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This episode marks the third and final installment of a conversation with AppNeta’s Chief Customer Officer Adam Edwards and Director of Global Alliances John Tewfik around optimizing network management for Hybrid Work. In this chat, Adam and John have marching orders for IT and a specific IT checklist that outlines how teams can both expand their effectiveness and visibility while...

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In this Bonus Episode of Stories From The Wire, Technical Account Manager Joseph Ochs returns to the mic to discuss the “Two Big Vs” that enterprise IT teams have had to reckon with during the pandemic: VDIs (or Virtual Desktop Interfaces) and VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). Along with unpacking the what, how and why of those two networking technologies, Joe...

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Tags: network monitoring, network performance monitoring, network management, Stories From The Wire, podcast, communication, collaboration, microsoft teams, ucaas, uc, chat, video, voice, contact center, call center, VPN, VDI

We’ve all likely had consumer-side experiences with poor contact center performance, especially as the pandemic pushed many of us to rely more than ever on new purchasing channels. But according to market intelligence from GEP, contact centers witnessed an increase of 300% more calls than usual during the early stages of the pandemic. We’ve invited Technical Account Manager (and at...

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It’s official: AppNeta is among the elite winners of the 23rd Annual CUSTOMER Product of the Year Awards from TMC, one of the leading publishers and online communities covering enterprise technology. The CUSTOMER Product of the Year Award recognized 29 vendors for 2021 that have helped advance the call center, CRM, and teleservices industries over the past year, as global...

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This blog is the first in a series from our Solutions Consultant team giving their point of view on the most pressing challenges facing IT teams in 2021. Let’s be honest. Working from home has its challenges, particularly during the pandemic. For those of us with children there are a host of potential pitfalls. One need only look at some...

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Bulletins and Milestones are the latest line-of-business tools added to Microsoft Teams’ Power Apps suite, giving users the ability to better communicate and collaborate via Microsoft’s Dataverse cloud service. Both apps function pretty much as their names suggest, with Bulletin’s giving team leaders the ability to broadcast announcements either company-wide or per department, while Milestones helps users keep track of...

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Tags: Dataverse, Power Apps, network management, network performance monitoring, network performance, collaboration apps, collaboration tools, enterprise collaboration, collaboration, work from anywhere, work from home, Azure, Microsoft Cloud, Microsoft Apps, teams Apps, ucaas, Microsoft Teams Monitoring, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft

While Microsoft has succeeded in dominating the burgeoning enterprise cloud software market over the past year, AWS continued to reign supreme when it comes to total cloud investments during Q4 2020, with revenues growing 28 percent year-over-year to $12.74 billion. Despite this growth, AWS’s total share of the cloud market slipped slightly from Q4 2019 from 32.4 percent to 31...

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When Salesforce recently scooped up Slack in a partnership deemed “the most strategic combination in the history of software” (according to Slack’s own CEO), other enterprise cloud providers wasted no time in securing their own blockbuster partnerships to merge cloud-based collaboration tools with larger enterprise software suites. The latest comes from SAP, who has expanded their existing partnership with Microsoft...

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Nearly a year into widespread work-from-home (WFH), the cracks are starting to show at some organizations who may not have primed their workforce (or their networks) for an extended absence from the office. According to research from productivity software company Asana, burnout is now being felt among the vast majority of knowledge workers as teams struggle to define and enforce...

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Microsoft Teams has seen it’s popularity explode over the past year, establishing it’s position atop the highly competitive market for enterprise communication software in a time when remote collaboration has become essential. With integration and storage capabilities that, until recently, were unrivaled, it only makes sense that Teams would continue to see it’s adoption rise over the course of 2020....

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According to Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, “the most strategic combination in the history of software” took place this week as Salesforce officially acquired Slack in an all-stock deal valued at $27.7 billion. The acquisition sets up a titanic battle between Salesforce and Microsoft, as Slack is considered the primary competitor to Microsoft’s Teams collaboration platform, which has exploded in popularity...

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With the pandemic unexpectedly transforming Zoom from a passive business tool to perhaps the defining brand of our socially-distanced times, the tech giant is looking to “give back” a bit this holiday season by removing 40-minute meeting limits over the Thanksgiving holiday. On a non-holiday, free meetings on Zoom are limited to 40 minutes, pushing users to basically re-start their...

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When it comes to understanding how users actually leverage their SaaS tools, 97 percent of IT executives admit that they lack complete visibility, largely a side-effect of the fact that most enterprise IT teams are taking a reactive approach to collecting user data. What’s most jarring about these insights from the recently published 2020 The State of SaaS Management report...

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Despite competing in a market that has never been hotter, Microsoft Teams has never been more popular. But with Slack and Zoom planning big plays for a larger share of the market for enterprise unified communications as a service (UCaaS), Microsoft unveiled a mile-long list of upgrades to Teams that they hope will maintain its status as the go-to collaboration...

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When the world stayed home this past spring and summer, everyone from CEOs to first graders turned to Zoom to stay connected. As a result, “Zoom” has graduated to verb-status, supplanting “hop on a video call” in much the same way we tend to “Google” topics regardless of the search engine. But what has made Zoom the global default for...

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The Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) market is the latest cloud-driven industry to receive a booming growth forecast, with the market size poised to reach a valuation of $24.3 billion by 2026. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.4 percent from 2019, when the market was already assessed at a massive $13.8 billion. This growth reflects similar trends in...

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Cloud computing has been viewed as “the way forward” for enterprises for years, but it took a global pandemic for many companies to finally push ahead on their wide-scale cloud migrations. And while many teams had to rush their enterprise-grade cloud transformations to support a suddenly decentralized network footprint, now that the steady march to the cloud has begun, there’s...

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Task management platform Okta recently released the mid-year update to their 2020 @Work Business Report, and the findings tell a familiar story: The recent meteoric rise in cloud and SaaS adoption has been hard to ignore, and is challenging IT to seek out new solutions. As expected, cloud-delivered UCaaS and collaboration applications continue to see unprecedented growth over the past...

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The concept of “work-from-home” (WFH) went from a growing trend to an emergency enterprise standard over the past few months, forcing folks to make major adjustments to how they connect with colleagues and accomplish their day-to-day tasks. While many stir-crazy folks are longing for the days when they can return to the office, a lot of companies are finding that...

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While just a few months ago Zoom was primarily only familiar within the corporate and tech sphere, the company is now ubiquitous in every facet of our newly-remote daily lives; whether we’re using it to say hi to coworkers, or logging on to host a weekly trivia night with friends or family. Another indicator of Zoom’s newfound popularity? The startup...

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Social distancing guidelines have made UCaaS tools more than just business-critical solutions, as it seems like every parent and grandparent with WiFi access has been hopping on Zoom and other video conferencing apps to bridge the gap between friends and family in isolation. This has put unprecedented pressure on unified communication providers, whose products demand a higher share of network...

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With teams going remote en masse and across industries, network infrastructures are already being put to the test as a wealth of cloud and web applications travel across diverse network environments to keep far-flung teams in sync. That’s why it’s never been more important that the tools IT teams use to manage and monitor network performance aren’t themselves putting added...

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As enterprises worldwide adjust to nearly 100% work from home (WFH) we can all use a bit of humor. Compiled from across our team, AppNeta is offering a few suggestions to liven up the background of your Zoom or blur your background in Microsoft Teams until they release custom backgrounds later this year. If you don’t know about the feature...

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As enterprises lean on communication apps to keep their teams connected amidst “social distancing,” it’s been a busy few weeks for market leaders Slack and Teams, who have seen their daily active users explode while unveiling major solution enhancements. On Wednesday, Mar 18, Slack unveiled the app’s largest platform redesign in nearly five years. Although the update was in the...

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Office workers coast-to-coast are getting their first taste of remote work as COVID-19 (also known as the novel coronavirus) forces many who would normally commute to instead set up work from home (WFH). From March 9 to 15, virtual private network (VPN) vendor Atlas saw usage of VPNs, which enable many companies to safely extend their private networks to remote...

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Remote work in the enterprise has already been on an uptick for quite a while, as more widespread adoption of agile tech and flexible cloud and SaaS applications have made it easier for employers to engage with a far-flung workforce. A recent report shows that between 2007 and 2015, there was a 159 percent jump in remote work across sectors,...

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Measuring API Performance with AppNeta’s HTTP Monitoring We live in a world of interconnected web services. When someone uses a web application, for instance, that app almost always utilizes other web services, which may in turn use another set of web services, and so on. Web services, through their Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), increasingly represent critical business resources that contribute,...

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In our 2020 Enterprise App Report Card, we touched upon the fact that Microsoft’s comprehensive Office 365 suite of enterprise productivity and collaboration tools is relatively unrivaled among AppNeta customers in terms of sheer users. But the software pioneer may soon be facing some stiff competition from another nearly-ubiquitous tech giant, as it was recently announced that Google is looking...

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In an industry where acronyms and initialisms are a dime a dozen, few tech terms are as ubiquitous in the world of enterprise networking as MPLS and SD-WAN. Sure, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and UCaaS represent buzzworthy new workflows that have changed how enterprise IT teams are managing their tech footprints. But when it comes to the underlying networks that support...

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As 2019 comes to a close, 66 percent of companies embraced remote work, and for good reason: When businesses don’t have to gather all of their staff at HQ every day, bosses can broaden their search for talent beyond who is available locally, while giving employees more control of where and when they work, which has been proven to pay...

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Think remote work is just a passing fad? Take a look at the businesses popping up in support of the concept, and you might be convinced otherwise. Take, for example, Pizzatime, a new service from digital agency Planetary that organizes virtual pizza parties for teams collaborating from multiple branch locations. Leveraging Slack, the tool takes orders from each team member...

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Since the earliest days of Silicon Valley, competing tech companies have always been engaged in a virtual arms race for loyal users. Whether it’s PC versus Mac, or AWS versus Azure, there always seem to be at least two dueling behemoths involved whenever a new technology takes the scene. As we’ve covered in recent posts, communication software seems to be...

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According to the findings of our 2019 State of Enterprise IT report, only 53.5% of all enterprises are knowingly employing a network performance monitoring solution. That means that despite the fact that enterprises the world over are, by and large, overhauling their legacy networks to embrace enterprise decentralization, only about half of IT teams are even sure they have a...

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AppNeta Performance Manager provides several ways for customers to integrate monitoring data with other systems, including the RESTful API Observer endpoint that allows you to send event notifications to your own receiver. With this ability, the opportunity for flexible integration abounds. In a past post, I looked at how to integrate AppNeta Performance Manager events into Slack channels. Justin previously...

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IN PRACTICE | This article is part of a series of posts sharing examples of how AppNeta users have leveraged the service to solve performance problems. Problem A civil engineering firm uses Skype for Business heavily in their day-to-day operations, for both internal and external calls. Since migrating to the cloud last year, it has been their primary VoIP application....

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3 Skype for Business Challenges for IT to Overcome
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 With Cisco moving to acquire BroadSoft, Unified Communications as a Service platforms are about to seriously streamline. Well, unless you’re Skype for Business. Unlike competing platforms, Skype for Business relies on a myriad of technologies, from a range of vendors, which can make the ecosystem complex to integrate, monitor and manage. The task doesn’t have to be daunting, though. IT...

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We’ve got a lot of interesting, forward-thinking customers here at AppNeta, and one network engineer at a unified communications as a service (UCaaS) vendor recently told us about his proactive IT team and company’s efficient support setup. It really embodies the new way that IT teams are thinking about people and process to meet user needs. For this company, a...

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