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Terry Matthews to Keynote ITEXPO West 2009

August 14, 2009

Over 70 companies founded by one person in one industry - communications/technology (to be fair he owns hotels and golf courses as well). Over the years, tens of thousands of people were hired because of the vision of Sir Terry Matthews. He is not only a legend in communications and technology he is a legend in business.

Matthews has made his money but has not stopped investing in new companies. In fact he is running at full speed (perhaps flying is a more appropriate term - his corporate jet is among the fastest built) hiring college graduates to look for new opportunities and start companies to fill the voids they uncover.

SIP + Smart Grid = Opportunity

August 13, 2009

As you probably know I am extremely enthused about the idea of the smart grid as it is not only necessary for the next generation of power generation and consumption in the world but just as importantly because the new grid will interface using communications and networking protocols. What this means is massive, unprecedented opportunity for our industry as a smart grid is developed.

It further means telecom and datacom players who are paying attention are also salivating at the prospect.

To further educate the market on the smart grid, TMC has partnered with Intelligent Communications Partners (ICP) to put together an event in the space and a web portal which will be the leading source of information in the space.

ITEXPO West 2009 Interviews

August 11, 2009

In a few short weeks one of the largest communications shows of the fall, ITEXPO will take place with 6,000-7,000 decision-makers looking to purchase products and map out a strategy for their future. Enterprises, resellers, carriers and developers will all be at the show from just under 100 countries.

This year's event has more content than any prior show (mainly via collocated conferences and summits) and I have and will continue to share the details on this blog.

But for now it makes sense to post a number of interviews I have done with people who will be at the show.

Cash For Clunker Phone Systems

August 5, 2009

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The US Government looking to increase car sales and reduce fuel consumption embarked upon an unprecedented campaign called Cash For Clunkers which paid car buyers up to $4,500 per car traded up for a newer, fuel-efficient vehicle. What started as a $1 billion dollar government program has quickly been used up and the Feds are reacting quickly and will potentially allocate a few billion dollars more towards this program.

While the government has given a massive incentive to consumers to get them into showrooms, other industries such as the technology space have been able to leverage similar savings for companies looking to upgrade their phone systems.

Nortel's Pension Soap Opera

July 30, 2009

If you like soap operas, communications, technology, bankruptcies and pension liability discussions, this well-researched and well-written article by TMC's Brendan Read makes for interesting reading.

Here is an excerpt:

Tony Marsh, for the Nortel Retirees Protection Committee, told TMCnet that Nortel's Canadian pension liability is over $2 billion but is only 69 percent funded. There are no national pension guarantee funds in Canada unlike in the United States and the United Kingdom. There is only the Ontario program, the Ontario Pension Benefit Guarantee Fund.

Selling to the Government: GSA Explained

July 29, 2009

 

There is a once in a lifetime opportunity ahead of us as the government prepares to spend unprecedented amounts of money for a variety of initiatives. The reality is that a small percentage of companies are doing most of the selling and the government is looking for more companies to do business with in order to increase diversity and share the wealth.

Are you getting a piece of this pie? Are you knowledgeable enough about government purchases so you can benefit from this market?

No iPhone Google Voice

July 28, 2009

There are undeniable benefits of using Google voice such as free SMS, a single phone number for life and easy to use call control features. It is obvious Google in general is looking to displace carriers as the important part of the consumer relationship. By inserting themselves in-between they eventually become the virtual carrier in the eyes of users.

This is great for users and Google but obviously terrible for carriers and Apple is in a position to limit Google's influence when it comes to the iPhone which explains why Google Voice which was approved for the iTunes App Store a while back is no longer approved.

Smart Grid Summit: The Future

July 27, 2009

What specific sources of power we use tomorrow and in what proportions is anyone's guess but what is certain is in order to take advantage of the various sources available we will have to develop a better electrical grid. We know it needs upgrading and for now, the term applied to what some might call power grid 2.0 is smart grid.

The tech and communications space should be eyeing the power industry with great interest as it is so similar to telecom in many ways where ownership of the wires resided with a small group of companies and over time a plethora of networks began to peer with one another to interchange information.

The network opened and the grid will likely do the same.

Bluetooth to Improve Home Electronics

July 27, 2009

In my recent trip to northern California a few vendors told me they were integrating bluetooth into their products for the home market. Generally until now most bluetooth applications have been of the mobile variety. Sure, you have some bluetooth options from GN Netcom and Plantronics for the office but Bluetooth generally is found in cars and headsets which allow mobility.

Some exceptions are stereo speakers and headsets but it doesn't seem like stereo Bluetooth has lived up to its potential yet.

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.

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