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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Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos.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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Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

I’ve been among the first people to realize how drones can be a major problem for security in the world. In February...

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Dialogic Leading the way in WebRTC Deployments

June 16, 2014

Dialogic announced today they are involved in over 90 WebRTC engagements among telcos, enterprises, contact centers, cloud and Web companies, and public institution. Some of the details are as follows:

  • Communications service providers (CSPs) demand WebRTC. 74% of engagements have a CSP focus or relate in some way to communications service.
  • Existing IP communications networks must be extended. 67% need to connect existing networks with WebRTC where PowerMedia XMS provides media interworking.
  • WebRTC is a global phenomenon.

Alcatel-Lucent: NFV Can be More Secure than Legacy

June 16, 2014

As NFV and SDN usher in a new era of software telcos, there are just so many pieces which have to be put into place to enable solutions from disparate vendors to interoperate smoothly. Moreover, carriers are always looking for one throat to choke and NFV really opens up the carrier network is so many new ways that determining who is responsible for issues is more difficult.

Security has always been a major focus for operators. Indeed, when their networks were proprietary and thought to be bulletproof, it was determined a simple whistle distributed in a box of Captain Crunch cereal could give access to hackers.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Reviewed

June 12, 2014

By now my readers know I think the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a solid compromise between tablet and laptop with a few trade offs you would have with any device. Starting with the bad first, the keyboard although very functional, actually feels like it is made from cardboard. There is flex when you type. Moreover, there is no key spacing.

One Thing Amazon Music Has, Others Don't

June 12, 2014


One of the biggest challenges users of electronic devices have to deal with is battery life… I returned from a conference this week where executives all around me had iPhones with large, bulky covers… Something I try to avoid using whenever possible. The challenge becomes getting in the gym early in the AM, then using your phone all day in conferences and then streaming music or news later in the day without losing power when you potentially need it most. This is the exact challenge I had yesterday – I had a flight delay and was in the airport all day due to tornado warnings apparently in DC.

Bottom line is, in the gym yesterday morning I opted to use Slacker’s ability to play downloaded music from the phone.

Meet TMC Editorial Team Next Week in Atlanta

June 11, 2014

Smart Voice may be the Evolution of Communications

June 10, 2014

Over the past few decades as telephony has opened up, we have seen the advent of APIs on computers which allowed better control of voice communications. Things like softphones and PC PBXs startd to appear in the nineties. Soon thereafter we saw voice get packetized as it travelled over IP networks. Big data, analytics and a host of technologies have evolved to a point where voice will be heading to a new frontier – and smart voice will be born.

GENBAND Perspectives 14 Live Blog

June 10, 2014



GENBAND Perspectives 14 kicks off this morning - expect the live blog here... Last night the company hosted a networking reception where I had a chance to speak randomly with one of the company's customers in Mississippi - an ILEC becoming a CLEC. The person I spoke with said they actually purchased the equipment from Nortel just before that company went under and GENBAND acquired the assets. He went on to say he is very happy with the road map GENBAND is on and how they handled the acquisition.

Panasonic A500 Wearable Tech Shoots 4K Video

June 6, 2014


Were you wondering how you can shoot 4K video without even having to use your hands? Well, Panasonic has the answer… A wearable 4K camera that straps around the arm and is connected to your head. In situations where you want the world to see what you do, this is one way to do it.

Check out Neymar trying on and using the A500




The Panasonic A500 retails for $399 and includes a level shot image stabilizer and a built-in LCD so you can see what you are filming – I mean recording.

Microsoft is Sacrificing Internet Explorer

June 5, 2014

By ignoring WebRTC, Redmond gives another reason for users to defect to other browsers

It was about twenty years ago when Microsoft got serious about the Internet because Netscape Navigator was becoming a crucial piece of the Internet puzzle and Microsoft missed the revolution.The company scrambled, released IE for free while Navigator cost $49 per machine. Moreover, they integrated IE into the OS much more effectively. The integration was so effective in-fact that it became the focus of an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.

New York Times Misses Big Picture in USF Opinion

June 5, 2014

As the transition to IP communications continues, the regulatory challenges associated with this transition continue to grow. The arcane world of telecom fees and taxes have been used for years to not only generate income for the government but much of the money went to schools, libraries and rural neighborhoods in order to provide access to all.

Most people aren't aware of these taxes and fees though and to prove the point, a telecom tax which was used to fund the Spanish-American War of 1896 was repealed in 1996.

The whole legacy telecom business has been under pressure for many years thanks to VoIP providers as well as cable companies who provide VoIP and are able to charge lower fees and make consumer bills smaller.

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