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Execution, Flexibility, Safety, Ease of Use Key to Digital Success - Lessons from Gitex 2016

The etisalat and Nissan Smart Car collaboration, the robot policeman, and James Baresse's presentation on three needs for digital payment system success...

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Are You Managing Hours or Outcomes?

Another consultant is having a trying experience with a client. The client wants to see the consultant in the office more,...

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Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our...

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ORBCOMM Looks to Become Complete IoT Solutions Service Provider

One of the topics discussed often among communications service providers is whether they want to be relegated to dumb pipes or they...

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Your Phone Just Ate Your Car Key

Are you ready for your new digital future? It’s a great question to ask as the role your mobile phone plays in...

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Doing Business in a Busy, Blurred Environment

Logging on to LinkedIn these days, I have to remind myself that it is in fact LI and not Facebook. The...

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Wireless Carriers Racing to the Bottom

It had to happen eventually - a price war is taking its toll on telecom equipment providers because their customers won't spend...

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Mazda to Bring Back the Rotary Engine

December 1, 2015

In the nineties, I leased the last generation Mazda RX-7 and it was an amazing car. The company touted it as "Lightning in a world of thunder." It handled like almost nothing else and at 255 HP, you could push the car to its limits in every-day driving.

The technology powering the car was a rotary-engine... A single triangular rotor spins inside a small valveless barrel and two turbos make the spinning happen even faster.

Unlike a conventional engine with pistons which go up and down, the moving parts in this engine never change direction.

It was a far simpler approach to engine design.

Alas, the car did have some problems. Ed McMahon said the car was fragile and he was correct.

IoT Time is Back! Amazon, Lemonbeat, Korea and More

December 1, 2015

iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

November 21, 2015

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure, I look at things differently as I have a family member who has one and is very happy. If your eyesight is not fantastic and you don't travel often with the device and you are part of the iOS ecosystem, then the iPad Pro is a great purchase. The pencil is fantastic - perhaps overpriced but still great.

The sound emanating from the iPad is incredible.

2016 is the Year of IoT

November 20, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable the Next Industrial and Business Revolution

The IoT is not a single technology but the latest convergence of tiny computing devices like sensors with wireless networks leveraging the tremendous processing power of the cloud. It’s changing how business operate, how wars are fought, how crops are watered and how goods and services are transported. Few industries are able to claim responsibility for ushering in the next industrial revolution but humble IoT, with its loosely connected sensing products and smart software, can.

ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

November 19, 2015

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior thanks to their efforts to combat ISIS. The Obama administration, Putin and the rest of the world which has lost their citizens to ISIS may have done less to hurt this organization in 18 months than Anonymous has done in a few days of fighting this organization.

President Obama has said repeatedly and so has Hillary Clinton that we are fighting an ideology. So any logical and sane person would put two and two together and figure out if ISIS is using social media extremely well to spread their ideology, then maybe we should shut down their twitter accounts, right? Doesn't the CIA and NSA have tens of billions of dollars at their disposal to keep the US safe?

News from Jabra, Nimble, Polycom and More

November 18, 2015

Mitel Analyst Event 2015 Live Blog #MitelNext

November 12, 2015

Mitel put on a nice event in Manhattan today. Wes Durow, CMO made a great presentation on where the company was and where its going.

A quote of note: "One out of three SMS messages goes across the Mitel network."

Some of what I am hearing is embargoed - so sadly, I'll have to keep you posted on some announcements at a later date.

Rich McBee, CEO takes the stage.

Are desk phones dead? "We ship a handset every 14 seconds and the pace is accelerating."

Our vision: Making communications and collaboration seamless.

Important points:

They will continue to acquire legacy solutions and then grow them. The contact center is a more and more important part of the business.

The intersection of mobile, cloud and enterprise is the next thing for us - we will accelerate products and solutions in this area.

"We have 3 billion potential subscribers with our current carrier customers."

Much discussion about Mavenir - the acquisition which gives them great mobile technology and low cost R&D centers.

Security is becoming a huge factor going forward.

UCC is more complex than ever

Simplifying this in an open environment  is what we're betting the company on.

We will continue to be a consolidator.

Mitel Next Accelerator is a think tank working on the next big thing but it needs to have products in a customer in one year - and they have to be paying customers.

When Hired Gun Managers Fail

November 11, 2015

What happens when you intersect the Innovator's Dilemna with investment, ROI and stragic planning? Especially since new, disruptive technologies aren't adopted overnight - they can take ten years or more to be widely accepted. Conversely, investors are generally more short-term oriented.

Bottom line: markets have their own timing which require companies to adapt.

Can SmartFlow Compliance Solutions Solve the Software Piracy Problem?

November 10, 2015

Software piracy is a multibillion dollar problem which can be difficult to protect against. A new company, SmartFlow Compliance Solutions is helping to solve this problem and the following is an interview with CEO Ted Miracco (pictured below).

1)  How did your company decide to get into fighting piracy business?

Ted Miracco was the co-founder of AWR Corporation, an EDA Company that specializes in high-frequency analog circuit design software.

TMC Conducting 100+ San Jose Video Interviews Next Week

November 6, 2015

I'm really excited to share that next week, I'll be in Silicon Valley interviewing over 100 companies and personally learning about the state of technology in the hottest tech market in the world. The response to our trip to the west coast has been fantastic. What's amazing is how many companies we'll meet which are relatively new.

Some which I'm sure most of you have never heard of and many which are just out of stealth mode.

They span the range of hot technologies from analytics, cloud and IoT to identity management, speech recognition and of course security.

We have a few slots left so if you have something important to share - like a leading-edge technology you are about to introduce, please reach out ASAP to sfine (at)

Here are some of the videos from a recent trip we took to Dallas.

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