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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.”

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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

Thinking Phone Networks Expands International Presence with Addition of Frankfurt Data Center Facility

TPN_bug_hiresLeading Unified Communications as a Service Provider Adds to Deployment Infrastructure to Serve Global Enterprises 

Thinking Phone Networks, the leader in unified communications as a service (UCaaS), today announced that the company has expanded its global service deployment footprint with the addition of a data center facility in Frankfurt, Germany. The Frankfurt facility enhances the company’s geographic availability and redundancy and provides additional European presence to support the global cloud communications needs of enterprise customers.

“An increasing number of our enterprise customers require a strong regional presence in Europe to serve their critical communications needs,” said Derek Yoo, Thinking Phone Networks’ Chief Technology Officer. “The addition of a Frankfurt data center facility allows us to meet these needs while continuing to enhance our overall service delivery capabilities.”

The Thinking Phone Networks cloud delivery architecture is an innovative, multi-data center “mesh” that provides 99.999% uptime and business continuity. Central to this delivery architecture are strategically positioned global data center facilities. Each facility provides redundant network and service infrastructure to support Thinking Phone Networks’ cloud communications services. In the read more

Thinking Phone Networks Receives 2014 INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine Product of the Year Award

Large 12 IT-POTYPioneering Unified Communications as a Service Platform Recognized for Industry Leadership and Innovation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., January 28, 2014 – Thinking Phone Networks, the leader in unified communications as a service (UCaaS), today announced that global integrated media company Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) has named the company’s ThinkingSuite software platform as the INTERNET TELEPHONY Unified Communications Product of the Year.

“It gives me great pleasure to recognize Thinking Phone Networks with a 2014 Product of the Year Award for its commitment to excellence and innovation,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “In the opinion of our distinguished judges, the ThinkingSuite UCaaS platform has proven to be among the best communications and technology solutions on the market in 2014. I look forward to continued innovation from Thinking Phone Networks.”

“We are honored to accept INTERNET TELEPHONY’s prestigious Product of the Year award,” said Steve Kokinos, Thinking Phone Networks president & CEO. “We believe it is a testament to the significant work we have done to develop a market-leading UCaaS solution that provides real value read more

Frost & Sullivan Gala Honors 2014 Excellence in Best Practices Award Recipients

Frost & SullivanMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan honored recipients of its 2014 Excellence in Best Practices Awards at a dinner gala held Tuesday, January 14, in New Orleans at the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

The Excellence in Best Practices Awards are presented each year to companies that are predicted to encourage significant growth in their industries, have identified emerging trends before they became the standard in the marketplace, and have created advanced technologies that will catalyze and transform industries in the near future.

Awarded companies included:

Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc. – 2014 North American Sample Analysis New Product Innovation Award

Air Enterprises – 2013 North American Data Center Cooling Product Line Strategy Leadership Award

Alpha Technologies – 2013 Global Backup Power Solutions Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award

AxoGen, Inc. – 2013 North American Peripheral Nerve Repair New Product Innovation Leadership Award

BioMarker Strategies – 2013 North American Cancer Diagnostics Technology Innovation Leadership Award

Centrisys Centrifuge Systems – 2013 North American Industrial and Municipal Dewatering read more

2013 Service Provider UC Trends

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By Larry Hettick

As we have for the past 14 years, we will end this year with a look back at our 2013 predictions to see how well we did with our educated guesses, and we’ll wrap up 2013 with predictions for 2014.  But before we get there, for the first time in our blog’s history we will look back with a “UC 2013 Year in Review” across several installments.  We’ll break up our 2013 review into three categories:  service provider news, infrastructure supplier news, and general trends.  Today we’ll look back at highlights from the service provider community.

The year started with a deal between AT&T and Polycom, as the two companies announced an agreement to personalize, mobilize and virtualize video meetings. Also in January, 8×8 expanded its services into Canada; 8×8 also expanded into the UK later in the year. T-Mobile launched a new service that incorporates mobile devices as part of a fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) solution targeting the business customer; the solution extends desk phone read more