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ITEXPO West 2009 Interviews

August 11, 2009

In a few short weeks one of the largest communications shows of the fall, ITEXPO will take place with 6,000-7,000 decision-makers looking to purchase products and map out a strategy for their future. Enterprises, resellers, carriers and developers will all be at the show from just under 100 countries.

This year's event has more content than any prior show (mainly via collocated conferences and summits) and I have and will continue to share the details on this blog.

But for now it makes sense to post a number of interviews I have done with people who will be at the show.

Volkswagen Dealer Chooses Megapath For IP Communications

August 10, 2009

Imagine my happiness when I saw a press release issued about local dealer, Riverbank Volkswagen deploying leading edge IP communications solutions. The news brought back fond memories because in the mid-nineties I made a decision to give away a brand new yellow Volkswagen Beetle at a TMC trade show because I happened to see one at this dealer. Moreover the press release reminded me of my recent trip to Northern California where I visited with Megapath the company who supplied the dealer with their voice-optimized, private IP-based Duet service, which is designed to increase productivity and customer service levels.

According to Andrew Goldstein, President of Riverbank Volkswagen,"MegaPath's cost-effective, fully-managed Duet service

gives the entire team from sales to technicians to office personnel a reliable voice and data service that translates into superior customer service and improved interaction with corporate headquarters." He continued, "While we've had other providers in the past, there was an issue of reliability and excessive downtime in the service.

Will Telcos Buy JoltID and Shut Down Skype?

July 31, 2009

Skype Cofounder Niklas Zennstrom Most Important Man in Telecom - Again

Niklas Zennstrom is one of the most important people of the century in the communications space. Skype, the company he cofounded is responsible for enabling hundreds of millions of people to communicate for free. Moreover Skype allows a person to communicate over HD quality with full video for free.

Nortel's Pension Soap Opera

July 30, 2009

If you like soap operas, communications, technology, bankruptcies and pension liability discussions, this well-researched and well-written article by TMC's Brendan Read makes for interesting reading.

Here is an excerpt:

Tony Marsh, for the Nortel Retirees Protection Committee, told TMCnet that Nortel's Canadian pension liability is over $2 billion but is only 69 percent funded. There are no national pension guarantee funds in Canada unlike in the United States and the United Kingdom. There is only the Ontario program, the Ontario Pension Benefit Guarantee Fund.

Selling to the Government: GSA Explained

July 29, 2009

 

There is a once in a lifetime opportunity ahead of us as the government prepares to spend unprecedented amounts of money for a variety of initiatives. The reality is that a small percentage of companies are doing most of the selling and the government is looking for more companies to do business with in order to increase diversity and share the wealth.

Are you getting a piece of this pie? Are you knowledgeable enough about government purchases so you can benefit from this market?

Google and Enterprise Search

July 26, 2009

One of the constants in the enterprise is a proliferation of systems and data which is directly responsible for increase storage needs. This last fall in fact IDC predicted a 62% CAGR for unstructured data. Moreover enterprise storage as a whole is predicted to increase tenfold between 2005 and 20011.

The research varies from firm to firm but it is obvious that the data collected by organizations of all sizes has tremendous value and as such there needs to be ways to tap into this massive treasure trove of information.

Brief Results of My Silicon Valley Trip

July 24, 2009

I spent a solid week in Silicon Valley and as I wrap up my trip and reflect back on the companies I met with I was pretty happy to see a good deal of optimism from the communications and technology executives I met with. Some areas of growth are the usual spaces such as products which support broadband growth and wireless backhaul.

For the companies not in those spaces there seems to be more optimism coming from companies which are not the premium players in their markets. The so-called value players seem to be attracting more interest as budgets have tightened.

Avaya Purchases Nortel Enterprise Assets

July 20, 2009

The highly anticipated news of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions business being sold to either Siemens or Nortel is here. The envelope please... And the winner is... Avaya - subject to bankruptcy bidding rules and court approval of course.

TMC is Hiring

July 17, 2009

While the media business in general has been like so many other industries such as financial and real estate - meaning lots of doom and gloom, I am happy to report TMC is hiring to fill new positions and looking for new people as well. We just hired three new professionals in our sales group and expect to add more people this year.

You may recall I mentioned we were looking last month.

While print publications have seen advertising decline and we should know as we publish four magazines - we have positioned ourselves for the day when marketing moved to the web since the nineties.

IPhones Become Enhanced Services Platforms

July 17, 2009

One of the first truly useful wireless devices was the Palm 7 as it had a screen big enough to be useful and a stylus which allowed typing so a user could interact with web pages. As I recall, there was no real web browser but instead customer-designed Palm 7 applications which allowed users to access information which was optimized for the pocket-sized viewing experience. In a lot of ways the Palm 7 was the precursor to the iPhone and the App Store.

The popularity of this Apple-based device is a major driver of AT&T revenues but in a dramatic twist, Comcast has gotten into the iPhone game by releasing an application which integrates tightly with the company's e-mail, voicemail and broadband services in a way which adds value to the user experience.
 


I spent some time studying user reaction to this new application in the App Store comments section and some are truly blown away by the service.

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