Category Archives: Unified Communications

Sangoma buys VoIP Innovations

On Friday evening as we settled down to dinner with our families on the east coast, looking forward to an autumnal weekend of raking leaves and frosty morning walks. Sangoma made an announcement of acquiring VoIP Innovations. Firstly, congratulations to David Walsh, Jason Tapolci, John Elliott, Evin Hunt, Natalie DeCario, Harold Vance, Joe Aponick, Hugh Goldstein, and […]

We need to comment on MLTS (Multi-Line Telephone Systems) NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rule Making) (FCC 18-132) ASAP

Calling all UCaaS / CPaaS / CCaaS / enterprise VoIP providers. We need to comment on MLTS (Multi-Line Telephone Systems) NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rule Making) (FCC 18-132) as soon as possible. Firstly, an apology in the lateness of this article. I learnt about FCC 18-132 back in October at the IIT RTC Conference and have […]

What’s in a name? Part 2.

There’s been quite a bit of debate stimulated by the weblog “What’s in a name? Finding a better handle for Programmable Telecoms“, the related twitter discussion (see below), and lots of other threads over the past month. What’s in a name? Finding a handle for #ProgrammableTelecomshttps://t.co/O1NBSgvQsq FinTech is an excellent handle for financial service innovators. We need […]

Understanding the Shift in Telecoms, Acceptance and Recognition

I’ve been repeating the ideas presented in this weblog quite often of late on the shift in telecoms, ever since TADSummit / TADHack Global in 2018. None of this is new, it’s simply packaging old ideas into an easy to digest form to better understand the shift in telecoms thanks to programmable telecoms, why digital transformation […]

The Enterprise Telecoms Revolution. A Potted History of Programmable Telecoms.

Before we start, do not worry about all the acronyms in this potted history of Programmable Telecoms, there is an irreverent acronym list at the end of this weblog to help you through them. And yes, this is a long weblog, at 4k words it should take about 20 minutes to read, but its easy […]

What is it that you do?

I’m asked this question surprisingly often, “Alan, what is it that you do?” My stock answer is, “I wander the world helping people.” Which generally results in a wry smile from those who know me; else a questioning or annoyed look from someone who was expecting a straightforward answer to a straightforward question. When I […]

UCaaS is a subset of CPaaS

Its always before Enterprise Connect the confusion on CPaaS (Communications Platform as a Service) and UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) rises. Here are two simple definitions: UCaaS is a PBX in the cloud, its a telecom application (granted a complex one, but a telecom app nonetheless). CPaaS is a telecom application server in the […]

UC in Europe; It’s Complicated

UC in Europe is complicated. When I use the acronym UC (Unified Communications) I’m taking a broad definition encompassing vPBX, hosted UC, UCaaS, and all the IVR, contact center, and web widget features that are used. The reason for such a broad definition is because enterprises use UC is so many ways, there’s a laundry […]

Shooting from the Hip

I thought I’d keep this article punchy as I’m full of a cold, so would rather just shoot from the hip than think too much on some of the topics I’ve discussed on my calls this week There are some numbers in here, so its not just rambling opinion. Cisco bought market share, all the UC […]

The Rainbow of Programmable Telecoms

Its been a busy summer across preparations for TADHack Global, TADSummit and the day job of helping people around the world build new businesses and services in programmable telecoms. Plus here in the US with the long summer holidays a succession of camps and baby sitters to keep the kids occupied and not watching TV or […]