Logitech Doubles Down on Huddle Room Video

Logitech Doubles Down on Huddle Room Video
    

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Fresh after shedding its Lifesize business unit, Logitech is launching a renewed campaign to go after the enterprise small conference room.  This begins with a new product, Logitech GROUP, an affordable ($999 MSRP), USB-connected, 10x-PTZ camera with a new, table-top, full-duplex, noise-cancelling speakerphone.  Based on four omnidirectional microphones, the speakerphone, according to Logitech, can cover a 10-foot radius without the optional extension mics.

UC Musings from the Avaya Partner Conference

UC Musings from the Avaya Partner Conference
    

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Sunny San Diego happened to be cold, rainy and windy during much of this year's Avaya Partner Conference. My usual morning run along the waterfront revealed a scene more akin to a naval battle than a hipster boardwalk - news crews scrambling about, sailboats grounded and sporting new gaping holes, flotsam and jetsam strewn hitherto ... The question on this UC Analyst's mind: would this disastrous cacophony extend into the partner conference?

IBM Takes a Unique Spin on PCS: Project Toscana

IBM Takes a Unique Spin on PCS: Project Toscana
    

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At IBM Connect 2016 held in Orlando earlier this week, I got a chance to hear IBM pre-announce its entry into what WR categorizes as a Persistent Collaboration Spaces (PCS) offering – Project Toscana.  To compete in this fast-moving market against the likes of Slack, HipChat, and Cisco Spark, Toscana will feature the requisite group messaging, file libraries, real-time conferencing, and cross-device / mobile-first design center.  But IBM’s offering will have its own unique spin.

Polycom and Cost Control

Polycom and Cost Control
    

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Last week I wrote about Polycom’s earnings statements for Q4-2015 and Year-2015 and how the company is facing challenges on multiple fronts:  internal, collaboration-market-related, and geopolitical / macroeconomic.  Polycom is not the only company struggling with many of these forces, but Polycom management has been aggressive dealing with restructuring and cost control.  Below, with some commentary, are some quarterly and annual figures pulled from Polycom’s official financial

And So it Goes - Polycom Q4 2015 Financials

And So it Goes - Polycom Q4 2015 Financials
    

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Polycom reported Q4-2015 revenues of $317 million, down 9% compared to Q4-2014.   The negative numbers, as shown in our table, were pretty much across the board, with the sole exception of UCPersonal, a category driven largely by Lync, Skype, and SIP phones.  The negative growth numbers in the revenue category were counterbalanced by positive moves in expense control, cost reductions, and share buybacks, a time-honored Wall Street strategy to improve earnings-per-share.

News in Brief: 26 January 2016

News in Brief: 26 January 2016
    

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Nureva Inc., a company we first covered at InfoComm 2015 that makes collaboration-solutions for ideation and brainstorming, announced a new release of its software for the Nureva Span systems. Span software 1.1, which customers receive automatically through the cloud, includes a press-and-hold menu that gives users access to tools anywhere on the 10'- or 20'-wide canvas. In addition, the inking experience has been improved, as well as the ability to annotate over images for creating and refining ideas.

TEAM Polycom 2016 Recap

TEAM Polycom 2016 Recap
    

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WR analysts Ira M. Weinstein and Saar Litman were pleased to attend and speak at the 8th annual Team Polycom event hosted this year at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.  The event attracted more than 1,600 people from 70 countries speaking 50 different languages.

MediaPlatform Adds Networking Smarts

MediaPlatform Adds Networking Smarts
    

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Streaming platform vendor MediaPlatform this week joined the ranks of vendors offering enhanced tools to monitor the quality of network performance during webcast events.

The new hosted solution, called MediaPlatform Video Business Intelligence, generates and presents multiple chart graphics illustrating network performance reports on a real-time basis. The information makes is possible for webcast producers to identify content distribution issues that emerge during the course of a webcast.

IBM Acquires Ustream, Stoking Prospects of a Streaming Platform Battle with Microsoft

IBM Acquires Ustream, Stoking Prospects of a Streaming Platform Battle with Microsoft
    

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IBM, extending a recent foray into the business streaming segment, today said it has acquired San Francisco-based video service provider Ustream.

The acquisition follows IBM’s deal last month to acquire ClearLeap - a Duluth, Ga.-based company best known for providing hosted online video platforms used primarily by media and entertainment companies for on-demand content distribution.

BeaconLive Merges with Cinchcast

BeaconLive Merges with Cinchcast
    

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BeaconLive, a provider of managed webcast services based in Wakefield, Mass., is merging with Cinchcast, a provider of cloud-based conferencing and webcasting solutions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The combined company will operate under the BeaconLive name and will be managed by BeaconLive Chief Executive Officer John Duplin. Alan Levy, the chief executive officer of CinchCast, will serve on the board of the combined company but will not have a role in day-to-day operations.

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