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Nuance Brings Artificial Intelligence to the Omnichannel World

The robots aren’t coming, they are here is all I could think of today as I mulled over my notes from a...

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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the...

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

December 12, 2014

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent or actors has been released. In just one incident a director called Angelina Jolie a spoiled, untalented, egomaniacal Brat. Then there were racially charged comments about President Obama. A leak of tens of thousands of salaries and social security numbers. The leak of contractor salaries, movies and discussions regarding costs related to movies.

You need a Flip Phone for Your Data Center

December 3, 2014



The big news of the week is celebrities are eschewing smartphones for flip phones. What you ask? Yes, flip phones, those clamshell devices which most people associate with the luddite relative you just saw at Thanksgiving. The reason?

Blackberry to Pay You $550 for your iPhone

November 25, 2014

The smartphone wars have gotten out of control with Blackberry paying you up to $450 to switch to the company’s devices. As you can see from the chart below, they are not messing around… There is serious money to be had here for the iPhone user that is looking to switch.

 

 

Trade-In
Value

BlackBerry
Top-Up

Offer
Total

iPhone 4S

up to $90

$150

up to $240

iPhone 5

up to $150

$150

up to $300

iPhone 5C

up to $130

$150

up to $280

iPhone 5S

up to $235

$150

up to $385

iPhone 6

up to $400

$150

up to $550

 

Amazon too has tried to get people to switch to the Kindle Fire phone by giving away a year of Prime service and unlimited photo storage and bundling a Kindle Fire HDX 7” for only 99 cents.

AirHopper: Even Air-Gap Networks are Not Secure

November 20, 2014

It’s a good time to be in the Cybersecurity business.



Quite often, highly secure computers are disconnected from the outside world so as to not get hit by hackers. However, it seems these air-gap networks named for their isolation from other computers are not as secure as we once thought. A hacker can get to these networks in the following manner. They design software which logs the keystrokes and subsequently transmits this information via FM radio signals generated by the graphics card - without changing the display so the user doesn't detect the attack.

Awesome Cyber-Monday Phone Battery Charger Deal

November 17, 2014


My family has had great experiences with the PowerSkin PoP'n Battery Charger as the device has suction cups and sticks to the back of your phone which means no additional cable is needed. Best of all, since it isn't a case, you don't have to worry about the difficulty of separating your phone from the case. The only drawback is the base can be a bit fragile under heavy stress situations as you might expect. Still, this is a great battery and I endorse it fully because of the case-less and cordless charging capability.

The company will soon be selling these chargers for 1 cent and $7.99 for shipping.


I Posted an Anti-Amnesty Petition in Hostile Territory, Whitehouse.gov

November 14, 2014

If you’re paying any attention at all, you know there was a major Republican victory in the recent midterm elections and in January a Republican majority in the Senate will join the Republican majority in the House. It was known before the election that President Obama planned to use an executive order to promote backdoor amnesty.

This was likely part of the reason for the major loss in the election but the president has decided to proceed anyway and very soon we expect him to cease deportations of millions of illegal immigrants.

Recent immigration tweets - surprisingly, most results of my search were news sources

GOP debates its immigration strategy as Obama prepares executive action (Washington Post) http://t.co/OrYusgQEi7 http://t.co/8gen6UUTNL

— memeorandum (@memeorandum) November 14, 2014

.@krauthammer on potential #Obama #immigration action: “I believe it is an impeachable offense.” #KellyFile pic.twitter.com/ep9RCzGyNl

— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 14, 2014

Some of the outlets where people discuss these issues are of course social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

What Skype for Web Means for WebRTC

November 14, 2014

 


Skype has finally decided to bring its VoIP and video platform to the web in an effort to better compete with a new wave of companies leveraging browser-based WebRTC technology. Today, they announced Skype for Web (Beta) which works with Chrome, Firefox and IE 10 or above. Recently, I mentioned how Microsoft has really been making some smart moves lately which make the company more relevant and ORTC/WebRTC support is certainly one of the most important areas in the communications space. My colleague Doug Mohney agrees when he says this isn't your father's Microsoft.

The simple reality about this move is it may make it tougher to compete with Skype as a pure WebRTC video or audio play as Skype obviously has a bigger name and bundles its solution with other Microsoft products.






10 Reasons Why Microsoft is Winning

November 11, 2014

With new CEO Satya Nadella at the helm, Microsoft is changing and into something it needs to be. A company embracing a changing tech landscape. It is apparent that Redmond has woken up to the threats that it faces in today’s world. Over the past decade they've been bleeding from a thousand cuts.

10 Reasons why CurrentC Will Lose the Mobile Payment War

October 31, 2014

By now, most of us have heard that retailers such as CVS allowed NFC-based payments for a few days via Apple Pay and then blocked them in favor of QR-code based CurrentC by MCX. While retailers would prefer non-credit card-based solutions, such as MCX, these are the reasons CurrentC has already lost the war.



  1. There is a campaign to give the CurrentC app a one-star review and that is the number of stars it currently “enjoys.” Its top three reviews in the Apple iTunes App Store are horrifying as you can see above.
  2. CurrentC has already been hacked. Regardless of what was taken, the poor publicity will hound them.
  3. CurrentC requires access to bank accounts. No one wants to give away this information to a little-known company, moreover, see #2..
  4. CurrentC requires social security numbers.

Why E-Mail Sucks and How to Make it Smarter

October 28, 2014


Many of us live in email. I get hundreds per day and I need almost every message. I am also a source of tremendous messaging pain here at TMC because part of what I think makes an effective team, is being in sync. To ensure the right people are in the know, I forward a tremendous amount of messages to various groups.

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