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Digium Asterisk World Keynote at ITEXPO

January 21, 2011

We are very excited to have Danny Windham, the CEO of Digium - the company behind the open-source, Linux-based communications server/PBX speak at ITEXPO as a keynoter. His participation is officially part of the collocated Digium/Asterisk World event and Danny never fails to impress.

Who should participate in Digium/Asterisk World? Enterprise decision makers, SMBs, mid-size companies, resellers, carriers, distributors, resellers and communications developers. Keep in mind, you'll not only get to hear the latest updates on the market - you will leave the show with new contacts, partners and be able to get your questions answered by many people who are already practicing the solutions you are considering implementing.

My team released the information below just now and I thought it was worth sharing.




ITEXPO East begins in: 13 Days. REGISTER NOW!
Danny Windham, CEO of Digium to Keynote
at Digium|Asterisk World! Wednesday February 2, 2011 – 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Danny Windham, CEO, Digium Danny Windham currently serves as CEO of Digium, a privately held Huntsville, AL based supplier of open source communications products and technology.












Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to Keynote ITEXPO

January 20, 2011

I just got word from my team that Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will be giving a keynote at ITEXPO on Wednesday, Feb 2nd, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST at the Miami Beach Convention Center! This is huge news and as a result, I apologize in advance for some scheduling changes we'll be making to accommodate his participation.

Two things are worthy of sharing:

  1. FCC Chairman are best as speakers when they are not chairman... Only then do you get any insight on their positions on various matters. I learned this when FCC Chairman Michael Powell gave a great keynote to ITEXPO attendees a few years back and was able to speak freely.
  2. Chairman Martin will speak about the femtocell market and related topics such as LTE/4G in a 30 minute presentation which will be followed by Q&A.

This addition makes the event that much more critical to attend and we hope to see you in two weeks in Miami at ITEXPO East 2011 and collocated events.

Tom Keating's take.








$25 Per MB for M2M Just Tip of Iceberg

January 20, 2011

Stacey Higginbotham points out $25/MB is a tremendous amount of revenue and a great reason for carriers to love M2M. Another reason carriers love it has to do with the fact that that the old models of ARPU, churn and device subsidies go out the window. Sprint's Wayne Ward explained this to me in October of 2009 and went on to say you don't even need to deal with customers regarding rates as the machines do all the talking.

Finally, he explained you can even use your older networks as M2M apps typically do not require tremendous speed or throughput.

Obviously these are some of the reasons why carriers are excited about the M2M market - not to mention market projections of 2.1 billion M2M connections in ten years. This is up from 61 million today.

Steve Hilton Principal Analyst at Analysis Mason says, "With a year-on-year growth rate of between 36% and 52%, M2M seeks to be one of the fastest-growing connectivity sectors in the next decade."

All this M2M talk reminds me of the upcoming M2M Evolution conference in Miami in two weeks.







ITEXPO East 2011 Attendance Now Up 61%

January 19, 2011

Look, no one wants to be in a position where they under-deliver, least of all me but my expo team tells me the attendance numbers in aggregate for ITEXPO and the collocated events are now up 61% over last year while paid attendance is up 88% over last year.

And yes, the numbers are accelerating... Just six days ago the numbers were 52% ahead of last year.

The show is over ten years old and has matured so it would be quite an accomplishment to see 61% more people than last year's ITEXPO which was very-well attended.

I like to be conservative so I always look for alternative reasons for numbers being higher than previous years. For example, last year, there was tremendous economic uncertainty  and people really waited to sign up for shows until the last second.

So it is conceivable the increased attendance rate will normalize as we get closer. We'll have to wait and see if this is the case.







Communications Expert Ricca Discusses the Future & ITEXPO Appearance

January 18, 2011

One of the great advantages of attending a live conference is the ability to network with some of the brightest minds in the industry such as analysts and other industry thought leaders who help give us a sense of where markets are heading. The tech space is not slowing down from an innovation perspective – and it certainly isn’t going to see less product introductions in the future. How do you determine how the latest products and solutions can help your business? Is the cloud right for you or is an on-premise system a smarter move based on your security and compliance needs?

The Ultimate Channel Industry Event

January 17, 2011

In our never-ending attempt to make ITEXPO the best place on the planet to learn about communications and technology, TMC has partnered with Beka Publishing one again to bring your Channel Vision Expo - or CVx. The event targets resellers, the channel, VARs, distributors and the reset of the channel ecosystem.

A tremendous conference program available nowhere else is part of the event and here are some of the details from an email TMC sent earlier today.

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Gain the Knowledge You Need in Today’s Fast Paced Environment. Make Your Move - Attend

ChannelVision Expo (CVx).

With a conference program covering everything from traditional lines of business to emerging opportunities, you will learn how to adapt, what to sell and how to sell it within this ever-evolving communications ecosystem.
Executives from Revenue Velocity, Nitel, AnswerNet, RAD-INFO, Inc.,TelecomLawyer.net, HyperOffice, AgilePath Corporation, MACH 4, Inc., and more will be presenting these in-depth conference sessions at CVx!

Check out the
Conference Program below and make plans today to attend CVx!

Thursday, February 3, 2011
11:15-12:00pm
Accelerating Revenues




Skip Lane (Moderator) Managing Partner -Revenue Velocity
One of biggest challenges facing providers and distributors is the consistent ability to meet sales quotas in an economically strained and highly competitive market.











GENBAND Completes Cedar Point Acquisition

January 14, 2011

Analysts liken Charlie Vogt the CEO of GENBAND (pictured) to John Chambers and his presentation style and confidence shined through at the company’s recent Perspectives event which I live blogged. It was at this conference where I realized Charlie would be someone the industry should hear more from. Under his leadership the company has assembled a mini Alcatel-Lucent or Cisco – depending on how you look at it.

The Ultimate Social CRM Prank

January 14, 2011

While typical negative social CRM experiences are sent via Twitter and Facebook, occasionally companies get their reputation tarnished via Youtube. This is the case in one of the most elaborate pranks ever where a container was dropped in front of Mobistar’s headquarters in Belgium blocking all traffic. Security at this building with 2,000 employees called the phone number listed on the container only to be connected to the comedians inside the container who repeatedly put security on hold, played music and basically drove them crazy.

This may be one of the most sophisticated acts ever seen of people acting out against a company in response to poor customer service.

ITEXPO East 2011 Attendance up 52%

January 13, 2011

For those of you who attended the ITEXPO and related events last year in Miami, you remember it was a very strong show with great attendance. The conference usually draws from all over the world – especially Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Central and Eastern US and of course Canada.

The even better news about this upcoming event Feb 2-4, 2011 at the Miami Beach Convention center is the numbers are trending much better than last year. My marketing team just sent over the comparable stats and here they are:

  • Overall attendance up 52% over same time last year
  • Paid conference attendance up 54% over same time last year
  • Loews hotel block up 31% over last year

The event has certainly grown and there are currently 13 collocated events as follows.

Read Before Switching to Verizon for iPhone

January 10, 2011

Verizon is widely rumored to be releasing the iPhone tomorrow and so many have waited so long for the moment they can either give up an existing device on Verizon’s network or switch from AT&T or other carriers. There are a few things to ponder before switching – such as will the new iPhone support GSM, allowing users to travel outside the country and use their phones. My guess is yes – it will likely be a “world phone.”

Moreover, will the device be the same as what AT&T users get or be upgraded somehow with a new designation?

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