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Enterprise Connect 2012: Avaya announces (big shocker) cloud services

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Orlando, Florida – Avaya has announced “Collaborative Cloud,” a “strategic framework” for cloud-based collaboration solutions using Avaya’s various products plus the “AvayaLive” suite of of public cloud-based collaboration applications. If you’re really shocked about this, you missed the 10 foot sign Avaya put up at IT EXPO East 2012 earlier this year.

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Skype’s “registered users” party line its own worst enemy today

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Earlier this week, I was on a conference call for the Avaya/Skype “strategic relationship” announcement and it was so special (NOT!) to hear at least one of the reporters/analysts on the line regurgitating the whole “after all, Skype has over 500 million registered users” line.

*sigh*  Even Skype has abandoned this form of [...]

Avaya & Skype announce "strategic partnership” … of a sort

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Avaya (www.avaya.com) and Skype (www.skype.com) announced much big love and a strategic partnership today.  But the meat of the agreement won’t be implemented until the second half of 2011. And it’s not exclusive.

In “Phase 1,” Avaya customers will have “access” to Skype Connect, so anyone running a SIP-based IP PBX will be able [...]

Avaya pumps Facebook – is UC "dead"?

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Last night, Avaya held a workshop on “The Social Enterprise – Are you ready for it?” and they did a big homage to the power of social networking and Facebook. – no big surprise there since one of Avaya’s executives happens to be the author of “Facebook Marketing for Dummies.” However, the big wakeup [...]

Avaya, Aastra jump into the Nortel bankruptcy circus

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Avaya and Aastra have made separate moves to get into the Nortel bankruptcy circus.  Avaya is offering cash for assets, while Aastra will offer migration incentives (i.e. a sale) to get customers to switch.

In a press release today, Avaya announced it has signed agreements to pick up Nortel’s enterprise solution business for $475 [...]