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September 2011

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Is Content King or is it Platform?

September 30, 2011

The adage about content being king is absolutely true and the precipitous drop in the value of Netflix shares related to losing Starz programming reminds us that distribution can be considered a distant second to content. This is true because the world has flattened with the advent of broadband meaning any content provider can stream directly without the need for cable companies or telcos to take a cut.

Glenn Beck’s recent launch of GBTV for example shows us how a content provider can take his or her show and produce it just fine without the need to deal with traditional distribution.

But from the standpoint of the consumer, having access to a smattering of programs on disparate websites is not the same as accessing them all seamlessly through a single aggregator.

Selling your Privacy Evolves with Amazon Silk Browser

September 29, 2011



Amazon's new Silk browser bundled with its new Kindle Fire will leverage it's own servers for browser proxying meaning that all the websites you surf will go through the company's cloud-based servers. Although browser proxying is not new, it has been used in the Skyfire and other browsers. Its general benefit is allowing web sessions to speed up and providing mobile browsers access to content incompatible with the browser - such as Adobe Flash.

TMC's Tom Keating has more on the privacy concerns and after reading his thoughts I realize just how fast product subsidization is evolving. You see yesterday I explained Amazon is subsidizing its tablets via Amazon Prime and cloud-computing services but now it seems Amazon will also have access to the sites you browse allowing its suggestion engine to to potentially use this data to better target products which suit your interests.

While privacy advocates may be up in arms, the reality is we sell our privacy for free services virtually every day when we use popular web portals, online email and a slew of other services such as browser toolbars.





Amazon's Subsidized Tablets Borrow from Wireless Carriers

September 28, 2011

Will any margin remain in selling standalone computing hardware?

I want to bet against Amazon - not because I don't like the company - I most certainly do. But because coming out with a new line of tablets to take on Apple is not turning into a successful strategy for the rest of the tech world. Both HP and RIM are feeling pain - even though I might add the Blackberry Playbook is a very solid tablet.

When Amazon released a slew of devices today from $79-$199 I was concerned that this is yet another case of a tech company going up against Apple and getting slaughtered. It is worth pointing out however that the HP tablet didn't really start selling until the price was dropped to $99.

But back to Amazon - I didn't think the original Kindle would be very popular and I was wrong.





Off to Metaswitch Forum 2011

September 28, 2011

Why AT&T Purchased Superclick Networks

September 27, 2011

AT&T just picked up Canadian WiFi gateway and solution provider Superclick Networks for $15 million dollars and the deal is curious as the company provides wireless solutions but not service for the hospitality, healthcare and retail markets. As you may recall, in November of 2008, AT&T also purchased leading WiFi provider Wayport and my take at the time was the deal signaled the importance of WiFi.

This transaction echoes this sentiment but it’s a bit different because it isn’t a service they are purchasing per se. The deal also shows the Ma Bell is looking outside the country for growth and isn’t afraid to do deals that are unexpected.

Herman Cain Crushing it Online

September 27, 2011

Just a week ago the common wisdom was the Republican nominee would be either Mitt Romney or Rick Perry but when Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll this past weekend it showed that clear cut leaders are not as “clear” as many had thought. In fact the 65 year old Georgian had a resounding victory in last week’s poll winning 37% of the votes. To put this in perspective, this is more than double the number of the runner up Perry at 15.4% or Romney at 14% and a higher percentage than the next two combined.

When I heard the news I went to Herman Cain’s website to contribute and as I mentioned this past weekend the site was down.

Women's Rights: The Next Frontier of Product Marketing

September 26, 2011

History shows us commoditized markets can be fertile ground for differentiation and pricing power if a product or company is innovative, branded properly and/or connects emotionally with purchasers. In the tech space we think of Apple and Bose, while in the food arena brands like Häagen-Dazs, Grey Poupon and Purdue Chicken show that no sector of the market is immune to establishing high-end merchants.

Ethical Oil

And this is all I could think about when I came across the legal fight between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ethical Oil Institute an advocacy group whose message involves switching from Saudi oil, a product supporting human rights abuse to Canadian oil sands.

Herman Cain Wins Straw Poll and Website Goes Down

September 24, 2011

The Turnover Epidemic and the Toll it Takes

September 23, 2011

As I look out at the technology landscape I find it surprising that replacements of marketing personnel whether initiated by the company or people resigning seems to be near an all-time high. As I have stated before, the job of marketers is tougher than ever – they have to deal with online and offline media, social, search, events, web seminars, community building, landing page creation, testing, email marketing, article writing, blogging and public relations on a daily basis. We are at the point where marketers should be injecting Red Bull into one arm while injecting Maalox into the other.

To make matters worse, the scrutiny marketers have to deal with is at an all-time high meaning investors, CXOs and presidents are demanding accountability for every cent of spending.

Slowly, New York Subways get Cell Service

September 23, 2011

GSM customers rejoice, finally you will be able to use your cellphones in the subways of New York. As someone who has gotten lost navigating my way around down there, I am grateful this day has finally come. AT&T and T-Mobile customers will be the first to enjoy this new service which will be a godsend for tourists who like me aren't that familiar with how to get around the tunnels crisscrossing the Manhattan underground.

According to the New York Times:

The pilot program will introduce cellphone reception to the C-E platforms at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and three other stations along West 14th Street: the A, C, E and L platforms at Eighth Avenue; the F, M and L platforms at Avenue of the Americas; and the Seventh Avenue station that serves the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 lines.

Sadly, the project was stalled due to financing issues - lets hope we see coverage throughout the entire New York subway system and soon.




Prediction: Meg Whitman Lasts at HP 12 Months Max

September 22, 2011

By Now you know Meg Whitman is replacing Léo Apotheker as CEO of HP. Look, I personally like Meg Whitman - she is dynamic, energetic and ran eBay for a good while. Two of the major products under her were the auction site with the same name goggas the company and PayPal. Effectively she managed two monopolies. And if monopoly is too strong a word - let’s say they were super-dominant companies with entrenched market positions.

Benbria Evolves into Social CRM

September 22, 2011

Marketing has never been so complicated and social media has only taken something which was difficult and added levels of complexity. Recently at ITEXPO in Austin, Texas, TMC hosted its first CMO Summit and the consensus at the event was that complexity is out of control. How do I deal with the physical and virtual world while adequately communicating with customers the way they want to be contacted was a common theme.

At the expo I met with Andrea Baptiste President and CEO of Benbria, a company which got its start in the outbound notification space.

Zenith's Cloud Computing Event hits New York Tomorrow

September 21, 2011

The Bittersweet Pandora HTML5 Update

September 21, 2011

Bittersweet only if you use Apple iOS devices.

As a huge fan of HTML5 and someone who is even involved in putting on  DevCon5 conferences covering the space I was thrilled to see the new Pandora HTML5 interface. Likewise I was disappointing to see I couldn't run the Pandora HTML5 environment on an iPhone browser natively and thus sidestepping the Apple iTunes App Store.

The look of the new Pandora based on HTML5


I have a request out to the company to see if there is an Apple limitation at work here or whether the company has intentionally hampered the app on iOS. As most of us know, playing media on the iPhone requires using their embedded player so my educated guess is there is an Apple issue here.

And before I posted I walked down the hall and tested the new HTML5 site on Erik Linask's Android-based smartphone and guess what. It worked flawlessly.








Twitter Tightens SMS Ties with Photos

September 21, 2011

Twitter's 140 character limit was actually a limit of SMS messages applied to the world's most successful microblogging service but in the last few years, Twitter use has migrated to apps on smartphones and web browsers. Today the company sent a reminder to the world that yes, you can tweet via SMS as well. In fact you can now include photos in an SMS message and have it update your account.

At the moment this functionality is limited to AT&T, Verizon and Cellular South in the US as well as Orange in the UK, Vodafone Italy, Rogers Communications in Canada, VIVA Bahrain and TIM Brazil.

Here is more information from Twitter and a list of short and long codes used to address your SMS messages.

Hat tip Phone Scoop.





X.com: an App Store for Commerce from eBay

September 19, 2011

How the “now-boring” auction site is trying to become the hub of commerce

Since the launch of the iTunes App Store there has been a rush to emulate the success of Apple by owning an ecosystem which is powered by innovative applications which are in-turn produced by developers you don’t have to pay. Other companies have been successful at this game as well including Google with its Android Marketplace, Salesforce.com who actually preceded Apple with the app store concept. At a speech in New York this past Summer, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff actually said the creator of the App Exchange name almost chose the word “store” but the person who made the decision was no longer with the company.

JobSquared Brings New Approach to Getting Hired

September 15, 2011

A blend of personalization, technology & training allows new job site JobSquared to be so confident of their approach that they will give you a confidence guarantee which says you'll get hired in six months. The site is a blend of headhunter meets Salesforce.com meaning it shows potential candidates for new positions how to sell and get themselves hired.

The system can help generate cover letters, sync with Microsoft Outlook, has calendar and task management and even offers a personality test.

Pricing for the service normally starts at $25-$50 per month but there is special pricing at the moment ranging from $18-$39. There is also a 14-day free trial.

For more, check out this article on TMCnet.

Disclosure: The founder of JobSquared is my cousin.















Mitel Having Layoffs

September 14, 2011

Mitel has always had great technology - I sound like a broken record don't I? Yet they haven't found their way to market their company or properly position it in the market. The result of lack of PR and marketing vision has cost it in the marketplace as companies like ShoreTel have taken share by being persistent, branding well and positioning Mitel for them.

The one constant in business is that if you don't position yourself, someone else (typically the competition) will gladly do it for you.

You may recall I compared Mitel to ShoreTel some months back, criticizing Mitel for a number of reasons. I then followed up with a post about how how the company is betting the farm so to speak on virtualized communications.

Sadly I received an email from a Mitel employee today which explained that there is a nationwide workforce reduction causing this person to be let go.





Porn is dead, why Penthouse Needs a Deal

September 14, 2011

The world is going daily deal crazy and the multi-billion dollar Groupon valuation is no doubt a huge factor. And while some companies have pulled back from this category, purveyor of porn, Penthouse is purchasing an Asian daily deals company valued at just over $50M.

What this tells us is the paid-porn business is still in trouble thanks to sites like redtube, pornhub and xvideos, places where users can get tons of free porn.Yet the eyeballs are still there so if you can find a way to increase the revenue per eyeball of your porn site, you are in great shape.

And this my friends explains why FriendFinder Networks, owner of the Penthouse magazine brands and many adult-oriented online communities, has acquired BDM Global Ventures for approximately $65 million. Expect the trend to continue.











ITEXPO Austin Day 1 Photos

September 13, 2011

Death of PSTN Panel @ITEXPO (pic)

September 13, 2011

Austin American-Statesman ITEXPO Coverage

September 13, 2011

TMC's Juliana Kenny Conducts Avaya Interview

September 12, 2011

ITEXPO: 8x8 Buys Contactual

September 12, 2011

Breaking news from ITEXPO West 2011 in Austin, Texas.

Hosted communications, video and VoIP pioneer 8x8 has just purchased Contactual, formerly known as White Pajama. I have been visiting 8x8 for about 15 years and when you enter their HQ the first thing you notice is the patents hanging everywhere. They now have about 75 of them. After the tech bubble crash the company turned their leading-edge technology into a customer focused business which you could call a business Vonage.

ITEXPO West 2011 Austin Jeep Giveaway is Here (pic)

September 12, 2011

ITEXPO Austin Asterisk 123 Training in Progress (pic)

September 12, 2011

ITEXPO West Austin Exhibit Hall Setup (pics)

September 12, 2011

ITEXPO Show Daily, Monday, Sept 12

September 12, 2011

Here is the latest ITEXPO West Austin show daily. Some of the items discussed are the cloud, mobility, Grandstream, Sangoma and big news from 2600hz.

» Exhibitors » Dates & Times Keynotes » Register To Attend Show Daily : 9/12/2011 Latest Features
• IP Multimedia Phone Provider Grandstream to Participate in Key ITEXPO West Session • Exploring Opportunities in the Cloud: ITEXPO West Interview • SoTel Systems Showcases SoSimple Unified Messaging Program at ITEXPO West 2011 • Sangoma to Discuss Recent Acquisition, Media Handling at ITEXPO • 2600hz and CloudTC to Debut Powerful Business Communications Solution at ITEXPO • The Evolution of Enterprise Mobility: ITEXPO West Interview
Latest News
• Towerstream to Present at 4GWE Conference and Expo • LiveVox CEO to Discuss Secure Cloud Contact Center Implementation at ITEXPO West 2011 • One Source Networks' COO to Provide Insight on Deploying UC to SMEs at ITEXPO • Matrix to Showcase Complete Office Communications Solution at ITEXPO West 2011 • 4PSA to Showcase New VoIP Additions at ITEXPO • SIP Forum to Make its Mark at ITEXPO West 2011 • Hosted Predictive Dialer: Be Informed before You Buy
Latest Blogs
• ITEXPO West Austin Show Essentials • Download ITEXPO on the Go • Largest ITEXPO Hall Ever • Follow @rtehrani on Twitter for Important ITEXPO Updates

Featured Keynotes
Cameron Coursey - Associate Vice President of Product Development - AT&T Michael Tribolet - Chief Business Officer magicJack Ian Pennell - Senior Vice President, Small Business Technology Group-CISCO Mark C. Straton - Senior Vice President Solution Marketing Voice and Applications- Siemens Enterprise Communications John Antanaitis - Vice President Marketing- Polycom Matt Groppe - Director of Global Business Development- DHL Same Day Bob Metcalfe - Inventor of ethernet, founder of 3Com, author of Metcalfe's Law, VC and Professor
Free Workshops
StartupCamp 4: Comms Edition Unified Communications: SIP Trunking, Voice, Video and More Avaya Tech on Tap Asterisk 1-2-3 MPLS University Live at ITEXPO Austin Telecom Reseller
Win Exhibitor Giveaway Prizes!
While at ITEXPO, Pick up your official Jeep Giveaway Entry Card. Visit each of the sponsors listed on the card and have your card stamped. Drop it off at the Jeep Giveaway Display on the Exhibit Hall Floor and be there on Thursday, September 15 to see if you are the lucky winner!

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ITEXPO West Austin Show Essentials

September 11, 2011

Here is a good overview of this week's ITEXPO and collocated events. Feel free to bookmark this link, print it or whatever works best for you.

Attend tomorrow's Asterisk 1-2-3 Seminar then head over to Avaya's ever popular Technology on Tap event.

On Tuesday ITEXPO kicks into full swing with collocated conferences, multiple workshops, numerous keynote presentations, and a networking cocktail reception to officially open the exhibit hall.

Follow @rtehrani on Twitter for Important ITEXPO Updates

September 11, 2011

Download ITEXPO on the Go

September 11, 2011

Largest ITEXPO Hall Ever

September 11, 2011

AT&T Responds to DOJ - What They Missed

September 9, 2011

AT&T responded to the DOJ regarding the blocked T-Mobile USA acquisition saying that the proposed merger would be good for consumers as it would allow AT&T to gain access to T-Mobile spectrum allowing their call quality to improve and the number of dropped calls to be reduced. This in turn they argue would lead to lower prices. Ma Bell 2.0 continued to explain that the wireless business is fiercely competitive which has resulted in lower prices over time.

The interesting takeaway here is that there is nothing new being argued.

Meet ITEXPO West 2011 Participants Right Now

September 9, 2011

In order to get the communications and technology community ready for one of the largest business technology shows in the world, we strive to interview as many of the participants at ITEXPO and collocated events before the event. What you see below is 59 of the latest interviews from the show - and more importantly a window into the event itself.

We asked participants questions about the cloud, social networking, mobility and the future of tech. Many of them had thought-provoking comments which are something worth chewing on this weekend. The interviews are below:

NAME COMPANY Jason Tapolci VoIP Innovations Mike Coffee Commetrex Mike Ross 4PSA Jon Arnold J Arnold and Associates Greg Brashier Virtual PBX Carl  KS  Teo Ecocarrier Inc. Doug Mohney HD Voice News Alex Ferdman Telinta Denis Gatens OneAccess Networks Chris Perret Nukona Garrett Smith VoIP Supply Tim Whittington Aastra Justin O'Brien CXM Recording and Quality Monitoring  Wes Durow Fonality John Frame Sigma Systems Sarah Carter Actiance Inc Dave Rokita Hexagrid Computing Inc Bud Walder Dialogic Robert Messer ABP Mark Ricca IntelliCom Analytics Chad Kissinger OnrampAccess LLC Michael Stoll GSIS Paul Baron SPIRIT Technologies Chris Bucholtz Sugar CRM Austin McChord Datto Steven Johnson Ingate Mark Swanson Telovations Mark Swanson Telovations Jonathan Stark Mobiquity Neal Axelrad Global Convergence Solutions, Inc. Gene Fay Nine Technology Natasha Tamaskar GENBAND Adam Boone Sipera Greg Friesen DragonWave Brough Turner netBlazr Inc. Brian Hierholzer Artisian Infrastructure John Freimuth Internap Steve Ferman eTegrity Systems International Bob Lawson GFI Software USA  Jeff Connally CMIT Solutions Russell Wurth Verecloud Adam Crossno OnAsset Intelligence Inc. Rod Ullens Voxbone Mike Sapien Ovum John Verry Pivot Point Security Russ Green VPIsystems Joe Staples Interactive Intelligence Stephanie Atkinson Compass Intelligence Peter Cruz Sevone Mike Klein Online Tech, Inc.   Mike Miracle Sevone Chris Carabello Metaswitch Gary Oliverio Crandlepoint Steve Harriman ScienceLogic Jeff Dworkin Sangoma George A. Grabowich Broadview Networks





Meet TMC Editors Monday at ITEXPO in Austin

September 9, 2011

The PSTN Will Die. Time to Learn SIP

September 9, 2011

It should come as no surprise to avid followers of this blog that the PSTN is potentially going to be mothballed in the next seven years. If you are wondering what will replace it, the answer is in-part SIP and protocols TBD. You may know that there will be a can't-miss keynote panel on the death of the PSTN at ITEXPO next week but what you may not know is the SIP Forum - the global organization devoted to SIP interoperability and promotion is making a big splash at the show and if you either purchase, sell, or manufacture/develop SIP products and solutions you may want to lean more.

Here are the details:

SIP Forum to Have Strong Presence at ITEXPO in Austin, TX

Association Sponsor of  ITEXPO and co-located events including 4G Wireless Evolution, and the SIP Tutorial; Leadership to participate in multiple sessions, panels and tutorials, Chairman Richard Shockey to Moderate Keynote Luncheon Panel on “End of POTS” 

NORTH ANDOVER, MA, and AUSTIN, TX September 9, 2011 – The SIP Forum (www.sipforum.org) has announced a full schedule of activities at the upcoming ITEXPO West in Austin Texas, showcasing the association’s active role in helping to drive the broad adoption of SIP communications in today’s global telecom industry.

Austin Night Life

September 9, 2011

ITEXPO Early Austin Photos

September 9, 2011

Windows 8 Targets Boot Time in War With Apple

September 9, 2011

Here is a typical scenario many of us deal with... While waiting for our laptop or PC to boot, we take out our smartphones or tablets to check email and work until the Windows-based machine ends it's leisurely boot process. Often we have a few choice words for our Windows machine as we realize the lunacy of having to deal with such a slow start-up process.

Even more ironic is the fact that an iPad 2 not only boots lightening-fast, it has a full day of battery built-in meaning you don't need to worry about shutting the system down that often.

About ten years ago I recall Microsoft working on an instant-boot technology but obviously this never made it into production and boot times continue to be a major Achilles heel of Redmond's OS.

So the news that Windows 8 will boot 30-70% faster than Windows 7 is music to the ears of people who are sick of having to use a spare device while the other boots.

This is how it works... The system processes or kernel hibernates when you shut down.







Avaya to Show How Chat and Social Influence Telecom

September 8, 2011

The world on converging faster than ever and technology markets are evolving faster than ever. Today we learned that Google purchased Zagat meaning that content and search will be more intertwined than ever. Earlier this week we learned about a potential link-up between Amazon and 7-Eleven.

The question is, what is next and how do we prepare for transformation which is seemingly taking place across every discipline without regard for incumbent relationships?

Enterprises have to keep an eye on what's happening because as we are seeing before our eyes, voice communications is rapidly becoming social. Avaya is one of the leaders in the communications transformation and this Monday at ITEXPO they will kick off a Tech on Tap event which will help bring us up to speed on how they see the world changing.



Some Austin Shots from my Hotel

September 8, 2011

Made it to Austin for ITEXPO

September 8, 2011

Headed to Austin Tomorrow for ITEXPO West 2011

September 7, 2011

I am headed to Austin tomorrow morning for ITEXPO next week and will be chronicling my trip here in this blog. Here is the first show daily from the event - and I look forward to seeing you there.

  » Exhibitors » Dates & Times Keynotes » Register To Attend Show Daily : 9/07/2011           Latest Features
ITEXPO West Interview: Important Evolutions in VoIPITEXPO West Event: Visibility Across the Supply Chain911 Services Leader 911 Enable Gears Up for ITEXPO WestUnderstanding the Transformation to an all IP World: Interview with GENBANDGCS CEO Neal Axelrad Talks ITEXPO West with TMCnetITEXPO West Interview: The Growth of Cloud ComputingInfrastructure as a Service Enabler Hexagrid to Present on Expert Panel at ITEXPO WestITEXPO West Interview: The Impact of the Cloud and Social MediaPivot Point Security Gears Up for MSPWorld at ITEXPO WestIngate Systems Readies for ITEXPO West 2011Commetrex: Bringing Fax over IP to ITEXPO West 2011Environmental Monitoring Company ITWatchDogs Gears up for ITEXPO West 2011Death of the PSTN a Major ITEXPO Topic in Austin, TX
Latest News
ADTRAN, MegaPath Partner on Copper-Supported Carrier Ethernet EffortTMC and Embrase Announce Program Updates for Cloud Communications SummitYealink-888VoIP Debuts New T32G Color Phone, Soon to be Available in U.S.Jabra Forges ahead in Unified Communications with New Voice Series HeadsetsFonality Makes its Cloud Telephony Solutions MobileSevOne Readies for Wireless Backhaul Track at ITEXPOClearOne to Broaden Digital Signage Portfolio with Acquisition of MagicBox
Latest Blogs
Schedule a Free Assessment of Your SIP Trunk Installation @ ITEXPOWhat To Do in Austin Next WeekHelp ITEXPO West Keep Austin Weird and Wonderful

Featured Keynotes
Michael Tribolet - Chief Business Officer magicJack Ian Pennell - Senior Vice President, Small Business Technology Group - CISCO Mark C. Straton - Senior Vice President Solution Marketing Voice and Applications - Siemens Enterprise Communications John Antanaitis - Vice President Marketing - Polycom Matt Groppe - Director of Global Business Development - DHL Same Day Bob Metcalfe - Inventor of ethernet, founder of 3Com, author of Metcalfe's Law, VC and Professor
Free Workshops
StartupCamp 4: Comms Edition Unified Communications: SIP Trunking, Voice, Video and More Avaya Tech on Tap Asterisk 1-2-3 MPLS University Live at ITEXPO Austin Telecom Reseller
Win Exhibitor Giveaway Prizes!
While at ITEXPO, Pick up your official Jeep Giveaway Entry Card. Visit each of the sponsors listed on the card and have your card stamped. Drop it off at the Jeep Giveaway Display on the Exhibit Hall Floor and be there on Thursday, September 15 to see if you are the lucky winner!

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How Tech Improves Dentist and Car Dealer Communications

September 7, 2011

Last week I received an automated text message from my dentist confirming my appointment this week. They requested I confirm as well and I did. Today, I received a call from my car dealer telling me the car told the dealer it needed service. Some M2M device connected to the diagnostic system sent a signal no doubt letting the dealer know to reach out.

7-11 as Universal Shipping Hub?

September 7, 2011

The US Postal Service (USPS) like the federal government has major financial problems and talk of laying off tens of thousands of postal workers and cutting back delivery days to five a week abounds. You have to ask yourself, why on earth does the post office need so many offices? They can close down a large percentage with minimal inconvenience and will likely be forced to do so.

In situations where the USPS still needs limited operations, it should take a page from Dunkin Donuts who locates stores in gas stations presumably to save money.

Amazon is rumored to be opening up kiosks in 7-Eleven stores where customers will be able to buy things and have their packages delivered. And this got me thinking...



Carol Bartz Fired From Yahoo! What's Needed Now

September 7, 2011

Without ever meeting Carol Bartz, I realized pretty quickly that her hiring was a CEO gamble as her experience was not in line with what was needed at a media company. I outlined my thinking in January of 2009. When you have one of the most-visited websites in the world, you don’t hire someone with no web experience to run it. Yet, that is what the Yahoo!

UCONN Flexes Technology Muscle to Help Fuel CT Economy

September 2, 2011

Last week – as hurricane Irene was beginning its journey up the east coast, I spent some time with the faculty at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) to hear all the exciting things the university was up to since my graduation from the School of Engineering in 1989. The campus has grown tremendously in the last two decades with buildings seemingly coming out of the ground wherever you look.

I had a discussion with Reda Ammar, Ph.D, Professor & Department Head of Computer Science & Engineering, Don Swinton, Development Officer of the School of Engineering, Kylene Perras, Program Director, Leadership Giving, School of Engineering & Heidi Douglas Director of Engineering Alumni Relations I came away highly impressed with the progress the university has made.

I also had a chance to speak with Mun Choi, dean of the School of Engineering, a man who I have heard great things about and was honored to meet.

6 Billion Reasons for AT&T to get the Deal Done

September 2, 2011

The ramifications of the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile USA not going through due to a DoJ lawsuit is concessions to Deutsche Telekom worth $6 billion. Obviously this is a massive number - let's call it a potential management head-rolling number at AT&T.

So obviously, AT&T management will try everything it can to get this merger to be approved - including agreeing to sell off 25% of T-Mobile's business including radio spectrum and customers.

The question of course is if T-Mobile USA has put so much competitive pressure on AT&T according to the DoJ, then by taking the company out - even if frequencies and customers are sold, we have, by definition, a less competitive market which hurts consumers.

Ironically for AT&T the only way the DoJ can ensure the market not only remains compeitive but becomes more competitive is to block the deal as in this case, AT&T will be forced to not only pay T-Mobile USA $3B, they will also get give up spectrum and a roaming agreement worth - once again, $6B in total (including the cash).

It seems AT&T has gotten itself into a tough pickle but you can't count out a company which reassembled Ma Bell after it was broken up by antitrust regulators. And again, there are at least 6 billion reasons for the new Ma Bell to do whatever it takes to get some deal done.







Even Apple Wouldn't Hire Steve Jobs Today

September 1, 2011

While we lament the fact that Steve Jobs is gone as CEO of Apple and hope he stays as healthy as possible, it is worth pointing out something which is true but underreported and amazingly shocking. You see, I recently posted my six observations on why Steve Jobs was successful and suggestions on how others could emulate him and as an extension, Apple. But after reading an article on TMCnet’s sister site, TechZone360 from Rob Enderle , President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group, I realize that we have a major problem as a tech industry because as Rob points out, nobody would hire Steve Jobs.

His personality quirks and lack of education wouldn’t even give him access to an interview at most tech companies that would really need someone like him.

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