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Open Source Communications and SIP come to Amazon.com

October 9, 2006

If you have any doubt about the future of open source communications consider it shattered as Amazon.com will soon be deploying 5,000 phones connected to the Pingtel ECS platform running on Linux. The relationship between Pingtel and Amazon.com started about a year ago with an initial deployment of Pingtel’s SIPxchange Enterprise Communications Solution (ECS) at Amazon’s headquarter in Seattle. This deployment replaced a legacy PBX system.

The question is why would Amazon switch out their existing PBX and the answer is the leading e-commerce site already runs about 20,000 Red Hat Linux servers so they are what you might say is comfortable with Linux to begin with. This install will add 3 more Linux servers to the mix.

As you might imagine as voice is mission-critical to Amazon they are running these Pingtel PBXs in a redundant manner with failover built in.



Get the Full IP Communications Experience

October 8, 2006

I can't help but feel like a proud parent as we get ready for this week's ITEXPO. The team I work with have absolutely outdone themselves and the scope of this event is beyond my imagination. To think this show started in 1999 at the Hotel Del Coronado a stones throw from the San Diego Convention Center -- it's current home.

As you get ready to come to ITEXPO this week there is one request I would like to make of you and that is this event has more content than any previous event in TMC history and it certainly has as much education as any event I have ever been to. The goal of this blog entry is not to brag but to ensure you are spending enough time in the sessions in the conference rooms and/or on the show floor.

My request is that you plan to have enough time to absorb everything -- the exhibits -- there are more exhibits at this show than ever before -- and all the sessions.



ITEXPO in San Diego Business Journal

October 7, 2006

Mike Allen does a great job with his article about Internet Telephony Conference & Expo – hopefully the first (whoops : third-- Mercator Capital was second and New Telephony was first!) of many this week about ITEXPO. I just can’t wait for the event to take place. I leave for the show soon and I am looking forward to seeing TMC’s first ever IMS Expo and Call Center 2.0 events which will be collocated this week at the San Diego Convention Center.

Here are some of the excerpts from the article:



Rich Tehrani, conference chairman, said he’s expecting about 9,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors, numbers that should make the event the largest in the industry this year.

Actually the number of exhibitors is closer to 200 than 250 but the show has grown in exhibitors very nicely from the previous events. This is most exhibitors this show has ever had!


“This event will focus on the move of communications to Internet protocol,” Tehrani added.




ITEXPO Preview on New Telephony

October 5, 2006


Here is a pre-show write-up on ITEXPO I just saw on New Telephony. Good stuff. In a pre-show meeting yesterday I was just blown away at how much content there is at this show. Certainly if you have been following the ITEXPO topic page of my blog you are keeping up with much of the activity.

Some of the areas worth noting are IMS, IPTV, triple-play, quintuple-play (by IPDR.org), VoIP peering, FMC, SIP trunking, call center 2.0, enterprise IP communications, how to make money reselling VoIP, etc.


Dialogic Back After 7 Years

October 4, 2006

This Dialogic will be about IP not TDM

If you have been in the telecom business for five years or more you know the large shadow cast over the industry by Dialogic. In the mid-nineties the computer telephony/CTI market was booming and Dialogic was the largest player in the space. Their partner programs were legendary and their ecosystem of loyal partners like Parity Software, Alliance Systems, Apex Voice, Executone, Pronexus Systems, Prima and others was the largest in the industry.

Dialogic’s competitors launched ecosystems of their own and NMS, Rhetorex and Brooktrout all competed ferociously to be the biggest and best DSP resource board vendor. Popular applications at the time were international callback, IVR, ACD, application generators and virtual receptionists like Wildfire.



Webinar News

October 3, 2006

There are a ton of things going on at TMC and one of the most exciting is our web seminar program where we educate decision-makers on some of the latest and most important topics in the world of IP communications and VoIP. One of my favorite webinars this year was actually a Web Summit on VoIP Peering with Jon Arnold. I am looking forward to catching up with Jon next week at ITEXPO. We will be working with Jon on more of these very soon.

Here is a list of web seminars I hope you get a chance to register for and attend.

Tadiran and Digium Interviews

October 3, 2006

Call Center Wait Times

October 3, 2006

I have been reading more and more about companies who neglect customer service and get punished by losing customers and/or losing share price. Sure the two are generally related but a company like Dell has been slammed so many times for hiring Indian call center reps that it is likely their P/E multiple has been affected as well.

But it isn’t just accents or call center agents with lack of training that upset customers. Another pet peeve many customers have is long wait times. I could go on for pages actually about all the items that upset customers -- like not answering e-mail.

Pika Introduces Skype VoIP to Asterisk

October 3, 2006

Two of the biggest trends in IP communications are Skype and Asterisk. There is just something so compelling about the free model --consumers and enterprises can't seem to get enough of either of the products these two companies offer.

But what if there was a way to bridge the Asterisk community with Skype users. What a great world that would be. Imagine allowing customers to Skype into your call center or imagine allowing remote workers to calling via Skype and stay connected to the Asterisk system where they could use IVR and speech recognition to navigate to the right mailbox or person.

My friends that day has arrived and it is courtesy of PIKA Technologies a company playing in the communications development space for over a decade.



Art Rosenberg

September 30, 2006

I have been getting Lots of constructive feedback from Art Rosenberg for many years; probably longer than a decade. Way back to when we launched CTI Magazine in fact. As you may know Art is widely accepted as the person who coined the term unified communications. Art always has a great deal to say and I though this letter worth sharing.
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