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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Will Target CEO Removal Help Boost IT Security?

May 6, 2014




Corporate security needs to be taken very seriously – especially in light of the fact that hackers can be nation-states, organized crime syndicates or other groups with significant resources. To date, companies in the US and elsewhere have shown they are vulnerable to attacks. And to be quite honest, with all the software which companies run, each with frequent updates and patches, corporate networks can seem more like Swiss cheese than Fort Knox.


Still, companies can and need to do more.

To Compete with Google, Apple Should Buy DuckDuckGo

May 5, 2014



Apple is in an outright war with Google and lawsuit wins against Samsung while helpful to the tune of a few hundred million dollars are great, to compete with Android the company must attack the very core of Google which is search. DuckDuckGo is the more secure alternative to Google Search. It isn’t as robust or as useful but at least the chairman of the company didn’t say that if you don’t want people to know what you are doing online, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.





While Google spreads itself thinner and thinner, the opportunity may exist to take on their core competency.

Rebirth of Paper Boys to Reduce Unemployment

May 5, 2014

When I was a kid my best friend had a paper route and on occasion I would run it for him. For those of my readers not old enough to know, grade-school kids used to deliver papers in the neighborhoods of the US. Sure, this practice still takes place but on a much smaller scale than before. Now the term is likely “paper people” but putting aside political correctness, I couldn’t help by think of this idea in response to what is happening in Congress and private industry.

Microsoft Needs More Detail Sweating to Compete

May 4, 2014

A trip to the Microsoft store reminded me of what the company needs to do to improve itself to the point where it can compete more effectively with Apple. I was at the Westchester Mall yesterday in White Plains, New York and the staff was very friendly and helpful but they made a mistake worth pointing out.

All the workers I encountered in the store asked if I took their survey which could result in me winning a new phone.

22 Countries Looking to Win Free Contact Center Makeover

April 29, 2014

Some time back I shared with you that you could win a multimillion dollar call center makeover by filling out an application. I asked Interactive Intelligence, the company behind the campaign how much demand there has been for this contest and it seems pretty great.

I specifically requested countries where the applications originated and look at this, a total of 22 have participated so far. Pretty impressive.

Australia

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Colombia

Ecuador

Germany

Hong Kong

India

Italy

Latvia

Mexico

Morocco

Netherlands

New Zealand

Peru

Portugal

Saudi Arabia

South Africa

Spain

USA

Zimbabwe


April 30th May 9th is the last day to enter so get on the ball now if you want to participate in this exciting contest and possibly add some new countries to the list above.




How SmartSenseCom uses Microphones to Detect Drone Threats

April 29, 2014



A frequent concern I have shared these past months is drones used as weapons – whether they are equipped with firearms or explosives. Security today is quite-often a two-dimensional affair, especially in outdoor arenas such as stadiums where a pat down and metal detector are typically used to ensure there aren’t any dangerous items being brought in. When a third-dimension becomes available to criminals and terrorists, the situation quickly spirals in complexity.

The question civilized society has to ask is how do we prevent crime and terrorism as the threat evolves from 2D to 3D?







Enter SmartSenseCom Inc., a company in semi-stealth mode using ultra-sensitive microphones (PDF) to detect the electric motors associated with flying objects.

Games: The Biggest Opportunity Carriers are Ignoring

April 25, 2014

Carriers are losing control over core network services such as voice and text which is in-turn making them dumb-pipe providers. While wireless is still a profitable business, the presence of companies like T-Mobile and Sprint in the US makes it more difficult than ever for carriers like AT&T and Verizon to keep their higher than industry-average margins. Just this week in fact, Sprint said it will unlock all its phones in less than 12 months. Add to that the bring-your-own-device mentality that T-Mobile has brought from Europe to the US and you can see why the 2-year contract; a mainstay in the US carrier market is slowly disappearing as customers migrate to options like AT&T’s Next plan.

Boingo, GigSky, XCom: Why my Europe Connectivity was Awesome

April 23, 2014

A while back, I had a chance to go to MWC (news and analysis) in Barcelona, Spain and like many of you who travel internationally, I was concerned about my cellular bill as I enjoy the relative generosity of multigigabyte 4G data plans in the US. In Europe however the costs can grow quickly. When headed overseas, Verizon charges $25 per 100 MB of data. As many US devices are locked, it becomes a hassle to bypass such restrictions with multiple devices and a bevy of SIM cards.

Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

April 16, 2014

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to get into more OEM tablet designs in Asia and elsewhere.

Intel said that its Windows tablets are shipping in numbers which barely register in their quarterly numbers. Obviously this isn't a positive development. To put this in perspective, out of the five-million processors the chip behemoth shipped for tablets, as little as 10% were for Windows. It seems many analysts are convinced that for Windows devices to be successful, they need keyboards and to some extent this makes sense as tablets are typically described as consumption devices.

Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

April 14, 2014

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to on a phone like Instagram and Facebook support. Note, last year's Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom camera-phone went too far... You don't want to hold a big clunky camera to your face. The point is, if you are going to sell a camera that zooms, then it will be a data only device.
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