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So, if you’re still wondering what the buzz was about at Enterprise Connect, you’ll want to check out our last podcast, which is now being publicly shared.
For those who don’t get my newsletter, let me explain, plus I have some good news.
My newsletter is coming up on its first anniversary, and a regular feature is a podcast that I do with long-time colleague, Chris Fine. We’ve been in the communications tech space almost 20 years, and always have perspectives to share on the latest trends, and we often discuss conferences we’ve just attended.
The podcasts are exclusive to subscribers for a couple of weeks, and then I share them publicly so they can reach a broader audience. So, if you got the April newsletter, you would have heard the podcast then, when it was much more in the moment.
Normally, I would have shared it publicly a week or two ago, but I’ve had back-to-back events, and just haven’t had the time - sorry about that! Since then, however, I’ve managed to finally add a new section to my website - it’s an archive for all our podcasts up til the last newsletter issue. As each month passes, that will be updated, so by going to this section, you can access the latest podcast, along with what’s come before.
My website has been a work in progress for a long time, and I have other updates coming. Next will be a newsletter archive, so, much like the podcasts, you can review older issues from my site. Many of you know that I’m a music guy, and I’m also working on adding a section where you can check out clips of our band, the SIPtones, which is a group of industry consultants - and me - that plays at some of our industry events. Need a band for your next event?
Time to get back to work, and the Enterprise Connect podcast. I’ve got two links to leave you with, and I hope you get to both of them. First is the link to the podcast archive, where you can access them all up til last month, including Enterprise Connect. Then, there’s a link to sign up for my newsletter - if you did that, you wouldn’t have to wait so long for the podcast - so what are you waiting for?
That’s it. All done here in Washington DC with Ribbon, and it’s time to head to the airport. If you like my photos, btw, I posted a bunch from our city tour on Facebook - so look for me there if interested. At some point, I’ll probably add a photo archive to my website - would that be of interest?
Ok - so, here’s one photo from the city tour. He sure was a big reader, and I just know he would have subscribed to my newsletter - just sayin’…..
There’s always something to write about, and here’s what was keeping my fingers moving in April.
Slack - Got Their Mojo Workin’, BC Strategies, April 30
How UC can Empower IT, Toolbox.com, April 24
UCaaS vs CCaaS: Weighing Communications Architecuture Integrations, Tech Target, April 22
Telephony: Foundational for Today’s Voice and Tomorrow’s Collaboration, UC Today, April 11
A History of VoIP and What’s Changed Now, Toolbox.com, April 10
How is Team Collaboration Changing Enterprise Social Tools?, Tech Target, April 10
AI + Speech = New Business Value, No Jitter, April 9
3 Reasons to Replace Your Phone System Now, Toolbox.com, April 8
On Friday, I managed to post a gallery of photos from Slack Frontiers before flying home. Now I’ve had a chance to write out my thoughts, and they’re running now on BC Strategies, which is one of the hats that I wear. Having announced their IPO plans on Friday, all eyes are now on Slack, and if that’s of interest, I think you’ll like my writeup here, and hopefully my photos too.
Rod Stewart’s breakthrough 1971 album of that name is still one of my all-time faves, and it’s the right point of reference for this post. Aside from being a music guy and an unconventional writer, I gotta fast-track right now, as I’m about to fly home from San Francisco after the latest Slack Frontiers event. This was my second time attending, and there’s a LOT to talk about. No time now for a thoughtful analysis - that will be coming early next week on BC Strategies, and later in other places.
So, as the week draws to a close, here is a handful my photos - I’ve got many more - and each one tells a story. This will give you a flavor of what was on tap at Frontiers, and all I’m going to say is that Slack has their mojo working. If you don’t know what a mojo is - well, then we need to talk.
I’ll leave you with two segues that tie all this together and then I hope you enjoy the photos below. Rod Stewart’s first two albums went nowhere, but he really nailed it with Every Picture. Likewise, Stewart Butterfield, Slack’s co-founder and CEO, has also nailed it with Slack. His previous ventures had mixed results, and when my writing comes along, you’ll understand why he’s got the mojo now.
Speaking of mojo, the blues guy in me makes an instant connection with my hero Muddy Waters and his signature show-closer, and yes, harp god Paul Butterfield and his killer playing on one of Muddy’s later records. Sorry, Stewart, your just name got me going on the music groove, but I think it all somehow seems to fit. Enough talking - hope you enjoy these pix.
How’s this for inspiration - Serena Williams opening the event, Guy Raz from NPR, and Kenyatta Leal of Next Chapter leading a panel with Common and others about how companies like Slack are supporting programs to give incarcerated people legit second chances after leaving prison. Amen.
I’ll have more to say later, but these images are pretty cool, and Slack’s use of visuals was highly creative, and to me reflects how a new language is emerging for how we collaborate. On this screen you can see real time transcription during some of the sessions. Am doing a lot of work in this area, so it got my attention. Finally, a nice photo with Kenyatta.
The big news was a formal partnership with Zoom, and here we have Stewart sharing the announcement with Eric Yuan, Zoom’s CEO. Finally, Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space - wow. In true SNL style, cast and crew all up on stage taking a final bow, complete with the SNL close-out music. Love it. Also, on our first night, they hosted a reception at Slack HQ.
I love taking photos - here are two day-night pairings - Ferry Building and the Bay Bridge.
A bit of a different take - SF skyline as seen from the event site - on a clear day, and when the fog rolls in. To our right outside the venue, Coit Tower. And, best for last, my idea of a perfect mid-day break - chocolate ice cream, cappucino and the spectatcular view. Can you top that?