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PGi and Thinking Phone Networks Join Forces to Bring Cloud Collaboration to Enterprises

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 7.09.56 AMStrategic Alliance Integrates PGi’s Award-Winning iMeet Web Conferencing with TPN’s Cloud UC Platform

ATLANTA, Aug. 19, 2014 — PGi, a global leader in collaboration and software services for over 20 years, and Thinking Phone Networks (TPN), the innovative leader in unified communications as a service (UCaaS), today announced a strategic alliance that will integrate PGi’s award-winning iMeet web conferencing software with the TPN cloud platform—the first time a third-party collaboration application has been hosted in TPN’s industry-leading ThinkingSuite solution.

“Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is changing the way enterprises collaborate, and we strongly believe that integrating PGi’s iMeet into our UCaaS platform will provide unprecedented value for our clients,” said Alex DiNunzio, Thinking Phone Networks’ Senior Product Manager. “Today’s businesses are searching for technologies that can replace their onsite collaboration solutions with cloud-based, full-featured applications that empower productivity and growth anywhere, anytime, on any device.”

“We are excited to work alongside an innovative partner like TPN to bring a collaborative advantage to more companies worldwide, and I am thrilled that we can read more

Thinking Phone Networks Releases New Android Mobile Client

TPN_Android_Home_Top-DrawerMobile-first design experience features enhanced workflows to serve enterprise customers

Cambridge, MA (July 30, 2014) — Thinking Phone Networks, the leader in unified communications as a service (UCaaS), today announced the release of ThinkingMobile for Android 3.0. The latest release comes in response to the increasingly mobile behaviors of enterprise customers.

“More and more, we are seeing clients in our space moving to a mobile-only strategy where all of their UC needs are fulfilled by their mobile devices,” said Alex DiNunzio, Thinking Phone Networks’ product manager. “With the upcoming ThinkingMobile for Android release, we now have a complete and compelling mobile offering on the two largest platforms – iOS and Android.”

ThinkingMobile for Android 3.0 features a completely new user interface. Key features include:

 

  • Support for instant messaging and SMS/MMS
  • A home screen that shows users’ most recent activity, bringing the most important items directly to their attention
  • A “recent calls” feature that allows users to simply swipe to the right to call someone back
  • A new navigation drawer that gives users quick access to read more

Thinking Phone Networks Acquires Whaleback Managed Services

Award-winning UCaaS leader accelerates growth with purchase of managed UC service provider

Cambridge, MA (August 12, 2014) – Thinking Phone Networks, the innovative leader in unified communications as a service (UCaaS), has announced its acquisition of Whaleback Managed Services. The acquisition demonstrates another move by Thinking Phone Networks to support its phenomenal market growth, which has continually exceeded the pace of the UCaaS market.

Headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, Whaleback provides managed, cloud-based services to medium-sized businesses. The company serves verticals including healthcare, financial services, real estate, specialty retail, and non-profits across the U.S. with an offering that includes enterprise-class telephony, conferencing, messaging, and contact centers.

“Whaleback has built an enviable reputation as a provider of high-quality communication services and brings a loyal customer base,” said Steve Kokinos, Thinking Phone Networks’ President & CEO. “Our mission is to empower our business customers to capitalize on the disruptive shift in communication that is being driven by mobility in the enterprise. The team at Whaleback shares this vision and the combination of the two companies will further support our ability to innovate and grow as a leader in read more

John McMahon Joins Thinking Phone Networks’ Board of Directors

John_McMahon_Casual_croppedFormer EVP of Worldwide Sales and Services at Bladelogic and BMC Will Lend Expertise to Company’s Next Phase of Growth

CAMBRIDGE, MA, July 31, 2014 – Thinking Phone Networks, the innovative leader in unified communications as a service (UCaaS), today announced that John McMahon, former EVP of Worldwide Sales at Bladelogic and BMC, has joined its board of directors.

“We are thrilled to have John join our board,” said Steve Kokinos, President & CEO of Thinking Phone Networks. “He has a tremendous background in building and nurturing successful businesses in the software industry, and his experience will be instrumental in ensuring our continued leadership in the enterprise cloud communications market.”

At BMC, McMahon was responsible for $1.4B in annual revenue. McMahon joined BMC after the company acquired Bladelogic, where he was COO and EVP Sales, for $872M. He was instrumental in Bladelogic’s IPO and consistently grew revenues at over 100% year over year to $70M. Prior to Bladelogic, McMahon was in executive management at three public software companies, including Ariba, where he grew B2B marketplace revenues 100% year over read more

Stephen Bronstein Named New SVP of Operations at Thinking Phone Networks

stephenGartner UCaaS Magic Quadrant “Leader” augments executive team with recognized industry expert

Stephen Bronstein has joined Thinking Phone Networks’ executive management team as SVP, operations. Bronstein brings more than 18 years of experience in software as a service (SaaS), and will oversee all support, provisioning, and IT initiatives for the company.

Prior to joining Thinking Phone Networks, Bronstein served as founding COO for two SaaS startups from concept stage through successful exit. He was the chief operating officer at IODA, a digital music distributor for independent record labels that grew to a $50 million business and was acquired by Sony Music in June 2009. At IODA, Bronstein oversaw general operations and led the product, engineering, and finance organizations.

Before IODA, Bronstein was co-founder and COO of WebYes, Inc., acquired by Breakaway Solutions in 1999. He also worked as a strategy consultant in Hong Kong and San Francisco and ran program management and analytics at ItsOn, a SaaS provider of NFV infrastructure enabling next-generation mobile services.

“Stephen is a multi-talented operations visionary,” said read more

Sprint Provides Thinking Phone Networks Customers with MPLS Network Connectivity to the Cloud

TPN_bug_hiresAs an inaugural member of the Sprint Cloud Application Provider program, Thinking Phone Networks simplifies the delivery of cloud UC to businesses

Cambridge, MA,  June 4, 2014 – Thinking Phone Networks today announced a collaboration with Sprint aimed at enabling the delivery and deployment of cloud-based unified communications (UC) by coupling Thinking Phone Networks’ offer with Sprint’s Global MPLS services for businesses.

Thinking Phone Networks is an inaugural member of Sprint’s new Cloud Application Provider (CAP) Extranet program, which enables connectivity between qualified cloud application providers (like Thinking Phone Networks) and Sprint’s global MPLS customers. This relationship provides security, expedites access to cloud services, and improves end user satisfaction by eliminating network bottlenecks for critical cloud applications.

Existing MPLS customers with BGP or static routing can be quickly connected to an installed CAP Extranet provider, needing only the initial subscriber letter of authorization and the CAP Extranet provider implementation instructions for connection.

“Sprint offers a rich portfolio of cloud-based collaboration tools to businesses today. Our new CAP program enables cloud solution providers read more

Thinking Phone Networks Appoints Ted Longley to Executive Management Team

Gartner UCaaS Magic Quadrant “Leader” hires former Blackberry visionary as VP of Platform Services

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) May 21, 2014

TedLongleyTed Longley has joined Thinking Phone Networks’ executive management team as VP, Platform Services. Longley will lead the technical operations team and assume overall responsibility for Thinking Phone Networks’ cloud UC platform, including systems architecture, security, scalability, availability, and ongoing platform support.

Longley comes to Thinking Phone Networks from Blackberry, where he spearheaded the network architecture and design efforts for a global network infrastructure that serviced 80 million subscribers in more than 140 countries and included multi-tenant and virtualized hosting models as well as an expansive hybrid cloud deployment. Longley partnered with leading vendors such as Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade to drive increased product capabilities. In addition, he optimized BlackBerry’s carrier connectivity strategy, significantly improved the company’s infrastructure security model, and grew a global team spanning Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Singapore.

Prior to Blackberry, Longley worked with SAP application service provider Siemens Business Services, where he was instrumental in improving business read more

Thinking Phone Networks Awarded Polycom “Platinum Level Choice Partner” Status

Unified communications solutions for enterprisesCAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 23, 2014 – Thinking Phone Networks, the smart choice in cloud unified communications (UC), has been designated a Platinum Level Choice Partner by Polycom, Inc. The Polycom Choice Partner Program recognizes companies with exemplary sales acumen and technical expertise.

The Polycom Choice Partner Program’s primary focus is to help partners achieve optimal success through elevated sales and technical expertise, market differentiation, and resources to improve overall ease of doing business. Polycom noted that Thinking Phone Networks has demonstrated superior performance and met all program requirements to be named a Platinum Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP) effective April 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Polycom,” said Chris Hurley, Thinking Phone Networks Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Alliances. “Being a leader and innovator in the enterprise UCaaS market is a great honor, made even better when trusted partners recognize our hard work and commitment to the UCaaS movement. We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship with Polycom in the future.”

This designation read more

Thinking Phone Networks to Showcase Award-Winning Cloud UC Solution at Enterprise Connect 2014

Unified communications solutions for enterprisesCAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 17, 2014 – Thinking Phone Networks, the smart choice in cloud unified communications (UC), today announced its participation at Enterprise Connect 2014 in Orlando, FL, March 17th–19th.

Ryan Wilcox, Thinking Phone Networks’ VP of sales operations, will be a featured speaker on the RFP panel, “Enterprise Communications Platform—Premise vs. Cloud-Based IP Telephony.” The session will explore the elements that differentiate cloud solutions from premises-based solutions on Monday from 2-5pm.

In addition, Chris Hurley, Thinking Phone Networks’ VP of corporate development and strategic alliances, will speak on Tuesday’s 4pm panel, “What’s the Real Case for the Cloud?” During this session, a panel of experts will discuss the most compelling arguments for cloud services in 2014, along with future capabilities that promise to make the cloud more appealing than it has been to date.

“Cloud communications have become mainstream, and enterprises are seeking out innovative solutions that will significantly enhance communications, drive down costs, and improve efficiencies,” said Steve Kokinos, president and CEO of Thinking Phone Networks. “Our ThinkingSuite platform read more

Thinking Phone Networks to Demonstrate Global Cloud Communications Solution and ThinkLink Partner App at Channel Partners Conference

TPN_bug_hiresCAMBRIDGE, Mass, February 25, 2014 – Thinking Phone Networks, the smart choice in cloud unified communications (UC), today announced its participation at the 2014 Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NV, February 26–28, 2014. The company will demonstrate its complete cloud unified communications solution along with ThinkLink, the first channel app of its kind from a UCaaS provider, in booth #2013.

As the only networking and educational event in the communications industry dedicated to the indirect sales channel, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo attracts more than 3,500 prominent industry professionals.

“As always, we’re tremendously excited about being a part of this year’s Channel Partners event. On the heels of unprecedented growth in 2013 as well as multiple awards—including our second designation as a Gartner UCaaS Magic Quadrant ‘Leader’ and the Frost & Sullivan “Company of the Year” award—we’ve seen even greater interest from the channel in our ThinkingSuite cloud services,” said D.J. Kreft, Regional Vice President of Channel Sales at Thinking Phone Networks. “ThinkingSuite offers one of the most comprehensive read more