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Surf Communications

September 7, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to ask Ilan Weizman of Surf Communications Solutions about the evolution of the IP communications space and the direction his company is taking.   Surf develops a suite of hardware and software products that drives a wide variety of applications for high-capacity distribution of voice and video. These applications are predominantly developed by media gateway, media server and IMS equipment manufacturers in the telecommunications infrastructure field.   To learn more about the company, read this article published on TMCnet from earlier this year.

TeamQuest

September 7, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to speak with TeamQuest Corporation’s director of communications, Keith Hanna, about the IP communications space, SIP and the overall direction of the company.   TeamQuest Corporation is a provider of IT Service Optimization, specializing in Capacity Management software. TeamQuest helps IT organizations consistently meet service levels while minimizing costs and mitigating risks.   To learn more about the company, read this article that appeared on TMCnet from earlier this year.   RT: Please outline your new corporate initiatives. KH: TeamQuest Corporation is the global leader in IT service optimization, specializing in Capacity Management software that helps IT organizations consistently meet service levels while minimizing costs and mitigating risks.   The company recently announced TeamQuest Performance Software Release 10 — the next evolution in enterprise-class Capacity Management software.   TeamQuest is focused on delivering software that meets the changing needs of the data center. The company is currently focused on extending its capabilities in the virtualized environment as well as providing TeamQuest software users with the ability to enjoy easy to use enterprise-class tools for investigating IT service performance.   Two new products, IT Service Reporter and IT Service Analyzer, are rich Web applications that provide a desktop-quality user interface accessible from a browser.   Release 10 also introduces the concept of IT Resources which facilitate customized views of IT infrastructure. IT Resources define relationships between hardware and software components, allowing users to view infrastructure components by tier, platforms, location, or in terms of the IT Services they support.

Nice Systems

September 7, 2007

Brian Spraetz, Senior Product Marketing Manager NICE Systems Inc., recently sat down with me (virtually over e-mail )to discuss IP communications and NICE’s upcoming presentation at ITEXPO.   NICE Systems is the leading provider of Insight from Interactions, offering comprehensive performance management and interaction analytics solutions for the enterprise and public safety and security markets. Read more about the company here.   RT: Please outline your new corporate initiatives. BS: We recently introduced the NICE SmartCenter solution to the market. This innovative offering is geared towards achieving and maintaining high levels of performance across the enterprise, especially in the contact center. A central SmartCenter technology is its interaction analytics capabilities that allow businesses to extract valuable business insights from unstructured recorded interactions such as conversations and screen activity.

NeoPhonetics

September 7, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to ask NeoPhonetics executives about open source/open standards-based on IP communications, cost effective PBX platforms, and more.   NeoPhonetics designs, implements and supports custom VoIP telephone systems for enterprises with a specialty in open source Asterisk installations. As I mentioned a few days ago, the interest in open source systems is growing nicely as evidenced how rapidly TMC’s fonality’s training session sold out. | To learn more about the company, read this article published in TMCnet from earlier this year.   Please outline your new corporate initiatives. NeoPhonetics continues to focus on the proliferation of open source/open standards based on IP communications through the use of improved multi-vendor VoIP management platforms and location based management services. Our unified management system for Asterisk provides enterprise grade, fully redundant and distributed PBX architecture and centralized management and monitoring of an Asterisk PBX system to many business locations. The ease of use this new system enables rapid deployment by resellers and integrators.

LiveVox

September 6, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to ask Louis Summe, CEO of LiveVox, about the company’s on-demand contact center solutions, their customers, and the IP communications space.   LiveVox provides on-demand, voice application solutions integrated with existing systems. The company is a leading contact center carrier, delivering on-demand inbound and outbound voice solutions.   To learn more about the company, read this article published on TMCnet from earlier this year or check out the LiveVox snapshot page.     RT: Tell me a little bit about LiveVox. LS: LiveVox provides an on-demand voice portal solution that delivers unique capabilities for the billing and collections industry, and offers the only global, multi-site management capability. Companies are no longer restricted to viewing and managing resources within one physical call center location at a time. Rather, management can allocate and manage resources across all locations, including offshore centers and those managed by third-party partners, giving them tremendous flexibility for how they run and optimize their businesses.

Steve Jobs Apology Letter

September 6, 2007

I came across this letter Steve Jobs wrote in response to the many complaints about the iPhone price cuts. I am shocked consumers would be so upset. In the consumer electronics space price cuts are routine and Apple has never pledged to consumers they would not lower prices quickly. Sure, Apple has a history of not lowering prices until there is a product update but still, they are not locked into this policy.   So hats off to Steve for writing this letter and offering a $100 store credit.   Here is a link to the letter on the Apple website and here is a copy:  
To all iPhone customers:
I have received hundreds of emails from iPhone customers who are upset about Apple dropping the price of iPhone by $200 two months after it went on sale.

Excendia

September 6, 2007

It is difficult to start this column without a reference to Wildfire the personal assistant launched in the nineties we all thought would take over the world. Of course by “we” I mean the people attending trade shows in the telecom space in the nineties. Wildfire was an auto attendant system allowing you to speak to the machine as if it was human. It would understand you and perform many functions for you.

MOBIVOX

September 4, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to ask Patricia Tessier, vice president of Product and Marketing at MOBIVOX, about deploying Skype, the IP communications space and more.   You may recall I mentioned the company in a post about about wireless companies at ITEXPO which by the way is less than a week away. Where has the summer gone?   MOBIVOX provides voice related applications for the cell phone, bridging the gap between mobile phones, VoIP and Voice over Instant Messaging (VoIM) while connecting mobile, PC, or home phone to any network.   To learn more about the company, read this article published on TMCnet from earlier this year.     RT: Please outline your new corporate initiatives. PT: We are in the midst of extending the reach of our network to additional countries and improving the usability of our service.   RT: How is IP communications changing your company’s strategy? PT: We built a global origination and termination network by leveraging IP communications.   RT: What is the biggest request coming from your customer base? PT: Our customer feedback to this point is very encouraging.

Inter-Tel

August 28, 2007

Inter-Tel executives Aron Aicard (Director of Product Marketing), Jon Young (Director, Softswitch Technology) and Rick Ringel (Strategic Solutions Engineer), gave me this exclusive interview. They talked to me about Inter-Tel’s new corporate initiatives, the impact of SIP technology, and the future of the market in general.   Recently merged with Mitel Networks Corporation, Inter-Tel is a high-profile provider of business telephone systems and related software products.   It will be interesting to see how Inter-Tel/Mitel does under the leadership of the capable Mitel and Inter-Tel management. This includes of course Sir Terry Matthews who seems to turn everything into gold.   Please outline your new corporate initiatives.   Now that its merger with Mitel has been concluded, Inter-Tel is working closely with its colleagues at Mitel to broaden its collective suite of solutions to deliver seamless, advanced IP platforms, applications and services to businesses ranging from large enterprises to SOHO environments.        How has SIP changed communications?   We are only in the early stages of SIP acceptance, but Inter-Tel sees SIP—and other industry standards—as integral to the evolution of business communications.

Unlock iPhone get Sued

August 28, 2007

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