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Nuance Brings Artificial Intelligence to the Omnichannel World

The robots aren’t coming, they are here is all I could think of today as I mulled over my notes from a...

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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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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Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos.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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Yes, Consumers Will Buy Self-Driving Cars

April 1, 2015



Mercedes driverless car

Every technological leap requires some vision. Some more than others. In the case of self-driving cars, it seems apparent that at some point in the future, every car will be autonomous.

AT&T Partner Exchange Adds Features to Gain SMB Share

March 27, 2015

Ma Bell knows it's all about ecosystem

Companies rare really focusing on their solution partners (SP) – especially when looking to court small to medium business customers as the SP owns the relationship. As reported by Tara Seals on TMCnet recently, Nimble Storage, AT&T, HP, Equinix, NTT America and others are deploying similar strategies to court this market.

In fact, two years ago, AT&T Partner Solutions decided it wanted to attract more customers with up to 20,000 employees and as a result, they decided they would change the way they do businesses. In a recent meeting, Brooks McCorcle, president of the division says they now act more like a Silicon Valley start-up.

While it isn't uncommon for companies to become more nimble in the face of growing competition, it is impressive to see any division of an established carrier making such a claim.

Expect Security Funding Bubble to Pop in 3-5 Years

March 26, 2015

Security is one of the hottest areas in tech right now. Indeed, there is infinite possibility in this space because technology inherently has weaknesses and malicious actors seem to always be a step ahead of users and software companies. I see many funding announcements and lately the amount of money flowing into security seems to be setting us up for a bubble burst at some point in the next half-decade or so.

I won't point out any specific companies because I do not think it is fair to single them out. And I certainly can't list all the companies which have been funded.

The opportunity in this market isn't the issue, it's just difficult to understand how so many new players will be able to carve out niches for themselves which will allow them to boost sales to the point that they justify the lofty valuations commensurate with the currently perceived opportunity.

Say that ten times fast.





SimpleWAN Well Positioned for Security-as-a-Service Growth

March 17, 2015

The state of IT security is terrible - that is the only conclusion you can make when breach after breach is reported in the news. Keep in mind these are the breaches we hear about... Countless others go unreported. Hackers are winning the war against companies and customers are caught in the crossfire.

Will YipTV do to TV What Vonage did to Voice Calls?

March 11, 2015

The VoIP market literally revolutionized the way communications worked – allowing among-other-things, a company to provide over-the-top services which were decoupled from the phone company. For the first time you could go out and buy broadband from one company and phone service from another. The poster-child for this movement in the US had to be Vonage, and the company did a great deal for the fledgling VoIP market at the time. Thanks to Vonage, AT&T launched a competitive service called CallVantage out of fear.

A Candid Talk with Ford about Connected Cars and the Future

March 4, 2015

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2015 I spoke with James Buczowski a Henry Ford Technical Fellow about the company’s connected ecosystem experiments and the future. In the booth, Ford showed connected bikes talking to connected cars and subsequently developing connected ecosystems allowing cities to direct drivers to available parking spaces, developing usage-based insurance models.

Sometime back I wrote about connecting Waze to fitness apps to allow drivers to know if a bicycle rider was around the next blind corner. I mentioned this to Buczowski who told me the DOT in the US is working to get vehicles to communicate more effectively and the V2X initiative is designed to allow better vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

Acision Fights Creative Destruction with Innovation at #MWC15

March 4, 2015

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2015 Mark Zuckerberg gave a keynote speech for the second year in a row and to me it really seemed like keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. After all, WhatsApp and Facebook are responsible for billions of lost dollars in messaging revenue for global wireless carriers.

I couldn’t help but think of this as I met with Acision yesterday. Some years back I was in their corporate offices in Texas where they told me the threat from advertising based tech models to SMS was unsustainable.

cVidya Helps CSPs Provide Mass Customization to Boost Profit

March 3, 2015

We live in an age of mass customization. We've seen the trend for decades but its accelerating as customers can design their own clothes, perfume and more. Tatoos and body jewelry are yet other ways consumers choose to customize themselves. This thought came to mind in one of my recent briefings.

You see, at MWC 2015, cVidya showed carriers how their solutions allow them to tap into multiple sources in order to accelerate customer value.

cVidya Helps CSPs Provide Mass Customization to Boost Profit

March 3, 2015

We live in an age of mass customization. We've seen the trend for decades but its accelerating as customers can design their own clothes, perfume and more. Tatoos and body jewelry are yet other ways consumers choose to customize themselves. This thought came to mind in one of my recent briefings.

You see, at MWC 2015, cVidya showed carriers how their solutions allow them to tap into multiple sources in order to accelerate customer value.

TCS Shows Telemedicine Improvements and more at #MWC15

March 2, 2015


TCS had a wealth of interesting news at MWC - probably the most interesting was their VirtuMedix solution which is a HIPAA compliant virtual telemedicine solution allowing doctors and patients to securely communicate in order to minimize the need for in-person visits. In a live demo they showed me how a patient could get added to a queue after paying a fee for service and the doctor could then choose to take the audio or video call. From that point they communicate via WebRTC and can share photos if needed, of a rash for example.

The doctor has a fully integrated portal which links to billing and prescription systems and patients for their part get help entering their malady as the system is prepopulate with popular ailments.

In all, this is a very slick solution - they even have an integrated refund which can be sent to a patient if it is deemed they are better off going to the emergency room after all.

TCS is also working on connected car solutions - helping to harden the solutions to prevent buffer overruns and other issues which could be exploited by hackers. Penetration testing via range checks is one of the way they do this.






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