Unified Communications and the Cloud

  When you think about how the traditional phone system (PSTN) or public switched telephone network really relied upon hardware to work, and now you think about merging the Internet and Phone networks, things get interesting.  Major parts of the Internet are software based, think about Virtualization, how much now or 5 years from now…

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Microsoft Exchange Online for Large companies

I was reading this interesting article today on CIO.com about Dow Chemical and their move from Exchange 2003 to Exchange Online or BPOS (Business Productivity On-Line Suite).  The perception has been that Exchange Online is just for small and medium sized companies.  This article explains the considerations that Dow made before making the decision to convert…

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Beyond the Clouds

Like many other people, I’ve been following some of the recent discussions and debates about what is often called “Cloud Computing”. Since this term has been applied to many scenarios, from using special-purpose web sites to publishing custom-written applications to hosted, virtualized computing resources,  I’ll restrict myself here to talking about “The Cloud” as the…

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IBM Panasonic “Win” = Keeping a Notes Customer

In advance of Lotusphere, IBM is touting a big cloud win with Panasonic who will be using LotusLive for 320,000 people, and IBM is claiming this as a replacement of Microsoft Exchange.  These claims around Panasonic compel me to shed some light on the real facts.  Panasonic was already using Notes worldwide, and fewer than…

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