8x8 Voice + Microsoft Teams

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Dave Michels, Principal Analyst and Founder of TalkingPointz

Dave Michels is the Principal Analyst and Founder of TalkingPointz. He has extensive experience with all levels of the enterprise communications industry. Dave works with global providers, public and private investors and other industry participants (channels and consultants) to provide insights and guidance about the industry and how industry offerings transform enterprise workflow and collaboration.

Dave started out in the technical organizations of end user companies prior to starting Buffalo Communications, a VAR, which he sold in 2010. Over the last 10 years, Dave has focused his efforts on TalkingPointz and its irreverent, incisive take on the industry. Dave and Talkingpointz.com has become one of the most influential and often-quoted, linked content sources in the enterprise communications industry.

Dave holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from University of Colorado. He lives in Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @DaveMichels.

Tom FitzGerald, VP, Cloud Channel Sales Americas Ingram Micro Cloud

Since July 2017, Tim has been responsible for accelerating the growth and furthering the development of Ingram Micro Cloud’s platforms, marketplace and services throughout the U.S. and Canada, spanning the IT and telecom ecosystems.

In previous positions, he was vice president of digital transformation for Tech Data and spent more than 20 years with Avnet, leading their emerging technologies team and spearheading its cloud solutions business. As a recognized industry leader, he’s earned the title of one of the “World’s Top MSP Experts” from MSPmentor, as well as a top 10 position in CRN’s “Top 100 U.S. Channel Services Executives” and “Cloud Computing Advocates You Should Know.”

Bryan R. Martin, Chairman of the Board and CTO

Bryan Martin is 8x8’s technological visionary, leading the company’s drive to patent a range of disruptive and innovative technologies. With an excellent sense of how cloud communications transform enterprise communications and customer service, Martin led 8x8 as CEO from its early days as a VoIP pioneer to its current position as the leading provider of Unified Communications as a Service. Before becoming CEO in 2002, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering Operations.

John DeLozier, SVP, Global Channel Chief

John DeLozier is a key member of the 8x8 leadership team and holds the position of SVP, Global Channel Chief. John is highly decorated and well-respected in the channel community bringing more than 20 years of experience in business management and channel development. John's charge includes overseeing the development and execution of the 8x8 partner program. John comes to 8x8 from CenturyLink, where he helped create the award-winning Channel Alliance Partner Program. His career includes co-founding and running ACT, a system integration and application development company focusing on unified communications and collaboration (UCC) and call center implementations. John graduated from The Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, with a degree in Business Management and Religion.

Rhys Lawson, Digital Workspace Leader, Softcat

Rhys leads one of Softcat’s four IT priorities, Digital Workspace at Softcat. He’s responsible for the strategic vision and sales performance for a number of end-user specialists teams that support the account managers in providing outcome-based solutions within Softcat’s customers.

Oisin Glynn, Global Solutions Architect

Oisin Glynn is a Global Solutions Architect on the pre-sales team at 8x8, Inc. engaging with 8x8 prospects and clients to create innovative communication and collaboration solutions leveraging the 8x8 products and services. Prior to his current role, Oisin has been involved in a broad range of Contact Center delivery roles including Product Research & Development, Professional Services, Support and Pre-Sales Engineering since 1998.

Dave Michels, Principal Analyst and Founder of TalkingPointz

Dave Michels is the Principal Analyst and Founder of TalkingPointz. He has extensive experience with all levels of the enterprise communications industry. Dave works with global providers, public and private investors and other industry participants (channels and consultants) to provide insights and guidance about the industry and how industry offerings transform enterprise workflow and collaboration.

Dave started out in the technical organizations of end user companies prior to starting Buffalo Communications, a VAR, which he sold in 2010. Over the last 10 years, Dave has focused his efforts on TalkingPointz and its irreverent, incisive take on the industry. Dave and Talkingpointz.com has become one of the most influential and often-quoted, linked content sources in the enterprise communications industry.

Dave holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from University of Colorado. He lives in Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @DaveMichels.

Tom FitzGerald, VP, Cloud Channel Sales Americas Ingram Micro Cloud

Since July 2017, Tim has been responsible for accelerating the growth and furthering the development of Ingram Micro Cloud’s platforms, marketplace and services throughout the U.S. and Canada, spanning the IT and telecom ecosystems.

In previous positions, he was vice president of digital transformation for Tech Data and spent more than 20 years with Avnet, leading their emerging technologies team and spearheading its cloud solutions business. As a recognized industry leader, he’s earned the title of one of the “World’s Top MSP Experts” from MSPmentor, as well as a top 10 position in CRN’s “Top 100 U.S. Channel Services Executives” and “Cloud Computing Advocates You Should Know.”

Bryan R. Martin, Chairman of the Board and CTO

Bryan Martin is 8x8’s technological visionary, leading the company’s drive to patent a range of disruptive and innovative technologies. With an excellent sense of how cloud communications transform enterprise communications and customer service, Martin led 8x8 as CEO from its early days as a VoIP pioneer to its current position as the leading provider of Unified Communications as a Service. Before becoming CEO in 2002, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering Operations.

John DeLozier, SVP, Global Channel Chief

John DeLozier is a key member of the 8x8 leadership team and holds the position of SVP, Global Channel Chief. John is highly decorated and well-respected in the channel community bringing more than 20 years of experience in business management and channel development. John's charge includes overseeing the development and execution of the 8x8 partner program. John comes to 8x8 from CenturyLink, where he helped create the award-winning Channel Alliance Partner Program. His career includes co-founding and running ACT, a system integration and application development company focusing on unified communications and collaboration (UCC) and call center implementations. John graduated from The Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, with a degree in Business Management and Religion.

Rhys Lawson, Digital Workspace Leader, Softcat

Rhys leads one of Softcat’s four IT priorities, Digital Workspace at Softcat. He’s responsible for the strategic vision and sales performance for a number of end-user specialists teams that support the account managers in providing outcome-based solutions within Softcat’s customers.

Oisin Glynn, Global Solutions Architect

Oisin Glynn is a Global Solutions Architect on the pre-sales team at 8x8, Inc. engaging with 8x8 prospects and clients to create innovative communication and collaboration solutions leveraging the 8x8 products and services. Prior to his current role, Oisin has been involved in a broad range of Contact Center delivery roles including Product Research & Development, Professional Services, Support and Pre-Sales Engineering since 1998.

Dave Michels, Principal Analyst and Founder of TalkingPointz

Dave Michels is the Principal Analyst and Founder of TalkingPointz. He has extensive experience with all levels of the enterprise communications industry. Dave works with global providers, public and private investors and other industry participants (channels and consultants) to provide insights and guidance about the industry and how industry offerings transform enterprise workflow and collaboration.

Dave started out in the technical organizations of end user companies prior to starting Buffalo Communications, a VAR, which he sold in 2010. Over the last 10 years, Dave has focused his efforts on TalkingPointz and its irreverent, incisive take on the industry. Dave and Talkingpointz.com has become one of the most influential and often-quoted, linked content sources in the enterprise communications industry.

Dave holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from University of Colorado. He lives in Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @DaveMichels.

Tom FitzGerald, VP, Cloud Channel Sales Americas Ingram Micro Cloud

Since July 2017, Tim has been responsible for accelerating the growth and furthering the development of Ingram Micro Cloud’s platforms, marketplace and services throughout the U.S. and Canada, spanning the IT and telecom ecosystems.

In previous positions, he was vice president of digital transformation for Tech Data and spent more than 20 years with Avnet, leading their emerging technologies team and spearheading its cloud solutions business. As a recognized industry leader, he’s earned the title of one of the “World’s Top MSP Experts” from MSPmentor, as well as a top 10 position in CRN’s “Top 100 U.S. Channel Services Executives” and “Cloud Computing Advocates You Should Know.”

Bryan R. Martin, Chairman of the Board and CTO

Bryan Martin is 8x8’s technological visionary, leading the company’s drive to patent a range of disruptive and innovative technologies. With an excellent sense of how cloud communications transform enterprise communications and customer service, Martin led 8x8 as CEO from its early days as a VoIP pioneer to its current position as the leading provider of Unified Communications as a Service. Before becoming CEO in 2002, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering Operations.

John DeLozier, SVP, Global Channel Chief

John DeLozier is a key member of the 8x8 leadership team and holds the position of SVP, Global Channel Chief. John is highly decorated and well-respected in the channel community bringing more than 20 years of experience in business management and channel development. John's charge includes overseeing the development and execution of the 8x8 partner program. John comes to 8x8 from CenturyLink, where he helped create the award-winning Channel Alliance Partner Program. His career includes co-founding and running ACT, a system integration and application development company focusing on unified communications and collaboration (UCC) and call center implementations. John graduated from The Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, with a degree in Business Management and Religion.

Rhys Lawson, Digital Workspace Leader, Softcat

Rhys leads one of Softcat’s four IT priorities, Digital Workspace at Softcat. He’s responsible for the strategic vision and sales performance for a number of end-user specialists teams that support the account managers in providing outcome-based solutions within Softcat’s customers.

Oisin Glynn, Global Solutions Architect

Oisin Glynn is a Global Solutions Architect on the pre-sales team at 8x8, Inc. engaging with 8x8 prospects and clients to create innovative communication and collaboration solutions leveraging the 8x8 products and services. Prior to his current role, Oisin has been involved in a broad range of Contact Center delivery roles including Product Research & Development, Professional Services, Support and Pre-Sales Engineering since 1998.

Dave Michels, Principal Analyst and Founder of TalkingPointz

Dave Michels is the Principal Analyst and Founder of TalkingPointz. He has extensive experience with all levels of the enterprise communications industry. Dave works with global providers, public and private investors and other industry participants (channels and consultants) to provide insights and guidance about the industry and how industry offerings transform enterprise workflow and collaboration.

Dave started out in the technical organizations of end user companies prior to starting Buffalo Communications, a VAR, which he sold in 2010. Over the last 10 years, Dave has focused his efforts on TalkingPointz and its irreverent, incisive take on the industry. Dave and Talkingpointz.com has become one of the most influential and often-quoted, linked content sources in the enterprise communications industry.

Dave holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from University of Colorado. He lives in Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @DaveMichels.

Tom FitzGerald, VP, Cloud Channel Sales Americas Ingram Micro Cloud

Since July 2017, Tim has been responsible for accelerating the growth and furthering the development of Ingram Micro Cloud’s platforms, marketplace and services throughout the U.S. and Canada, spanning the IT and telecom ecosystems.

In previous positions, he was vice president of digital transformation for Tech Data and spent more than 20 years with Avnet, leading their emerging technologies team and spearheading its cloud solutions business. As a recognized industry leader, he’s earned the title of one of the “World’s Top MSP Experts” from MSPmentor, as well as a top 10 position in CRN’s “Top 100 U.S. Channel Services Executives” and “Cloud Computing Advocates You Should Know.”

Bryan R. Martin, Chairman of the Board and CTO

Bryan Martin is 8x8’s technological visionary, leading the company’s drive to patent a range of disruptive and innovative technologies. With an excellent sense of how cloud communications transform enterprise communications and customer service, Martin led 8x8 as CEO from its early days as a VoIP pioneer to its current position as the leading provider of Unified Communications as a Service. Before becoming CEO in 2002, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering Operations.

John DeLozier, SVP, Global Channel Chief

John DeLozier is a key member of the 8x8 leadership team a