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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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

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

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The Race to Gigabit is About Business

The cable companies racing to Gigabit networks isn't about delivering ultra-fast broadband to consumers. The Gigabit announcements get them good PR...

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Four Ways Cable Operators Can Boost the Customer Experience

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

The customer experience has always mattered, but its importance has grown in recent years. This has been driven by increased global competition, including the almost instant availability of alternations, and the rising expectations by fickle and informed consumer. Yet, cable operators have a long way to travel if they want to deliver the customer experience (CX) that consumers demand.

The Temkin Group’s Q3 2014 survey of 10,000 US consumers’ opinions about goods and services registered the lowest ranking average Net Promoter Score (NPS) for pay TV providers, a telling statistic. Internet service providers did almost as poorly, coming in only one position higher.

“As technology innovations drive shifts in consumer behavior and open new service opportunities, operators must start eliminating pain points,” stressed Alcatel-Lucent’s Nicholas Cadwgan in a recent TechZine article, Cable MSOs transform the customer experience. “This includes any obstacles that will impede their ability to launch and provide adequate care and quality assurance for those services.”

Cadwgan lays out four customer experience management (CEM) areas that cable operators should focus on.

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HP Can't Compete in Public Cloud as Amazon Machine Learning Launches

There are long-term trends in technology we all know are happening. Computers will get more powerful. More devices will be connected. Finally,...

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Citrix and Grasshopper Make a Good Pair

Citrix has many products - DaaS, NetScaler, ZenApp, SingleSignon and the GoTo suite of products: GoToAssist, GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar, Podio...

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HP Proves That Samsung, Apple and Google Will Win in Hardware

July 1, 2013

At one point in time HP had the best combination of mobile devices anywhere. They owned their own line of PDAs and also purchased Compaq who made the IPAQ – a game-changing device if there ever was one. The thing I liked about the IPAQ versus the Palm 7 which was a competitive device released around the same time was that COMPAQ decided to forego battery life for a bright color screen. In many ways the iPhone 5 reminds me of the first IPAQ device – especially when it prematurely runs out of battery power.



MDM is Just too Small a Market for Apple

July 1, 2013

It is no secret that MDM is a huge market and Apple is in large part responsible for the trend where non-Microsoft and non-Blackberry devices infiltrated the enterprise. Moreover, corporate IT departments have huge budgets so if Apple came out with an MDM solution it could do exceedingly well in the market.

Writing for TMCnet, Joe Rizzo asks why Apple isn't in this market and he makes some good points.

You have to wonder however the predicament Cupertino is in at the moment.

Clinkle Entering A mobile Wallet Bubble or Bursting Through?

June 27, 2013

Mobile payments are nothing new - it seems everyone is trying to get into the game from PayPal to credit card companies and of course Google. Can any company be far behind the move from messy, dirty physical money to electronic currency?

It seems inevitable that the move will happen - the questions worth asking are, how long with the transition take and exactly how do we hide electronic money under our mattresses after the next financial crisis? I leave the latter question to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to figure out but it seems Clinkle wants to be the company that helps bring mobile payments really mainstream.

WebRTC Expo 2013 Atlanta Blog

June 25, 2013

Day 1 June 25, 2013

WebRTC Expo 2013 Atlanta kicked off today and so far it has been a great event and well attended. I will share all the things I can on this page as the show progresses.



Earlier today I stopped by the Google WebRTC Workshop but it was too busy to sit or even stand so I took some video and photos and left.

I then went to the general session to see the WebRTC demos. I was lucky enough to get here early and sit with the independent judges - I am not one of them.



Phil Edholm then took the stage to get the event started.

He was followed by the first demo which was Requestec who showed a banking demo and a call which allowed a Flash user to communicate with a WebRTC user. They believe they are the first to allow Flash to WebRTC interop.













WebRTC APIs all the Rage at WebRTC Expo Atlanta 2013

June 24, 2013

WebRTC Expo kicks off this week and it's been a busy day here in Atlanta, Georgia where I have had back-to-back video interviews with companies in tech and telecom. A few of my meetings with companies involved in WebRTC were perhaps the most interesting as I see a trend devloping.

Soufiane Houri of Weemo told me about the company's cloud-based API service which allows any developer to embed video collaboration. The goal here is to enable this collaboration to take place without the need to make a user leave one application and go to another.

Facebook famously announced similar integration with Skype a few years back with the idea being allowing users to stay in the platform and collaborate with their friends.

New Jobs Movie Trailer Highlights Apple History

June 21, 2013





The trailer for the new movie titled Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher is very well done and for those of us immersed in Apple history, it’s like a visual walk down memory lane.

Sure, Ashton reminds some of us his character named Walden in the TV series Two-and-a-Half Men a bit too much but he does a convincing job playing Steve Jobs based on the movie clip above.

What is especially awesome to me is the timing of this movie.

How is Successful Marketing like a Successful 401K?

June 19, 2013


I was recently interviewed by Content Marketing Examiner on the topic of content marketing and in this interview you get to hear the experience I have gained watching thousands of companies market successfully and unsuccessfully. You may think in order for a company to market in the most effective manner they need to spend the most money or have the most creative agency. The reality is many companies have these things but fail with the basics and as a result all that extra spending does not result in successful market penetration.

One of the nuggets you will learn on the podcast is How is Successful Marketing like a Successful 401K?

Effectively Telling Your Product's Story

June 18, 2013


One of the most interesting aspects of my career is watching the thousands of companies I have met over the years make it or not make it. For every success like Netflix, eBay, TellMe and Digium there are countless other failures – companies who seem to have a solid technology angle but somehow fail to communicate their message effectively.

I was reminded of this fact when I saw The Carousel from Mad Men. The video above reminds us how technology is not really exciting – neither are new products. What is exciting is how new ideas and solutions are weaved into a story which potential customers will embrace and be passionate about.

This is even more true decades after the above-scene took place because we now have social media which can instantly propel or destroy brands based upon how consumers feel about them.

Dialogic and Cisco Round Out Day's NFV News

June 18, 2013

It’s been a busy week regarding NFV and the software telco (R)evolution. First off Dialogic had some solid thoughts on six of the network elements ripe for NFV – they are routers, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, signaling nodes and DPI/WAN acceleration solutions – it is worth pointing out that on this last area the company’s Jim Machi says they are a “maybe”. You can read his thoughts for the details.



Cisco had some news in the space as well. The company’s Kelly Ahuja SVP, GM, Mobility Business Group spent about an hour discussing the impact of NFV on the company’s business.

Software Telcos Based on NFV Want Less Equipment Provider M&A

June 18, 2013

Mergers are nothing new but about a decade ago in the telecom market they reached a fever pitch when SBC purchased AT&T and rebranded itself with the name of the acquired company. At the time it became common in the industry to believe consolidation among carriers meant consolidation needed to take place at the equipment supplier level.

The idea is if you have fewer customers, you have less pricing power which means lower overhead with means merging suppliers can eliminate redundant costs such as accounting, marketing, HR and other “synergistic” areas of the business.

Large carriers have also been known for choosing large suppliers for their hardware needs as they felt these larger companies were more likely to be around to support them in the future as they roll out their solutions.

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