Fuze Evolves Global Channel Strategy

Fuze Evolves Global Channel Strategy
    

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As part of its continued expansion, Fuze is ramping up a global reseller program and looking for select partners interested in helping it go global.  To drive the program, Fuze recently named Greg Saiz as Vice President of Channels and added Jodi Scherer as Fuze Channel Manager. Saiz, a Fuze veteran, previously served in Fuze product management, leading the Fuze for Rooms initiative and the Telepresence Connect interoperability service.

Logitech Collaboration Program

Logitech Collaboration Program
    

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Taking a new spin on an old game, Logitech has announced the Logitech Collaboration Program (LCP) designed to improve functionality and ease of use in a variety of audio / video conferencing and collaboration applications.  Charter members of the program include Blue Jeans Network, BroadSoft, C2G, Lifesize, Vidyo and Zoom.  These partners are working with Logitech to improve the user experience by integrating support for specific Logitech devices into their software applications.  So, for example, users will be able to control the PTZ camer

MediaPlatform Hires Mike Newman as President

MediaPlatform Hires Mike Newman as President
    

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Enterprise streaming vendor MediaPlatform today said it has hired industry veteran Mike Newman to be the company’s president.

Newman had been with Polycom since 2011 when Polycom purchased Accordent Technologies – a video content platform company co-founded by Newman – in a deal valued at $50 million. It is not known at this point whether Newman will have an equity stake in MediaPlatform.

No Fig Leaf for Polycom

No Fig Leaf for Polycom
    

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Polycom reported Q2 revenues of $317M, down 4.6%, while net income more than doubled to $19.6M.  On the earnings call, CEO Peter Leav spelled out the essentials – margin improvements stemming from value engineering and cost control were counterbalanced by stiff competition, a poorly-received new partner program, weak sales execution, political / economic disruptions in Russia (see our post on Russia), and currency exchange issues related to the strong dollar.   On the product front, it looks like

Russian Video Conferencing Market in Decline

Russian Video Conferencing Market in Decline
    

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Our friends at Trueconf in Moscow report to us that the Russian market for video conferencing has declined for the third year in a row (Y2011-Y2014).  Trueconf reports that sales from Y2013 to Y2014 fell by 7% to $80B, matching the Russian market size in Y2011.  Some of this decline is no doubt due to the general economic stagnation experienced by most of the previously-glamourous BRICs countries; some due to the general shift from room video conferencing to personal video conferencing (Trueconf reports that 65% of video conferencing sessions in Russia are conducted outside

News in Brief: 8 July, 2015

News in Brief: 8 July, 2015
    

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Summertime, and the living is easy, but hush little darling, don’t you cry, the news still keeps on rolling in.  At least Andrew W. Davis, who contributed to this week’s blog post, is singing that tune. We weave together this set of briefs with – where appropriate – commentary by Andrew, Alan D. Greenberg, Bill Haskins, or Andy Nilssen.

InfoComm 2015: Stepping up the Definition of Collaboration

InfoComm 2015: Stepping up the Definition of Collaboration
    

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I spent a lot of quality time at InfoComm 2015 looking at a number of early-stage ventures in the ideation / visualization space, such as Nureva, Microsoft (Surface Hub), Bluescape Technologies, NEC and DisplayNote, and SMART Technologies (kapp iQ).  I came away with the distinct impression that collaboration is hitting a new, richer note. So I’ll start with Nureva, then describe some of the other vendors with whom I met or who had announcements at the event.

Ira and Saar Take InfoComm 2015 by Storm

Ira and Saar Take InfoComm 2015 by Storm
    

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The WR video conferencing / AV team took InfoComm 2015 by storm.  For those of you keeping track, this is Ira's 26th (yes - not a typo) InfoComm.  As always, we tried to meet with as many companies as possible during this far-too-short event.  Our write-up represents what we saw and deemed interesting.  This is not to say that other companies did not have something interesting to say at the event ... it just means that we didn't have a chance to drop by.

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Reflections on InfoComm 2015

Reflections on InfoComm 2015
    

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The show served as a reunion event for the video conferencing faithful.  Seems like all the folks were there, many with new company polo shirts.  But unlike the distant past, the video conferencing guys were now just a small subset of the AV-dominated crowd. 

If I had a nickel for every touch screen or flat panel on the show floor, I would be able to retire in great comfort.  Many of these devices have become the new foundation for whiteboards, products that are increasingly important in the collaboration space.  Collaboration, meanwhile, is the new mantra for video conferencing.

Meet us in the Shindig Sandbox

Meet us in the Shindig Sandbox
    

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Some people get jealous when we tell them about the different collaboration solutions we get to test drive during our ongoing, vigilant search for “the truth” in the world of enterprise communications.  So we invite you to join us Wednesday, June 24th in a little “Shindig” that will get you behind the wheel as we play in the sandbox with an emerging video collaboration platform.

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Fuze announced a global reseller program this week, along with some...
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Taking a new spin on an old game, Logitech this week announced the...
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Enterprise streaming vendor MediaPlatform today said it has hired...
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