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2017 Predictions From Rich Tehrani

December 9, 2016

Without further ado, here are my predictions for the new year!!! What do you think? 

 

  1. We will see major financial problems begin to take shape at hardware companies without a solid cloud strategy.
  2. Trump’s new offshore tax rules will bring a flood of cash to tech companies – much of this will be shared via dividends and buybacks but it will also find its way into M&A as well as new product development.
  3. Smart factories with low cost energy will make the US a major force in manufacturing but this prediction will need to take 10 years to play out and thanks to IoT and robotics, the factory of tomorrow will need 1/10th the workers of today.
  4. Chinese cell phone provider Huawei or Xiaomi will become a serious thorn in the side of Samsung – producing low cost phones for hundreds less than the Korean maker and selling them in large numbers outside China.

$4B Wireless Repair Market Event Comes to ITEXPO

December 1, 2016



Almost 8,000 wireless repair businesses employ over 20,000 people and the market is growing. Yes, it’s a $4 billion dollar market! Apple’s next-gen phones are rumored to be all glass once again which means the market likely isn’t going away any time soon. Where however do the people in this industry gather to learn more about how to market themselves and how to drive more traffic to their stores?

After the Election: Getting Mac and PC to Start Talking

November 8, 2016



I have a minor quibble with my communications systems. throughout the day - based on the numerous initiatives I am involved with, I need to monitor 6 email accounts, WhatsApp, iMessage/SMS, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype, LinkedIn and Twitter. This is just off the top of my head by the way and its maddening.

I also monitor a web chat account from time to time to ensure coverage. Sometimes i also message via Slack and BaseCamp among others.

In short, I feel most of my life these days is switching between Windows and iOS and various messaging apps.

Can't we all just get along?

As many of us head to the polls and cast our votes, we hope that:
  1. There will be just one winner tonight.
  2. Whoever wins will reach out to the other side and get a dialogue going.

But tech it seems can be as bad as politics.











The Challenge for Samsung In Years Ahead

October 31, 2016

Samsung has impressed many with its products over the years. Their innovation in processors, memory and screen technology is the envy of many in the tech world. The latest Galaxy Note 7 battery issue however is an example of a minor tech issue turned into a full-blown crisis.

Sadly, a phone which was hailed as virtually perfect went from top of the world to bottom in a matter of weeks.

Today's battery technology is dangerous - it just is.

Why AT&T Should be Encouraged to Purchase Time Warner

October 27, 2016

At first glance, allowing AT&T, a large, powerful telephone company to purchase the invaluable media assets of Time Warner makes one wonder if the resulting organization will be too rich and powerful. The answer is, if executed properly - hopefully better than AOL's attempt, it will be a whopper of an organization which has a limitless list of valued assets such as CNN, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, HBO and TNT.

Keep in mind, AT&T has multiple modes of distribution from wireless to wired and satellite. So really, even at second glance, it would seem we are putting together an organization with so much market power, competitive companies will be slaughtered.

Regulators will likely force AT&T to divest some assets or agree to some stipulations which keep the market from being excessively harmed - but let's discuss what the new AT&T could do in a worst-case unconditional buyout scenario.

You can already stream unlimited DirectTV on the AT&T Wireless network at no additional cost, giving the carrier an advantage over other wireless carriers.





Your Phone Just Ate Your Car Key

October 17, 2016

Are you ready for your new digital future? It’s a great question to ask as the role your mobile phone plays in your life continues to grow. Not only is your iPhone or Android great for texting and Pokémon catching, you can soon use it to open your car door.

In a recent conversation with Pelle Svensson, Product Marketing Short Range and Sven Etzold, Sr. Director Business Marketing at u-blox, I got a chance to discuss what this module maker is looking forward to seeing happen as bluetooth low energy 4.2 or BLE rolls out.

Wireless Carriers Racing to the Bottom

October 12, 2016

It had to happen eventually - a price war is taking its toll on telecom equipment providers because their customers won't spend money in some cases unless they can see an ROI of a billion dollars fairly quickly. This comment is attributed to Verizon from a trusted source I can't reveal.

In my recent meeting with Sprint, they explained how they are racing to the bottom by giving away more for less with their Unlimited Freedom plans. Obviously, these are my words, not theirs.



In addition, the Sprint ads on TV are amazing - they say their network quality is within one percent of Verizon yet a lot cheaper. When put in those terms, its very tough for Verizon to keep charging a premium for their service.

T-Mobile is obviously part of the challenge as well - they've been giving away more for less and increasing their value over the years.

Ericsson just put our its numbers for the quarter and an unexpected 14% drop in sales cratered the stock by 20%.









IoT MVNO PodSystem Pledges More Partnerships and Not to Compete with Customers

September 26, 2016

Business travelers get the idea of the single SIM card which allows global connectivity at reasonable pricing. I’ve written about companies like Gigsky, Xcom and Truphone before – providers of such SIM solutions which work across a number of global carriers.

In the IoT space, the need is just as great – in fact, you might say it’s even greater. I say this because, when there is a potential glitch with a universal SIM solution which could happen occasionally, due to configuration errors and the like, a user can always revert to a local SIM or even their home SIM with roaming turned on.

Why Android Sucks: Part 2

July 26, 2016



Earlier this month in a piece titled Why Android Sucks you learned that Dell decided to stop updating Android devices. The article explained this is a potentially huge problem for customers. Moreover, the piece wondered aloud whether it makes sense for the industry to rally around a three-year or five-year norm for product updates.

This assumes the company is around to update the OS of course.

The latest challenge to Android comes from Motorola who says they will not provide monthly security updates for the Moto Z.

Motorola explains (somewhat paraphrased) they have a lot of devices and can't move any faster.

Bottom line: You will pay less for Android devices than those from Apple but depending on who you purchase from, there may be some big downsides to consider when it comes to OS updates.









Aricent: How to be Digitally Durable

June 20, 2016

"APIs are now a business model!"
"A company that has more APIs has more value."

If every industry is being digitally disrupted (it is) then the question companies need to ask is how to remain digitally durable. If you want insight into how to fight off the next wave of innovation before it makes you obsolete, a great place to start is talking to Frank Kern, the CEO of Aricent, the company responsible for helping other companies be disruptive.


If you don't know them, Aricent has a few different practices from security and IoT/embedded to cloud and software defined everything. I last interviewed Frank in 2015 where he shared with us his vision for the future of technology.

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