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January 2010

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And the iPad Hype Continues

January 31, 2010

Why Adobe Investors Should Be Scared

January 30, 2010

While it is way too early to say Adobe's Flash platform is doomed - it seems Apple is really pushing the issue of making it irrelevant. After years of not having Flash on the iPhone, developers (TMC included) have been making alternate plans and now many are looking at dropping support for Flash altogether.

Lack of Flash support on the iPhone is something I have referred to as the real Apple tax and the iPad, a device which has a processor powerful enough to make short work of displaying HD video doesn't have Flash support either. This confirms what a few people who formerly worked at Adobe have told me in the past - Apple doesn't want Flash on the iPhone - and apparently the iPad. Remember - some said the iPhone wasn't powerful enough to run Flash - the iPad certainly has the needed horsepower.

iPad's Lack of Flash and Openness a Blow to Publishers

January 28, 2010

 


Last year I called lack of Flash support on the iPhone the real Apple Tax. This is still the case and since this post, TMC had to spend significant development resources to create an iPhone specific site which converts our video from Flash to H.264.

The iPad will not have Flash support either - or multitasking for that matter. Today, Silicon Valley Insider explains that this new Apple tablet touted as a publishing savior will actually hurt media companies because their ads which are currently written in Flash need to be rewritten via the iPad SDK.

Jon Arnold on ITEXPO East 2010

January 28, 2010

Influential analyst Jon Arnold spent some time documenting the ITEXPO event of last week. He has a bunch of photos as well. Hope you find it useful. Here are some excerpts:

Never a dull moment at the ITExpo last week, and as per my earlier post today, here are some highlights of goings-on I caught outside the Smart Grid Summit.

iPod, iPhone, iPad - Will it Be a Hit Too?

January 27, 2010

 


Steve Jobs just unveiled a new Apple iPad tablet - the iPad - with a 9.7 inch screen and weight of 1.5 pounds. Virtually all the rumors were right - I blogged about the potential screen sizes just this week in fact. The half-inch thick device is powered by an Apple processor - the 1 GHz A4 and can last ten hours on a single charge.

I am as excited as any tech enthusiast would be about a new Apple gadget which hopes to create massive success in a nascent category - tablet computers.

Smart Grid Summit East 2010 Videos

January 27, 2010

TMC Moves on Friday

January 27, 2010

Is Wow Mobile Doomed Already?

January 26, 2010



Peter Radizeski of RAD-INFO thinks Wow Mobile is doomed. To be fair, Peter is cynical but then again, he is right most of the time. In this case he thinks a MLM, get-rich scheme which sells mobile service has no chance -- especially when you consider the history of MVNO failure in the US. He has some great points...

Tools I Used at ITEXPO East 2010

January 26, 2010

I used a slew of technology at the show but two products are worth special mention. The first is the Flip Mino HD video recorder which excelled in low-light conditions and allowed me to take rapid and high-quality videos of the show. Thanks Cisco for providing me with this device.

In addition, I must say that without Verizon EVDO I would have been lost at this event and although thousands of people converged on the conference, the service allowed rapid uploads of multi-megabyte video files.

It is worth mentioning that many people commented that an iPhone was an obligatory accessory at the expo. In addition, I noticed many people standing near electrical outlets with thin white power cords which seemed way too short for adults.

So perhaps Verizon Wireless didn't see their network taxed too greatly by attendees.

Yes, there was wireless broadband but the WiFi literally choked during peak times.







ITEXPO East 2010 Miami a Great Success Thanks to You

January 26, 2010

A humble thank you to my followers who came out in support of ITEXPO this past week in Miami. Thank you conferees who braved a tough economic climate and came to the show. I also want to extend appreciation to the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees at the show. In addition, thanks to our many partners who contributed greatly to the success of this week of events.

Asterisk Gets a Song

January 25, 2010

Breaking: Goldman Sachs Bonuses all Stock?

January 25, 2010

I just heard from a reliable source that Goldman Sachs bonuses have been switched from cash to stock. Recently the company announced this would be the case for those at the top of the organization but now my source tells me this will be the case for the whole company.

With the massive government and public backlash against banks and the amount of their compensation, this seems like a very very smart move for Goldman.

I realize this is beyond the scope of my typical coverage - I thought it worth sharing. I have tried to verify the story online and so far nothing.

Update Jan 27, 2010: David Faber from CNBC reports the bonuses will be 60% in stock and 40% in cash. The stock vests in 3-years -- thanks to CNBC for clarifying.





Apple Tablet Update

January 25, 2010

HTML 5 Plus H.264 not as Open as you Think

January 25, 2010

If you stream any video on your site, this news could drastically increase your future costs.

Here is an excellent article from Christopher Blizzard on HTML 5 video and H.264 which delves into the potential problems we could see on the web when a company demands to get paid for technologies which users may have thought were open. In other words, HTML 5 when combined with H.264 is not the open standard many hoped it would be.

Here are some excerpts:   Learning from GIF

The web in 1999 was a lot smaller than it is today, so a lot of people don't remember what happened back when Unisys decided to start to enforce their GIF-related patents.

Startup Camp Telephony Launches at ITEXPO East 2010

January 21, 2010

What began as an idea just a few months back became a very well-attended conference which brought together startups and the financial community. The energy and excitement of this new event -- Startup Camp Telephony -- was incredible and I am writing this at 7:15 at night on a day when breakfast started at 7:30 AM.

It has been a long day and yet I sense from those around me that they could talk about all the new telecom opportunities available to them -- all night.

Videos below capture the beginning of Larry Lisser's talk - he kicked off the show and is a TMC partner in this conference. The next video is of Jamie Siminoff -- the keynote speaker who wowed us all.









Ontario Delegation Event at ITEXPO East 2010

January 21, 2010

Tom Keating Breaking Lots of News at ITEXPO

January 21, 2010

Tom has been on a roll covering the news yesterday - here are some links to his posts with commentary from me. I have been meeting with many in the industry for the last two days and would love to have written more but time hasn't allowed for it. Thankfully I have been posting as many videos as I can and sending other videos which don't reside on this site to my Twitter followers at twitter.com/rtehrani.

 

Use of WiMAX in Smart Grid Networks: It seems that communications and energy are merging - in ways we couldn't have imagined a few years ago.

Avaya Panel at ITEXPO East 2010 Video

January 21, 2010

Danny Windham, Skype CEO Keynotes ITEXPO East 2010

January 21, 2010

Verizon Keynote at 4GWE/ITEXPO East 2010

January 21, 2010

Christopher Dean, Skype CSO Keynotes ITEXPO East 2010

January 21, 2010

Mitel's MVNO Offering Video Interview

January 21, 2010

David Erickson from FreeConferenceCall.com Keynotes ITEXPO East 2010

January 20, 2010

Jeff Rodman of Polycom Keynotes ITEXPO East 2010

January 20, 2010

Yahoo's Jeremy Wadhams Kicks off ITEXPO East 2010 Keynotes

January 20, 2010

XG Technologies Interview at ITEXPO East 2010

January 20, 2010

ITEXPO East 2010 Miami Day One Lunch Video

January 20, 2010

ITEXPO East 2010 Press Room Video

January 20, 2010

Be at the Avaya/Nortel Session at ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami

January 20, 2010

Heading to the ITEXPO Suite at the Loews

January 19, 2010

ITEXPO East 2010 Vehicle Giveaway Shots

January 19, 2010

ITEXPO East 2010 test setup shot

January 19, 2010

Fonality Gets new CEO

January 19, 2010

ITEXPO East 2010 Video Snapshot

January 19, 2010

Avaya, Nortel, Telepresence & IP Fax Round out Show Daily

January 19, 2010

SIP Forum at ITEXPO East 2010

January 19, 2010

The SIP Forum will be heavily involved in ITEXPO and related events this week in the Miami Convention Center. SIP is a crucial puzzle piece in communications and technology, used for such things as trunking and presence and you should consider working with this organization to learn more.

Here are some of the places you can meet up with them:

What: SIP Trunk Summit
When: January 20-22
Co-sponsor: Ingate Systems
* Attendees to all seminars will earn a SIP Trunking Professional Certificate
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center



What: M2M Conference
Session: The Case for SIP in M2M
When: Wednesday, January 20, 2:45-3:30 pm
Speakers: SIP Forum Chairman Richard Shockey (SIP Forum), Henry Sinnreich (Adobe Systems)
Where: M2M Evolution Conference, Miami Beach Convention Center



What: Smart Grid Summit Panel
Session: Industry Standards/Interoperability Review
When: Thursday, January 21, 8:30 - 9:15 am
Speakers: Shidan Gouran (Moderator), Co-Founder, Intelligent Communications Partners and member of the SIP Forum Smart Grid SIG
Richard Shockey, Chairman of the Board, SIP Forum
Bill Moroney, President & CEO, UTC
Joe Di Adamo, Chief Technologist, Smart Grid Solutions, Siemens Enterprise Communications and member of the SIP Forum Smart Grid SIG
Brian Huey, Manager, Strategic Planning, Sprint/Nextel
Where: Smart Grid Summit, Miami Beach Convention Center











Skype Takes Share, Upgrades iPhone App

January 19, 2010

Skype is now the largest provider of cross border communications in the world, by far according to a new report from TeleGeography. According to the research company, the rate of international calling has been growing at a steady compounded rate of 15% but in the last few years the slope has decreased as a result of the recession and of course, people switching to Skype.

Skype's Share of International Long-Distance Traffic, 2009

   

In other Skype news, the company recently upgraded their iPhone app with some minor tweaks which sadly don't include push notification.

Apple Tablet Optimized for Books, News

January 18, 2010

Latest ITEXPO East 2010 Schedule Update

January 18, 2010

All participants in ITEXPO should have received this email today and if you didnt, please check your spam filter or just read it below, thanks.

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January 20-22, 2010 Miami Beach Convention Center  

Collocated with 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium|Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony

  CONFIRMATION AND SCHEDULE UPDATE     Dear Rich,  

Your registration for ITEXPO is confirmed. The event starts in two days at the Miami Beach Convention Center, January 20-22.

 

Below are some details and information that will help make your experience at ITEXPO great. As always, if you have any questions before the show, please check the event site or contact Frank Coppola.





ITEXPO East 2010 - Wish You Were Here

January 18, 2010

ITEXPO East 2010 Press Invite

January 17, 2010

Off to ITEXPO East 2010

January 17, 2010

Conan O'Brien Mentioned in ITEXPO Interview

January 16, 2010

A Blackberry Bold User Reviews Droid from Motorola

January 15, 2010

TMC's Biggest Loser 2010

January 15, 2010

China Hack: Is Nothing Secure Anymore?

January 15, 2010

 


When you couple a massive government spying program with triple encryption and unknown exploits in Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Adobe's Acrobat, you get a terribly troubling outcome. It seems the Chinese have banks and banks of engineers hacking the world's software by using government/corporate espionage on a level not before seen. The object of this program was among other things to get source code from the companies which were hacked. In fact they succeeded in stealing much of it.

Smart Buildings remind me of the CTI/VoIP Opportunity

January 15, 2010

For telecom veterans who were active in the communications space in the nineties you remember the excitement the industry enjoyed when Microsoft and Novell entered the telecom markets with TAPI and TSAPI protocols to interconnect communications systems with computers. The CTI or computer telephony integration space was born when the OS companies realized that by enabling telecom systems to be more tightly integrated with computing, they could in effect start to generate revenue by having new telecom systems built on their open platforms. Prior to this time, any sort of integration cost hundreds of thousands of dollars but CTI solutions based on desktop computers could be built for $10,000 to $15,000.

I couldn't help but think about this market as I read an article on connected buildings from Erin Harrison which resides on the Smart Data Center community.

Beatriz Infante Joins Sonus Board - Will it Help?

January 14, 2010

One of the biggest names and of course controversial keynoters TMC has ever had has to be Al Gore who spoke at TMC's Communications Solutions show back in 2001. Just before Vice President Gore took the stage, Beatriz Infante, CEO of Aspect proceeded to give a riveting keynote. I paid as much attention as I could when she spoke but to be honest I was surrounded by secret servicemen and it was quite an usual and somewhat distracting experience.

I take you down this path through memory lane because today Sonus Networks added Beatriz to its board.

SIP Trunking Articles of Interest

January 14, 2010

I was just reading the latest TMC SIP trunking enewsletter and thought these stories may be of interest. I hope you find them useful.

  Facebook Looks to Burnish Security Image

Facebook has announced that it will partner with security vendor McAfee to provide security software and services to the popular social networking site's 350 million users.

Ecessa Launches ClariLink-V Series, Provides Dependable VoIP Online Delivery

Ecessa, a provider of reasonably priced WAN link controllers suited for small-to-medium sized enterprises, or SMEs, recently announced the launch of the ClariLink-V Series.

One Line, Multiple Caller-ID

January 14, 2010

A while back I saw research showing a much higher rate of answered calls if they originate from the same area code. After researching for a while I can't find the source for the information but it is an intuitive assumption so I feel comfortable sharing it with my readers and apologize for not having a source.

I thought about this research when I heard The Flat Planet has a new service which matches the number you call with the Caller-ID information of a local number. Debt collection and outbound call centers are two obvious areas where the service should be of great use.

Will Google Start a China Boycott?

January 14, 2010

I came across an article on the hazardous materials being used in Chinese jewelry and sold to American children and I immediately forwarded it to some friends and relatives who have children and/or are uncles or aunts.

These are two of the responses I immediately received:

F&*$@ing country, seriously they suck. We as a nation should just do what Google did.

Ixia Raises Forecast for Q4

January 14, 2010

In the past I have looked to testing companies as barometers of growth in the communications market. Oftentimes they can be utilized as a forward-looking indicator - a sign of optimism or pessimism in the market.

Admittedly in a more complex world where broadband, VoIP and wireless are growing at varying levels and landlines are dying, it may be more difficult to make a solid correlation as product mix and marketshare per segment can throw you off. Moreover, testing companies have to build test systems without the benefit of standardized components meaning they have to construct many of their systems from the component level up.

IP Communications Aids Haiti Relief

January 14, 2010

Interviews With ITEXPO East 2010 Participants

January 13, 2010

Next week's ITEXPO, Jan 20-22nd in Miami promises to be one of the best shows in the communications and technology spaces. When you consider all the knowledge you can absorb at the show with collocated events which portend the future - you just have to be there.

The opportunity to save money on communications, find new products to help you make money and/or boost productivity... The chance to launch a new career and network with the best and brightest - there are many reasons to be in south Florida at ITEXPO and related events: 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium/Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony -- SIP Tutorial.

To give you an idea of the sorts of people you can meet at the show and network with, you are welcome to check out the interviews I conducted with a number of the show's participants below:

Response to China Hacking - Increase Security

January 13, 2010

TMCnet Video Site Upgraded

January 13, 2010

TMCnet iPhone Site Now Does Video

January 13, 2010

At the last ITEXPO I received many comments from attendees who came to my blog to see videos and could not. You see, for large videos I am forced to compress them and upload them to a Flash player because they are just too large for posting as a traditional iPhone file. It's that dreaded no Flash support Apple tax I keep talking about. Thankfully, we have now solved the problem by upgrading our TMCnet iPhone site.

You can Still Win a Motorcycle and Car at ITEXPO East 2010

January 13, 2010

Today we sent out a confirmation and update regarding next week's ITEXPO and I wanted to make sure my readers were aware of many of the happenings at the show. One of the more interesting questions I get in passing is - "Rich, are you still giving away a car at the show?" The answer is yes, a Honda Element and also a Honda motorcycle.

Pictures and show details follow:



ITEXPO January 20-22, 2010 Miami Beach Convention Center

Collocated with 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium/Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony -- SIP Tutorial

CONFIRMATION AND SCHEDULE UPDATE   Dear Rich,

Your registration for ITEXPO is confirmed.





Tehrani at Winter Olympics

January 13, 2010

Will Silicon Valley go to War with China?

January 12, 2010

To protect the privacy of its users and data, will Google really pull out of the country?

A major challenge for all companies doing business with china is how to you gain access to the huge market of over a billion customers without signing away your crown jewels. Many companies reluctantly have signed over their intellectual property in exchange for being able to compete in the market. At a breakfast I attended some time back, Jack Welch mentioned this was something GE had to do to gain access the mainland.

Google's Energy Ambitions and Smart Grid Implications

January 12, 2010

As I research Google's move into energy, I become fascinated by the idea that Google's influence on our lives may just be beginning. Sure the Google Toilet (video) may not be a real product but analysis of Google's potential in the smart grid market, coupled with the company's Android operating system leads at least one analyst, Jon Arnold to see a bright future of collaboration between smart devices in the home and the electrical grid.

I am sure we can all imagine connectivity between thermostats and a variety of electronic devices in the home which work together to reduce energy consumption. With global arctic temperatures turning arctic -- you may not be convinced global warming is real.

Amtrak adds WiFi to Fight Disruptive Free Bus Internet

January 12, 2010

 


Years after
European train operators and the airlines, Amtrak has decided it was time to add WiFi to its trains. Bus companies have found a way to sell seats for as little as $1 between New York and Boston and provide free WiFi while the train generally sells seats which start in the $50 range and as you might imagine, this fierce competition has meant the union-operated trains are losing customers and they need to fight back.

So it is a bit surprising that the new WiFi service will initially be offered on the company's fastest and most expensive trains - the Acela Express.

One would suppose this is an initial trial of course and eventually even more competitive pressure will force the company to roll out wireless service across all seats at a low rate.

Can't Miss SIP Tutorial at ITEXPO

January 11, 2010

One of the most trusted names in communications Carl Ford - was explaining to me recently how the upcoming tutorial on SIP at ITEXPO, January 20-22, 2010 in Miami will be the best session on SIP - anywhere. He mentioned it in passing and then I realized - wait a minute - I didn't even blog it. Am I being unfaithful to my readers? Well just in case, I decided to blog away.

Tech Rock Star Jamie Siminoff Keynotes Startup Camp Telephony

January 11, 2010

Jamie Siminoff is someone I have great admiration for... He launched a company called SimulScribe which later became PhoneTag and what it did was transcribe your voicemails and send them via email. As far as I am concerned voicemail is useless without receiving it transcribed in an email with an attached MP3 file. You mean you still listen to your voicemails??

Avaya/Nortel ITEXPO Details Video

January 11, 2010

Google Breaks Cardinal Supplier Rule

January 11, 2010

There is an unwritten rule that companies who compete with their customers are inviting trouble. When companies break this rule, generally their competition will use this information against them when there is a bid on the table. Over time, when you break this rule, it bites you in the rear.

Companies like Intel, who have a dominant position in the market, are generally able to bend or break these principles to some degree but for most others, you know where to draw the line.

How T-Mobile Can Take its Rightful Place

January 11, 2010

Survey: Mobile Phones Much More Favorable than Social Networks

January 11, 2010

In a tough decade, what could people count on to make their lives better? Communications - yes communications. 50% percent of people surveyed by Pew viewed the last decade unfavorably and 27% viewed it positively.

Here are some of the reasons they may have positive thoughts about the last ten years:

iPhone Thrashes Droid at Gaming?

January 11, 2010

One of games my family loves to play on the iPhone is Trace and like many games, you need a very sensitive and steady touch to play it well. As gaming becomes a more important function on mobile devices it is crucial manufacturers competing in the consumer smartphone market take this into account.
 



This is why it came as a surprise to me that the Motorola Droid has a much less accurate screen than the iPhone according to MOTO labs (no relation to Motorola). As you can see from this post, lines on an iPhone are generally straight while on the Droid they zigzag.



Latest ITEXPO East 2010 Show Guide

January 8, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010: Google, Avaya, Nortel, SIP, VARs, M2M, Smart Grid, 4G and Startups

January 8, 2010

Here is an important message I wanted to share with my readers -- it was sent as an email and lives online if you need the link. C U Soon!!!

 

From Rich Tehrani, TMC's CEO and Conference Chairman

21st INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East 2010



TMC Moves to New Headquarters Next Month

January 8, 2010

I just got back from taking a tour of final construction at the new TMC headquarters we will be moving to in February. It has been an exhilarating experience to have been in the communications and tech markets these past decades. I can't imagine any industry seeing as much change as we have - at the nexus of communications, tech and media transformation.

Our company is 38 years-old this year and the change in our products and services and competitive set over the last four decades has been beyond incredible.

Almost Forgot

January 7, 2010

Most Tablets Will Fail

January 7, 2010

Hi all, here a small dose of reality. I know the world is tablet-crazy

and all and I hate to be the one breaking up the party but in reality those of us over 18, remember how tech works. Most of the tablets will die horribly. Perhaps content will interoperate between these larger than normal gadgets, making this a minor issue but it is very very unlikely that more than a handful of these devices will sell in volumes needed to be successful.

More on Avaya - Nortel Enterprise Event at ITEXPO

January 7, 2010

24 hours ago I excitedly shared the important news that Avaya will be at ITEXPO to discuss the acquisition of Nortel's enterprise assets. In one of the biggest communications deals in the market - two companies who were fierce competitors will be announcing their roadmap regarding how their merged product lines and staffs will look going forward.

Avaya will be at a special keynote lunch with analysts and yours truly who will speak with the company in a Q&A roundtable format in order to help the audience determine what the news means to them and how it will impact their business.

If you are a reseller, enterprise customer, SMB, partner and/or developer you cannot miss the event.

Nexus One: A $350 Penalty so you can Access AT&T?

January 7, 2010

Two years ago I discussed how Sharper Image could change the way cellphones are sold in the US - they offered an array of unlocked phones and the retailer seemed like the right kind of outlet to make the change to open wireless communications in the US happen. I wondered if this would start a trend saying:

There may be an opportunity for the company as currently if you want to buy an unlocked phone you have to search the Internet. Sharper Image could become the "unlocked phone store" if they play their cards right.

Asterisk Has Huge Presence at ITEXPO East 2010

January 7, 2010

A major area of communications growth is taking place in the open-source market and a tough economy only throws more fuel on an already raging open-source communications fire.

Asterisk is the major player in the space and the company behind Asterisk - Digium will be at ITEXPO with a collocated Digium Asterisk World January 20-22nd, 2010.

In order to help you plan for the event I wanted to share some important details. Hope to see you at the show.

Internet Radio Threat to Satellite Continues

January 7, 2010

Back in November of 2007 I wrote about the threat of Pandora and

other Internet radio companies to satellite radio. Back then, AT&T was smart to link up with the streaming radio company to offer a service for $8.99/month.

Now Pandora is at it again and will be integrated into a $1,200 automotive navigation system from Pioneer.

Still, I have to wonder exactly what this device does to make it worth $1,200.

Nexus One - F U iPhone Video

January 6, 2010

Avaya's Nortel Roadmap Featured at ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami

January 6, 2010

One of the most important enterprise communications acquisitions in recent memory will be highlighted at a keynote luncheon roundtable at ITEXPO, Thursday, January 21st at 12:00 pm EST.

I am very excited to announce a brand new session at the World's Communications Conference:

Avaya Purchases Nortel Enterprise Assets:

Product Roadmap Implications for Users

ITEXPO East 2010 Update and Show Guide

January 6, 2010

Flash on Google Nexus One Makes App Store Battle Moot

January 6, 2010

Flash Player 10.1 + Google Nexus One = Mobile Flash = Infinite Apps

Although Apple's iPhone does a great job approximating a PC-based browsing experience on the go, lack of Flash support which one past high level Adobe employee blames 100% on Apple, really makes the phone a lot less useful than it could be. I spent a good deal of time writing about how lack of Flash support is the real Apple tax and I still contend that because Flash does not run on the iPhone, many Web sites need to do double design and programming work.

In other words, a site which uses Flash needs to have yet another set of pages or sites designed so an iPhone can see what is happening.

How Apple and Others Control Leaks

January 6, 2010

SIP Trunking Schedule ITEXPO East 2009

January 5, 2010

With all the excitement in the SIP Trunking space I wanted to make sure to keep my readers up to date with the latest schedule for the SIP Trunking event at ITEXPO 2 weeks from now in Miami.

Here you go:

Ingate's Free Workshop SIP TRUNK SUMMIT
-- Everything You Need to Know About SIP Trunking --

Free Workshop for all ITEXPO Attendees January 20-22, 2010
Miami Beach Convention Center, FL

Educating end users, resellers, distributors and systems integrators about SIP trunking is on the agenda as IngateĀ® Systems partners with TMC, leading IP-PBX vendors, SIP trunking service providers and industry thought-leaders to offer the new SIP Trunk Summit seminar series at ITEXPO East 2010.

The Summit will include general information panels and technical insight sessions from both the service provider and enterprise perspectives.


Google, Apple set for Death Match

January 5, 2010

Like a Godzilla movie with award-winning special effects, this battle will open up new opportunities for players in the communications market deep into the decade.

Apple recently announced it has had over three billion applications downloaded on the iPhone and iPod Touch and has further purchased mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $300 bmillion. If you have followed Apple, you know this move is not surprising. Last November in fact I wrote about how Google is scaring Apple to death as evidenced by Apple filing a patent in the advertising space and reportedly bidding for Admob.

Apples iTablet Confirmed - Why it May Ruin Tech

January 4, 2010

Some of the most exciting news for all of technology has to be the official introduction of a new product category at Apple - the tablet. After all, the iPod and iPhone were responsible for billions of dollars in new spending from global consumers. Remember, MP3 players and mobile phones were both mature markets when Apple entered - but look at them now -- everyone seems to crave products from Apple and they want to spend more money for them because frankly they are worth it.

But there is danger in this new product launch which scares me more than almost anything else in the land of tech.

M2M Equals Smart Services

January 4, 2010

"Engineers like to call it machine-to-machine or M2M while businesspeople like to refer to the market as smart services," is a notable paraphrased quote made by nPhase's Joe Jumayo while being interviewed (video below) by Dr. Mary Cronin, a TMC and Crossfire Media partner in the Smart Product Ecosystem industry site on TMCnet and referred to affectionately as SPEC.



Some of the more important parts of their conversation have to do with e-book readers which are now interconnected, water treatment plants which are connected by M2M solutions and more. Siemens is used as example above in discussing how M2M has helped them in the water business and this experience is being used to help them in other areas in which they play.

M2M is also important in the robotics space where Jumayo explains an outage of a robot for an hour in a particular application is the equivalent of $60,000 lost.



Mitel's IPO and the Future of Communications this Decade

January 4, 2010

2009 was a momentous year for Nortel - finally imploding under a combination of extreme debt, acquisition challenges, Asian competition and the remnants of a financial scandal from years past. Recently I analyzed the acquisition of Nortel's enterprise unit by Avaya and further reported how we can expect to hear the details of the merger and roadmap on January 19th, 2010, one day before ITEXPO kicks off in Miami.

While I am sure there will be vibrant discussion at the conference regarding Avaya's roadmap, it should be noted that Mitel too will be a major topic of discussion at the event as it plans an IPO this year. You may recall the IPO plans of the company were shelved in 2006 - many thought this was as a result of a poor showing in the public markets by Vonage - but company execs explained the reason for the pull back had more to do with the fact they were able to bid for and acquire Inter-Tel and didn't need the public markets to consummate the transaction.

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