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Success in the digital era requires a significant rethink of IT strategy. Technology approaches have historically focused on the compute platforms, but in today’s digital world where billions of devices are being connected and the cloud and mobility have become the norm, IT strategies must become network-centric.

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The Wi-Fi market has been moving to
controller-less solutions, and Cisco appears to be
walking the controller-less management walk

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Last week Cisco held its quarterly call for investors. These calls are done to update the financial community on the state of Cisco’s business and discuss other trends that will impact the company in the near future.

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The unified communications company hopes to elevate
its name recognition with its BroadSoft Business suite
and its Powered by BroadSoft branding initiative

BroadSoft: The most important communications vendor most businesses haven’t heard of

Most businesses aren’t aware of who BroadSoft is, but if they use a unified communications as a service (UCaaS) provider, they are likely using BroadSoft’s services. The company provides the building blocks for service providers to build cloud-based communications services such as voice, video, web conferencing and now team messaging and contextual services.

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Following a one on one with CEO Rich McBee, I have
some ideas on what sorts of companies Mitel would
and wouldn’t be interested in acquiring.

Sit down with Mitel CEO Rich McBee for more than five minutes and you’ll get a pretty clear understanding of his strategy for the company.

His thesis, and I most wholeheartedly agree with it, is that the unified communications industry needs a strong third vendor to compete with the two front-runners, Cisco and Microsoft. His strategy is to roll up industry players into a larger solution provider — meaning, Mitel — and turn a two-horse race into one with three contenders.

Over the last half-dozen years or so, McBee has made a few strides to close the gap — namely with the acquisitions of Inter-Tel and Aastra Technologies. But, he came out the loser when chasing a couple of larger companies that would have fit into this “roll-up” strategy — ShoreTel said “thanks, but no thanks” to Mitel’s acquisition bid of two years ago, and private equity firm Siris Capital Group swooped in at the 11th hour and grabbed Polycom before Mitel could close on its acquisition. So now the big question for McBee is where to look next?

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FireEye combines machine learning with human
analytics to better understand the tools, tactics
and procedures used by threat actors

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What separates a great Major League Baseball hitter like David Ortiz from some run-of-the mill player? Great eyesight and intelligence. Ortiz sees more than others and takes all of the rich information he sees to make an intelligent, actionable decision to swing a baseball or not. While lots of players claim to do this, only a few have the right combination of the two to separate themselves from the field.

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With Security Fabric, Fortinet delivers the
required security features to any point,
from the endpoint to the cloud, in real time

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The shift to digital has introduced several new technologies into businesses. Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, cloud and the like allow companies to become highly agile and move with speed.

However, the increased agility businesses are realizing has come with a price, which is that the complexity of IT has never been higher. There are many implications to increased complexity, but the biggest is that securing the business has become more difficult.

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