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ITEXPO Miami Show Hotel Sold Out

January 7, 2009

A photo taken via iPhone just before the car giveaway at ITEXPO Los Angeles in September 2008



I just received this email that Natasha in TMC Expo operations sent to exhibitors. It obviously applies to anyone and everyone who is coming to ITEXPO Feb 2-4, 2009 in Miami. We are very excited to have sold out our first expo room block and I encourage you to book your room now at the new hotel and I look forward to seeing you in about a month at ITEXPO in south Florida



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Happy New Year Exhibitors!

Steve Jobs Had Whipple Procedure?

January 5, 2009

As much respect as you can have for Apple you have to understand they are in a difficult place as their CEO is irreplaceable and probably does not want the details of his health spread to the mainstream media. Unfortunately this combination of factors makes it clear that you may not be able to trust the Apple PR machine when it comes to decisions surrounding the company's participation in trade shows and really anything to do with the health of Jobs.

For weeks we were lead to believe that the company's decision to pull out of MacWorld had nothing to do with the health of Jobs. Now the about face.

It is little wonder than journalists are taking matters into their own hands and speculating Jobs had Whipple Procedure, a rare surgery performed to treat cancer.

Obviously VoIP is Alive and Well

January 3, 2009

 

A Phoenix rising from the ashes -- not sure this is the appropriate image but it sure is colorful


A few people have asked me recently to throw my hat in the ring about the health of VoIP. Many bloggers have been eulogizing the technology while I was on vacation - ironically using more VoIP than I ever have.

UPS Driver Hurls Package

December 28, 2008

When you have 425,000 employees, some will definitely do things which embarrass headquarters. Such is the case with this UPS driver who seemed to try to make a basket with this package. No word on how many points he will get for this one but odds are he received at least one pink slip followed by the words, "Don't let the door hit you in the rear on the way out."




He is pretty lucky in fact the resolution of the video is not great enough for him to be recognized.

This is yet another example of how the web can take over a company's branding and messaging in ways they cannot control.




Why Verizon Just Did The Web a Huge Favor

December 26, 2008

The Web's Gain is Google's loss

This is an important time of year for cybersquatters as one of them just lost a $33.2 million dollar case against Verizon. The details are as follows... A company called OnlineNIC was ordered by a court to pay $50,000 per bad-faith name registrations too similar to Verizon's domain names.

TMC and Objectivity

December 25, 2008

Objectivity is the subject of today's thoughts - primarily because I came across a pretty harsh criticism of me being biased towards a particular vendor. I was going to link to the posts where an anonymous individual decided to skewer me but I then realized that the poster could be a short seller of the stock of the company in question or perhaps a disgruntled former or present employee.

Seldom, I do get criticism from people saying I am biased towards or against companies. They say I brownnose or they say I am in the pocket of this company or that.

The Best Viral Marketing Campaign of the Season

December 15, 2008

You Just Thought of Making Profit Now?

December 13, 2008

More calls, more CEOs, more problems. There seem to be more and more companies coming out of the woodwork who now realize they need to focus on sales and marketing in 2009 for their survival. It seems these companies founded themselves for the sole purpose of being sold to Cisco and other solid companies and now those dreams have slowed or in some cases vanished.

Yes, the big tech companies are still purchasing but if they don't pick you up now, there are limited opportunities for future funding.

I get these calls and all I can think is "You're waiting until the middle of the recession to start thinking about how you get customers?" I could say more but the sheer lunacy of the whole situation doesn't allow me to articulate without peppering my writing with obscenities.

Dialogic Officially Acquires NMS

December 8, 2008

Dialogic has officially acquired the communications platforms division of NMS as of Friday evening and I had the opportunity to speak with Dialogic's Senior Vice President of Marketing Jim Machi about the acquisition and the future of the company. You may recall, I first reported on the news back on September 12th.

Before I get into the conversation with Machi, it is worth pointing out that the major competition in the CTI space between Dialogic, NMS and Brooktrout has finally come to an end this past weekend.

These companies were at each other's throats in decades past but as they competed, the industry thrived. More importantly, this rivalry caused the communications market to open to the point where a high school kid can develop telephony apps in the cloud with no knowledge of underlying telephony networks. CTI was a huge step towards openness in telecom and as these building blocks which were used for computer telephony integration began to be applied to IP communications and more specifically, VoIP - the world changed.

The opportunity for companies like Dialogic is changing and while VoIP is a big part of the company's business, video is a strong part of the future.





Click Fraud Still at 16%

December 3, 2008

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