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Chief Technology Officer Braden Bolkema has been in the technology field for over twelve years. He spent the early part of his career working as the network admin at a community hospital, and transitioned from there to the world of consulting. His consulting focus includes project engineering and management, with an emphasis in the voice and collaboration spaces. Braden holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Calvin College, as well as several certifications from Cisco and Microsoft. He lives with his family in Grand Rapids where they are active participants in the community.

Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6K) Review

By Braden Bolkema / January 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6K) Review

What are the pros and cons of Cisco Business Edition 6000? We break down six things we like or dislike about BE6K and explain how it makes Cisco BE6K a good or bad match for businesses looking for packaged collaboration solutions.

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Enhanced 911 Compliance: What Businesses Need to Know

By Braden Bolkema / November 1, 2019 / Comments Off on Enhanced 911 Compliance: What Businesses Need to Know

Michigan’s E911 compliance law goes into effect on Dec. 31 If your business’s phone system connects multiple users with one telephone system – a Multiline Telephone Systems – Dec. 31 means more than just the last day of 2019. For Multiline Telephone Systems (MLTS) users, Dec. 31 is the deadline to be compliant with Enhanced […]

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Can I Ditch My Desk Phone?

By Braden Bolkema / March 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Can I Ditch My Desk Phone?

In a word, yes. Thinking on my own habits, I have used my office’s desk phone precisely two times in the past four months, and both occasions were for parallel testing with my smartphone rather than for a normal call. The rest of my calls, both inbound and outbound, both personal and business, relied on […]

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How will you collaborate to achieve your goals?

By Braden Bolkema / October 4, 2018 / Comments Off on How will you collaborate to achieve your goals?

During a typical week, most of us work with someone else. It sounds almost silly to phrase it like that, but while any number of our individual job functions have a solo aspect, fewer and fewer achievements are truly individual. Team, crew, staff, colleagues, and various other terms describe the groups we work within, and […]

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Communication: Like Music to Your Ears

By Braden Bolkema / April 3, 2018 / Comments Off on Communication: Like Music to Your Ears

Words like “keyboard” and “score” can mean several different things. Without this picture, would your mind have thought of “piano music” before “computers” or “sports”? Perhaps your use of social media communication brought the image of a keyboard warrior to mind, or maybe the screech of worn-out break pads scoring your rotors reminded you to […]

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We Will Never Stop Collaborating

By Braden Bolkema / July 6, 2017 / Comments Off on We Will Never Stop Collaborating

In 2017, I confidently take it for granted that everyone reading these words is unable to recall life before the telephone.  Bell’s first successful conversation with Watson in March of 1876 pre-dates us all by a few decades, so even those among us who remember party lines and switchboard operators grew up in an electronically […]

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