COMMfusion LLC is an independent industry analyst and consulting firm, providing in-depth research, analysis, and consulting services to clients in the areas of Unified Communications, Collaboration, Customer Engagement, Contact Center, Social Media, and other business communication applications. Blair Pleasant, President and Principal Analyst, provides strategic consulting services aimed at helping end-user, vendor, and reseller clients both strategically and tactically. COMMfusion provides clients with a variety of services, including strategic development, product assessment, surveys and research, marketing and product positioning, white papers, vendor analysis, partner development, and more.


My Articles

In this Industry Buzz podcast,  the UCStrategies Experts discuss Avaya's recent announcement as it moves forward to emerge from Chapter 11. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, and includes Experts Phil Edholm, Jim Burton, JR Simmons, Dr. Joseph Williams, Dave Michels, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden and Roberta Fox.
Last week, Microsoft announced that starting in July 2018, they will no longer support the use of Session Border Controllers (SBC) to connect third-party PBX systems to Exchange Online Unified Messaging (UM). This means that many Microsoft customers will be seeking an alternative Unified Messaging solution. AVST has long been a Microsoft technology partner, and introduced an option for businesses that will be impacted by Microsoft’s move. I spoke with Tom Minifie, CTO at AVST, to discuss Microsoft’s announcement, and how AVST intends to help organizations that will be affected.
At the GENBAND Perspective 2017 event in Los Angeles, Blair Pleasant sat down with Sacha Gera, Senior VP of Cloud Products, to discuss GENBAND’s Kandy offerings, and how GENBAND’s carrier customers can use Kandy to differentiate their services.
In this Executive Insights interview, Blair Pleasant speaks with Callan Schebella, CEO of Inference Solutions. Schebella discusses the Evolution of IVR – where it’s been, where it’s going, and how the cloud plays an essential role in this evolution.
I recently had briefings with some vendors that are not as well known in our industry as some of their larger counterparts, but have interesting stories to tell.

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Enterprise Connect
Orlando, FL
March 17-20, 2014