unified communications

Some industry commentators believe we've reached the end of the era in which organisations' IT departments "own" their IT.

A Cacophony of Chimes

On February 13, Amazon Web Services announced the release of its fully managed communications service that it branded as Amazon Chime. About a year ago CaféX announced its Chime product. To keep it all from getting confusing, let's look at both, ignoring whatever trademark issues might be arising, so you are clear on what is what.

Avaya Engage - Loud on Cloud and the Bright Side of Chapter 11

Las Vegas was the right place for this event, as Avaya needed to relay a strong message to a large and diverse audience. I was one of a few UC Experts included in the analyst/consultant/media track, and they did a great job with a full program of sessions tailored for us. The good news is they had us as a captive audience, so the content was both broad and deep. Conversely, with some 2,300 attendees, we had minimal opportunity to interact with the masses, and it sure would have been nice to take their temperature on Avaya's prospects going forward.

IOVOX Secures $10M in Funding

Begins investing in U.S. expansion and making phone data as valuable and actionable as email

Global call analytics company IOVOX Ltd. announced the completion of a $10M Series A round of equity and debt financing led by Octopus Ventures, SF Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. IOVOX is using the new investment to expand in the United States and execute a product strategy to widen the addressable market for IOVOX services.