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Akamai Report Reveals Internet Insight

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:00:17 GMT

The Internet has come a long way in its somewhat brief history. From the days of AOL dial-up to today's digital lifestyle, the Internet of Things IoT) and the cloud-based, software defined SaaSy reality in which we live is quite a journey. With innovation in the world's largest network came expansion, and where we stand today is a world where the need for speed is quite real. But it's not just about speed, lest we forget to add reliability and overall performance - the network demand is greater than at any other point in history.

Deltapath Makes Collaboration a Priority with New Solution

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:54:08 GMT

Deltapath, Inc., a video focused unified communications solutions provider, yesterday introduced the Deltapath Trio Connector. This is a communication gateway for Polycom RealPresence Trio that has an embedded high-definition audio conference bridge, supports wireless content sharing along with mobile collaboration, and acts as a gateway to business telephone systems.

10 Things You Should Know About Ransomware

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:00:23 GMT

As we predicted earlier this year, Ransomware is a hot topic in the news these days, but what exactly is it and why should you care? In this article I will discuss the top 10 things you should know about Ransomware, why it is becoming more prevalent, and, most importantly, what you can do to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of Ransomware.

Digium Announces Improvements to Asterisk 14

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:59:34 GMT

Digium, Inc., the Asterisk Company, made a major announcement yesterday at its annual AstriCon users and developers conference. The company unveiled Asterisk 14, the next in line of their open source communications platform. Asterisk 14 continues along the same path as previous major releases, such as Asterisk 12 and Asterisk 13, but has several improvements. For instance, it offers developer- and administrator-focused features and capabilities to simplify the scaling and deployment of Asterisk within large, service-based ecosystems. That's not all though; the various improvements show that Digium has listened to suggestions and taken action to better their product.

Why You Need Skype for Business for Your Business

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:29:38 GMT

Businesses across the globe - regardless of size - are challenged with cutting costs and improving efficiency. The goal today is to work smarter, not harder. To achieve that, businesses are turning to collaboration technologies.

Why the Time to Secure the IoT of Health Care is Now

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:54:26 GMT

There were 2,686 software vulnerabilities across the top 20 products in the May through July time frame, according to the Quarterly Vulnerability Update by Flexera Software's Secunia Research. But, interestingly, it was a health care system that was most at risk early this summer, the firm reported.

It's Official: EarthLink SD-WAN Launched

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:39:49 GMT

Our once analog world is transitioning into a digital society; with that shift also comes moving away from rigid network architectures of the past and diving headfirst into software defined solutions, which empower application performance, flexibility and ability to scale. The future is now. Building on the momentum of this software-based surge, this week EarthLink officially launched the VeloCloud-Powered SD-WAN service.

Increased Support of AVB Standard Brings Efficiency to Conferencing

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:33:36 GMT

You would think that one of the most efficient standards in conferencing, the audio video bridging (AVB) standard, would be broadly adopted in all major conferencing solutions by now. But while the standard, also called Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), has been steadily implemented over the past five years, there have been a few serious barriers to adoption.

AstriCon Keynoter Matthiue Discusses 'The Asterisk of Things'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:26:09 GMT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is large and growing. In fact, the IoT is expected to be bigger than the Industrial Revolution. But to meet its promise, different IoT devices need to be able to talk to one another and to people, and people need to be able to talk to them. That's where Asterisk might come in, suggested Chris Matthiue, director of IoT engineering at Citrix, who was today's keynote speaker at AstriCon.

SkySwitch Says Yes to Yealink Interoperability

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:20:30 GMT

Implementing a new PBX? Migrating from POTS to IP telephony? Sounds easy, but the challenge of putting the proper pieces together to ensure high-performing solutions that promise to meet your firm's requirements is not always as easy as it sounds. Taking the edge off this stressful maze of vendors are interoperability partners, which in many cases offer a near turnkey experience.

Cloud Contact Center + Office 365: A Perfect Pair

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:04:52 GMT

Contact centers have moved into a new era of efficiency thanks to cloud technology. Cloud contact centers make it possible to cut costs, improve operations and deliver better overall services.

SAP Awarded for Human Capital Management Excellence

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:38:33 GMT

Recently, we heard about how MediaMath took home two awards from the Brandon Hall Group, and though that was quite the achievement in its own right, it got fairly swamped by a second development from the Brandon Hall Group's awards. SAP stepped in to take home a whopping 17 awards from the Brandon Hall Group's Human Capital Management Excellence Awards, covering a wide array of fronts and demonstrating that SAP is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to human capital management (HCM).

PhoneSuite Voiceware Lands Flowroute Certification

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:43:19 GMT

Technology partnerships are often good news for both sides of the partnership. New partnerships generally add value to old technologies and give both sides reason to recontact old customers to offer expanded sales propositions. Recently, a new such partnership took place as PhoneSuite joined the Flowroute technology partner program, giving Flowroute access to a set of new software-as-a-service (SaaS) communications tools.

Top Takeaways from Oracle OpenWorld

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:25:28 GMT

Another Oracle OpenWorld in the books. In my opinion, this is the biggest gathering of folks that care about databases, which should be almost everyone who runs nearly any application. Bottom line: If they were here, they had a database. The five-day event took over San Francisco's Moscone Center and attracted nearly 60,000 attendees. From over 2,000 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and over 400 exhibitions, there is no shortage of takeaways to discuss.

IDC Study Expects Growth of African Digital Transformation

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:19:48 GMT

Although readers here at TMC know that the global spread of new information technology assets is nothing new, the scope of that spread can often lie just beyond the reach of many industry reports. One recent study that may put one area of the globe back in to focus - Southern Africa - is the latest IDC report, "The Path to Digital Transformation in EMEA and APAC."

Almo Professional A/V Adds Control Systems as Fourth Managed Service

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:12:27 GMT

Managed service providers (MSPs) are a critical part of today's digitally driven businesses and organizations. With so many different solutions available in the marketplace, making sense of it all can be difficult at best and extremely costly. The right MSP can provide the technologies you need for your particular organization, seamlessly integrated, so it can keep functioning without bringing everything to a standstill. The addition of control system services will give Almo Professional A/V its fourth managed service.

Public Relations Market to Grow Through Year 2020

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:05:33 GMT

The public relations (PR) side of any business concerns itself with building brand awareness to assist with sales and boost revenue. It is a necessary mix-in with sales and marketing teams. Therefore, it is unsurprising that a recent market study has predicted growth for the global PR services market between 2016 and 2020.

Internet Marketing Association Gives Matthew McCrossen SEO Award

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:57:04 GMT

Compared to traditional marketing, Internet marketing is more complex because of the ever changing landscape of digital technology. Whether it is the new algorithms from Google or the latest social media craze, Internet marketers must take all this into consideration, as well as what is taking place in the physical world, and combine them with a comprehensive marketing campaign for their clients. For his efforts in organic SEO (search engine optimization), Matthew McCrossen, President of McCrossen Consulting LLC in San Antonio, was recognized with the Internet Marketing Association's top SEO IMPACT Award at the recent IMPACT16 held in Las Vegas.

Hosted Voice Gets a New Force with nexVortex's agileTel Acquisition

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:53:45 GMT

Hosted voice is increasingly a part of the landscape for businesses, thanks to the combination of cost-cutting and extra features that are often brought into play. One of the biggest firms in the hosted voice market is nexVortex, who has established itself previously as a cloud communications leader and an expert in both hosted voice services and session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking. This status as a leader has been established by not only its expertise, but also its recent acquisitions augmenting that position. Recently the company bought agileTel, another hosted voice provider that gives nexVortex even more support in the field.

AppNexus Nets Big New Investment from NewsCorp, Others

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:51:17 GMT

It's a great day for most any advertising technology company when it can say it just came off a $31 million funding round. That's just the kind of day AppNexus had recently. Things only got more unusual, though, when it was discovered just where a lot of that funding came from. Just shy of a third of it came from NewsCorp, owner of the Fox brand, among others.