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3COM Sold

September 28, 2007

The Wall Street Journal reported that 3COM will be acquired by Bain Capital and Huawei Technologies. TMC’s Greg Galitzine has a call into 3COM for comments but what we know so far is the transaction is at $5+/share meaning more than $2 billion. Huawei and 3COM have been business partners in the past and my impression was this relationship didn’t result in the sales progress either company hoped for.   Interestingly Huawei hasn’t made a huge dent in the US as of yet and this is surprising. Then again, I recently read an article discussing the idea that Chinese automakers will be slower to enter the US market in a serious way because their home market shows so much promise.

ITEXPO West 2007 Scores Big in L.A.

September 26, 2007

Here is my Publisher’s Outlook from the October 2007 Internet Telephony Magazine. It is rough and needs some editing but should give you a good idea of why you should be subscribing and reading every issue of the magazine.   ----   The most recent Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, California demonstrated to me (and everyone in attendance) just how strong the IP communications market is. We had a tremendous number of resellers, enterprise customers and service providers at the show. What perhaps caught me off guard most was just how high the energy level at the show was.

Vonage Loses to Sprint Nextel

September 25, 2007

These are mighty difficult times for Vonage as the incumbent providers have ganged up against them and have decided to compete on patents as opposed to technology. A federal jury has ruled that Vonage has to pay $69.5 million in damages to Sprint Nextel for using its patents. This is ultimately terrible news for consumers. I continue to be amazed at phone companies who say they have patents for VoIP and related technologies yet haven’t rolled the technology out to customers.

Best of Show ITEXPO West 2007

September 21, 2007

Congratulations to the best of show winners at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo last week in Los Angeles, CA. A list follows below and here is the detailed press release.   Best Service Provider Solution

Best Large Enterprise Solution
  • BlueNote Networks  (www.bluenotenetworks.com)
  • Instant InfoSystems (www.instantinfo.com)
  Best SMB Solution
  • Intuitive Voice (www.intuitivevoice.com)
  • Vocalocity (www.vocalocity.com)
  • Zeacom (www.zeacom.com)
  Best Consumer Offering
  • 8x8 (www.8x8.com)
  • T-Mobile (www.t-mobile.com)
  Best Development Tool
  • Aculab (www.aculab.com)
  • Sangoma (www.sangoma.com)
  Most Innovative Product
  • Sysmaster (www.sysmaster.com)
  • Telkonet (www.telkonet.com)
  Best Booth
  • Communicado (www.communicado-inc.com)
  • Fonality (www.fonality.com)
  Best Newcomer
  • 3CX (www.3cx.com)
  • Ixia (www.ixiacom.com)
  Best of Call Center 2.0
  • Contactual (www.contactual.com)
  • Oaisys (www.oaisys.com)
  • CosmoCom (www.cosmocom.com)
  Editors’ Choice

ITEXPO West 2007 News

September 18, 2007

ITEXPO West 2007 News The staggering amount of news and analysis generated from last week’s Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is mind-boggling. Thanks to all the analysts, bloggers, members of the press and everyone else who covered ITEXPO.   Here are some of the stories I found. I am sure there are more and I will update this page as I come across new stories. Please forward any stories I missed to my e-mail address.   Thanks and happy reading.   ---   Internet.com   News from ITC West 2007   Ken Camp Unified Communications   ITExpo Podcast - Conversation with Todd Landry from Sphere Communications ITExpo Podcast - Conversation with Serge Forest from Paraxip
ITExpo Highlight Pictures

Update: 9/20/07
ITExpo Podcast - Conversation with Gurmeet Lamba from Clarus 
ZDnet
Russell Shaw   Packet8 CEO: in light of SunRocket’s demise, we’re hearing rumors of more VoIP market exits   Suzanne Bowen VoIP by Association   Internet Telephony West 2007 Witches' Brew Engineering Inc. (video included)
Update: 9/21/07

Businesses Receive Calls to a SIP Address, Tollfreeforwarding (video included)

Corporate Rat and Elusive Cheese   ITEXPO Presentation   The Gabby Geek   ITExpo Update   FierceVoIP   ITExpo extract   Current Analysis   INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & Expo West 2007: Comverse Launches   PR LEAP   YIWA subsidiary Vitelity to make Big Splash at IT Expo Show in Los Angeles   Tom Keating     CNNMoney   Zarlink to Discuss Voice-over-IP Quality at INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO West 2007   Jon Arnold   TMC ITExpo - Show Highlights   Alan Percy/The SIP Invite   Recap and thoughts on Internet Telephony   Rich Tehrani (You think I’d leave myself off )     Dan York (passing mention)   Thoughts on some of the roles that I could fill...








Make Money Selling VoIP

September 10, 2007

  The VAR is Dead and Partner is Born   In a session titled how to make Money selling VoIP Robert Messer spoke today about how resellers need to evolve to become successful. Robert who works for ABP Technology a distributor of communications solutions mentioned resellers who embrace innovation are most successful. He says you must partner with your customers.   To be a reseller is the wrong paradigm he mentions. The most successful resellers reposition themselves as technology partners – not resellers.

PerformanceEdge

September 10, 2007

For many companies with thousands of call center agents the concept of optimizing contact center performance is akin to optimizing the US government. In either case you must ask yourself how you know when you are truly optimized and the job is done.   If you pressed me, I would admit that optimizing a government is the more difficult task so in this article we will focus on optimizing the former.   In many call centers there are silos of automation with manual processes between them. These manual processes consisting of hand assembled MS Word or Excel Documents slow things down and are akin to Bondo on a race car. Sure, from the outside the car looks great but if you look below the surface you begin to understand that structurally the car is far from perfect.   You can imagine how happy I was to learn Aspect Software is committing tremendous resources to tackling the performance optimization problem and they have just launched a major initiative called PerformanceEdge which has the potential to truly revolutionize the contact center space.   The company is actually a melting pot of best-of-breed technologies such as inbound, outbound, customer service, workforce optimization and more.

Bloggers at ITEXPO

September 8, 2007

I have noticed this year more ITEXPO speakers have blogs than at any time in the past. We all know there are more and bloggers each day and I am excited to see how many of them are referencing their Internet Telephony presentations in their blogs. While I can’t do justice to every speaker/blogger referencing the show I recently came across posts from Alan Percy of AudioCodes and Leigh Fatzinger of Citel.   Alan’s latest post regarding the show is titled Still Getting Ready and explains a bit about his session regarding SIP trunking.   Leigh’s post talks about his panel regarding hosted IP and he also discusses the collocated event Green Technology World.   Leigh’s other comments are worth sharing:   Not enough time or effort has been spent on the environmental impacts of our industry, but this conference is a start. Citel will be publishing our own thoughts on the matter Monday on this blog.   Leigh, you are right on about the show.

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.
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