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June 22, 2005

Concerto and Time Warner

June 22, 2005

Time Warner Cable is an interesting company in that they are decentralized to some degree in their management and autonomous regional groups decide how to manage their divisions. Having said that, the Charlotte, NC Division of the company has selected Concerto Software’s EnsemblePro for its inbound and outbound contact center implementations. They will utilize the software for outbound sales and collections.

As an enhancement to Concerto EnsemblePro, Time Warner Cable is also implementing, LYRICall , a scripting design tool that helps agents navigate through calls. LYRICall gives Time Warner agents real-time access to multiple data sources through a single view, enabling them to easily access the information they need to conduct successful customer interactions.

Siebel Slams Salesforce.com

June 21, 2005

Sometimes when you receive an e-mail, it is best to pass it along in you blog without much editing or rewriting. Such is the case with this e-mail from Siebel who basically blasted Salesforce.com in what I can say is perhaps the most strategic “dig” I have ever seen in this business. Even though Salesforce.com has had some significant customer wins recently, Siebel fought back in a way that doesn’t take Salesforce.com head on but instead it erodes their mindshare lead and creates a lot of doubt about using Salesforce.com in a large scale implementation where considerable customization is needed.

This single paragraph is perhapos the crux of the entire argument being made. I haven’t verified the facts but assume they are accurate (unless I hear otherwise – Salesforce – you reading??)

One of the primary reasons Siebel has been able to deliver innovative technology so rapidly is that we invested approximately $299 million in R&D last year -- 22% of our total revenues.



MasterCard Theft

June 18, 2005

In what seems like an epidemic of confidential data being compromised, MasterCard recently announced that 40 million -- yes a number with seen zeros as in 40,000,000 credit card files were put at risk when a computer at credit card processor Card Systems International was breached.

MasterCard said other personal data that might contribute to identity theft, like Social Security numbers and dates of birth, was not stored on its cards and therefore not at risk. And it said credit card holders would not be liable for any fraudulent charges to their accounts.

I believe that the government will come out with some very strict laws soon which will aim to reduce problems such as this from happening. It is unclear what can be done but I get the feeling the situation is coming to a boil. Recently a similar problem happened at CitiGroup, LexisNexis and ChoicePoint.

More on this story from the NY TIMES.





Nokia And Apple Smart Phone Browser

June 14, 2005

Nokia is working with Apple to provide an open-source smart phone browser that utilizes components from the Apple Safari browser. Nokia will provide the new browser to its Series 60 licensees. Companies such as Panasonic and Samsung are included on this list.

Apple has been desperately trying to get into the phone business for quite some time with an that would have many of the features of the iPod. Rumors abound that the wireless carriers are in no way interested in an Apple device that allows users to listen to music that isn’t downloaded over the cellular airwaves and thus charged for by the wireless carriers.

The browser launch may be Apple’s way of gaining legitimacy in the mobile world.

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Citigroup Loses Data

June 6, 2005

Avoid shopping online to avoid security threats                          $1,500
Buy and use a shredder for all receipts                                           $100
Finding out your bank lost your personal data                              Priceless

Excerpt:

Norman Black, a spokesman for the world's largest package delivery company, said a "small package" containing data storage tapes was lost while being transferred to a credit reporting bureau.

Experian, a credit reporting agency, told CNN that it was the intended recipient of the tapes. Don Girard, a spokesman for Experian, said the company alerted Citigroup in the last week of May that its regularly scheduled delivery did not arrive. Girard said the tapes were headed for its Data Center in Allen, Texas.

Black at UPS said his company and Citigroup are launching internal investigations, adding there was no evidence of theft or fraudulent activity. UPS ships some 14 million packages a day.

CitiFinancial is inviting customers to enroll via a toll-free number, 1-888-469-8603, in a free credit monitoring service for 90 days.











Telecom and CRM Scoop

May 27, 2005

Salesforce.com and Merrill Lynch

May 24, 2005

Salesforce.com Announcement

May 22, 2005

Cold Stone Creamery

May 13, 2005

Are you kidding? I get to write about a topic I have far too much knowledge on? Ice cream?? Great news. And I get paid?

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