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Scoring My 2016 Predictions

This is the time of year I typically grade myself on the predictions I made this time last year. NFV: I predicted that we’ll...

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Advice for Partners for 2017 [podcast]

Jeff Ponts of Datatel; Emmett Tydings of AB&T Telecom; and Chris Palermo of GCN joined the podcast this week to talk...

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$4B Wireless Repair Market Event Comes to ITEXPO

Almost 8,000 wireless repair businesses employ over 20,000 people and the market is growing. Yes, it’s a $4 billion dollar market! Apple’s next-gen phones...

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Ad Blockers vs Mobile Advertisers

In September, I wrote a blog on why mobile advertising is expected to grow based on Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report. Something to...

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Ransomware Fog Rolls over SanFran Muni, SFMTA

We’ve known ransomware costs for a small- to medium-sized business can be $99,000, per Kapersky Labs. This includes lost business data,...

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Why you would give up the chance to strut around in Middle Earth Barbie wear? Allison Smith asks.

#Thankful! What for? Being able to speak...well, not as well as Allison Smith. Being able to design software and apps with code,...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't think Ican write one better than I did 2 years ago, so here's a link to that piece. Happy...

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QualiSystems Boosts Automation of NFV, DevOps and SDN

May 11, 2015

One of the more interesting vendors at Interop 2015 was Qualisystems as the company allows companies to automate many manual tasks in order to more efficiently develop, manage and deploy jobs in the cloud and on legacy computing environments. Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP, Marketing explained his company designs solutions for non-programmer teams. Moreover, they help create an environment as a service – a set of cloud offerings for a private cloud. They take very complex infrastructure and make it more agile and continuous, like what they would run on Amazon AWS.

He went on to explain, quite often engineering has one cloud, testing has another and deployment could be in yet another cloud.

Akamai Connect adds Cache and Speed to Cisco WAN

May 11, 2015

When you’re in the media business long enough getting briefed by companies about their new offerings, you develop relationships which quite often means you gain a lot of trust with the person speaking with you. On virtually every call I'm on in fact, I am told something, then asked to keep it off the record. The problem is, I can’t always remember what is told to me in confidence – or by whom. I generally try to delete things I am not supposed to write from my notes as a fail-safe precaution.

Shocking! Russia Can't Compete With Silicon Valley

May 11, 2015


Over five years ago, Russia started an ambitious Go Russia! project to take on Silicon Valley with the ambitious goal of housing 50,000 researchers and technologists in a town called Skolkovo by 2020.

I was immediately skeptical and in a meandering blog post titled Russia to Duplicate Silicon Valley? Good Luck With That I referenced the fact that antisemitism in the country and likely countless other types of discrimination forced some of the best minds out of the country.


Revolabs Pushing Audio Quality Boundaries in Conferencing

May 8, 2015

A typical telephone call these days still relies on quality limitations of compression and filtering designed in the 1960s! Before VoIP, the percentage of such calls would have been 100. For a short time thereafter, VoIP calls may have even sounded worse in some cases than the PSTN – the 1960s technology I referenced.

Fast forward to about 20 years after VoIP was launched and we live in a world of HD voice potential.

OpenMarket Adds Texting for Landlines and Toll-Free Numbers for Enterprises

May 6, 2015

New service helps US and Canadian businesses use mobile messaging to improve customer service

Here is some non-news… Millennials don’t like to talk. In-fact, you can almost make the argument that no one likes to talk – on the phone anyway because since most of us communicate with one or more millennials, we’ve all been trained to text more than usual. What’s the difference between ten years ago and today regarding plane landings?

Aerohive adds Ease of Use, Massive Dell Distribution Network

May 6, 2015

Aerohive told me in 2010 they were hell-bent on world-domination in the WiFi space. Very cool and certainly not your typical tech interview. Sure, its not break-the-internet worthy but still, an awesome approach IMO. Cisco, "Bring it on." They used to tell me.

In a way their irreverance reminds me of Salesforce.

Does Redbooth Signal a new Growth Spurt in Business Collaboration?

May 6, 2015


Collaboration solutions are one of the most challenging ones to judge in my opinion because the real world and online one are very different. Did any of you use the Second Life virtual world filled with avatars of people to walk or fly around and see the virtual landscape? I played with it a bit but got bored. So did most people.

12 Reasons Carly Fiorina Would be a Great President

May 4, 2015


A secretary who worked to become CEO of a huge tech company is not only an inspiration, its a person who understands the importance of giving everyone the opportunity to excel




Carly Fiorina just launched her presidential bid. There are some very good reasons to consider her very seriously.

  1. Accountability: Carly is a business leader. She is not a career politician.

Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

April 22, 2015

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running on OTS computers from white box companies, Dell, HP, Cisco, etc. This move follows similar trends in many markets – thus we’ve seen opinion pieces about how software is eating the world.

It’s all about abstraction really. Software running on smartphones for example can replace fixed-function remote controls.

How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

April 16, 2015


At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating:

The video industry is changing rapidly thanks to time-shifting, on-demand and mobile devices. This in-turn affects the whole broadcast chain. The typical broadcast studio has lots of big iron with blinking lights – roughly analogous to mainframes or perhaps carrier class switches – a Class 4/5 perhaps is more like it. While the cable companies have moved to standardized IT and SDN, these companies haven’t made the change.

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