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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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TMC/IPCC Sears Tower Party

June 8, 2005

SuperComm 2005 Impressions

June 8, 2005

If you didn’t acquire a company, have an IMS or IPTV (video) product at SuperComm, you may as well not have been there. WiFi telephony was hot as well but at least in my meetings the focus was on the first 3 items above. I will write more about my meetings soon. In a nutshell there is renewed optimism in all communications markets.

Veraz Happenings

June 7, 2005

I had a breakfast meeting with Veraz Networks and they tell me that the Asian market is doing very well. Amit Chawla their EVP, Global Marketing used the words "Very hot" to be specific. Also in attendance was Ed Camarena who gave me lost of insight into where Veraz is headed and their positioning in the market.

One thing the pair kept reiterating is how many switch replacements they are seeing. They credit this to the aging switch population and just the plain old benefits of migrating to packet-based communications.

Apple And Intel

June 6, 2005

What This Merger Really Means

In the IT world there couldn't be more of a surprise than that of the news that Apple and Intel were having talks about working together on future computers. The concept of an Intel chip in a Mac is unfathomable... Or it was nearly a few months ago. Apparenly the chip deal with Apple didn't make so much money for IBM so they didn't really mind losing Apple as a customer to Intel.

There is an interesting point in all this.



VoIP Headset Webinar

June 6, 2005

Please join me for this insightful webinar on communications endpoints sponsored by GN Netcom. We will discuss how to get the most out of VoIP deployments from the standpoint of the end-user of the VoIP deployment. There will be further discussion on softphone usability.


The success of any VoIP rollout ultimately depends on "the last three feet"—the interface between enterprise users and their phone system.

Citigroup Loses Data

June 6, 2005

Avoid shopping online to avoid security threats                          $1,500
Buy and use a shredder for all receipts                                           $100
Finding out your bank lost your personal data                              Priceless

Excerpt:

Norman Black, a spokesman for the world's largest package delivery company, said a "small package" containing data storage tapes was lost while being transferred to a credit reporting bureau.

Experian, a credit reporting agency, told CNN that it was the intended recipient of the tapes. Don Girard, a spokesman for Experian, said the company alerted Citigroup in the last week of May that its regularly scheduled delivery did not arrive. Girard said the tapes were headed for its Data Center in Allen, Texas.

Black at UPS said his company and Citigroup are launching internal investigations, adding there was no evidence of theft or fraudulent activity. UPS ships some 14 million packages a day.

CitiFinancial is inviting customers to enroll via a toll-free number, 1-888-469-8603, in a free credit monitoring service for 90 days.











IPCC Meeting

June 6, 2005

I had 20 minutes to kill so I opened my laptop to work. The SuperComm convention center McCormick Place charges $10 for the day. So I decided to use EVDO and to my surprise the speed of this Verizon service in Chicago was blisteringly fast. It will probably slow as more attendees get to town but I am impressed more than ever with this service...

I just got to the IPCC member meeting (I am sitting here now) and Mike Tribolet of Vonage is giving a great presentation about the growth of Vonage.

Speaking at Interactive Intelligence in Philly

June 6, 2005

I will be speaking at an Interactive Intelligence seminar in Philly on Thursday morning. I hope to see you there.

Here are the details.

Here is the schedule:

June 9, 2005 • Philadelphia, PA

"Best Practices in the IP Contact Center"

Brought to you by Interactive Intelligence®                                                     

8:00 – 8:30 am

Registration & Complimentary Interactive Breakfast                                                                              

8:30 – 8:50 am

Welcome and Introduction

Interactive Intelligence and Best Practices in an IP Contact Center 

Ty Baldwin, Regional Director, Sales, ININ

8:50 – 9:20 am

Keynote - Industry Direction  

Rich Tehrani, President of Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®)

9:20 – 10:00 am

Best Practices in the IP Contact Center    

Network/IT Planning; Clear Plan for Workforce Optimization and Customer Driven Applications  

Peggy Gritt, Senior Director, Global Market Solution, ININ

10:00 – 10:15 am

Break

10:15 – 11:00 am

Customer Interaction Center® (CIC) Live Demo

Scott Ridgway, Technical Sales, ININ

11:00 – 11:15 am

Customer Success Story

Russ Fromkin, Strategic Relations Manager, Intel Corporation

11:15  – 11:30 am

Hitting Home: Keys to Success, Questions and Answers

Ty Baldwin, Regional Director, Sales, ININ

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Complimentary Lunch

“Microsoft-based VoIP:
Improving your Business Communications.

Supercomm Future of VoIP

June 6, 2005

VoIP Controversy In The Sky

June 6, 2005

Of course we are used to all the controversy VoIP is causing on the ground. From naysayers that will tell you the quality is bad to others that will say it is a management headache and government regulators who tell us it isn't secure enough. A new, vibrant and growing industry can get used to such things. But get prepared for the latest discussion -- VoIP in the sky.

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