No Jitter Roll Five for Friday

Log in or register to post comments The wireless earbuds include all the features of Jabra’s Evolve line, such as professional quality audio, compatibility with UC solutions, and dual connectivity for a laptop and smartphone. Plus, the earbuds are Skype for Business certified.The Evolve 65t, shown to the right, features four-microphone technology for sound, 15 hours of battery life, multiple fitting options for getting the right seal, adjustable passive noise cancellation, and, for voice commands, one-touch access to a digital assistant of the user’s choosing.The Jabra Evolve 65t will be available in mid-December for $329.Videxio Offers ‘Scan to Join’ FeatureCloud video conferencing service provider Videxio this week announced MeetingConnect, a feature that lets users join a meeting by scanning a QR code when entering a meeting room.With MeetingConnect, Videxio said it wants to eliminate the hassle users face in searching for meeting dial-in details and having to manually type in characters to a video room device. For IT, Videxio said it sees MeetingConnect providing a way to get more use out of their existing video conferencing investments, since it works with legacy room systems from companies like Polycom and Cisco. All employees need are their smartphones – and the QR code, of course.“Our customers have a job to do, and that doesn’t involve fiddling with meeting room technology,” said Tom Erik Lia, CEO and cofounder of Videxio, in a prepared statement. “They just need an easy way to get into their meetings. It’s as simple as that.”MeetingConnect supports most video meeting apps, including its own plus apps from Pexip, Microsoft Skype for Business, Cisco Webex Meetings and Webex Teams, BlueJeans, and Zoom meetings. Videxio is also working on support for Google Hangouts, the company said. To get started with MeetingConnect, admins just need to log in to the Videxio admin portal and print QR codes with instructions to post in meeting rooms. You can see a short demo video here.AvePoint Intros AVAMicrosoft partner AvePoint, an enterprise software and services provider, this week announced the general availability of AvePoint Virtual Assistant (AVA), a bot designed to locate and restore Microsoft Office 365 content for end users.Users who accidentally delete or can’t find files, documents, or emails in Office 365 are able to forego calling up IT and instead chat with AVA in Microsoft Teams. AVA can automatically perform searches based on the individual user’s permissions in Exchange, Outlook, and OneDrive’s recycle bin to restore the sought-after item. Further, when integrated with AvePoint’s Cloud Backup for Office 365 solution, the bot can find content that isn’t retained by Office 365’s native backup capabilities, AvePoint said.AVA is available as a freemium application in the Microsoft Teams Store. Among future developments, AvePoint said it intends to support all major languages with full natural language processing capabilities and to integrate the bot across the full Office 365 portfolio.Versa Networks Teams with AWS Partners on SD-WANSoftware-defined network (SD-WAN) vendor Versa Networks recently revealed that it’s teamed up with Amazon Web Services Partner Network (APN) partners to provide SD-WAN solutions tailored for AWS. The resulting solution will secure and optimize the migration of enterprise on-premises workloads and applications to AWS, Versa said.When selecting partners to work with, Versa said, it looked for service provider and system integration partners that have achieved the AWS Networking Competency status and are an APN partners supporting AWS Direct Connect. Initial APN networking partners include Verizon, Comcast, CenturyLink, and Zayo, the company said. The first package offered in the AWS Solution Space comes from Zayo.The Versa architecture for AWS involves application-aware routing, application traffic optimization, and a diversity of transport options including MPLS, Internet, LTE, and DCA. It includes the capability to use cloud-interconnect and gateway solutions for private, direct access to AWS.Tango Networks Acquires Simetric TelecomTango Networks, a provider of communication solutions for mobile-first enterprises, this week announced the acquisition of Simetric Telecom, a U.K.-based provider known for its ability to blend fixed communications and mobile services to deliver unified telecommunications. Simetric’s Mobile-X service, in particular, provides converged mobile communications that encompass a full enterprise telephony feature set. Tango recently launched its own cloud-powered enterprise mobile communications service, called Kinetic Cloud, that offers mobile UC, mobile communications recording compliance, automated enterprise application mobile integration, and enterprise text messaging.Together as one, Tango is aiming to create an enterprise mobility powerhouse capable of revolutionizing mobile communications services, the company said. The combined offerings will integrate mobile native voice, text, and data communications with enterprise telephony and applications, giving enterprise customers a “ubiquitous, global communications fabric covering all employees in any location,” Tango said.Simetric is now operating as a subsidiary of Tango Networks; it didn’t disclose the price or terms of the deal.Tags:News & ViewsJabraVidexioAvePointVersa NetworksTango NetworksIndustry NewsAI & AutomationAI & Speech TechnologiesEndpointsEnterprise NetworkingMeetingsSD-WANVideo Collaboration & A/V Articles You Might Like Dish Networks Gets a Bone in Sprint, T-Mobile Merger OK Michael Finneran July 30, 2019 A fantasy solution for a fanciful concern clears the way for Sprint, T-Mobile combo — please let it go through, for safety’s sake! One Way or Another, Sprint Needs Out of Purgatory Michael Finneran June 19, 2019 For enterprise customers, the benefits of a T-Mobile/Sprint combination are clear, but the politics remain incomprehensible. In this week’s news roundup, we look at announcements around professional headsets, video conferencing, virtual assistants, as well as a network partnership and an acquisition in the mobile space.Jabra Launches Wireless Earbuds for BusinessUC headset provider Jabra this week launched the latest addition to its Evolve headset line, the Evolve 65t — wireless earbuds aimed at mobile professionals. Avaya & RingCentral: Does This Alliance Make Sense? Zeus Kerravala October 04, 2019 While the benefits for RingCentral are clear, that’s not so easily said about Avaya. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Beth Schultz June 14, 2019 A look at news from Slack, Symphony, Intel, Nureva, and PGi Jabra_Evolve65t_300.png See All in Industry News » News_774.png Avaya Taps RingCentral in UCaaS Partnership Beth Schultz October 03, 2019 Deal includes RingCentral’s $500 million investment in Avaya. read more

Why a MitelAvaya Merger Would Be Good for the Industry

Next I have to ask myself: Do I believe there’s truth to the rumor? I certainly do think the offer is possible and that it makes sense, as I briefly discussed with No Jitter yesterday. You might think the two companies would have a fair bit of overlap, but their business are complementary. Here are a few proof points: Mitel’s CEO Rich McBee has long stated the industry needs to consolidate and he’s done his part with acquisitions of companies like ShoreTel and Toshiba (its communications systems business). If it were to acquire Avaya, the deal would certainly be bigger than any other purchase Mitel has made… but recall, McBee did go elephant hunting once before when he took a run at Polycom, only to be thwarted by private equity. As the biggest wheeler and dealer in Dallas since J.R. Ewing, McBee has no doubt continued to poke around all premises-based UC vendors not named Cisco and Microsoft. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. Source: Synergy Research Group A merger between Avaya and Mitel would create a behemoth of a company, bringing the number two and number three voice vendors together. Synergy Research Group data shows Cisco in the pole position, with about 44% market share, Avaya second at 10%, and Mitel third at 8%, as shown below. Getting historical installed base numbers is difficult, but I believe a combined Avaya and Mitel would hold the industry’s biggest installed base, by far. Mitel’s strength is in small and midsize businesses, whereas Avaya primarily serves large enterprises.While Avaya designed its IP Office VoIP system to crack the code on SMBs, the product has become more of a branch office option for highly distributed enterprises.Mitel has a strong UCaaS solution whereas Avaya’s strength lies in private cloud, which makes sense given its large enterprise focus (see my No Jitter post from earlier this week on why international bank selected Avaya OneCloud to move its contact center operations from the premises to the cloud).Avaya gears its contact center business upmarket whereas Mitel’s focus is down market.Both vendors have strong, broad desktop product portfolios, and while “MiVaya” would need to do some product rationalization, the end result would be a good selection best-of-breed phones.From a market perspective, the larger company would be in a better position to compete with the two 800-pound gorillas — Cisco and Microsoft. As the industry becomes more artificial intelligence (AI)-centric, data and scale are must-haves. On this front, Avaya and Mitel are stronger together than apart. That said, if a deal doesn’t happen, the companies should still be fine continuing down their current trajectories, optimizing their internal resources while leveraging partners for AI. They can still do this, although it would be easier as a bigger company. More to come from this story, I’m sure.Tags:News & ViewsAvayaMitelM&AUnified Communications & CollaborationAI & AutomationAnalyst InsightCloud CommunicationsContact Center & Customer ExperienceVendor News Articles You Might Like Handshake-deal.jpg As revealed in The Wall Street Journal yesterday, Mitel has reportedly put in a bid to acquire Avaya for $20 to $22 per share, for a purchase price of approximately $2 billion. This news, of course, has gotten me to thinking about how a merger between these companies would affect the industry. However, before I get my analysis, I first want to point out that the reported $2 billion purchase price is incorrect. While that might be the current market capitalization based on share purchase price, the figure doesn’t into account the roughly $3 billion in debt Avaya holds. With debt included, the offer would have to come in for a total enterprise value of $5 billion to be of interest to shareholders. I’m also sure Mitel isn’t the only company that’s had interest in Avaya, given its massive installed base and its “who’s who of the business world” customer list. At this relatively low valuation compared to revenue, Avaya is surely an attractive target for other private equity firms, too. In fact, of all the publicly traded UC companies, Avaya is the most undervalued, so any number of investors might be scoping it out. This isn’t a deal that MUST happen for either company to succeed. Avaya’s strategy today is better than it has been in a long time. Mitel’s strategy, which is growth through consolidation of installed bases, has been clear for years. However, McBee is a disciplined buyer and will never pay more for an asset than he thinks it’s worth, and he’ll never do anything that’s bad for Mitel customers. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. Do I believe Mitel has had and still has interest? Sure. Do I think the deal will happen? Perhaps, but from what I know of McBee, he won’t be pressured into paying a penny more than he thinks a company is worth, so who knows. Synergy.png Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. In summary, I do believe Mitel is interested in Avaya, but I’m also sure McBee has probably nosed around for other options, too… Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Unify, Panasonic, and others. Whether this week’s speculation translates into an actual deal, who knows. Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. The biggest challenge a combined company would face is being able to flip the installed base to cloud quickly. If a customer wants to migrate from an on-premises deployment to a private or hybrid cloud, incumbency matters; to retain a customer’s business, Avaya + Mitel could bring together any kind of solution. If a customer wants to shift to a pure UCaaS model, the incumbent is often on the outside looking in as many decision makers don’t consider the “legacy” vendor when making a cloud decision. Here’s where Mitel’s experience in acquiring and incorporating other installed bases matters. While integrating acquired product lines has likely been a harder task than McBee and company anticipated, they’ve learned a lot from their past experiences. Log in or register to post comments read more

DWIVEDI From sports to politics our brains are wired for tribalism

Brock University Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Veena Dwivedi wrote a piece published Thursday, June 6 in The Conversation about the way people act when they believe they’re part of a ‘team.’Dwivedi writes:Our neural hardware responds differently when we perceive people to be on “our team” (in-group membership). This hard-wiring allows for positive biases for members of our group, helping them, and us, survive — a clear evolutionary advantage.My father, who came to Canada from India, loved watching hockey. Hockey Night in Canada was always on TV, whether we were home on a Saturday night or at someone’s house for dinner. His big jump — “SCORE!” — was a highlight. His contagious exuberance about the game gave life to us all. So you could say rooting for the Habs is a great memory that I’m hanging on to.Our limbic system — our “emotional brain” — contains the hippocampus, the neural structure responsible for our memory. Those childhood connections between pleasure and pride are deep-seated in my identity. And those memories are not just about being a Montrealer.I know it makes no logical sense to care about the Habs, 35 years after those Cup parades. But because I know which part of my brain cares about the Habs, I can rise above my limbic system and use my pre-frontal cortex to reflect about what I’m actually doing.Continue reading the full article here. read more

Stoney Creek men facing drug charges

Two men from Stoney Creek face multiple drug charges after Canadian Border Services seized more than 120 kilograms of cocaine found in a pick-up truck at Blue Water Bridge.Authorities say the truck arrived at the border on May 6 and was sent to a second examination. A detector dog found the narcotics. After an investigation, 105 packages of cocaine were found.The investigation was turned over to the RCMP, and the two stoney creek men were arrested. The men are in custody and will attend their bail hearing at the Sarnia Courthouse on May 16. read more

Ontario truck driver charged with impaired driving

An Ontario truck driver has been charged with impaired driving in New Brunswick after police received a tip from a citizen.New Brunswick RCMP received a call about a suspected drunk driver around 6 p.m. on May 31.Officers in the area located the transport truck on Highway 11 near Jaquet River.Police say the 61-year-old driver, from Brampton, provided two breath samples, registering a blood alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit.The driver was arrested and charged. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 16. read more

The Latest US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the shifting trade relations between the U.S. and China (all times local):11:30 a.m.The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether, triggering a rally in beleaguered U.S. markets.The U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports will go forward, but tariffs on some goods will be delayed until Dec. 15. Those items include cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing.Major U.S. markets jumped more than a per cent on the news. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq are all down between 3% and 4% in the past month.The Associated Press read more

Markets Right Now Stocks rise led by tech energy

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:40 a.m.Stocks are opening with modest gains on Wall Street Thursday, led by technology and energy shares.Microsoft rose 1.6% after it approved a $40 billion stock buyback and raised its quarterly dividend.U.S. oil gained 1.2% to $58.76 a barrel and is up 7.1% since an attack on a major Saudi Arabia oil facility. Halliburton rose 2%.U.S. Steel dropped 11.8% after it warned investors that its third quarter loss will be wider than anticipated.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 79 points, or 0.3%, to 27,226.The S&P 500 gained 8 points, or 0.3%, to 3,015. The Nasdaq rose 30 points, or 0.4%, to 8,208.Bonds rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury dropped to 1.76% from 1.78%.The Associated Press read more

Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence further protests

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police said on Monday they arrested 36 people, the youngest aged 12, after violence during anti-government demonstrations escalated as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces who responded with water cannon and tear gas.Sunday’s protests saw some of the fiercest clashes yet between police and demonstrators since protests escalated in mid-June over a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong people to be sent to mainland China for trial.Police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas in running battles with brick-throwing protesters on Sunday, the second day of violent clashes in the Chinese-ruled city.Six officers drew their pistols and one officer fired a warning shot into the air, police said in a statement.“The escalating illegal and violent acts of radical protesters are not only outrageous, they also push Hong Kong to the verge of a very dangerous situation,” the government said in a statement.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.More demonstrations are planned in the days and weeks ahead, including a rally at Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways headquarters on Wednesday to protest against perceived “white terror,” a common expression to describe anonymous acts that create a climate of fear.Cathay has emerged as the biggest corporate casualty of the protests after China demanded it suspend staff involved in, or who support, the anti-government demonstrations that have plunged the former British colony into a political crisis. The protests also pose the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012, with Beijing eager to quell the unrest ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct 1.Protesters once again adopted cat-and-mouse tactics on Sunday evening, moving swiftly to locations across the former British colony, where they set up barricades to block some roads, following a largely peaceful rally earlier in the day.Police said they arrested 29 men and seven women, aged 12 to 48, for offenses including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers.The clashes on Saturday and Sunday marked a return to unrest after days of calmer demonstrations. The protests, which escalated in June over a now-suspended extradition bill, have rocked Hong Kong for three months, occasionally causing serious disruption including forcing the closure of the airport.The city, a major Asian financial center, is facing its biggest political crisis since the handover of power from British rule in 1997. Canadian Consulate suspends travel to China for Hong Kong staff Lawmakers urge U.S. to block sales of crowd-control gear to Hong Kong Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests Protesters say they are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement under which Hong Kong returned to China with the promise of continued freedoms, not enjoyed on the mainland, for 50 years.The protests are taking a toll on the semi-autonomous Chinese city, where hotels and restaurants are half-empty and several global events have been postponed.Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index dropped more than 3% early on Monday, outpacing falls in regional markets, as the latest salvo in the Sino-U.S. trade war rattled investors. Chris McGrath / Getty Images Protesters clash with police after a rally in Kwun Tong on August 24, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. read more