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The Arrival of Smarter Video Conference-Acrossio

My agency, Comunicano and I have been involved in a few successes in the conferencing field, starting with SightSpeed (now a part of Logitech), HiDefConferencing (now part of GoToMeeting but originally acquired by Citrix), WebDialogs (acquired by IBM and at the core of SameTime), plus we've kicked around WebRTC since it's earliest of days, working with leader Temasys, pioneer of ORTC, Hookflash, and others. That's why when it comes to being impressed by something new in video conferencing, or conferencing, I usually hit pause, as not much motivates me, as I've pretty much settled on Zoom and UberConference, while canning paid subscriptions to GoToMeeting and Cisco's WebEx last year.

So when I saw Acrossio on pal Tsahi's WebRTC Index I figured it was at least worth a look, as here's a company openly admitting they're WebRTC based, as the collision of VoIP and WebRTC was one of my predictions for 2017.

Acrossio instantly got my attention with Living Meeting on their home page. But, as I began to play with Acrossio I realized their core value isn't Living Meetings, it's smarter meetings. They do this by real time tagging as part of the note taking (I wish I could integrate their Tasks with Basecamp or Trello, send notifications via Slack-especially if you assign a task to someone not in the meeting.  Right now they integrate with LinkedIn, and do a better job of it than Hookflash's original attempt by avoiding being the calling company for LinkedIn but leveraging LinkedIn's sign in for sign up.

What's more there's lots of power in the way they've approached video conferencing. For starters Acrossio offers four different modes of conferencing: Online, Local, Self Recording and From External Content such as YouTube or Vimeo.

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While you can share files, Acrossio lacks on screen sharing of files in the session. So while you can share the video, you can't share a Google Slides document in the session the way you can with UberConference. A minor drawback and one I expect them to solve overtime.

My feeling is Acrossio is really just starting out, so while they are listed as five years old, it feels like their approach with WebRTC is taking video conferencing in a different and more robust direction, as the note taking and tagging, assigning tasks, and making those actions a part of the actual conversation is almost novel, and really is long needed functionality in video conferencing.  The self recording mode, which  for the work team sharing and tasking.  They have a Windows Desktop app, that appears to be a messaging app. There's various ways to invite people to join, maybe too, including Slack integration so I get the sense there's more to come. Lots more.

There's something here, and I hope to learn more about Acrossio as time goes on.


The Comunicano for Friday February 3 2017

 

 
 
FEBRUARY 3 - ISSUE #15
Andy Abramson
The big news, especially here in the Southland, is SNAP and their 3 billion dollar IPO. There’s lots of coverage on it, with some deep insight from the Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern and the Business Insider as well as the L.A. Times. The stories around the story is also interesting so there’s six for your reading pleasure. 
Beyond SNAP, we have news about Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, the Sharing Economy, Microsoft and a bit more. 

Lastly, next week is IT Expo Week in Fort Lauderdale. I’ll be there so find me in the media room, or up on stage on any of my three panels.
That’s all in today’s COMUNICANO!!!

Snapchat company's IPO filing might be L.A.'s biggest ever
What’s So Great About Snapchat Anyway?
Upcoming Snapchat Lenses will be Able to "Interact" with Objects
Snapchat paid third cofounder Reggie Brown $158 million to disappear
Snapchat IPO: Inside Snap Inc.'s company culture
Snap S-1 Filing
Uber Watch
Uber C.E.O. to Leave Trump Advisory Council After Criticism
Sharing Economy Goes Mainstream in Business Travel — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report
Odds & Ends
The Best Drone Photography of 2016
Amazon's advertising business is growing fast -
Facebook’s AI unlocks the ability to search photos by what’s in them
How Twitter took on Trump's bot army—and won
Why augmented reality will be big in business first
With Chrome 57, Progressive Web Apps will appear in Android’s app drawer, settings, more
Microsoft Outlook for iOS now supports add-ins like Giphy and Trello
Business Ops is the New Sales and Marketing Ops. Why Consolidation is Crucial to Your Bottom Line.
We’re probably underestimating how quickly electric vehicles will disrupt the oil market
Catapulting Europe’s brightest FinTech startups from Singapore to Asia with The FinLab
Verizon Restructures Small Business Segment, Launches Verizon Business Markets

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Next Week It's IT Expo in Fort Lauderdale

One of the few events I look forward to every year is IT Expo, staged so well by the team at TMCnet. While the show is now only an annual show, which is a smart decision, what Rich Tehrani and Dave Rodriguez have done so well, is built the show up to be more than the VoIP show.  

That move a few years ago, done in consort with ex VON minds Carl Ford and Scott Kargman has elevated the show to include MSP, IOT, Wi-Fi and more over the past few years. By making this move, the show has a much broader audience and ends up being a far larger event, which in turn helps keep costs to exhibitors down.

The move from Miami up the coast also has helped, as the venue in Fort Lauderdale is a bit larger, and far more conducive to what TMC has set out to do.

As for this year, I'm excited about the three panels I'll moderate in the All About The API section, while also seeing friends, new and old, as well as being very intrigued by the expanded IoT content that is part of IoT Evolution. That section kicks off with the Telit IoT Innovation and the IoT Certification Series on Tuesday, February 7. It continues with a five track conference program on Wednesday. Their well thought out tracks include; IoT Enterprise Operations, Connected Building and Cities, Connected Transport/Connected Industry, IoT IT: Business Intelligence and Machine Learning and IoT Developers. Keynoters are coming from the Industrial Internet Consortium, Intel, GoGo Air, Ingenu, Eurotech, Numerex, Telit, Cisco, Kore and Verizon.

At IT Expo there's also:

  • Telecom Reseller Week
    A forum for channel executives to learn about cutting edge new solutions you can represent, to meet with many new potential partners, and to study proven sales techniques to help improve your team's performance.

  • MSP Expo Conference Sessions
    The Premier Conference and Networking Summit for MSPs - where business owners and technology specialists in the channel come together to accomplish key goals in growing your managed services business.

  • ChannelVision Expo Sessions on Expo Floor
    Gain perspective on how to adapt, what to sell and how to sell it within this ever-evolving communications ecosystem through the educational sessions and vendors showcasing their products and services at ChannelVision (CVx) Expo.

Most of all the ITEXPO enables you to meet with 100's of vendors while enjoying a beverage and networking with colleagues. PLUS, the ITEXPO badge grants access to 75 more exhibitors at IoT Evolution Expo next door.

And a whole lot more....


The Comunicano for Wednesday February 1 2017

 

 
 
FEBRUARY 1 - ISSUE #13
Andy Abramson
Wednesdays are always interesting news days. Waking up and seeing how the EU is really ending roaming charges across Europe in June of this year, after all the years we worked with Truphone, has me wondering about the company’s fate.

Of course the elimination of roaming doesn’t help US based roamers when they visit Europe, but given how Google Fi has a deal with UK based Three, it sure gives them a big kick forward. That is, at least until the UK exits the EU. After that Fi will need a deal on the continent, so expect them to do something bigger with either DT, the parent of USA based T-Mobile or Vodafone for continental wide roaming.
In other news, AT&T and Google continue their speed wars; Facebook looks to become a TV network; the FCC is changing the rules, again; Slack is expanding fast into the Enterprise; and Uber gets a big partner in the self driving car market. All that and MORE, in today’s COMUNICANO.

Use of Ad-Blocking Software Rises by 30% Worldwide
Speed Watch
AT&T plans to deliver fast Internet over power poles
Google Fiber Now Pushing Gigabit Fixed Wireless
How to choose the best Wi-Fi replacement for your Apple AirPort routers
FaceBook Watch
Facebook Developing Video App for Apple TV, Other Set-Tops (Report)
WhatsApp to let users edit and recall sent messages
Fed Watch
New FCC chair vows to shrink industry regulations
New FCC chief gets to work cutting back regs
The FCC won’t force cable companies to unlock their set-top boxes after all
Slack Watch
Slack is expanding its team chat app to work with the largest companies
Uber Watch
Uber and Daimler Join Forces on Self-Driving Cars
Odds & Ends
Google Upgrades Security Controls for G Suite Business Customers
How to Find and Get Hired for a Remote Job
Map Plots the Fastest Route to America’s Michelin-Starred Restaurants
EU announces deal to end all wireless roaming charges starting June 2017
The Internet Is Mostly Bots

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