Did you know? September 30 is International Podcast Day. According to Digital Trends, podcasts are awesome, even if they may finally kill radio. You can stream them at home, or download them on your smartphone and listen to them while you’re headed to work. Plus, they cover just about every topic you can think of. The only thing not to love? There are so many to pick from. You can view the list of their top 100 podcasts here.
“Podcasts tackle different topics in-depth, something you cannot get from a news story, a magazine, a TV show, or even a radio program,” explains Eduard Klein in his blog post, 18+ Best Podcast Hosting Sites 2020 – Fresh & Trendy. “These also offer unprecedented convenience because you can listen to them whenever you want; save up episodes for when you are going on a long journey and pause the podcast halfway through to pick up again later.”
It’s only fitting that your thinQ team shares our favorite digital audio programs to help you stay up-to-date and in-the-know on all things cloud communications, VoIP, SIP trunking, CPaaS, UCaaS, and more.
1. No Jitter On Air
Publisher: Enterprise Connect
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No Jitter provides daily blogging and analysis of the enterprise communications and collaboration world. It’s an online community where the industry can exchange, debate and incubate ideas and best practices on a daily basis. No Jitter is produced by the same people who bring you the Enterprise Connect event, the largest conference and exhibition in the U.S. devoted o enterprise communications and collaboration.
The No Jitter On Air podcast uses the site’s unique access, insights, vigilance, energy and reputation to generate vibrant, unique podcast content on a monthly basis.
What’s a Container? And What Does It Have to Do With UC?
UC analyst Zeus Kerravala explains why this piece of modern cloud architecture promises to impact communications profoundly.
Is the Cloud Letting You Down?
Making the leap from on-premise to the cloud can be problematic for real-time communications. Steve Leaden examines the issue in this EC preview.
AI & Automation: Profound Change Ahead in the Contact Center
Nicolas De Kouchkovsky, of CaCube Consulting, lays out a contact center future involving a mixed-mode of AI and human interactions.
2. Reality Check
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TechTarget’s Reality Check series provides an in-depth, no-nonsense look at important technology related to unified communications (UC). “Every month, we bring you a new podcast on a different technology, whether it be on IP PBXs or SIP trunking. Our podcasts avoid the hype of the technology and the latest buzz — rather, we give you a reality check on the technology and provide an honest opinion from one of our many UC experts.”
5 Things You Should Know About SIP
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a central part of an effective unified communications (UC) strategy. SIP binds multiple media types together and allows for the seamless integration of voice, video and IM. It allows flexibility and choice in any enterprise’s UC deployment, and neglecting to include SIP could lead to a rigid UC strategy with a single vendor solution. Telecom analyst and resident expert Jon Arnold discusses the five things you should know about SIP. Take a listen and learn about SIP trunking, presence, mobile SIP and more.
Can You Have UC Without VoIP/IP PBX?
UC expert Tony Bradley discusses the definition of UC and whether or not VoIP/IP PBX is required. He examines the recent release of Microsoft’s Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and the effect it will have on the PBX. Tony also discusses best practices for UC implementation from the company’s standpoint, such as why he prefers a phased process to the deployment of the entire UC system at once.
3. Cloud Communications Alliance
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Based in Delray Beach, FL, the Cloud Communications Alliance (CCA) is a peer association dedicated to the growth of industry. The group provides the forum industry leaders need to discuss key topics and advance their mutual or individual goals.
For Service Providers, It’s The Surround
Phil Edholm is President and Founder of PKE Consulting and was a featured speaker at the recent Cloud Comms Summit in Orlando. In this podcast, Edholm argues that service providers face critical challenges and choices in the near and medium terms. They now operate in a “margin challenged” environment, with price erosion and significant competition. Edholm says that they can escape those challenges by building their own platform but places a big caution: only one, two or three platforms will survive and prevail.
Mind the Gap in Your UCaaS Sales
Keenan, Founder and CEO of A Sales Guy Inc., explains that the price crises in UC might not have been caused by the commodification of UC and UCaaS services but because the channel is commodifying the customer. In this thought-provoking podcast, Keenan suggests that UC salespeople are selling products and services looking for solutions rather than the other way around. Keenan suggests that the remedy is to listen, understand the challenges the customer has and sell solutions to those problems. Keenan calls this gap selling, a technique we get an introduction to in this podcast.
4. The Communicators
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The Communicators is C-SPAN’s weekly series featuring a half-hour interview with the people who shape our digital future. The Communicators airs Saturdays on C-SPAN at 6:30pm ET and Monday on C-SPAN2 at 8am and 8pm ET.
Technology & Congress
Rep. Jerry McNerney, AI Caucus co-chair & member of the Communications & Technology Subcommittee, talks about technology & Congress. Issues include the future of artificial intelligence, whether big tech companies need more regulation, 5G & more.
Future of the Telecom Industry
A look at the TV, video, media, communications and Internet industries and their future with Craig Moffett, one of the nation’s top telecom market analysts.
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr talks about 5G, Internet security, a T-Mobile/Sprint merger, robocalls and more.
5. Telecom Reseller Podcasts
Publisher: Telecom Reseller
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Join the team at Telecom Reseller as they report on the leading topics and brands in the UC field, including Twilio, Microsoft Skype for Business, Avaya, Plivo, Cisco, Mitel, NEC, thinQ, Vonage, and more. Whether it’s IP-PBX, Cloud PBX, SIP Trunking, Least Cost Routing (LCR), or BYOD/BYOC, if it’s commercial-grade communications, these podcasts bring you the people, products, and partners who bring solutions to market: UC, UCaaS, Skype for Business, Cloud, Collaboration, Mobility, Call Center, and Contact Center.
2600Hz Offers Unique Options to Service Provider Community
“We give you all of the building blocks to build out the customizations, and we make it very easy for those integrations so that not only is it very sticky, we solve a lot of pain points for your customer,” says Patrick Sullivan, COO, of 2600Hz. In this podcast we learn about 2600Hz, a UCaaS and CPaaS solution that Sullivan says allows providers the ability to really build a custom solution that is valuable to the customer – including thinQ’s inbound and outbound cloud communication solutions – can deliver good margins.
If You Can’t Google it, It Doesn’t Exist: Changing How We Sell Communications Services
Greg Zweig is Director of Solutions Marketing for Ribbon. Zweig thinks that most people do a search online, do a little research and then act on buying. In this podcast, Zweig’s message to the channel community is: we can do better. Zweig believes that service providers have real opportunities in simply sprucing up their websites. “If you were going to sell your house, you would paint the front door and fix the landscape.” Many service providers have websites that are dated, not mobile friendly and don’t have useful information. Join us for a few minutes as Zweig lists some simple steps to make a better impression and off customers more useful and actionable content.
The Business of Technology Podcast Series
In this six-episode podcast series, John Croce and Doug Green discuss everything from deep-rooted industry paradigms, the Modern LAN, Cloud-enablement, and the future of IP voice and Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions.
6. Heads in the Cloud
Publisher: Star2Star Communications
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Join three telecom industry leaders – David Portnowitz, Graham Potter, John Roth – as they discuss tips and tricks in the Unified Communications world. Plus, meet their expert guests who share their own unique perspectives on the industry.
Star Trek Tech That Came True with Zeus Kerravala
David and John are rejoined by Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research. Listen in on an analyst’s intel on today’s and tomorrow’s tech, and be ready to embrace your inner Trekkie (Star Trek fan) as you learn how the famous Star Trek series inspired modern technology! The trio discusses the development of advanced inventions such as drones, telepresence, 3-D printing, and others that were first seen in Star Trek back in 1979. Get ready to wrap your head around the idea that “Things are only impossible until they’re not” and contemplate with the group how something like teleportation might not be “highly illogical!” Join Zeus, David, and John to learn about speech interface, crypto-currency, and more.
A Marketing Match For Telecom with Michael Sterl
John and David speak with Michael Sterl, CEO of Carve Digital which is a marketing firm focused on the tech industry. Amid this packed discussion, discover what led Michael to specialize in working with cloud and telecom service providers, agents, and partners to tackle marketing efforts and enable their sales operations.
Finding Your Path In The Communications Space with Dave Gilbert
David and guest co-host John Roth chat with Dave Gilbert, lifelong entrepreneur and currently a communications Sage with Refire Advisors. Dave began his career journey as Founder and CEO of SimpleSignal, an innovative UCaaS startup that played a pivotal role in making Voice over IP an industry-standard in communications.
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