presence at IBM's Lotusphere in Orlando and the announcement that Microsoft would begin making handsets that support the...

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Analysis of the technical and marketing challenges involved in introducing 4G mobile data services.

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A critical look at the idea of the consumerization of IT and how it has emphasized the issue of mobility while drowning out any discussion of unified communications...

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An assessment of the Microsoft Phone 7 mobile operating system from the perspective of enterprise unified communications

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An assessment of Avaya's tablet or Desktop Video Communicator from a mobile UC perspective. At a press conference in New York today, Avaya introduced an Android-based...

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A discussion of how and why the Apple iPad will be adopted as an enterprise computing device, and the additions that will be needed to make it truly useful as a...

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