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

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are...

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The Secret Value of VoLTE

By Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

At Mobile World Congress, I discovered that many network providers still aren’t aware of the broader business values of voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Most knew it readily includes HD voice for clearer calls and reduced background noise, which lets you feel like you’re standing right next to the other person. Most didn’t realize that, in unexpected ways, VoLTE helps them earn more money and increase efficiency.

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How to Kill Shadow IT: Step One - Recognize that Resistance is Futile

By Bryan R. Davies, Senior Director of Enterprise Communications Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

The first step in resolving any problem is to make sure you understand the core issues. So here’s the crucial question for shadow IT: What is the biggest challenge it presents for your IT department?

Holding back the flood?  

Today’s flood of mobile devices and cloud services is making shadow IT a bigger headache than ever before. But it’s nothing new. It started with the first enterprise employee who ever put an application in place without the knowledge or approval of IT staff.
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5 Tips to Get Out of a Sales Slump

Lots of sales professionals go through a sales slump. Nothing is closing. Depression or Panic ensues - or worse, Desperation, that...

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Elastica Builds an SOC in the Cloud for the Cloud

April 2, 2014

Companies have a challenge that as more data has moved to cloud apps, they have lost the traditional visibility, threat detection and control they used to enjoy. As they evolve from a CAPEX model to OPEX in search of best-in-breed apps, there remains a large security hole which needs filling.

This is where elastica (recently out of stealth mode) comes in… In a conversation with Eric Andrews VP of Marketing and Rehan Jalil President & CEO, they told me that companies need to be able to track activity in and out of these cloud services. They attack security through a suite of cloud-based services as follows:

  • Their AUDIT shadow IT solution looks at the SaaS apps being used and reports how vulnerable each one is.

Mojave Networks Hopes to Solve BYOD Security Challenge

April 2, 2014

BYOD is not new but what has yet to be addressed properly by many organizations is security relating to this plethora of unknown devices. Quite frankly there are many holes in any corporate network where mobile devices are being used. MDM solves some of these challenges but it wasn’t originally designed to keep malicious apps and actors off your network. The Target data breach caused many millions of dollars of reputational damage and potentially long-term marketshare loss for the retailer.

TSO Logic Leverages Equipment Idle Time to Save Power

April 1, 2014

Aaron Rallo had a challenge… He ran an online photo finishing service provider for some of the world’s largest retailers and wanted to lower his costs. One obvious area to look was electricity… He noticed that even though order volume would increase and decrease greatly each month, his power bill seemed to resemble a straight line on a graph each month.

This led to the formation of TSO Logic where he is Founder & CEO… The Vancouver-based company has one customer, Arc Productions in Toronto which uses it solutions on 600 servers to save $140k year in power costs.

ExtraHop Provides Operations Intelligence which Borders on Business Intelligence

April 1, 2014

“We provide operations intelligence which borders on business intelligence,” said Jesse Rothstein CEO of ExtraHop. In a conversation I recently had with him and Erik Giesa,

SVP Marketing. The pair wanted to make clear their company is providing the next generation of IT operations management and moreover, pioneering the idea of extracting value from wire data.

Said Rothstein, “IT operations gets more difficult but expectations for perfection continue to increase,” he continued, “How do you address this?” From there he explained his company’s role is to promote IT operations architecture.

IBM Investment Shows Marketing IS Eating Sales

March 28, 2014

Recently I wrote about the idea that marketing is eating sales, a direct quote from Barry O’Sullivan the new CEO of Altocloud. The concept is that marketing departments are gaining more power within organizations at the expense of sales departments. It isn’t that sales is going away, it is just that much of the waste in a sales department can effectively be eliminated if automated systems are used to better target and presell customers. The idea is a nurtured lead is a far better prospect than a cold call.

Tiscali to be one of the First Software Telcos

March 27, 2014

The traditional telco is dead – the case for moving to COTS technology is just too compelling. This is a theme I have been espousing for over a year. My readers further know companies like Metaswitch Networks have also been making the case as to why carriers need to start evaluating their software options immediately.

You also know about the cost savings associated with moving to standard servers – power and maintenance savings are a few additional benefits.

Libertarians and Fiscal Conservatives Want Currency 2.0

March 26, 2014

For those of you who follow financial or political happenings you know that many conservatives and libertarians favor investing in gold, silver and related commodities because their value cannot be altered by central banks around the world. Congressman and former libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul actually asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke if he sees gold as a currency. Paul has advocated taking the US to a gold standard for years and while this likely won’t happen any time soon, conservatives and libertarians have invested in commodities as a way to protect themselves from the US and other central banks who purposely devalue their currencies.

If you missed the debate BTW, it is a great watch.

Can Apple's Haunted Empire Still Make Hits?

March 20, 2014

Isn’t it funny how much of the world has changed thanks to Steve Jobs? As I sit here at my computer using a mouse and GUI, which Jobs popularized while listening to MP3s, another industry he revitalized, I am fascinated by how much this man changed computing. Over a decade ago, my company TMC launched a show in the biometrics space called BiometriTech and another in the tablet space, Tablet PC Summit. Both shows failed because the companies in the industries failed to make products in volumes that translated into marketing budgets which allowed for a successful conference.

Aspect's Voxeo Acquisition Bears More Fruit

March 18, 2014

Aspect has been expanding the capabilities of its portfolio as well as its deployment options. They have made a bunch of investments and acquisitions and they now have an extremely comprehensive omnichannel contact center capability in the cloud and on-premise. The company has multichannel self-service, agent assist in the contact center, workforce management, backoffice optimization solutions and more.

TMC has been covering them since the eighties and it is pretty amazing how many companies they have purchased during that time - Aspect was actually a company which was acquired and then the name was changed from Concerto.

ShoreTel: The Communications Platform has a new Role to Play

March 18, 2014

ShoreTel Touts Low TCO and Cloud/Premise Integration

I just had a chance to meet with Mark Roberts, CMO of ShoreTel to a get a handle on what the company has been up to lately. He has been at Polycom and Mitel in the past and is just embarking on his fourth month in his new role but seems very excited to be where he is. This is in-part because he beleives the ShoreTel roadmap is the correct one to navigate the ever-evolving communications market.

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