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News Tidbits Part 2923

A lot of lit tidbits popping up. If you follow me on twitter, then you may have seen some of this...

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Realizing The Benefits

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Significant investments require significant returns. How do companies ensure their benefits are measured, tracked and realized during IP Transformation Programs? 

Success Is Not Guaranteed

Think about the hardest project you have ever delivered. Just think back… that one ‘special project’, the one that spiraled out of control, the one where the requirements kept changing, the one where the objectives kept moving, the one project that would not de-scope, where the tsunami of work was towering over the team, and impossible deadlines were looming. Yes, that one.

Most of us have experienced THAT project. And we probably sat with our colleagues, asking ourselves how a project under such pressure could even exist. Why would the sponsors not revise the scope, refocus the team, or even reinvest the budget elsewhere?

We all know that technical projects can go awry. IT, Networking and Engineering projects – famously 50% overrun on budget, and many are cancelled altogether.

So, what are the figures for complex Transformation Programs?  For Programs where IT, Network, Operations and Engineering are undergoing change simultaneously. With an objective eye, it’s easy to question how any of them actually deliver results. But indeed they do.

But, how, and what can we measure to be certain we are achieving the desired results?

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WebRTC Customer Service Benefits Retailers and Shoppers - Video Demo

"If you're shopping and need information about a specific product, and you can't find a salesperson around, scan the bar code [of...

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Buck the Trend Be Cool at Convergence India and ITEXPO East January 2016

Investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, early adopters and evangelists want to be a part of every best thing, and much of that is coming...

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What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

November 21, 2015

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure, I look at things differently as I have a family member who has one and is very happy. If your eyesight is not fantastic and you don't travel often with the device and you are part of the iOS ecosystem, then the iPad Pro is a great purchase. The pencil is fantastic - perhaps overpriced but still great.

The sound emanating from the iPad is incredible.

2016 is the Year of IoT

November 20, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable the Next Industrial and Business Revolution

The IoT is not a single technology but the latest convergence of tiny computing devices like sensors with wireless networks leveraging the tremendous processing power of the cloud. It’s changing how business operate, how wars are fought, how crops are watered and how goods and services are transported. Few industries are able to claim responsibility for ushering in the next industrial revolution but humble IoT, with its loosely connected sensing products and smart software, can.

ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

November 19, 2015

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior thanks to their efforts to combat ISIS. The Obama administration, Putin and the rest of the world which has lost their citizens to ISIS may have done less to hurt this organization in 18 months than Anonymous has done in a few days of fighting this organization.

President Obama has said repeatedly and so has Hillary Clinton that we are fighting an ideology. So any logical and sane person would put two and two together and figure out if ISIS is using social media extremely well to spread their ideology, then maybe we should shut down their twitter accounts, right? Doesn't the CIA and NSA have tens of billions of dollars at their disposal to keep the US safe?

News from Jabra, Nimble, Polycom and More

November 18, 2015

Mitel Analyst Event 2015 Live Blog #MitelNext

November 12, 2015

Mitel put on a nice event in Manhattan today. Wes Durow, CMO made a great presentation on where the company was and where its going.

A quote of note: "One out of three SMS messages goes across the Mitel network."

Some of what I am hearing is embargoed - so sadly, I'll have to keep you posted on some announcements at a later date.

Rich McBee, CEO takes the stage.

Are desk phones dead? "We ship a handset every 14 seconds and the pace is accelerating."

Our vision: Making communications and collaboration seamless.

Important points:

They will continue to acquire legacy solutions and then grow them. The contact center is a more and more important part of the business.

The intersection of mobile, cloud and enterprise is the next thing for us - we will accelerate products and solutions in this area.

"We have 3 billion potential subscribers with our current carrier customers."

Much discussion about Mavenir - the acquisition which gives them great mobile technology and low cost R&D centers.

Security is becoming a huge factor going forward.

UCC is more complex than ever

Simplifying this in an open environment  is what we're betting the company on.

We will continue to be a consolidator.

Mitel Next Accelerator is a think tank working on the next big thing but it needs to have products in a customer in one year - and they have to be paying customers.

When Hired Gun Managers Fail

November 11, 2015

What happens when you intersect the Innovator's Dilemna with investment, ROI and stragic planning? Especially since new, disruptive technologies aren't adopted overnight - they can take ten years or more to be widely accepted. Conversely, investors are generally more short-term oriented.

Bottom line: markets have their own timing which require companies to adapt.

Can SmartFlow Compliance Solutions Solve the Software Piracy Problem?

November 10, 2015

Software piracy is a multibillion dollar problem which can be difficult to protect against. A new company, SmartFlow Compliance Solutions is helping to solve this problem and the following is an interview with CEO Ted Miracco (pictured below).

1)  How did your company decide to get into fighting piracy business?

Ted Miracco was the co-founder of AWR Corporation, an EDA Company that specializes in high-frequency analog circuit design software.

TMC Conducting 100+ San Jose Video Interviews Next Week

November 6, 2015

I'm really excited to share that next week, I'll be in Silicon Valley interviewing over 100 companies and personally learning about the state of technology in the hottest tech market in the world. The response to our trip to the west coast has been fantastic. What's amazing is how many companies we'll meet which are relatively new.

Some which I'm sure most of you have never heard of and many which are just out of stealth mode.

They span the range of hot technologies from analytics, cloud and IoT to identity management, speech recognition and of course security.

We have a few slots left so if you have something important to share - like a leading-edge technology you are about to introduce, please reach out ASAP to sfine (at)

Here are some of the videos from a recent trip we took to Dallas.

Happy Birthday Digi International

November 5, 2015

In the eighties I was a UNIX admin and database programmer and relied on DIGI International for terminal banks which plugged into the UNIX machine and allowed dumb terminals from companies like Wyse to be connected. For those of you who may not know, UNIX is the grandfather of Linux and back then you could run a company of 16 users on 1 MB of RAM and 50-100MB worth of hard disk!

Hard disks cost about $5,000 at the time - or about $11,000 today!

Getting back to DIGI - they are one of the few companies which was able to evolve and stay on the leading edge of the tech curve. they are now major players in the IoT and their solutions even help NASA.

My colleague Ken Briodagh has more but I didn't want the opportunity for me to wish them Happy 30th Birthday to go by. Its an achievement - especially in the tech space to survive and thrive for multiple decades.

How Apple's Live Photos Betrayed Me

October 29, 2015

Apple did an amazing thing with its Live Photo technology which essentially surrounds a highquality photo with a lower quality video. They achieved the Harry Potter concept of photos which come to life and integrated 3D Touch amazingly well.

I took a number of Live Photos recently which were precious to me but I didn't realize they need to be treated very differently than all other photos. Why? Because a PC does not support the format.

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