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March 25, 2009

Twitter More Important than Jennifer Aniston?

March 23, 2009

Skype Does SIP Trunking

March 23, 2009

Skype announced today that it is getting into the SIP trunking business by allowing native SIP calls to be connected directly to its network allowing enterprise communications systems to communicate seamlessly with Skype's network of users. During the Beta period, calls are carried at current Skype rates.

What this news does is take out the middleman. There really is nothing new in this release as this exact functionality has been available from companies like VoSKY, Skip2PBX, Pika and even Digium/Asterisk.

Managing Telecom Expenses Becomes More Important

March 22, 2009

At a time when the world is tightening its belt but still using broadband and wireless services like they are going out of style, you might imagine an increasing portion of companies would be interested in managing telecom expenses. And if you think about it - with companies cutting travel budgets and utilizing technology to substitute for air and other forms of travel, it makes sense that broadband and telecom costs could increase while headcounts shrink.

During the recession of the early nineties telecom costs decreased

more or less in lockstep with business activity and headcount. Nowadays this is far from the case as companies further look to reduce costs with hosted solutions which they used to run locally. In addition, there is an increased focus on accessing information everywhere - via phones, netbooks and smartphones.

Blackberry Troubleshooting Webinar

March 19, 2009

Please excuse the self-promotional plug but I thought it worth mentioning that on March 31, 2009 there will be a TMCnet webinar focusing on the top 10 BlackBerry troubleshooting tips for enterprise activations. The growth of the RIM platform continues at an incredible pace and as companies look to become more efficient it makes sense to be as educated as possible on the various errors and problems you might encounter.

This particular webinar will focus on a slew of important topics from device issues to the server to integration with Exchange/Outlook and carrier issues. Here are the details and registration information:



Dell Adamo, a Smart Move Upmarket

March 19, 2009

 


For decades Dell took advantage of the commoditization of the PC market by being the low-cost leader but they need to do more if they want to increase their earnings. The PC and Laptop markets are under pressure from netbooks and PCs in general are getting real competition from Apple. And if you're Michael Dell, you have to kick yourself on a daily basis when you realize Apple, the company you once suggested should be shut down is not only taking marketshare from your company, it is doing it with products which do the same thing as yours but cost twice as much.

Cisco Moves in Opposite Directions

March 19, 2009

With all the opportunity to sell more products in the data center and the consumer electronics space, a company like Cisco can afford to simultaneously attack both markets. To that end, Cisco recently announced its entry into the blade server market and today purchased Pure Digital Technologies for $590 million, the company behind the Flip Video brand of pocket-sized video recorders.

Cisco's efforts in the consumer electronics space have not been nearly as successful as its accomplishments in the enterprise but the company seems to believe if it sells enough products in the connected home, sooner or later it will become a preferred provider in the consumer setting. They could be right but the problem for the industry today is the threat from Apple who will continue to own more and more of the home network and consumer electronics market.

How Apple Can Wreck Your Business

March 18, 2009

After $500,000 in development costs, FreedomVOICE has abandoned the Beta test of Newber, an application which blended the best of VoIP and location awareness to allow users to direct calls to various phones. The app even allows you to swap calls from phone to phone mid-conversation.

Newber was submitted to Apple on October 2, 2008 and after 165 days, Apple has not approved the application and worse it won't tell FreedomVoice anything. Interestingly Apple did approve the company's other application IQ Voicemail in about a month according to the company so there is something about the Newber app that Apple doesn't like.

Apple iPhone OS 3.0 Wows

March 17, 2009

While there likely isn't a smartphone on the planet that does not support cut and paste, Apple's iPhone users have been waiting patiently for years for something most consider entry level. The latest news out of Apple is that you will have to wait a little longer for this feature... This summer in fact when the iPhone 3.0 OS debuts with a host of great additions.

At that time you will not only get the addition of text copy/paste but also the ability to use the keyboard in landscape mode in all applications.

Transera, OneChip Photonics, Apture and JahJah Funding a Trend?

March 17, 2009

 



Today, I came across a number of funding announcements and it has been some time since I have seen four in the same day. The first big news is from Transera where they raised $17 million to grow their hosted contact center business. As I have mentioned before, the on-demand/hosted/cloud/SaaS market is gaining momentum because of reduced CAPEX budgets and the preference for pay-as-you-go solutions. This is a logical move for the investors, Accel Partners, Apax Partners, Lighthouse Capital Partners, and Storm Ventures.

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