Preview for Enterprise Connect - Our BCStrategies Podcast

The week is flying by, and the biggest conference in our space is next week, so time is short. I've already done shout-outs about my session there - and more to come - but we're going bigger picture here. Since many of us at BCStrategies (nee UCStrategies) are speaking at Enterprise Connect, we put this podcast together so you can hear all about that in one place. 

Our fearless leader, Jim Burton, did a great job moderating, and he's pulled it all together nicely, with both our podcast, and a summary table for all our speaking spots at the show. It's a lot to follow, posted now on our portal.

Sidebar - I rarely post two images, but it fits this time. Below is our BCStrategies logo, and a shout-out for my speaking spot. Also, fyi, if you register before March 9 with this link, you'll get $500 off your registration.

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Monage, San Jose - Quick Thoughts and Pix

Just sharing some quick thoughts and photos from the first two days of Monage, here in San Jose. Time is running short, and my session is in an hour. Got LOTS to say, but it will have to wait til after the event, although I've been tweeting a fair bit - #Monage.

In short, Jeff has delivered a great program as usual, with a wonderful diversity of speakers and perspectives on where things are going with chatbots, AI and messaging. It's mostly a consumer story, and in our session, we'll be giving the enterprise version of things. Check back with me in a day or so, and I'll have something more coherent to say - ears still ringing from the Herding Cats party last night.  :-)

Jeff Pulver and his welcome comments

Jeff Pulver and his welcome comments

Oisin Lunny of OpenMarket, talking about mobile engagement trends

Oisin Lunny of OpenMarket, talking about mobile engagement trends

Amir Shevat from Slack, talking about how bots are used in the enterprise

Amir Shevat from Slack, talking about how bots are used in the enterprise

Regulatory panel - so, why is Jeff smiling? What's Jeff thinking? Guess I caught the moment, here, huh? Perfect for a meme!

Regulatory panel - so, why is Jeff smiling? What's Jeff thinking? Guess I caught the moment, here, huh? Perfect for a meme!

chris fine leading the millennials panel - very interesting, wish my kids were up there too! Photo courtesy of Mike Jablon.

chris fine leading the millennials panel - very interesting, wish my kids were up there too! Photo courtesy of Mike Jablon.

NFV and hosted comms panel, moderated by Mike Jablon, including RingCentral, 8x8 and the Infield Group

NFV and hosted comms panel, moderated by Mike Jablon, including RingCentral, 8x8 and the Infield Group

Expo Hall - it's small, but engaging. Well, VON started small too.

Expo Hall - it's small, but engaging. Well, VON started small too.

Johnny Digzz holding court - just press go and away he goes - great stories and tech perspectives

Johnny Digzz holding court - just press go and away he goes - great stories and tech perspectives

jon and jeff! Photo courtesy of Uncle Jerry.  :-)

jon and jeff! Photo courtesy of Uncle Jerry.  :-)

Night time is the right to get out and have some fun - that what happens when the herding cats play - still sounding great!

Night time is the right to get out and have some fun - that what happens when the herding cats play - still sounding great!

  As good as it looks, and a local landmark for sure. ok, time to take a walk...

  As good as it looks, and a local landmark for sure. ok, time to take a walk...

A few blocks south - not everyone can afford to eat at Joe's,  and they'll go to Trine's instead. Not everyone in San Jose is a tech millionaire. or will be part of the bot economy. be thankful for what you have!

A few blocks south - not everyone can afford to eat at Joe's,  and they'll go to Trine's instead. Not everyone in San Jose is a tech millionaire. or will be part of the bot economy. be thankful for what you have!

If Trine's is too busy, go a little further south to the Burger Bar - the price sure is right!

If Trine's is too busy, go a little further south to the Burger Bar - the price sure is right!

Think I walked a bit too far - better keep going - not quite feeling it for this spot.

Think I walked a bit too far - better keep going - not quite feeling it for this spot.

Nextiva - Kawasaki and the Woz - My Conference Takeaways on UCStrategies

Last week's Nextcon16 was Nextiva's coming-out party for analysts, and they did a great job. They have ambitious plans with their NextOS platform, and we'll be watching that closely as it comes to market.

Aside from getting to know the company a lot better, there were great keynotes, most notably from Guy Kawasaki and Steve Wozniak. Both had strong messages that speak well to where Nextiva is going, and wearing my UC Expert hat, I pulled all that together in my latest UCStrategies post. It's running now, and I hope you like it. Sharing is encouraged, and your comments are welcome as always.

Next Stop - Palm Springs and the BC Summit

This is my high season for travel, and on Monday, it's off to Palm Springs and the BC Summit. As a long-time UC Expert with UCStrategies, this has become a regular event where we share three days of thought leadership with a fairly select group of vendors/providers, channels and end customers. 

Each year I seem to get a bit more involved with the program, and this time around I'll be speaking on four panel sessions. They all occur on Thursday, during the Concurrent Sessions, which begin at 10:20 am. For the details, scroll down the Agenda page here

Never been to Palm Springs, so in addition to being part of the summit, am definitely looking forward to going somewhere new - and warm, yeah!

Getting the Message About Messaging

Just a heads-up on my current writeup for UCStrategies. As a UC Expert, I provide ongoing analysis of the UC&C space, and along with  the other UC Experts, our overall contributions make this a great resource for staying up to date.

This post is based on research recently produced by Twilio about messaging, and why it's becoming so popular. I've extracted some key findings and provided my take on what this means for enterprises. My writeup is now running on the portal, and would love to hear your thoughts.

If you like what you see, there's more coming next week, as we gather for the BC Summit in Palm Springs, CA. I'll have more details in another post later this week, but I'll be speaking on four sessions, so I've got some work to do still to get ready for those.