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News Tidbits Part 2923

A lot of lit tidbits popping up. If you follow me on twitter, then you may have seen some of this...

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Realizing The Benefits

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Significant investments require significant returns. How do companies ensure their benefits are measured, tracked and realized during IP Transformation Programs? 

Success Is Not Guaranteed

Think about the hardest project you have ever delivered. Just think back… that one ‘special project’, the one that spiraled out of control, the one where the requirements kept changing, the one where the objectives kept moving, the one project that would not de-scope, where the tsunami of work was towering over the team, and impossible deadlines were looming. Yes, that one.

Most of us have experienced THAT project. And we probably sat with our colleagues, asking ourselves how a project under such pressure could even exist. Why would the sponsors not revise the scope, refocus the team, or even reinvest the budget elsewhere?

We all know that technical projects can go awry. IT, Networking and Engineering projects – famously 50% overrun on budget, and many are cancelled altogether.

So, what are the figures for complex Transformation Programs?  For Programs where IT, Network, Operations and Engineering are undergoing change simultaneously. With an objective eye, it’s easy to question how any of them actually deliver results. But indeed they do.

But, how, and what can we measure to be certain we are achieving the desired results?

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WebRTC Customer Service Benefits Retailers and Shoppers - Video Demo

"If you're shopping and need information about a specific product, and you can't find a salesperson around, scan the bar code [of...

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Buck the Trend Be Cool at Convergence India and ITEXPO East January 2016

Investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, early adopters and evangelists want to be a part of every best thing, and much of that is coming...

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What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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Lemko EZ LTE Really Disrupts the Carrier Model

October 28, 2015

As I write this, I’m in disbelief as it seems impossible to take the massive carrier equipment which makes up the multimillion dollar central office LTE network and repackage it into a plug-and-play module which fits on a coffee table. Yet, this is exactly what Norman Fekrat of Lemko shared with me.

A previous interview with Norman regarding his company’s solutions

I’ve known the company for some time as a provider of NFV solutions (video) based on software. What I didn't expect was how fast Moore's Law has worked to decrease the size of the hardware.

Mosquito Magnet Executive Review

October 19, 2015

I've been a big fan of Mosquito Magnet and this past summer used their Executive trap with much success. I first wrote about experience with the trap in 2004 when I purchased a Liberty Plus. I covered them again in 2005 and again in 2012 and 2013.

Bottom line, I used the trap this past summer - starting in June or so. I didn't change the net.

The Latest Dallas Tech news: GENBAND, Taqua, Amdocs...

October 19, 2015

Uber lets You Test Drive a new BMW 7 Series

October 16, 2015

This morning CNBC interviewed valuation expert Aswath Damodaran, professor at NYU Stern School of Business who said Uber is worth less than half as much as investors think or just $23.4 billion instead of $51 billion. He cited increased competition from serious players as a major issue.

One wonders however if the company's latest business model has been factored in - the Uber test drive. BMW has an exclusive deal with the taxi disruptor allowing you to enter the Exclusive Promo Code: BMWNYCVMZP8FTHUE. According to the company, you then request the “7 SERIES” option on 10/17 and 10/18 between 10am–6pm.

Requests must be made within the coverage zone which includes parts of New York and New Jersey.

ITEXPO Anaheim 2015 Video Interviews Part 1

October 7, 2015

GENBAND's KandyMobile comes to NYC

October 2, 2015

GENBAND's Kandy communications Platform-as-a-Service solution recently celebrated its one-year anniversary by bringing its KandyMobile vehicle to popular nightclub, LIGHTBOX in New York City on September 30, 2015. Kandy allows any developer to embed real-time communications into their applications fairly easily but more importantly, the solutions subsequently become carrier-grade.

They had a number of interesting demos at the event. SkywriterMD (above) had its demo on the bus pictured at the start of this post.

So Many Reasons to Attend ITEXPO Anaheim Next Week!

October 1, 2015

Hope you don't mind a bit of conference promotion - we hope to see you all there.


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---------------------------------------------------------- So Many Reasons to Attend ITEXPO Anaheim Next Week!

Dear Colleague,

I am really excited by all of the content at the ITEXPO Anaheim next week. Here are top reasons to come down to the show.

I encourage you to visit the event site to review the entire program and to register quickly and easily online: You can also review the conference agenda, keynotes, exhibitors, special events,
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Here we go for Anaheim 2015…my top reasons why you need to attend.

The VW Diesel Scandal Smells Even Worse Than You Think

September 24, 2015

The VW scandal where software was used to trick the machines which track emissions by altering engine behavior depending on whether a vehicle was being driven is not, is only incredibly unethical, it will likely lead to years of damage to VW and tens of billions of dollars lost. Already the company has taken a $7.3 billion dollar charge and a class-action lawsuit already was filed seeking five millions dollars. There are 11 million affected engines so expect the damage to accrue quickly. Moreover, the emissions which were being expelled can cause health issues, smog and acid rain.

BuckleMate Reduces Teen Injuries Through Smart Monitoring

September 24, 2015

You really need to have nerves of steel when you give the car keys to your teen child for the first time. At that very moment, a parent can have a traumatic episode where they remember their child's entire life while simultaneously reliving every near-miss collision and accident they've ever witnessed or been involved in.

The good news is, technology allows new and innovative solutions to this problem most every parent may have to face at one time or another. Specifically, BuckleMate was founded by Jeffrey Miller who serves as CEO, to deal with this issue. The following interview goes into detail regarding how his company can help make teen driving a safer endeavor and perhaps it can become simultaneously less traumatic.

Tell me about BuckleMate – how did the idea come to you?

I came across a product about 5 years ago that would force drivers to Buckle their seat belts. 

Inhance Trade from Inhance Technology Keeps Mobile Customers Coming Back

September 24, 2015

One of the most important aspects of the wireless market is the smartphone trade-in program as evidenced by recent news that Apple now offers its own upgrade program and Sprint tried to outdo the entire industry with a paltry $1 per month upgrade plan for customers with iPhone 6 trade-ins purchasing a 6s.

In a conversation I had recently with Inhance Technology, I learned 90% of customers don’t come back to the same retailer they purchased a device from. The company has a solution to help improve the odds of attracting a customer back into the store to upgrade. Their recently announced the Inhance Trade program which uses a variety of mechanisms to target specific devices, plan a specific action and determine when the action should take place.

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