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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the...

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

I’ve been among the first people to realize how drones can be a major problem for security in the world. In February...

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What's Up With the Data Center?

This morning there is an article that "RDG Capital Fund Management, the investment vehicle of Russell Glass and a significant shareholder...

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The One New Anti-Theft Idea Apple Needs

May 13, 2015

I left my iPad Air 2 and a case in the glove compartment of Hertz rental car. I am a loyal Hertz customer but this is the second time I have left something of value in the car only to see it disappear very quickly after the car was returned. They told me lost and found was closed when I returned shortly after I realized it was missing. They said come back in the morning, which I did to find they couldn't find the item.

Bluecore: How to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment

May 13, 2015

Shopping cart abandonment is like an arch nemesis for many marketers. Yet, while cart abandonment can be detrimental to revenue, there are several other merchandizing triggers marketers are ignoring that cripple sales. To learn more I interviewed Fayez Mohamood, Co-founder & CEO at Bluecore (bio follows interview) to discuss the four additional merchandising triggers, beyond cart abandonment, marketers are ignoring. Although we all know generating urgency is crucial to increasing sales, I like how Fayez shows how this can be done well electronically and moreover talks about the positive results of doing so.

Monoprice USB-C Cable Line Provides Real Value

May 12, 2015

Recently I spent some time at Interop with executives from Monoprice, the company more well-known for inexpensive HDMI cables and audio equipment. It’s worth noting the media generally loves Monoprice… Their products are known to be of high-quality while being low cost. I have ordered from them – some audio cables actually and was happy as well.

In a conversation with Manual Hernandez and Eeric Krause, they told me their go-to-market strategy is different than most companies.

CloudGenix Gets Funded to Fuel SD-WANs

May 12, 2015

Kumar Ramachandran, Co-Founder and CEO of CloudGenix recently sat with me and explained his vision for software-defined enterprise WANS, which use off-the-shelf hardware and allow corporations to abstract their business processes, utilize hybrid network virtualization and network function projection. SD‐WANs use centralized controllers without relying on interactions with underlying provider transport solutions. De‐coupling the data plane from the control plane, replacing internetworking protocols with APIs and building policies based on application metrics rather than network metrics make this possible according to Kumar.

In case you were wondering - according to the company, the simplest definition of a SD‐WAN is a WAN that utilizes software and virtualization technologies instead of traditional hardware such as routers to connect remote locations.

The company would love for you to learn more by downloading their Dummies book on SD-WANs



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.

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