Twilio SIGNAL - My 2 Main Takeaways on No Jitter

I attended my second Twilio SIGNAL event earlier this month in San Francisco, and as good at my first one was, this was even better. Bigger too, but also full of many updates that shows how far and wide their capabilities keep evolving.

For the collaboration space, I focused on two in particular, and they are addressed in my latest No Jitter post, which is running now. The conference also had lots of strong visual elements, and if you didn’t see my earlier post here with some photos, here’s the link. As always, comments and sharing are welcome.


Newsletter Time - August Issue Published Now

It’s that time again, and there was a lot going on in July. If you follow me, you’ll know I was busy recently at Voice Summit 2019, and if you liked that, you’ll want to subscribe ASAP, as our featured podcast is a recap of the event. That content is exclusive for subscribers for the next couple of weeks, so subscribe here if you want it now, along with all the updates I have to share for July - and ther'e’s a lot. Otherwise, check the podcast archive on my website later to access it there.


July Writing Roundup

I only had to travel to one event in July, but otherwise, I’ve never had a busier month fulfilling client work. Some of that will show up here in my July writing digest, and otherwise, you’ll have check my blog posts or get my newsletter - and I hope you do both!

Brave New World - Voice Summit 2019, July 29, BCStrategies

What’s Your Sense of Urgency for Cloud-Based Collaboration?, July 23,

How Can IT Approach a Cloud-Based UC Migration?, July 23, Tech Target

Why Executive Engagement Matters for Collaboration, July 22,

Jon Arnold - Voice and AI in the Enterprise, July 19, Voice Summit Blog

Standalone vs. Integrated Collaboration: 3 Factors, July 18, Tech Target

June Redux - Perspectives from 4 Events, July 9, No Jitter

Why Email Holds Back Collaboration, Part 1, July 8,

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Brave New World - My Voice Summit 2019 Thoughts on BCStrategies

Had a lot of takeaways from last week’s Voice Summit 2019 in Newark, and here’s my latest. While the event was mostly consumer-focused, there were some enterprise-based sessions - including mine - and there certainly was food for thought both around collaboration and contact center.

I wrote this post wearing my BC Expert hat for BCStrategies, and it’s running now on the portal. For more on this event, you’ll want to check out my photo review here, and if you subscribe to my newsletter, the upcoming August issue includes a hot-off-the-press podcast with my colleague, Chris Fine, who was there with me. I’ve got more posts coming, so stay tuned.

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VOICE Summit 19 - Quick Pix

I attended the middle two days of this event in Newark, and there was plenty to see. Plenty new, plenty interesting, and plenty to talk about. Definitely an adjacency in this emerging ecosystem to collaboration - you wouldn’t normally associate these two worlds at face value - and that’s why I was there, to help bring the enterprise perspective.

Before the week is out, I only have time to share some photos, but more is coming. I’ll have a post next week for BCStrategies, and today I’m recording a podcast about it for my August newsletter. I’ve got some other posts in mind as well, so stay tuned.

I can’t validate their claim to be the “world’s largest voice event”, but it gets your attention. Pete Erickson welcoming the audience, and it was pretty big. They said 5,000 would be there, but I think it was more like 2-3k. So, Pete runs Modev (mobile developers), and that’s the organization behind the event. Last photo - the Amazon Alexa “quiet space”. The phone booth has always been a great concept, so here’s what it looks like in the digital age.

Adam Cheyer, VP R&D at Samsung - he’s one of the creators of Siri, and he’s in a great spot to make Samsung a major player in this space - just you watch. Next photo - one of an endless number of breakouts - this is Interactions - talking about using bots and conversational AI to make CX better - familiar to me, but I think very new to this crowd. Next, a slide from - more on this later, but very interesting use case for hiring voice actors to tell your branding story. Last in this panel - one of my favorite moments - an ASL interpreter helping deaf attendees follow the sessions - loved seeing that.

Pindrop CEO Vijay B (very long last name!) talking about authentication challenges with AI-driven voice. Example here showing how Barack Obama evolved while in office - not just his looks, but also his voice - this was my favorite talk of the summit. Next photo - Tom Webster sharing highlights from the Smart Audio Report and how consumers are using digital assistants in the home. I’ll be writing about this study soon. Finally, some live jazz on tap during the Day 1 reception - this trio could really swing - loved it.

Wednesday night was the Voice Summit Awards, for which I was a judge. Pete Erickson hosting the awards event - was very fun. Highlight for me was meeting Thomas Chappell - wearing tie - he’s a deaf developer with Prudential Financial in Newark, who received an award, and addressed the audience the next day. Both in photo are deaf developers, and they were all smiles when we found out that they went to the same school as my deaf brother, NTID in Rochester. Cool! Finally, a pleasant surprise - Newark has a terrific LRT that runs through their subway tunnels. When built in the 1930s, these stations had beautiful tile work, and here's a great example from the Broad St. station.