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Merger Rumor

October 19, 2007

So I heard this rumor… and of course I have no way of substantiating it.   But I’m real curious so I call one of the major actors in this would be drama, a VP of Marketing in fact, who tells me he’s in a meeting. I ask him to comment on the rumor. He repeats that he is in a meeting and he has to go. Now.   Didn’t even say good bye.   So I go online and quickly ascertain that the Executive Chairman of one of the companies involved in this rumor is also on the Board of Directors of both companies, who are said to be merging.   The companies are said to be merging as equals.   I wish I hadn’t slept through investigative journalism 101.   I also wish it wasn’t Friday after 5pm, when no self-respecting rumor mill types are answering their phones.   I did reach a former Board member of one of the companies, who “couldn’t really comment” but noted the same thing I did, the part about the common ownership across the two companies.   So I can’t say who started this rumor, and I certainly can’t say for sure if it’s real, but if the rumor was that NexTone and ReefPoint were going to merge, and that David Walsh of One Equity Partners (the private equity investing arm of JP Morgan Chase) was on the Board of both companies as well as the acting Executive Chairman of NexTone, would that be too much of a stretch?

Social VoIP-Working?

October 16, 2007

Lots of Microsoft News

October 16, 2007

Microsoft OCS Launch Day

October 16, 2007

  Well at last it’s finally here. The Quickening!   Ok, Ok.. now I sound like Tom with his Braveheart quotes. For those who recognize it, I was referring to the original Highlander movie…   No. What I’m really getting at is that today is the official launch of Microsoft’s OCS 2007 unified communications solution.   Much has already been written about this impending launch over the past year or so, so perhaps there will not be any real news in today’s news.

Broadsoft Connections: Guy Kawasaki and Microsoft’s OCS?

October 15, 2007

I’m out at the Broadsoft Connections conference in Phoenix, AZ and I’m trying to stay as productive as possible while meeting with senior-level executives at a number of Broadsoft’s partner companies.   The event kicked off with an introductory keynote by Broadsoft president and CEO Michael Tessler. The theme of this year’s conference, Scaling New Heights, was brought to life by a series of BMX bikers performing acrobatic feats — twists and turns and flips and jumps — on an indoor series of ramps set up for the event. Very exciting, and very fitting given Tessler’s subsequent comments.   Tessler spoke about the growth of the market, as well as the growth of the opportunity. He broke the market down for the standing room only audience, and settled on three key areas which will bear watching over the next few years.   He cited industry stats that show the potential size of the market as follows:   Hosted Voice/Hosted Applications: Infotek said that by 2010 marketplace for hosted voice and services would be $37 Billion, and the hosted voice part of that would be approximately $10B.   Business Trunking: Frost & Sullivan stated that connecting customer premise-based equipment to the network was an opportunity approaching $11B in 2006.   Residential Opportunity: Back in February, Ovum announced its view that the 2010 worldwide voice/residential opportunity would be equal to about $40 billion.   He summed up by telling the audience that the market is growing, and growing quickly.

Nortel Looking Forward to Microsoft OCS Launch

October 13, 2007

Huawei Visit

October 9, 2007

I’m visiting Dallas, Texas this week, and I was lucky enough to have a meeting with Huawei Technologies’ Edward Qian and Steve Hill at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Richardson (a suburb of Dallas).   We spoke about a number of topics, among them IMS. Qian told me that IMS is definitely one of Huawei’s major areas of focus. However, he said, IMS is a journey, and it will not happen overnight.

Oh Canada! Happy Thanksgiving!

October 8, 2007

Interactive Intelligence Releases v3.0

October 8, 2007

  Back in April I had the good fortune to visit with Interactive Intelligence CEO Dr. Don Brown, senior vice president of worldwide marketing Joe Staples, and director of product management, Rachel Wentink. They shared with me their plans regarding a major upgrade to their flagship Customer Interaction Center (CIC) and Vonexus Enterprise Interaction Center (EIC) solutions.   I wrote about it here.   Well today Interactive Intelligence has announced the official launch of version 3.0 of both CIC and Vonexus EIC.   The new version addresses four major customer concerns:
  • Increased security;
  • Broader integration;
  • Simplified deployment; and
  • Enhanced mobility.
  The software’s new security features include support of the secure real-time transport protocol (SRTP) and transport layer security (TLS) standards, providing end-to-end call encryption. Other new security features include recording encryption, stricter password generation requirements, the use of public and private key certificates, and the ability to handle communications between secure and non-secure devices.   Version 3.0 also includea new integration to Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging, designed to increase user productivity by embedding call control features into the Microsoft applications.

Happy 50th Sputnik!

October 3, 2007

It was 50 years ago, on October 4, 1957, that the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik-1 satellite, ignited the space race, and the rest as they say, is history.   According to NASA, the world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball, weighed only 183 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path.   Sputnik-1 preceded Sputnik-II by about a month. That second satellite also carried a more interesting payload, namely a dog named Laika.   In addition to sparking the so-called space race that has since seen men land on the moon and the construction of an International Space Station and is now entertaining thoughts of sending people to Mars, the Soviet launch of Sputnik set into motion actions that eventually led to the formation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) approximately oneyear later on October 1, 1958.   NASA happens to be the first organization that I ever worked at in an editorial capacity, back when I was the chief copy editor for the technology-transfer magazine, NASA Tech Briefs.
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