Thursday, February 8, 2007

Canadian IP Thought Leaders Series - Don Smith, Mitel and IP Telephony Trends

SMB VoIP has been a hot topic lately, and that's one market - but just one - that Kanata, Ontario-based Mitel is very strong in. I've been wanting to do a podcast with Mitel for some time, and the closest I've come so far is with Mitel's Dan York, but we talked about VoIP security, and not Mitel.

Well today, I've really got Mitel, and my guest this week is their CEO, Don Smith. He's done great work with Mitel, and having been on the leading edge of IP telephony for the business market for ages, I long wanted to get this done.

In particular, I wanted to talk a bit about their news with Rogers and Natural Convergence to offer hosted IP telephony to Canadian SMBs, which is a North American first for a major cableco.

From there, we talked about bigger picture issues, such as what's driving businesses to adopt IP telephony, as well as how things like presence and unified messaging are delivering new types of productivity, especially, as in Don's words, to enhance "in the moment" communications.

To find out what Don means by this, as well as everything else we talked about, you can download the podcast here.

Wearing my Pulvermedia Podcasting Network hat for a moment, I should also add that if you want to hear more from Don, VON Magazine's Bob Emmerson did his own pod with Don last week. It's not posted yet, so please check back at the PPN site shortly.

NOTE - am skipping a week for my pods, as the PPN producer is away next week. I'll be back the following week, and am hoping to have BlogTV Canada as my guest. If you're into social media, you'll want to hear this, as they haven't brought BlogTV to the U.S. yet - only in Canada - you can get a sneak peek about them here.

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