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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.

Polycom Uses Video to Boost Corporate Productivity

July 18, 2009

As companies continue to rein in costs the reality they face is they still need to operate - make widgets, fix widgets or distribute them with less resources. You see regardless of business type, productivity is important and even if there are less employees and smaller travel budgets, the show must go on.

Enter technology - the major casualty of the dotcom bust - the initial cause of the last recession.

But this recession while so many market segments are truly hurting, tech has emerged as a resilient sector.

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.

How to Sell Communications Products This Fall

July 10, 2009

I know we are in a recession and everything is supposed to be gloom and doom, etc. but please indulge me as I remind many of you just how important it is in these tough times to get new customers.

It is for this reason I feel compelled to remind you ITEXPO has become the world's communications conference - the place you need to go to find new products and services. As a result, vendors/exhibitors were thrilled with ITEXPO in Miami this past January.
 

 

DOJ Telco Antitrust News

July 7, 2009

You may have heard the DOJ is looking into whether AT&T and Verizon have abused their market power. At this point I will hold off from commenting too forcefully but I will mention the countless horror stories I have heard from competitive carriers over the years regarding underhanded practices by the incumbents which "accidentally" disconnected their customers, etc. In a way you have to applaud the telcos for finding ways to reemerge as dominant players by consolidating beyond belief. It has been incredible to watch.

Doug Mohney Writing for TMCnet

July 7, 2009


Funny, I have been meaning to mention Doug Mohney is writing for TMCnet for a while now. I decided indeed today was the day I would do so and I then came across a post from Doug mentioning his writing on TMCnet with links to many of his articles and a hello message to me.


For those of you who were fan's of Doug you can find much of his content here and some of his most recent articles are below:

Hi back Doug 





Chris Barton of WCS: Telecom Channels Must Evolve

June 24, 2009

In a time when many CLECs have been wiped out, how has one competitive local exchange carrier survived and found a way to grow in one of the toughest business environments of our lifetimes? To find out more I interviewed Chris Barton, CEO & President - Wholesale Carrier Services (WCS) in order to learn what his company is doing. More importantly, Barton gives tremendous insight on where he thinks the economy is headed and how channel partners, VARs and agents need to adapt to survive in what is a turbulent market for resellers everywhere.  

The advent of the internet, SIP trunking, intense competition and the economic downturn has contributed to changing the channel partner market forever and if you are doing the same things you always did as a channel partner you may get wiped off the earth in the next few years.

Sipgate One Launches

June 2, 2009

Just when you thought VoIP and IP fax service could not get cheaper, along comes sipgate, a company offering a similar service to Skype/Vonage but with lower international rates than Skype and lots of free features like a free phone number, free toll-free calling, free inbound calling and free inbound faxes. sipgate one is the name of the service and company CEO Thilo Salmon tells Tom Keating in a scoop mini-review of the service that most users will spend less than $5/month.

To be fair, MagicJack starts at $29.95/year and doesn't offer some of the features of sipgate one. Tom seems impressed with the product and this new offering just shows you that prices on IP communications services can get cheaper indeed.

Ecessa Adds SBC, SIP Functions to WAN Optimization Line

May 31, 2009

You have no doubt noticed how traditional information technology vendors have embraced communications in response to customers who are looking for integrated and cost-effective solutions which span both markets. This thought occurred to me during a conversation with Mark Goodman, VP of Marketing for Ecessa a company focusing on "Uptime for IP networks," according to Goodman.

Last year the company quietly changed its name from Astrocom and even if you haven't heard of either company it is worth looking at their products as they solve real-world corporate problems such as security through their ShieldLink family which takes the company's PowerLink line of load balancing WAN optimization controllers and adds VPN gateway and firewall capabilities.

More recently the company announced ClariLink which takes ShieldLink and adds a SIP proxy, registrar and SBC allowing real-time failover for SIP sessions going over IP networks.

Attention Developers: You Could Win!

May 29, 2009

There is nothing that builds a resume more like an award and if you are a developer, you definitely want to keep an eye on the new Dialogic Innovator Award contest which will not only give you some great bragging rights, you could win some prizes as well.


Dialogic was nice enough to ask me to be one of the judges in fact and I am looking forward to being part of this program. Winners get a free one-year service and support contract, a $5,000 credit towards future Dialogic products, t-shirts, press releases and an Innovator logo which I imagine can be invaluable in boosting a company's marketing efforts.


Sure it isn't a $75,000 motorcycle - which makes a great gift for your favorite blogger by the way, but hey, times are tough.

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