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See Bill Kelly at ITEXPO in LA

August 1, 2008

Many of my blog readers know Bill Kelly well from his years of work building partner programs in the industry for companies like Excel and Cantata (after the company merged with Brooktrout).

Add to this a brief stint at Pulvermedia and Kelly becomes the perfect person to help improve the quality of ITEXPO conference content.

With Bill's vast experience he is the perfect person in fact to be at the show.

What will Bill be doing at ITEXPO? He will host two courses in the TMC University program, which is open to all conference attendees.  Bill's classes include "FMC/Mobility" on Tuesday September 16th and "IP Network Security" on Wednesday September 17th.

What are Kelly's thoughts on the show? Here is a quote from him:

"From an educational perspective, TMC University offers a unique opportunity for attendees to obtain third-party certification that recognizes their competence in selecting, installing and managing important communications solutions. As a part of ITEXPO, TMC University also provides a tremendous networking opportunity, and I'm looking forward to the entire event, catching up with colleagues and learning more about the latest solutions on the expo floor."  

And of course, much of the networking at the show might actually involve Bill as he is so connected .











Nortel Earnings August 2008

August 1, 2008

In a podcast conversation with Joel Hackney, President of Enterprise Solutions Business at Nortel I had a chance to discuss Nortel's earnings which were a mixed bag for the quarter. On the one hand there were eight quarters of year over year profit increases and revenue and gross margins increased compared to the same quarter (Q2) last year.

On the down side there was a wider net loss of $113 million, or 23 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $37 million, or seven cents a share, a year earlier.

Hackney did explain that the economic environment has been challenging, citing a "tough economy" and he mentioned work needs to be done to improve operational effectiveness and margins in the business.

Hackney went on to say, "Not only are we looking to become more effective and efficient, internally within Nortel from a cost perspective, we're taking our solutions externally and helping our customers do the same thing."

Other important takeaways were thoughts on the LG-Nortel JV, the Siemens acquisition by the Gores Group and what the rest of the years' earnings will look like.

Here is the podcast  for more.























Is It Just in Time Communications or UC?

July 31, 2008

Years back I coined a term Just in Time Communications (JITC) to encompass the idea of removing latency from human communications. Art Rosenberg is credited with coining the term Unified Communications and he often writes on the matter. JITC did not stick as a term but UC did.

The funny thing is Art's most recent article talks about removing the latency from UC and reminds me exactly why I liked the term JITC to begin with -- it is this human latency that needs to be removed from the equation.

I am not reopening the discussion of which term makes the most sense. I want the undustry to move forward and grow and term wars are really stupid.



My Tips to Resellers and VARs

July 29, 2008

97 Degrees in Dallas And it is Cool

Well it is relatively cool anyway. Compared to the rest of thee week, 97 feels downright arctic. I think the humidity levels are lower as well. I had a great talk today at IP Sizzles 2008 and I am as enthused as ever about our space.

One part of my discussion centered around how my talks used to focus on making money selling VoIP then making money selling IP communications and now it is just communications. It could have even been technology as I focused on things like UPS systems, SANs, RAID systems, disaster recovery, etc.

The reseller of today has to seize opportunities and be smart enough to listen to customer needs and sell them solutions.





Ribbit Sold to BT

July 29, 2008

Seems like the rumors were true. Ribbit was sold to BT for $105 million according to ZDnet. Here are some thoughts on the matter from Andy Abramson as well.

Why would BT buy a company focused on communications development? The primary reason is that they see communications changing rapidly and they want to be on the leading, not trailing edge of this trend.

Fuel Cells Power Base Stations

July 27, 2008

We live in a world obsessed with treating the environment better. While this statement does not apply to the entire world, the green technology movement in Europe and the US seems to be growing faster than ever. Still, when ensuring your carrier network has redundant power, you have options which are not really environmentally friendly. Diesel generators and batteries are but a few examples.

Too Many Mobile Phones Dissapointing?

July 24, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond
Photo Courtesy of Akihabara News
The dream device of all time based on specs has to be the HTC Touch Diamond (or the Pro model which has a keyboard) if for no other reason than the 640x480 resolution screen that fits in your pocket. This is much better than even the industry trend setting Apple iPhone. As with all HTC devices I have reviewed, the Touch Diamond is moderately flawed.

Every HTC device I have ever used wows me at first but every day use makes you realize the product didn't have much usability testing.

According to this review from Akihabara News the device is slow, has problems receiving wireless signals and a clunky interface. Ironically these are the same problems other HTC products have (the XV6800 comes to mind) as well.

But problems like these are certainly not unique to HTC.







Panama and IP Communications

July 23, 2008

Robert Messer recently took what I hear was a spectacular trip to Panama. You remember Robert -- he has been on many panels with me at ITEXPO focused on how to make money selling IP communications products and services. His company, ABP is a well-respected distributor in the communications market and he tirelessly educates the channel on how to be more successful.

In fact, next week he has a show called IP Sizzles (formerly VoIP Sizzles) which focuses on reseller education. I have the distinct pleasure of being part of this event and I will be keynoting in fact.

ITEXPO: Exhibits 90% Sold Out

July 21, 2008



There has been more interest in ITEXPO Fall 2008, Los Angeles, CA September 16-18 than any other Internet Telephony Conference & Expo I can remember in recent years. It seems people are beginning to realize this show is the only major IP communications event left -- it is growing quickly and it draws attendees from around the world.

If you are looking to reach service providers, enterprise customers, SMBs, resellers or the communications industry at large -- you should consider being at this show.

A participating companies list I picked up from an upcoming TMC press release is as follows but really, every important company in telecom will be represented in multiple ways. (please do not get offended if your company is not here. If I added all participating companies -- my readers would get fired because they would spend their work day trying to get through it all -- instead of getting their jobs done).





Recover Blocked Caller-ID

July 21, 2008

Did you know Caller-ID information is still potentially being sent -- even when Called-ID is blocked? If you have an Asterisk box and use certain SIP trunking providers, you can actually recover Caller-ID information that was not supposed to be sent in the first place.

Flowroute is one SIP trunking provider which sends Caller-ID and other information with calls.




According to the video above, you need to take the call information from such a service provider, strip out the privacy bits and forward the number.

You then take the configuration information, copy it into Asterisk and make some modifications using VI or other visual editor.

You then forward the call to another phone number and voila, the private call becomes a non-private call.

Isn't telecom cool? For more information on geeky things like this and also tips on how to make money when developing telecom apps, be sure to be at the the Communications Developer Conference September 16-18, 2008 in LA. See you there.

Video Credit: Kevin Mitnick and referral thanks to phant0ms1gnal and engadget.

I should point out the sound went in and out for me on this video in both IE and Firefox so if it happens to you, you aren't going crazy.
















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