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Digium/Asterisk World Has Nine Booths Already

October 23, 2008

With all the gloom and doom talk, I thought it might be worth sharing some really good news. I just got back into the office this morning after traveling for a few days and heard the great news that Digium Asterisk World already has nine companies participating in it.

As you know, this event is being collocated with ITEXPO February 2-4 in Miami, FL. My team tells me they have been calling companies for about two weeks regarding this event and I can tell you from experience, nine booths in two weeks in a new collocated event is quite an accomplishment and more importantly tells you how much interest there is for open-source communications in the world. Even in a very strong economy, you don't see such high levels of interest.

The ITEXPO team thinks this part of the show will sell out very quickly and with the premium space the pavilion enjoys, it is not a surprise to see such strong interest.





Strategy Change: Make Money

October 21, 2008

In my conversations with a number of CEOs of small tech and communications companies, one thing has become clear. The market for exiting businesses has become tougher. This is common sense and the added challenge is with today's stock market valuations, there are thousands of bargains out there. This just means the odds of a start-up or existing concern getting picked up at significant valuations has been considerably decreased.

There are a number of company heads who have recently come to the conclusion that while hoping for an acquisition by Google, Cisco and others they need to simultaneously work on getting customers.

Dialogic: Video is the New Voice

October 21, 2008

One of the more exciting conferences I have attended lately has to be the Dialogic One Event at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. Rob Martinez, VP Sales Americas kicked off the event, speaking to global partners from over 125 companies who were in attendance at the kickoff session last night (see pictures throughout). Martinez thanked the enthusiastic crowd and sponsors and explained what we would see over the next few days. After a short intro, Martinez handed the microphone and stage over to Nick Jensen, the President and CEO of Dialogic.

Jensen was right at home on the stage and as always, was full of passion and enthusiasm.



Dialogic One -- Day Two

October 21, 2008

Hold Our Leaders Accountable

October 19, 2008

I don't know about you but I have had enough. Enough of the corruption in government and enough of Wall Street executives reaping huge rewards on the backs of the waitresses, cashiers and the guy who cuts grass for a living. Our politicians have let us down. I would excuse this billion dollar F-up -- I really would.

Tesla Motors in Trouble: Paradox of a Lifetime

October 17, 2008

The ironic times we live in cannot be understated. One wonders what our children will think of us in the coming decades. Case in point, Wall Street lobbies the government for looser regulations so they can compete with European banks. They say they need more efficient use of capital.

Adtran Earnings Rise, Declares Dividend

October 14, 2008

Adtran just released earnings for the third quarter and the good news is they were 4% greater than a  year ago. For the year, Adtran is ahead by by 11%. The company has also declared a quarterly dividend of nine cents per common share.

What does this news mean to the communications sector? Well, it is obviously positive and bodes well for how the communications and tech spaces can do as things slow down.

As you recall, the last 60 days or so have seen major global economic problems and to be able to beat last year's earnings in such a tumultuous environment is a great accomplishment.

This positive communications news follows up on the recent news that AudioCodes has reaffirmed their yearly guidance.

It is difficult to predict what the next few quarters will look like but it seems a number of the companies in the communications and tech space are pretty well-prepared for a potential slow-down in the general economy.

With the ability to boost productivity and lower costs, communications and technology can really help companies get through a slower economy without the need to cut heads.









CBX 2008 Video Interviews

October 14, 2008

Some months back I was invited to be the video reporter at the Telx CBX event which took place in Brooklyn, NY. You have likely already read my CBX blog posts but I neglected to post the video interviews themselves. They have been on YouTube for a number of months but now you have an easy reference with links to all of them:

Overview The Best of Packet Exchange Jason Velody/Chuck Storman PointOne Vic Bozzo Telx Tesh Durvasula Telx Eric Shepcaro Stealth Communications Shrihari Pandit WBS Connect Scott Charter Calient Networks Jim Diestels 4Connections Bill Kosnik



Which Web 2.0 Companies Are in Trouble?

October 11, 2008

I came across this interesting article from Rafe Needleman about web 2.0 startups which will not make it through the economic downturn. Here are my thoughts on some of the companies on his list:

Twitter: I agree the company needs to generate revenue and showing some ads wouldn't hurt the business model that much. As I mentioned recently -- I have started to use this service regularly -- but I am not promising I will have time to continue.

Zillow: This site seems to be used by virtually everyone who owns a house -- is shopping for one or is curious to see how much their friends and coworkers are worth.



Avatars: The Cursor in Communications 2.0

October 10, 2008

One of the people with a long history in the communications space is Neal Shact (pictured) -- CEO of Communitech Services. In the past, Shacht has been a distributor in the headset market and has been early in many new markets such as VoIP, call centers and others.

Shact points out it is impossible for customers to know what they want in UC. He mentions the old story that Henry Ford once said people when asked what they wanted in transportation said, a faster horse.

His point: you need a communications roadmap. Don't rely exclusively on your UC vendor to dictate what you want and need.

You want to check out this podcast as it is rife with references outside communications -- and the tie-ins are fascinating.





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