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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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What Would an IoT Service Provider Even Do?

Service providers are eager to jump on the IoT train because of the vast opportunities. But what kind of service would they even provide?

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Is Your Business Ready?

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

Delivering successful change programs is a significant challenge. Undertaking a Readiness Assessment speeds the launch of new IP services, reduces risks and aligns corporate objectives with your program.

The Challenge of Change…a true story

So your company is planning an all IP network. The CTO is delivering technology roadmaps, the COO is assessing the service portals, and network designers have been architecting for eight months. The program is well underway and people are now starting to plan the migration.

So, you start to scope out the effort required to deliver migration and calculate that it requires hundreds of resources to manage a switchover. You approach engineering to secure the resources, and are informed HR is managing a release program, remunerating engineers to leave the company. The same engineers that you need to deliver your program!

Sound familiar?

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Stanislovaitis Kickstarter Campaign Proves VoIP is Not Dead

VoIP is dead? We think not because it plays an integral part in effective unified communications, Internet of things and more. Plus,...

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Mitel Analyst Event 2015 Live Blog #MitelNext

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

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Why you Should Hold Off on iOS 9

September 17, 2015

I bit the bullet and downloaded iOS 9 yesterday – right at the start of TMC’s on the road show tour of Dallas, Texas where I was meeting a number of companies in the area and learning about their upcoming news and more.

iOS 9 is amazing – it is much better than iOS 8 – especially on a tablet where PiP video and multitasking can really amp up productivity. There are lots of great new features like enhanced locations on maps – transit directions – Siri makes smarter suggestions, notifications come in order of receipt, 6-digit passcodes are allowed and so on.

The challenge, of course always is what apps will break when you upgrade.

Salesforce and Microsoft Skype for Business Collaborate

September 17, 2015

Microsoft and Salesforce are getting cozy: The two have decided to extend their strategic partnership to connect their productivity apps and services, with the end goal of more personalized, customer-driven sales activities, achieved through streamlined collaboration.

The two leaders plan to mash up Salesforce with Skype for Business—which will be hosting a conference at this year's upcoming ITEXPO in Anaheim—OneNote, Delve and Windows 10, starting with the Salesforce App for Outlook, which works with Outlook 2013 and Office 365, and Salesforce1 Mobile App for Microsoft Office.

After that, Salesforce will next integrate Microsoft’s unified communications (UC) suite, Skype for Business (formerly known as Microsoft Lync) into its new Lightning Experience. Lightning is the renamed core customer relationship management (CRM) product for Salesforce.

Also in the second half of next year the two will launch the Salesforce1 Mobile App for Windows 10.

These two companies which were once bitter enemies have learned to work closely together - acknowledging the synergies between the dominant Salesforce platform and Microsoft's Skype for Business 

solution which is growing rapidly.

In just two weeks, Paco Contreras, Herrera Director WW Product Marketing - Skype for Business will be keynoting ITEXPO in Anaheim, California and I hope he touches on this new collaboration and the benefits it will bring to customers worldwide.

Orbcomm Grows its M2M and IoT Leadership Position

September 14, 2015

There are tremendous similarities in the satellite connectivity market and consumer broadband spaces. Hear me out… In the latter market, companies have looked for differentiation in a world where dumb pipes are said to offer little distinction as once-specialized services become commoditized. Comcast is a great example of a company which has moved from broadband to content as they now own NBC Universal and a number of smaller content sites like DailyCandy.

This move is echoed in the satellite space… Orbcomm, for example, has spent a good amount of time converting itself from a connectivity provider to one which sells solutions.

Taoglas Adds Ecommerce to its Cable Solutions

September 13, 2015

Getting the correct custom RF cables, which are used in a wide range of wireless solutions, has long been a frustrating and overly lengthy process for engineers but now Taoglas has modernized the procedure with a new online cable assembly wizard that revolutionizes the whole transaction.

Dermot O’Shea, President of the company, explained to me at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas, that his company has taken human interaction out of the equation. Although his company has manufactured cables in Taiwan for many years, he says the company’s new location in San Diego, CA will address the needs of companies who can’t wait for the cables to ship from overseas.

In addition, the company has new antenna solutions for IoT and has recently opened an office in Munich, Germany to serve the automotive among other markets.

Accuris Networks Helps Stich Together Cellular and WiFi Networks for Carriers and ISPs

September 13, 2015

This past week saw the launch of a plethora of new Apple devices – specifically two new phones which will shoot and edit 4K video as well as a new iPad Pro which sports a massive 5.6 million pixels. Moreover, the phones have 12MP cameras which replace the previous models which had 8 MP. That’s a 50% increase in potential pixels in photos. What this means, is even more demands on wireless broadband networks as these phones hit the market.

Nuance Brings Artificial Intelligence to the Omnichannel World

September 3, 2015

"The robots aren’t coming, they are here," is all I could think of today as I mulled over my notes from a recent meeting with Gregory Pal, Vice President, Marketing, Strategy & Business Development at Nuance Communications. Coincidently I also happened upon an article yesterday about how robots are doing more of the writing of the stories you read from the Associated Press - saving them time and money and more importantly allowing them and others to share stories which are of interest to various groups but which couldn’t previously be covered profitably.

To me, it seems the technology used to write stories is similar, in some ways, to the natural language understanding, or NLU technology, Nuance has been working on for many years. In fact, the company handles over 14 billion customer engagements per year with 80% of its OnDemand customers taking advantage of NLU as well as 1.7 billion mobile and web conversations processed through virtual assistant solutions.

TMC is Looking For Startups and Breaking News in Dallas

August 31, 2015

Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

August 31, 2015

A company known for professional services in the contact center –
Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics and more to the world of omnichannel. According to Stephanie Laureys, Client Services Manager for the company – they are able to leverage leading-edge tech and assimilate it into existing technologies quite easily. For example, a demo she showed, consisted of an Amazon Echo speaker integrated with its middleware to allow a user to ask the speaker to send a text or make a conference call.

The company has deep experience in speech app and IVR design using open standards such as SIP, VXML and others.

Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

August 31, 2015

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the first mainstream story, in fact, describing the concept revolved around a retailer knowing a customer was pregnant before her family knew. The possibilities are certainly endless. You may recall a post I wrote some time back about IBM and the concept of digital Darwinism – the idea that companies that embrace new technology will win out over those that do not. The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

August 31, 2015

The .Good

I’ve been using the new ecommerce site for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of what Amazon offers. For example you can buy rice cookers but not from Black & Decker. I was intrigued by the site when I heard the CEO on CNBC say the company loses 15-20% on each sale and becomes profitable around 15 million users. I immediately started pricing items on the site and found great savings over Amazon.

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