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Thought Leaders Descend Upon ITEXPO

October 2, 2010

Kind of a silly term- "thought leader" but in every market there are people involved in setting the conversation... Those whose thoughts and ideas permeate the web and industry conversations. "Did you hear what so and so said? Can you believe he thinks this company sells junk products and won't be around in a year?"

Well you get the idea.

It turns out a number of the people in the market who I have personally followed for some time have joined forces on a blog called Voyces.



ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide Available

October 1, 2010

The ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide is here and if you are flying to the show - you may want to download it to your Kindle/laptop/iPad/netbook/smartphone or print it. I am on the plane now and we have the equivalent of a 300 baud modem's worth of bandwidth so I can't download it but as I recall it is over 100 pages and gives you a solid overview of the dozen conferences taking place next week.

In addition it shows you the exhibit hall with over 200 exhibitors and which sections correspond to which technology.

I have this dream that I will have enough time to go through the directory and point to some of the interesting highlights in a blog post.

We'll see how that works out.

Here is the PDF and it is fairly compressed down to 5 Megs as I recall - we may be getting a higher res one soon as well in case you have the bandwidth.







Dialogic Merger with Veraz Closes

October 1, 2010

Update - Oct 4th 12:18 PM EST. Below I reference the market cap of Dialogic to be around $60M as this was the number publicly available at the time. The company informs me the value is closer to $160M with the Dialogic shares combines. I apologize to my readers for the error.

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Dialogic's merger with Veraz has officially closed and and the new company will be called Dialogic and have the symbol the company used in the nineties before it was acquired by Intel - DLGC.



VoIP Market up 13% This Year

October 1, 2010

Infonetics says the VoIP/UC space will be up 13% this year over last. It is no secret that the current business environment is very tough and this growth in a single and relatively mature sector of the market reminds us there are many sectors of tech and communications which are even younger and subsequently hold promise for even greater growth rates.

4G, M2M, backhaul, optical, smart grid, cloud - these are only a few sectors of the market which are poised to continue growth - even in a very challenging macroeconomic environment.

The timing of the report is good as Tom Keating points out - since ITEXPO takes place next week and numerous industries will converge in Los Angeles to learn more about communications and technology - virtually every important sector will be represented via numerous vendors.

We hope to see you there Oct 4-6, 2010.





Leading Health CIO Joins ShoreTel During ITEXPO Keynote

September 30, 2010

My team has made a tremendous effort to bring more practitioners to ITEXPO to help our attendees learn from real-world experience of others. Our goal is to serve you better and we have had numerous requests to to add more real-world discussions to some of our content offering such as major speaking slots.

Rusty Williams, CIO of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (seriously - they don't use an acronym?)  , a leading health services organization with more than 17,000 employees, will Join ShoreTel’s  Kevin Gavin in a keynote address at ITEXPO West 2010, on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m., in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Remember - the show takes place Oct. 4 to 6.

Williams, heads up all technical and operational activities pertaining to information services, including creating and maintaining a corporate information services strategic direction. By attending the keynote you can learn from his experiences on how simplifying communications at his organization will empower more than 17,000 employees across the US.





Overview of ITEXPO West 2010 Events

September 30, 2010

Hi all, my marketing team was good enough to provide me with this comprehensive overview of ITEXPO and all the related events and content at the show which takes place Oct 4-6, 2010 - yes, next week. I hope this snapshot is something you find useful.

From Grids to Clouds, ITEXPO Has It Covered. So Much Value for Your Investment. Free Workshops, Great Networking, Amazing Keynotes, 12 Collocated Events.

Latest News from Plantronics and Alcatel-Lucent

September 30, 2010

I just happened upon the latest Internet Telephony newsletter and these articles are worth a  read. The Maryland headset story is focused on another state mandating hands-free driving but what makes it interesting is that Maryland drivers have the second-longest US commute. In addition the Alcatel-Lucent ng Connect initiative seems to be gaining traction with 22 11 member companies looking to develop a common framework and standards which will allow more sophisticated 4G and LTE services.


Finally, the Avaya and Skype story is good news for people such as myself who have been wondering why two communiocations companies with a  common parent aren't collaborating more closely.

» Pinger to Offer Free VoIP Calling with New App

» Avaya and Skype Partner for Better Business Communications

» Aastra to Demonstrate Microsoft Lync-Compatible Phones at ITEXPO West


Billions Lost to Business Disruption

September 29, 2010

CDW recently performed a survey discussing just how much money is lost by business to disruption. Here are some of the findings:

  • 200 businesses completed the survey
  • Half (51 percent) experienced problems connecting to their IT network from other locations
  • Half (50 percent) had problems connecting from inside their business locations 
  • Nearly half of respondents (46 percent) said employees could not access the necessary company resources to do their jobs
  • Almost one-third (29 percent) said employees had problems communicating with each other via internal phone systems and/or e-mail 
  • 28 percent said their networks were slower than expected and could not support the increased traffic from remote locations
  • Hardware failures caused 29 percent of network outages, followed by a loss of telecom services to facilities (21 percent)
The survey reinforces the importance of of business continuity planning and moreover as we become more connected and our applications continue to rely more on the cloud, outages which used to cause minimal damage can become downtime disasters.

Here is more on the report (PDF) and how CDW plays in this area.



Avaya Flare and Tablets at ITEXPO Next Week

September 29, 2010

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The Avaya Flare interface is designed to be your enterprise social network and I recently witnessed it in person and running on an Avaya tablet which had a video camera, stereo speakers and more.

Avaya, Cisco and RIM want to be the enterprise tablet provider of choice and in Avaya's case their strategy revolves heavily around collaboration and video - they really see their solution as more of a competitor to the entry-level telepresence and other video endpoint companies.

I could go on but I am sure you've seen my live blog from the launch event by now and you are likely just as excited as I am to hear Avaya's Phil Edholm speak at ITEPO in LA about these exciting new developments. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Oct 5th at 12:45 PST. Here are the details.







Latest ITEXPO West 2010 Show Daily

September 28, 2010



The latest show daily for ITEXPO in LA is out and here are some headlines you may find of interest:

ALOE Systems to Exhibit Carrier Grade Softswitch Solutions at ITEXPO'Meet the HD Handset Vendors' Loaded with Chances to Win an IP phoneHD Voice - U.S. vs.



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