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February 2009

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Thomas Howe Takes CEO Role at Jaduka

February 28, 2009

At TMC's ITEXPO earlier this month I had a chance to briefly chat with voice 2.0/mashup guru Thomas Howe. At the show he told me there was big news coming and he was soon going to become CEO of a major service provider in Texas. Of course I wanted to know more and Thomas didn't disappoint. Here is a detailed interview - his first since taking the CEO spot at Jaduka. There is also an audio file which is different than what you will read below - so if you want to know more or like to listen to interviews while you walk the dog, etc - check it out.

Escaux Brings Unified Communications to Google Android

February 28, 2009

Escaux, a European unified communications software provider for SMB and enterprise customers has a new mobile UC solution which allows Asterisk to Interop with with multiple IP and cellular phone types. For example, Nokia and Polycom are some of the currently supported devices and Android is the latest addition to the family of mobile devices supported.

 

Before I go further I should mention the company's net.Console is an advanced switchboard app while net.Supervisor is a call center dashboard for supervisors. The solution has cross platform support for Macs, Vista, XP and Linux desktop.

TMCnet Blogs Add New Social Networking Features

February 27, 2009

Great news for readers of TMCnet blogs. As you know we now have 40 bloggers and continue to innovate with technology and integration additions to our blogs which allow you to use your social networking login to comment on our blog entries. But that was so yesterday.

Microsoft Needs a Single OS

February 27, 2009

Steve Ballmer takes the threat from Android seriously and he hopes Windows 7 will counter this newer OS on netbooks. Here is the problem for Microsoft... It will be competing with Android with multiple operating systems, Windows Mobile and Windows 7. While these operating systems to date have been similar, they aren't as similar as a single OS.

Sangoma Has Record Net Earnings

February 27, 2009

Sangoma had record net earnings this past quarter which was helped by a more favorable exchange rate. The bad news -- sales were $2.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2008 as compared to $3.07 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2007.

This is a decrease of 16%, but close to sales during the previous quarter ended September 30, 2008. Net income for this quarter after taxes was a record $1.11 million or 47% higher than net income for the corresponding quarter in 2007.

New TV.com iPhone App

February 27, 2009

Obama Increases Taxes on Venture Capital

February 26, 2009

In what has to be the most irresponsible move one can imagine, the Obama budget has disclosed a raise in taxes on people in higher incomes - specifically those making $250 thousand or more. Although the increases are not taking place until 2011, expect the behavior of people in this income class to change as a result of the news. This income group was keeping the economy alive in many parts of the country and even though things were bad, many of the well off felt they had money they could still spend in malls and department stores.

Informal conversations I have had with small business owners show business is down as much as 50% in restaurants, nail salons and florists in Fairfield County, CT where TMC is headquartered.

They Should Rename it $alesforce.com

February 26, 2009

Wow - record revenues for cloud computing vendor Salesforce.com - the first billion dollar cloud computing company in fact. We are in a recession right? This shows once again the cost-saving benefits of using technology in tough times to become more productive and thereby reduce waste and increase productivity.

Obviously SaaS and CRM are hot buttons at the company and this news shows that when these two areas intersect, you have great synergies.

Nokia to Sell Laptops

February 26, 2009


Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said that the company was considering entering the laptop market and this makes a great deal of sense when you realize the beating the company is taking from RIM and Apple. Nokia makes fantastic devices. The N800 is years old and still one of the most memorable consumer electronic devices that it seems almost no one knows about.

Getting into laptops is a smart move and the reason is not immediately obvious.

Biden's Website Number

February 26, 2009

When I first heard Vice President Biden's reference to website number, I thought for sure the Obama administration was going to earmark (bad choice of words, let's try) allocate funding towards Internet numbers or VoIP. Boy was I excited. I later figured out I was wrong. You see, he doesn't know that websites have addresses but thinks they have numbers.

O'Hare is Busy

February 25, 2009

Heading Home From Tellabs

February 25, 2009

Aruba: WLANs to Replace LANs

February 25, 2009

Aruba Networks just announced 17% year-over-year growth for its fiscal second quarter showing mobility is a bright spot for the future regardless of the economy. Revenues for the fiscal second quarter of 2009 were $47.7 million, compared to the $40.6 million reported in the fiscal second quarter of 2008. GAAP net loss for the fiscal second quarter of 2009 was $6.8 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.04 per share, in the fiscal second quarter of 2008.

The company reduced expenses by $2.1 million in the quarter but other charges for the quarter affected GAAP earnings, causing them to decrease. Non GAAP net income doubled from $.01 to $.02 year-over-year.

Tellabs Technology Showcase

February 25, 2009

More Tellabs Shots

February 25, 2009

Rich at Tellabs Today

February 25, 2009

McCafe Spotted

February 25, 2009

Landed Safely in Chicago, Wing Ice-Free

February 25, 2009

Traveling to Chicago Today

February 25, 2009

SheevaPlug and the Plug Computing Paradigm Shift

February 24, 2009

I long for the days when I could say paradigm shift with a straight face. I remember in 1998 I used to say it all the time in conversations. Portals, Ecommerce, web auctions, VoIP, etc there was so much innovation coming down the pike, it was amazing. But in a post web bubble, telecom bubble, tech bubble, housing bubble, financial bubble, ponzi-scheme bubble world I feel a bit jaded.

Calysto's PR Vibes on ITEXPO East 2009

February 24, 2009

Laura Borgstede's Calysto PR Agency just put out their popular PR Vibes newsletter detailing what happened at ITEXPO this month in Miami. The good thing about the newsletters Laura puts out is she calls them as she sees them. Take a look for yourself.

Laura, thanks for all the detail, it brings back good memories.

TMCnet Adds 40th Blogger, Keeps Growing

February 24, 2009

TMC has been aggressively adding new bloggers to its arsenal of content which attracts 2-3 million communications and tech decision makers worldwide each month. We are now at blogger number 40 and counting. We are still aggressively recruiting many more and if you can write and have something of value to contribute and want the most exposure you can get, drop Greg Galitzine (ggalitzine at tmcnet.com) a line ASAP to learn more.

TMC is one of the few media companies - in fact companies of any kind, growing in this market.

Gmail Outage, Safari, Skype go 4.0 and Neutral Tandem Outperforms

February 24, 2009

This has been a very busy news week and I have tagged dozens of stories to cover but haven't had time to write about them all in separate entries so here is a summary of what you need to know from today.

Stacy Higginbotham over at GigaOm has a short but sweet summary of the recent 2.5 hour Gmail outage with lots of interesting links. Google did post a nice apology by the way but I am sure it comes as little consolation to people affected.

In a sign we could be at the bottom (let's hope) of the financial mess, consumer confidence hit an all-time low and perhaps more surprising is the fact that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testified today and made markets go up by sating we could see an economic light at the end of the tunnel in 2010.

Freedom to Connect

February 24, 2009

I recently had a chance to sit down with David Isenberg and discuss his Freedom to Connect (F2C) conference which takes place March 30 & 31, 2009 in Washington DC. He reminded me the price for the conference goes up $100 on February 28 so you need to act quickly.

Update: David kindly offered readers of this blog $100 off if they register at this URL. So until 2/28 it'll only cost you $395, then after that, when the list price goes up to $595, your discount will still be $100.

There are a number of new speakers announced who join already-announced speakers such as the CIO of San Francisco, the CTO of Seattle, the Chief Technologist of the FCC, and the visionaries of Lafayette LA and Burlington VT municipal networks.

Unless You are Cisco or Oracle, Don't Acquire

February 23, 2009

Unless you are Cisco, Oracle or a handful of other companies such as a telco, you will have a tough time making tech/communications acquisitions work. That is my advice after watching the past decades. Perhaps the most sobering evidence is Nortel's Alteon deal which the company paid $7.8 billion for in 2000. The products are being spun off to Radware for -- get this, $17.65 million.

Sipera/RSA Team on VoIP Security

February 23, 2009

 


Sipera recently received RSA Secured Partner Program Certification meaning you can now use two-factor authentication with your IP phone to ensure secure voice communications. The two factors used in this case are a PIN and a SecureID gadget which gives you a unique code. In addition to increased security, Sipera touts how their solution reduces the need for enterprises to deploy VPN routers at every home for VoIP deployments. You need to be a SIPERA IPCS customer to take advantage of this solution and it scales to 50,000 users in case you are wondering.

This is a smart move for both companies and good for the IP communications market as it allows IP phones to be deployed more easily and less expensively while maintaining security.


Time to Organize Our iPhone Apps?

February 23, 2009

Ooma, the FCC-Backed Phone Company

February 22, 2009

There are a number of bright spots in the IP communications space as evidenced by the last ITEXPO in Miami but the consumer market is not one which you would imagine tops the list. Sure, there is massive growth in the space but unless you are a telco, Skype or a cable company it is tough to make money in the space.

But that hasn't stopped thousands of companies from trying. One such example is ooma, a company which started out making consumer devices which bundle in free phone service.

Avaya, Altigen Going After Nortel Customers

February 20, 2009

 Yahoo search for term Nortel


Do a Yahoo! search on Nortel and you see ads from Microsoft and Avaya which are quite friendly. Microsoft for example directs you to its People Ready Business site where it pushes its relationship with Nortel with messaging which emphasizes global solutions to empower the enterprise. Avaya's ad is pretty generic - and goes directly to the home page.

Microsoft Live search for term Nortel


If you use Microsoft Live as your search engine the results are similar to Yahoo with a Microsoft ad but the Avaya ad is replaced by one from Fonality going to their home page which touts their "New Deal" or a 20% discount on certain models.

Google search for term Nortel


Will Wireless Broadband Turn this Economy?

February 20, 2009

It goes without saying the need/desire for wireless broadband is growing - partially fueled by social networking applications but perhaps just as importantly the need to be connected regardless of location. Instantaneous access to information is an addiction which I have found very difficult to break. Personally I feel withdrawal symptoms when my devices run low on battery and I don't have access to power. Likewise on Valentine 's Day when I forgot both phones at home I had this naked feeling until I consciously told myself I won't need these gadgets to help me through my meal.

TMC's Erik Linask wrote an article about how wireless broadband can boost global economies and it may sound improbably at first but it makes sense to me.

Government Bailouts in Pictures

February 19, 2009

iPhone-Compatible Gloves

February 19, 2009

You might have noticed I write about the iPhone a good deal. I just wonder if as often as I cover it if I am writing about it enough. You see the pocket-sized gadget has over 15,000 apps which run on it and even its drawbacks seem to spawn new industries. For example you can't use typical gloves on your iPhone so if you get a call in the winter and you don't have an exposed finger you have to use your nose to unlock the phone.

Bailout Nation

February 18, 2009

What I've learned from the US government - regardless of party...

The more irresponsible you are, the more money you get and the better you do. Sorry - just blowing off steam, I am not sure how much of this we can take. Every person who made a bad decision seems to win the lottery.

Never in my life do I remember the rewards for doing the wrong thing being so great.



Stimulus Could Reshape Broadband Tech Landscape

February 18, 2009

With all the talk of broadband stimulus, many of us in the more densely populated areas of the nation probably wonder just why this is such a big deal as we have cable and companies already competing for our business. For regions of the country where cable modems and DSL are not viable options, you have to make do with satellite and hope for WiMAX to give you higher speeds.

Another more viable option is being brought to market by IBM and International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc. (IBEC) -- an Internet Service Provider - who just announced they have begun to establish Broadband over Power Line (BPL) networks for nearly 200,000 rural customers served by seven electrical cooperatives in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and Virginia. TMC's Michael Dinan first reported on the story last November.

Soros a Communications and Tech Fan

February 18, 2009


Billionaire investor George Soros seems to be a fan of tech and telecom as evidenced by the recent Soros Fund Management SEC filing. Holdings include a ton of familiar tech and telecom names and I listed some of them below. Amazingly, about 50% are tech or telecom related.



Here is the complete list for those of you who are interested.


CRM Recession-Resistant?

February 18, 2009

Would You Spend $5 For E911?

February 17, 2009

Verizon is thinking about offering a $5/month landline for incoming calls and E911 access. Another idea is a $10/month line for limited local calls. These offers would be available only to the company's broadband customers and the idea is to come up with price points below the $40/month mark that would retain customers. The idea of course is to push the fact that phone service over copper works in the event of emergency.

Summary of ITEXPO East 2009 Coverage

February 17, 2009

Thanks to all the editors and bloggers who covered ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami and/or posted photos. Also, thank you all for the nice comments about the show. Most can be found here and some are in this blog entry with photos. To keep this post manageable, I have not posted every entry I found, just most.

Count Cards With Your iPhone

February 16, 2009

Ng Connect's Broadband Industry Convergence Opportunity

February 16, 2009

In 1998 I was walking the halls of a prepaid calling card trade show in New York's Javits center and I mentioned to one of the vendors that the future for service providers was enhanced services. The reply from the vendor was blunt. "Service providers don't want to sell enhanced services," he exclaimed.

And it seems a decade later, this random exhibitor was right on.

iPhone Browsers Reviewed

February 14, 2009

You may have heard Apple is allowing third party browsers on the iPhone but which is right for you? The first thing you probably need to know is all the browsers allowed on the iPhone by Apple have to be based on Safari. For more on Apple's latest view on jailbreaking and their argument that the iPhone does not need to be more open, see my thoughts from yesterday.

I downloaded and tested five of these browsers and each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

VoIP Not Internet Telephony

February 14, 2009

It is amazing to me that we still need to have this conversation in an industry which is over a decade old but VoIP does not mean calls on the internet. Of course VoIP calls could traverse the internet but this is only if this is how the network is designed.

Having said that, it is worth pointing out the definition of telephony is the transmission of voice, video, fax, etc at a distance using electrical signals. Thus IP telephony is roughly equivalent to IP communications and neither has to travel over the internet.

Patent Trolls Symptom of Problem

February 14, 2009

Apple Jailbreaking, Twitter and Toshiba News

February 13, 2009

For those of you in the US - please enjoy the long weekend - everyone else - enjoy the weekend - and feel free to call in sick Monday.

Here are some news stories of interest:

First off there is Dan York who finally tells us why he hasn't blogged in a while. He has been quite busy as he explains.

ITEXPO Keynotes and Panel Videos Posted

February 13, 2009

Good news for those of you who have been asking me when the videos of the major sessions at ITEXPO will be posted. They now are. The video page is located here and I cut and pasted some of them below -- as well as some interviews for you to enjoy.

One of my favorites is this one by the way.

HD Voice What's the noise and are we ready? 02/12/2009 Unified Communications Shootout Watch as several vendors pitch their Unified Communications solutions and position their products against one another! 02/12/2009 Service Provider Roundtable Get perspective from leading service providers exploring next generation solutions 02/12/2009 digium Keynote Danny Windham, digium CEO keynote address at ITEXPO 02/12/2009 Microsoft Keynote John Frederiksen, General Manager of Microsoft Response Point Keynote address at ITEXPO 02/12/2009 Grandstream Interview Interview with Grandstream Sr. Director of Business
Development, Khris Kendrick 02/08/2009 Voxeo Interview Interview with Voxeo's Director of Emerging
Communications Technology, Dan York 02/08/2009 Xorcom Interview Interview with Xorcom's Vice President of
Marketing, Ruth Bridger 02/08/2009 Openine Networks Interview Interview with OpenLine Networks President, Dan Beckmann 02/08/2009 New World Brands Interview Interview with New World Brands CFO/Pre-Sales Engineer, Shehryar Wahid/Daniel Engelman 02/05/2009 Smart Network Solutions Interview Interview with Smart Network Solutions President, Sandra Diax-Hoyos 02/05/2009 ABP Interview Interview with ABP President and CEO, Robert Messer 02/05/2009 Polycom Interview Interview with Polycom Director of Product Marketing, Desktop and Conferencing Business, Tim Yankey 02/05/2009 TransNexus Interview Interview with TransNexus CEO, Jim Dalton 02/05/2009 Dialogic Interview Interview with Dialogic Sr. VP of Marketing, Jim Machi 02/05/2009 Fujitsu Interview Interview with Fujitsu Principal Product Marketing Manager, Joseph Mocerino 02/05/2009 Allworx Interview Interview with Allworx Director, Business Development, Thomas Elliott 02/04/2009 Ingate Interview Interview with Ingate President, Steven Johnson 02/04/2009 ININ Interview Interview with ININ Director of Product Management, Rachel Wentink 02/04/2009 Ipitomy Interview Interview with Ipitomy President/CEO, Nick Branica 02/04/2009 Orecx Interview Interview with Orecx VP of Sales and Channel Development, Craig McCue 02/04/2009 TelcoBridges Interview Interview with TelcoBridges Director of Sales Support, Marc St. Onge 02/04/2009 Digium Interview Interview with Digium CEO/CTO, Danny Windham/Mark Spencer 02/04/2009 VoltDelta Interview Interview with VoltDelta Vice President, Enterprise Services and Solutions, Craig DiAngelo 02/04/2009 Presence Technology Interview Interview with Presence Technology Technical Director, Todd Gould 02/04/2009 Microsoft Response Point Interview Interview with Microsoft Response Point General Manager, John Frederiksen 02/04/2009 Texas Instruments Interview Interview with Texas Instruments Director of Service Provider Marketing for TI's Communications Infrastructure and Voice Business, Debbie Greenstreet 02/04/2009 Digium Interview Interview with Digium Switchvox Product Line Director, Tristan Degenhardt 02/03/2009 CommuniGate Interview Interview with CommuniGate VP of Business Development, Jon Doyle 02/03/2009 Sangoma Interview Interview with Sangoma/Paraxip CEO, Serge Forest 02/03/2009 NET Quintum Interview Interview with NET Quintum Director of Business Development, Peter Nelsen 02/03/2009 AG Projects Interview Interview with AG Projects Founder and CEO, Adrian Georgescu 02/03/2009 InPhonex Interview Interview with InPhonex Chief Sales Officer, Matt Bramson 02/03/2009 Juniper Interview Interview with Juniper Senior Manager, Service Provider Marketing, Scott Heinlein 02/03/2009 8x8 Interview Interview with 8x8 VP Business & Channel Development, Huw Rees 02/03/2009 HighPoweredHelp Interview Interview with HighPoweredHelp President, Michael Munger 02/03/2009 Infradapt Interview Interview with Infradapt Managing Partner, Corey McFadden 02/03/2009 Alcatel-Lucent Interview Interview with Alcatel-Lucent Senior Director of Product Line Management for Alcatel-Lucent Unified Communications, Peter Anderholm 02/03/2009 Broadvox Interview Interview with Broadvox VP of Marketing and Sales, David Byrd 02/02/2009 IntelePeer Interview Interview with IntelePeer Senior Vice President, Business Development, John Hart and Vice President, Product Management & Marketing, Charles Studt 02/02/2009 Aastra Interview Interview with Aastra Vice President of Sales, John Drolet 02/02/2009 AudioCodes Interview Interview with AudioCodes Director of Business Development, Alan Percy 02/02/2009 Camrivox Interview Interview with Camrivox VP of Marketing, John Porter 02/02/2009 Interlink Interview Interview with Interlink VP of Product Marketing, Peter Weyant 02/02/2009


Did the Itanium Really Cripple Computing?

February 13, 2009

Microsoft to Open Stores, Needs to do More

February 13, 2009

Microsoft will be opening stores soon to showcase its products and it is still unknown if these locations will simply show products or sell them as well. While some think this is a bad idea I think it can be pulled off successfully.

The company has some great consumer products like the Xbox and a slew of mobile devices which run its operating systems. Then there is the Zune which has a long way to go before it gains any meaningful marketshare.

Google Backs off From Industries it Helped Kill

February 13, 2009

It should come as no surprise that Google online advertising solutions are one of the reasons newspapers are struggling. Job sites like Monster and classified sites like Craigslist/eBay are other culprits of course. The irony of course is Google went into the business of selling ads in print publications and then abruptly pulled out.

The same thing just happened in radio where Google abruptly pulled out yesterday.

4G Gains From Truman Show/Twitter Mashups

February 12, 2009

Four Signs IP Communications is Thriving

February 12, 2009

Is thriving too strong? Better than expected? Better than average. You choose the terms but you must admit things are better than many thought they would be.

In the toughest economy in my lifetime, IP communications including VoIP is doing well.

Mobile World Congress News

February 12, 2009

The Good News is The Satellites Collided

February 12, 2009

Smule Gets $3.9M, Anything is Possible

February 12, 2009

I don't mean to make light of Smule's accomplishments, after all a number of my readers told me I had to download the Ocarina app from the company for my iPhone so I could turn it into a flute - and yes, when you blow into your iPhone it plays music. I am consistently amazed at how simple the application is while being powerful. I can choose to play my own tune or listen to someone else playing elsewhere in the world.

Zephyr in the Wild

Cuba Launches Nova OS Based on Linux

February 12, 2009

The goal of this post is not to make a political statement but rather a financial one.

The law of unintended consequences seems to have a way of really stinging those of us in the tech space. For example, in the late nineties Napster was a single place where the world shared music illegally. The record companies closed down Napster as an illegal file sharing company and as a result a number of music sharing networks took off which became impossible or near-impossible to control.

I Was Wrong About Boingo

February 11, 2009

I used to think Boingo was a singular network but since I have gotten the account installed the dead easy Boingo software on my laptop I have found Boingo is like the master key to WiFi networks nationwide. More and more often, I tentatively search for a WiFi network in a hotel or airport - not knowing if it is a paid network or set up back hackers. Who knows these days? Many times the Boingo software wakes up on its own and allows me to login with my saved credentials.

Reasons For Sirius/XM Failure

February 11, 2009

I remember walking the halls of CES the year XM and Sirius Satellite radio was launched. These companies were going to change the world we heard and in many cases they did. But with talk of bankruptcy of the now-combined company, many such as Gary Kim are asking what went wrong. iPods are an obvious culprit but I also blame internet radio and services like Pandora and to some extent Slacker.

Trackle, a Worthy Service

February 11, 2009

For those old-timers like Yours Truly who still depend on e-mail for much of my communications, a new service from a company called Trackle makes it easy for me to subscribe to a number of services which can be pushed to me in a number of different ways.

For example, I signed up for alerts which include news from the New York Times, job postings from craigslist, crime news near my house and the most depressing of all - an alert which tells me when my house loses at least one percent of its value.

There are many categories to choose from such as travel, shopping, social, weather, videos, events, finance, fun stuff and more.

Trackle hooks into other services nicely and just makes life more easy for the person who just can't get enough information.

RIM Refocuses on Strengths

February 11, 2009

For all the talk of devices and the consumer electronics angle on smartphones, the one company who has the end-to-end solutions which allow it to really differentiate itself is RIM... a company which enables smartphones to be truly government-approved secure endpoints on wireless networks. At a recent press conference in Manhattan, the company announced Blackberry Enterprise Server 5.0, what the company says is the simplest upgrade ever and available next quarter.

The benefits of BES 5.0 are a redefined administration console which boosts productivity of support personnel and users.

IP Communications/CRM Feature High on Forbes Growth List

February 11, 2009

Made it to Times Square

February 11, 2009

Grand Central Station Seems Light

February 11, 2009

Drop Your iPhone for a Gphone?

February 11, 2009

I know Carl Ford loves his Android-based Google phone but I have always thought this device to be inferior to the iPhone. But you know what, there are other opinions worth sharing and this one from Smarterware explains why it is worth switching from an iPhone to a Gphone. Note the integration of Google services is one of the reasons why Gina Trapani switched. You know all those projects Google runs at a loss like news, maps, etc.

RIM Event In New York

February 10, 2009

Tomorrow I am in NYC for a RIM event. Wonder what they have in store. More to come, including photos of my trip into the city. I know, I know you are on the edges of your seats.

Perhaps they will show us new UC solution?

ITEXPO East 2009 Photos Uploaded to Blog

February 10, 2009

Jenny I Got Your Number 867-5309 For Almost $200k!

February 10, 2009

VoIP Domains From Steven Ivestor

February 10, 2009

ITEXPO Growth of 15 Percent Portends Bright Industry Future

February 9, 2009

 



With all the doom and gloom talk regarding the global economy, many attendees and exhibitors came to ITEXPO recently in Miami with low expectations. A few exhibitors told me candidly the show could have been justifiably down 30 percent.
 


Instead, we went into the show with exhibit hall/VIP registration 30 percent ahead of last year. But would they show up?

Windows 7/Vista Changes Tech's Future

February 9, 2009

Since Microsoft started to produce GUI-based operating systems, they have been responsible for helping the entire tech space. Redmond's operating systems and software have always been bloated, taking up more space than equivalent products from other companies. Much of the code was not optimized either, meaning users had to upgrade to take advantage of the latest software.

All this changed with Vista as many users and corporations saw Vista as inferior to XP and not worth the hassle to get a new computer to run it.

Sendio Gets $3.0M Funding

February 9, 2009

Antispam appliance vendor Sendio just received $3 million in funding. I have had a hard time with the Sendio solution in the past but all my problems were due to a corrupt database which the company fixed remotely. This device is a great productivity booster and I recommend it to anyone who wants to boost productivity.

When you first turn the appliance on you need to initially mark all your good email and senders but once done you don't need to mark emails from good senders again.

ITEXPO Image Collage From Microsoft

February 9, 2009

Internet Out at Tehrani Residence

February 7, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 Attendance Up 15%

February 6, 2009

Thank you all so much for coming to Miami this week.

The numbers are in for ITEXPO East 2009 and the amount of people at the event increased 15% from the same one last year. We could not have done it without you.

We have been absolutely deluged with comments about the quality and quantity of attendance at the show and we are assembling them all in an easily digestible format.

Why is IP Communications Thriving?

February 6, 2009

The TMC team never sleeps and as soon as yesterday had posted over a dozen interviews of some of the movers and shakers in the service provider and enterprise communications space. These interviews were from ITEXPO East 2009 which took place this week in Miami.

Durung these intervies it becomes evident why IP communications is doing well and moreover, where the greatest opportunities lie.

Some companies taking part in the interview process are Polycom, Dialogic, TransNexus, Fujitsu, Interactive Intelligence, Ingate, VoltDelta, Microsoft, TI, Digium, NET, Juniper, Broadvox, Sangoma, 8x8, Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes and more.
 




New World Brands Interview Interview with New World Brands CFO/Pre-Sales Engineer, Shehryar Wahid/Daniel Engelman 02/05/2009 Smart Network Solutions Interview Interview with Smart Network Solutions President, Sandra Diax-Hoyos 02/05/2009 ABP Interview Interview with ABP President and CEO, Robert Messer 02/05/2009 Polycom Interview Interview with Polycom Director of Product Marketing, Desktop and Conferencing Business, Tim Yankey 02/05/2009 TransNexus Interview Interview with TransNexus CEO, Jim Dalton 02/05/2009 Dialogic Interview Interview with Dialogic Sr. VP of Marketing, Jim Machi 02/05/2009 Fujitsu Interview Interview with Fujitsu Principal Product Marketing Manager, Joseph Mocerino 02/05/2009 Allworx Interview Interview with Allworx Director, Business Development, Thomas Elliott 02/04/2009 Ingate Interview Interview with Ingate President, Steven Johnson 02/04/2009 ININ Interview Interview with ININ Director of Product Management, Rachel Wentink 02/04/2009 Ipitomy Interview Interview with Ipitomy President/CEO, Nick Branica 02/04/2009 Orecx Interview Interview with Orecx VP of Sales and Channel Development, Craig McCue 02/04/2009 TelcoBridges Interview Interview with TelcoBridges Director of Sales Support, Marc St. Onge 02/04/2009 Digium Interview Interview with Digium CEO/CTO, Danny Windham/Mark Spencer 02/04/2009 VoltDelta Interview Interview with VoltDelta Vice President, Enterprise Services and Solutions, Craig DiAngelo 02/04/2009 Presence Technology Interview Interview with Presence Technology Technical Director, Todd Gould 02/04/2009 Microsoft Response Point Interview Interview with Microsoft Response Point General Manager, John Frederiksen 02/04/2009 Texas Instruments Interview Interview with Texas Instruments Director of Service Provider Marketing for TI's Communications Infrastructure and Voice Business, Debbie Greenstreet 02/04/2009 Digium Interview Interview with Digium Switchvox Product Line Director, Tristan Degenhardt 02/03/2009 CommuniGate Interview Interview with CommuniGate VP of Business Development, Jon Doyle 02/03/2009 Sangoma Interview Interview with Sangoma/Paraxip CEO, Serge Forest 02/03/2009 NET Quintum Interview Interview with NET Quintum Director of Business Development, Peter Nelsen 02/03/2009 AG Projects Interview Interview with AG Projects Founder and CEO, Adrian Georgescu 02/03/2009 InPhonex Interview Interview with InPhonex Chief Sales Officer, Matt Bramson 02/03/2009 Juniper Interview Interview with Juniper Senior Manager, Service Provider Marketing, Scott Heinlein 02/03/2009 8x8 Interview Interview with 8x8 VP Business & Channel Development, Huw Rees 02/03/2009 HighPoweredHelp Interview Interview with HighPoweredHelp President, Michael Munger 02/03/2009 Infradapt Interview Interview with Infradapt Managing Partner, Corey McFadden 02/03/2009 Alcatel-Lucent Interview Interview with Alcatel-Lucent Senior Director of Product Line Management for Alcatel-Lucent Unified Communications, Peter Anderholm 02/03/2009 Broadvox Interview Interview with Broadvox VP of Marketing and Sales, David Byrd 02/02/2009 IntelePeer Interview Interview with IntelePeer Senior Vice President, Business Development, John Hart and Vice President, Product Management & Marketing, Charles Studt 02/02/2009 Aastra Interview Interview with Aastra Vice President of Sales, John Drolet 02/02/2009 AudioCodes Interview Interview with AudioCodes Director of Business Development, Alan Percy 02/02/2009 Camrivox Interview Interview with Camrivox VP of Marketing, John Porter 02/02/2009 Interlink Interview Interview with Interlink VP of Product Marketing, Peter Weyant 02/02/2009

 

Got a Samsung Charging Station

February 5, 2009

Eat at La Carreta

February 5, 2009

Heading Home From ITEXPO East 2009 Miami

February 5, 2009

Wireless Carriers Give up on New Services

February 5, 2009

Google recently released an application called Latitude which allows you to give your friends access to your whereabouts on a Google map. When I tried to download it on my iPhone I received a message saying it is coming soon. I didn't try on my XV6800 because the GPS has been crippled by HTC at the request of Verizon Wireless.

The service does allow control over what information is shared so privacy experts should be somewhat less concerned.

Madoff Client List Disclosed

February 5, 2009

Order Food on Your iPhone

February 5, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 Miami Jeep Winner

February 4, 2009

ITEXPO 2009 East Jeep Giveaway Starts in 30 Minutes

February 4, 2009

Bailed Out CEOs Get Pay Limits

February 4, 2009

We interrupt this regularly scheduled expo for important financial news. I should mention I abhor corporate CEOs and executives who enrich themselves without increasing shareholder value. What I hate even more is the following... A CEO or executive who has received hundreds of millions of dollars of compensation based on the incorrect assumption he was somehow smarter than everyone else and was able to achieve something with his company that others could not.

ITEXPO East 2009 Reception

February 3, 2009

PBXNSIP at ITEXPO East 2009

February 3, 2009

8x8/Packet8 VAR/Reseller Party Tonight

February 3, 2009

Here at ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami I had a chance to speak with Bryan Martin the CEO of 8x8 the company behind the Packet8 VoIP service for consumers and SMBs. At ITEXPO last year in Los Angeles the company launched a SIP trunking service and relationship with Microsoft.

Before I go on, I should mention the company is having a party tonight for resellers/VARs at 5:00-7:00 PM at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Banyan Room on 2000 Convention Center Drivve.

This is directly across the street from Hall D at the Miami Beach Convention Center.



But back to Bryan... He tells me his company is hiring and he can't beleive the quality of applicants. He has a lawyer applying for a customer service job and he further explained some of the engineering talent coming out of the search engine companies is amazing.

He also thinks the many people laid off from various companies will start small businesses and as they do they will need phone service. He thinks this is bullish for our markets.









ITEXPO East 2009 Keynote Digium Danny Windham

February 3, 2009

ITEXPO 2009 East Keynote John Frederiksen

February 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Response Point

February 3, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 Service Provider Roundtable

February 3, 2009

 



Andy Abramson moderated a service provider roundtable session on day 2 of ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami which had participation from Packet8, Broadvox, Telefonica, TW Telecom, and MagicJack. Abramson kicked off by explain how surprisingly great the show was and further explained the companies missing this event may not be around for long.
 


Some items of interest from the event were comments from Huw Rees explaining how his parent company 8x8 is profitable and Vonage is not - which drags down the whole market.

Andy did a great job moderating and asked the carriers on the panel how they make money and he was further able to get at important issues like E911 and how carriers need to recoup investments in this technology.

Another comment I hear over and over which was made on stage has to do with a lack of innovation in our industry. It was a really great session.

A number of TMC editors were in attendance so you can feel free to search for more info on this panel.

School 2.0 at ITEXPO

February 2, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 Exhibit Hall Shots

February 2, 2009

More ITEXPO East 2009 Shots

February 2, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 Exhibit Hall Opens Soon

February 2, 2009

Time to Trade Show Like its 1999

February 2, 2009

Andy Abramson has a brilliant entry supporting events and why you need to go to them. Here are some salient points:

That's the difference. I'm a player. Not a spectator.

ITEXPO East 2009 Latest Reseller Shot

February 2, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 Reseller Panel

February 2, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 Reseller Workshop

February 2, 2009

4GWE Launches

February 2, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 SIP Trunking Shot #2

February 2, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 SIP Trunking Session

February 2, 2009

PAETEC Hiring

February 2, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 Getting Set Up

February 2, 2009

SIP Forum Update at ITEXPO

February 1, 2009

More Super Bowl Suite Shots

February 1, 2009

ITEXPO East Super Bowl Party

February 1, 2009

ITEXPO East 2009 Complete Show Guide

February 1, 2009

Happenings at ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami

February 1, 2009

My marketing team does a better job of formatting than I ever could and this is something they helped me with. It is a summary of some of the activities this week at the show. I hope you find it helpful and I hope to see you tomorrow.

From Rich Tehrani, TMC President
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18th INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East 2009
February 2-4, 2009 - Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, Florida - www.itexpo.com



Dear Colleague,
ITEXPO starts Tomorrow in sunny Miami.  
If you haven't made your plans to attend yet, take advantage of affordable airfares
and all the FREE opportunities to learn and network.




ITEXPO Miami East 2009 Pics so Far

February 1, 2009

Asterisk World at ITEXPO

February 1, 2009

Loving Boingo

February 1, 2009

I am sitting here in LaGuardia Airport in New York, waiting for my flight to Miami for ITEXPO and loving Boingo. I thought it would be a hassle to download and use it but it was the easiest thing I could have ever done. I downloaded the app on my laptop first and started uploading photos - boy is it fast. Then the iPhone - there is an app for many mobile devices - I decided not to put it on the XV6800 for now.

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