Our favourite expertIP blogs of 2018

It’s that time of year, when we reflect upon the past 12 months — and frantically finish our holiday shopping, prepare to see in-laws and let our gym routine fall into disarray. Amid the chaos, we’ve taken a breather to reflect on the top tech trends that shaped our world in 2018.

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From the rise of robots to the growing hype around 5G, it’s been an action-packed year for IT pros. Here, we’ve compiled a few of our favourite stories on expertIP — and while we may be looking back, these issues are more relevant than ever as we head into a New Year.

Considering 5G? Consider these 5 questions
After years of hype, 5G could finally become a reality in the New Year. But when evaluating whether your organization should get onboard — and in what capacity — ask yourself these fundamental questions: who, what, where, when and why.

Taking DX to the next level with hybrid cloud
If you’re stuck in a ‘digital deadlock,’ blending hybrid cloud with on-prem platforms could speed up your digital transformation projects — particularly when it comes to unified communication and collaboration.

How blockchain could boost enterprise collaboration
What makes blockchain compelling is its potential to make communications truly private and secure — and it might just turbo-charge collaboration tools like VoIP and UC&C.

How DX, elastic services will evolve SIP trunking
While cost savings, reliability and redundancy are driving the move to Session Initiation Protocol, emerging services such as elastic SIP trunking and extensible applications could help deliver new features and functionality as part of DX projects.

The changing face of UC&C
As the technology matures beyond voice, messaging and conferencing, UC&C solutions will incorporate new technologies such as AI, IoT and SDN to offer entirely new capabilities. We talk to Robert Arnold, a principal analyst at Frost & Sullivan, about his latest research.

Artificial intelligence and the future of work
One of the biggest concerns around automation and AI is that our jobs will disappear. But one Gartner analyst believes work will continue to revolve around human beings in the years to come, including the idea of a ‘centaur,’ combining human skills with technology.

10 podcasts for IT pros
You’re busy, but you want to keep up with the latest tech news and trends — or laugh at jokes only techies would find funny. Here’s our curated list of podcasts that are worth a listen on the treadmill, with your morning coffee or on your daily commute.

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