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News Tidbits Part 2923

A lot of lit tidbits popping up. If you follow me on twitter, then you may have seen some of this...

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Realizing The Benefits

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

Significant investments require significant returns. How do companies ensure their benefits are measured, tracked and realized during IP Transformation Programs? 

Success Is Not Guaranteed

Think about the hardest project you have ever delivered. Just think back… that one ‘special project’, the one that spiraled out of control, the one where the requirements kept changing, the one where the objectives kept moving, the one project that would not de-scope, where the tsunami of work was towering over the team, and impossible deadlines were looming. Yes, that one.

Most of us have experienced THAT project. And we probably sat with our colleagues, asking ourselves how a project under such pressure could even exist. Why would the sponsors not revise the scope, refocus the team, or even reinvest the budget elsewhere?

We all know that technical projects can go awry. IT, Networking and Engineering projects – famously 50% overrun on budget, and many are cancelled altogether.

So, what are the figures for complex Transformation Programs?  For Programs where IT, Network, Operations and Engineering are undergoing change simultaneously. With an objective eye, it’s easy to question how any of them actually deliver results. But indeed they do.

But, how, and what can we measure to be certain we are achieving the desired results?

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WebRTC Customer Service Benefits Retailers and Shoppers - Video Demo

"If you're shopping and need information about a specific product, and you can't find a salesperson around, scan the bar code [of...

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Buck the Trend Be Cool at Convergence India and ITEXPO East January 2016

Investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, early adopters and evangelists want to be a part of every best thing, and much of that is coming...

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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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Airplane Cell Phones

July 15, 2005

We are living in a converged world and I am just a converged guy. "The last thing most air passengers want is to be forced to listen to their neighbor chat on their cell phone about their ailments, their dating problems, the latest reality TV show or up-to-the-minute estimates of time of arrival," says Rep. John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure's subcommittee on aviation. Today his panel was discussing whether we should have cell phones on flights. Perhaps Blackberries should be allowed but not phones was one of the discussion points.

Cisco VoIP Flaws

July 15, 2005

Cisco recently released fixes for security flaws in its CallManager product line. Flaws are of various types from resource leaks to weak resistance to malformed packets. There is also sensitivity to denial of service attacks. The impact of these vulnerabilities are potential breaches of confidentiality, higher CPU utilization, and potentially phones not responding.

I wonder, will Cisco be the hacker target in the VoIP world that Microsoft is in the PC world?

TMCnet in Top 4,000 Sites in World

July 14, 2005

Recently, thanks to loyal readers like yourself, TMCnet crossed the 4,000 mark meaning our site is in the top 4,000 sites in the world. This is according to Alexa, a division of Sites are ranked by both unique visitors and page views over time with penalties going to sites that bring momentary spikes in traffic.

We are honored to be in this elite group of the world’s top web sites and are noticing that on many days of the week, TMCnet’s traffic is in the top 2,500 sites in the world!

If you want to track how websites rank quickly, download the Alexa toolbar and see for yourself. Here is a large graph of TMCnet’s ranking growth over the years.

To facilitate this amazing growth we have turned to web hosting for some of our content, ordered a T3, and we are adding new content servers to our network on a regular basis.

Next week we unveil a brand new TMCnet which has been under development for many months.

Jack Welch on China

July 14, 2005

More On BellSouth Vonage Purchase

July 14, 2005

Mark Evans does some great analysis of the rumor I reported on yesterday of BellSouth buying Vonage. Does it seem logical to me that each Vonage customer is worth $4,375? No way. My editorial team beat the bushes looking to confirm this story and as you might expect BellSouth had no comment.

An area that Mark didn’t explore in this blog post is the hype surrounding XM and Sirius satellite radio.

BellSouth to Buy Vonage

July 13, 2005

E911 and VoIP Deadline

July 13, 2005

Playing with FireFox

July 13, 2005

I have been using FireFox more and more recently and was amused to find out
that when I went to Microsoft Office
I was told I need to use IE to download the required patches. I am
no expert on monopolies but there seems to be something unfair about being
forced into having a copy of IE on hand to make sure you can upgrade your

The same thing holds true for Windows
. I would think the EU and the DOJ/FTC would be up in arms about such

Here is the e-mail regarding a security flaw in Office that started me down
this path:

 National Cyber Alert System

 Technical Cyber
Security Alert TA05-193A

 Microsoft Windows, Internet
Explorer, and Word Vulnerabilities

 Original release date: July 12, 2005

 Last revised: --

 Source: US-CERT

Systems Affected

 * Microsoft Windows

 * Microsoft Office

 * Microsoft Internet Explorer

 For more complete information, refer
to the Microsoft Security

 Bulletin Summary for July, 2005.


 Microsoft has released updates that
address critical vulnerabilities

 in Windows, Office, and Internet
Explorer. Exploitation of these

 vulnerabilities could allow a remote,
unauthenticated attacker to

 execute arbitrary code on an affected

I. Description

 Microsoft Security Bulletins for July,
2005 address vulnerabilities in

 Windows, Office, and Internet

Voice Vision International

July 13, 2005

A long time friend of TMC has
recently changed jobs and I thought it worth sharing. Also within the release
is a mention of Keith Kelly, a pioneer in VoIP and IP contact center
technology. He was years ahead of his time when he launched NetSpeak
Corporation in the 1995-1996 timeframe:

After 14 years with West TeleServices, Ray Golden has
resigned his position with West Teleservices in
order to join up with Voice Vision
as Senior Vice President New Business Development for their
Teleservices division. Ray had originally started in the telemarketing business
with the West's at their first telemarketing operation, WATS Marketing of
America, where he stayed for 8 years before joining the West's again at West

Voice Vision TeleServices was founded on the core principle of providing better
cost-effective telephony and Internet communication solutions that utilize
state-of-the-art technology to increase profitability and reduce overhead for
all our clients.

VoIP Developer to Sell Out

July 12, 2005

We got word recently from our show hotel that they are about to sell out. Here is a summary of what is happening with the show from a recent e-mail we sent:

With three weeks remaining until the VoIP Developer Conference begins in San Francisco, I wanted to update you with some important news.

1. Growing attendee list boasts many impressive companies - Earthlink, Oracle, RIM (Blackberry), AOL. Each of these companies has purchased a Diamond Team Plan and are sending four delegates to attend the conference program.

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