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March 2016

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API of the Week: SmartBear Software helps Teams Create Great Apps

March 30, 2016



Early this month, SmartBear Software released Ready! API TestServer, an automated API testing solution to allow developers to find bugs faster and speed the delivery of APIs. Around the same time, the company also announced a major upgrade to SwaggerHub, its API lifecycle management hub. The company provides tools for collaborative development, functional testing, performance testing, and performance monitoring across APIs, mobile, web and desktop. Moreover, they help software teams create great apps and APIs by ensuring quality throughout every step of the lifecycle.

ShoreTel Connect Brings its Signature Simplicity to Hybrid Cloud Communications

March 24, 2016

Simplicity is one of the reasons ShoreTel emerged on the corporate communications scene and became a dominant player in a market once virtually owned by the likes of Avaya, Nortel, Cisco and Mitel. The company has also done a great job evolving its platform to keep up with the times. In 2011 TMCnet broke the news about ShoreTel Mobility for example – extending the ability of your communications system to live on your mobile device (see video below).



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AT&T Drives IoT Growth via Channel Partners

March 23, 2016



With predictions about IoT devices numbering in the billions and revolutionizing every market from medical to industrial, a simple question remains. How will all these devices and solutions get sold? Who will deploy them, connect them, harness the data they emit in order to allow businesses to become more productive and efficient?

Consider that estimates put the number of public and private companies in the US at more than 27 million and over 115 million worldwide.

API of the Week: GupShup Powers Omnichannel Messaging

March 23, 2016

Intro: Gupshup is a smart messaging platform that offers advanced developer tools for messaging - handling over 4 billion messages per month. It enables developers to build bots for SMS, Twitter, Slack, WeChat, Teamchat and messaging apps with a unified API. It also enables developers to embed smart messaging into their app or website for a seamlessly integrated user-experience. Over 30,000 business use the solution according to the company.

API of the Week: Perfecto Speeds Time to Market, Aids Cloud Testing

March 14, 2016

Recently, my company TMC launched a new and very exciting event called All About The API, the leading conference bringing together companies who offer API’s to the developers and product managers looking to be where the next opportunity lies.

Beyond live events, our goal is to help foster live community 24x7 online by exposing you to new and innovative companies which are releasing APIs which will enable you to enhance existing solutions as well as come up with new business ideas.

To kick things off, we had an email interview with Perfecto Mobile, the company looking to simplify your app testing lab.

GENBAND Announces Big Win at XO, Kandy Wrappers and More

March 14, 2016


As more carriers look to roll out UC solutions, GENBAND is there to help and in fact recently has been on a tear in terms of making relevant news. Since the acquisition of the Nortel carrier and large enterprise business, GENBAND has literally become a full-service telecom equipment manufacturer with a broad portfolio of features rivaled by only a handful of firms.

The GENBAND marketing team






In a recent meeting with Patrick Joggerst, Carl Baptiste, Bita Milanian and the rest of the management team (a small subset of the people above), I was once again blown away by just how many balls the company has in the air and is managing effectively. In fact, I just wrote up another story on all the company is doing and that was less than two weeks ago.

How Chris Botting Moved Hardware to Software Decades before Others

March 14, 2016

Recently, I ran into Chris Botting at an event where everyone was telling me about how there is a move from hardware to software and the trend is revolutionary. I told Chris, that he is responsible for this revolution yet most people aren't aware of why.

You see Chris founded a company called PakNetX back in the late nineties and when he came to my office two decades ago, he showed me a CD which contained an ACD. Until that point, an ACD or automatic call distributor was a huge, hulking piece of iron which allowed you to press a number on your phone in order to connect with the right department (1 for accounting, 2 for sales, etc.). Actually a few years earlier thanks to the PC operating systems opening up and CTI integration, we did start to the the ACD migrate to computer servers.

By the way, the reason he used a CD and not the internet is because at the time, few people had the bandwidth to download the software.



Level 3's SDN-Powered Instant-Bandwidth is here

March 13, 2016

Programmable networking (with an emphasis on analytics)! That was the message from Travis Ewert (pictured), SVP of Network Software Development for Level 3. You’ll have to excuse my exaggerated use of punctuation. Travis didn’t really exclaim or scream about programmable networking but he was very excited about to discuss how Level 3 is able to use its SDN control-layer to more flexibly provide bandwidth than other players in the space.

Sonus Says Dial Plans Are A hot Product These Days

March 13, 2016

I just had a fascinating conversation with Sonus – they company responsible in-part for getting carriers to adopt IP communications is now seeing something very interesting happen. The company’s PSX or Centralized Routing and Policy Server is gaining interest among customers. The reason? They are looking to integrate their disparate IP communications systems together into a unified solution.

BroadSoft's Big Opportunity: Contact Centers

March 13, 2016

After spending more than a decade selling solutions which allow carriers to resell UC solutions, BroadSoft has decided the call center is its next big opportunity. By acquiring Transera, BroadSoft is positioned well to provide cloud-based call center solutions to not only customers but carriers themselves. In addition, these solutions will be scalable as BroadWorks is known for scaling to million so users.

In my meeting was Prem Uppaluru, who founded Transera – the cloud contact center company which BroadSoft acquired.

CafeX Looks to Solve Biggest Video Collaboration Challenges

March 13, 2016



WebRTC has been an incredible driver of interoperability in real-time communications but it still won’t work across every browser. CafeX Communications has been working on solving this problem for years and now has a new solution called Chime which it hopes becomes the ultimate cross-platform, browser-powered video solution.

I spoke with Sajeel Hussain about the new solution and he emphasized that it works with Microsoft Edge and can interwork with in-room systems from Cisco and also work with Microsoft Skype for Business. In addition, he emphasized companies can save 75% on their bandwidth utilization as Chime can cluster four video sessions as a single session which connects to the MCU.

RingCentral: Disruptor Defends Turf through Innovation and Global Expansion

March 12, 2016

If you doubt cloud is an increasing threat to on-premise phone systems, consider RingCentral has exceeded 300,000 businesses meaning cloud has become highly disruptive to traditional PBX vendors. Smart disruptors know that once they become incumbents, they too become targets of disruption.

I often advise communications service providers the move to software solutions like NFV is critical because they need to be able to compete with OTT providers such as Facebook and WhatsApp who have a large audience of users who will use voice and video once available on their platforms. Likewise, cloud-UC players need to worry about text-based enterprise companies like Slack becoming major players in UC and collaboration.

Prysm Enterprise Will Boost Collaboration and Might Kill Off Audio Conference Calls

March 12, 2016

Prysm’s recently released Prysm Enterprise solution is a SaaS/hardware solution designed to connect all users in an enterprise together in a more collaborative setting, allowing workers to become more productive and efficient.



In an interview with Dana Corey (above), VP Global Strategic Partnership & Sales, he brought me up to speed on his company’s journey into making companies more productive and efficient. They started as a screen maker, then added touch, collaboration and then software.

Centrex Amps Up with IP-Centrex Thanks to AT&T!

March 11, 2016

What’s one of the more interesting services I’ve seen lately? Certainly it has to be AT&T Collaborate, the cloud-based communications and collaborations solution which pits this absolutely huge telco against a range of cloud players – from 8x8 to Shoretel Sky.

What sets this offering apart from most of the field is the fact that AT&T controls the network meaning better quality calls. In fact the solutions includes HD voice and although the company hasn’t confirmed this for me, an AT&T customer on a cell phone using VoLTE should theoretically be able to communicate in full HD with users of this solution.

Metaswitch: UC and CC The New and Old Growth Area for Carriers

March 11, 2016

Adding contact center and unified communications to your offerings adds a 30% addressable market for carriers according to Chris Carabello of Metawitch networks. He then said, “We're very invested in service providers and given their broadband infrastructure, ability to own quality of experience and have an existing distribution channel.”

Moreover, Chris showed me research which cites carrier customers saying they would be happy to buy these services from the carrier if the price is right.



Carriers providing contact center or even business voice services is not necessarily a new idea.

How GigSky Made #MWC Easy for Me

March 9, 2016

I've used GigSky now a few years in Europe to keep me connected while at Mobile World Congress. I plugged the GigSky SIM into a Huawei MiFi and was able to work like a champ - getting email, doing internet searches and anything else I wanted. I tried to save bandwidth cost by using the provided WiFi in the Fira but quite often I was disconnected.

The MiFi helped save battery on my various devices - remember, it takes less power to send a local signal as opposed to cellular which may have transmit a mile away or more.



The company provided me and numerous TMC team members with $50 credits which lasted us for just under a week.





The Uber Tip Veterans Know and Use

March 9, 2016

Inside Dark Web Conference: Why TMC Teamed with Alan Meckler

March 9, 2016

 

Alan Meckler is one of the brightest visionaries in the tech world having launched the first show covering the Internet in the 1990s – Internet World, part of Mecklermedia. He was underestimated and denigrated by virtually all the traditional tech publishers and trade show producers at the time, yet his event grew faster than any show I have ever seen.

I attended many of these conferences in New York and Los Angeles and saw with my own eyes how professionally run and vibrant these fast-growing shows were.

Dialpad is Reborn from Switch.co

March 7, 2016



Dialpad

was one of the coolest services ever… It allowed you in the 1990s to call any number in the US for free via the web. It caught fire around the world and was one of the first viral hits on the web. If was an app, it would likely be worth north of $100 billion today but sadly, there were no ultra-successful app stores at the time. And if memory serves, our phones weren’t smart, all they did was allow us to flip them open and talk.

Craig Walker, became a founding investor in the company and later sold it to Yahoo.

Tangoe Goes on the Mobility-as-a-Service Offensive at MWC16

March 4, 2016


Tangoe
was one of the leading players in the TEM or telecom expense management space when it launched and did a superior job of rolling up the market and becoming the leader in what is now the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market. The company’s CEO, Al Subbloie (pictured) is never afraid to innovate and be ahead of the pack. In fact, we’ve been covering companies he’s run since the 1980s (alas, I can’t find any articles on the internet earlier than this). Tangoe’s new Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering will leverage its position within the enterprise marketplace to offer wireless plans, devices, expense management, EMM and logistics to create an integrated mobile solution.

DMI's Shows End-to-End Mobility Solutions at MWC16

March 3, 2016



At Mobile World Congress (MWC16), the event’s tagline was “Mobile is Everything,” and I’m on record stating that the phone part of the show is becoming irrelevant as there isn’t any money to be made in handsets anymore unless you happen to have an HQ in Cupertino, California.



Even though the handset may have become less important from a profit perspective, it is still a pivotal part of the digital transformation I mentioned as  a major trend at the show.

DMI, bills itself as the first end-to-end mobility company and in my meeting with Magnus Jern, Alika Nagpaul and Tim Wagner, they told me how their organization helps companies – not just carriers, from customer acquisition to a full mobility strategy.



They really do provide a lot of services – holistically handling all the common pain points a company has, as it looks to make mobile a larger part of its focus.

GENBAND Makes NFV, SBC and fring Alliance news at MWC16

March 3, 2016

As carriers look to compete with OTT voice and video solutions, GENBAND is helping them via their new fring Alliance Revenue Engine Apps. As a reminder, the fring Alliance is a group of carriers working collectively to for all effective purposes to launch a cross-carrier Skype competitor. GENBAND makes it easy for operators to set up a virtually turnkey solution which allows mobile and other operators to provide an alternative OTT service.

“We’re committed to helping our CSP partners and customers alike position themselves effectively in today’s extraordinarily competitive and fast-moving market,” said Roy Timor-Rousso, General Manager, fring Alliance. “The Alliance is more than a Rich Communications Services platform that mobile operators can leverage to offer their own white-label solutions– it’s also a rapid service creation and revenue engine for differentiated, high-quality experiences users are willing to pay for.”

At MWC, Netronome Powers up Ericsson and Juniper NFV and SDN Solutions

March 2, 2016

A major theme at Mobile World Congress (MWC16) was digital transformation which allows carriers to compete more efficiently with OTT providers. As the world moves faster towards becoming fully digitized, the pace of change also gets quicker. Operators need to be agile and in order to be agile they need lots of powerful computers with smart software running things behind the scenes. AT&T’s move into OTT video this week is an example of how carriers need to compete on the competitor’s home turf.

RAD Rides 5G and NFV Trends at Mobile World Congress

March 2, 2016

At Mobile World Congress (MWC16), RAD was focusing on two important trends I saw at the show – the move to 5G and digital transformation for carriers – specifically NFV. Bjorn Baera, Head of Business Development European Service Providers showed me the ETX-2i-B demarcation device which supports physical or hybrid CPE powered by NFV. The base vCPE device allow access to centralized NFV services but can be upgraded as needed with the addition of CPU modules to support hybrid services for customers like banks who may require local branch layer 3 VPN services.

Bjorn Baera proudly shows off the new ETX-2i-B

Amazon Echo now Integrates with Telzio Cloud Phone

March 2, 2016

Want to access Amazon Echo's Alexa via your phone? Well, the good news is it's as simple as dialing *0 on a Telzio IP phone and voila, you're connected. Telzio is a provider of cloud-based HD-quality business phone systems which recently announced Hollywood marketing agent BOND as a customer.


What sorts of things can you do with this integration? You can have Alexa tell you a joke, purchase items or even change your thermostat settings - if you have your home automation system linked with the Echo.

“The Amazon Echo is one of the best new smart devices to hit the market in years,” said Peter Rank Schrøder, co-founder and CEO of Telzio.




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