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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Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos.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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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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FCC Martin on Broadband

June 3, 2005

David Isenberg has a great post on the FCC and Kevin Martin’s priorities. Apparently Martin says that broadband is the number priority of the FCC.



Here are some key quotes:

Getting broadband rules right "will involve not only making sure we have the right regulatory framework for that infrastructure, but addressing issues like what are the services that ride over that infrastructure and what are the social obligations that go along with that like the expectation that people have to connect to local public safety officials."

"The free market is a better way for delivering innovation to consumers," he said. "The most important role of government in that sense is setting an environment in which the benefits of that free market can flow to consumers."






All I can say is thank you Chairman Martin.

Barrales For Open FCC Seat

June 3, 2005

Satellite Internet – It’s Back

June 3, 2005

I remember in the mid nineties – was it 1995? -- I was at an Internet World show in LA and I met with people from DirecPC, a division of DirecTV who extolled the virtues of browsing by satellite. I was intrigued but never tried the service. According to the WSJ a new effort is underway from a number of companies to provide us once again with satellite Internet service.

Veraz Maps IMS to its Softswitch

June 2, 2005

Veraz Networks new ControlSwitch modules map easily to the leading NGN groups. Groups such as ETSI TISPAN, MSF, ITU, ATIS are evaluating adoption of the core IMS within their reference architectures to provide mobility and simplify service delivery to any access network.

The ControlSwitch enables carriers to achieve a graceful migration path that exploits full network and subscriber service convergence across wireless and wireline networks. The advanced ControlSwitch architecture provides a path for service providers interested in enhanced business models, such as Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). These networks will then leverage the power of the core IMS-ready softswitch to deliver voice and/or multimedia services to subscribers across any available access network, including over broadband access media such as DSL, cable, metro Ethernet or wireless broadband, in addition to mobile networks and existing narrowband digital loop systems.

“Carriers will deploy IMS in stages; initially wireline operators will use the technology in order to upgrade their switching architecture to facilitate value added voice services to curb decreasing voice revenues.



Botaxes

June 1, 2005

A while back I received an e-mail or comment on my blog, I really cant remember where I saw it. The gist of fit was that the government will just basically tax everything it can. VoIP, luxury cars, whatever it can find. That is how they generate revenue and saving and slashing costs is not a popular concept in the government.

I was reminded about this comment today when I was reading a WSJ article titled The Nose-Job Tax where NJ has already instituted a cosmetic surgery tax last summer.

Covad Investment

June 1, 2005

I received this request about Covad today. This was in response to recent article. I feel like the Jim Cramer of VoIP Here is the question and answer:

Question:

Mr. Tehrani,

I just finished reading you article, “Best VoIP Investments of 2005“ (published in February 2005) and noticed you didn’t make mention of COVAD Communications. The article seemed to focus more on smaller companies that were marketing specific, niche-type capabilities, as well as peer-to-peer technology, and perhaps that’s why COVAD was not mentioned.





WiFi in Church

June 1, 2005

BT may have WiFi enabled the first church – well at least the first one I have heard of. The church is in Wales and the Reverend Keith Kimber at St John’s Rectory Church in Cardiff said, “The church has to move with the times and I wanted to make St John's a sanctuary for everyone, including business people with laptops and mobiles." He continued, "I have no problem with people quietly sending an email or surfing the Internet in church, as long as they respect the church." I am pretty impressed by this whole concept of Internet access in houses of worship. What is next? Perhaps bibles and Korans will be read electronically?

Digicel Points

June 1, 2005

I was in Aruba last year and noticed Digicel was the leading (only?) provider on the island. Digicel puts out a steady stream of releases and seems pretty forward thinking. As a monopoly provider you would think hey would sit back and count money. This doesn’t seem to be the case.

Digicel Points

June 1, 2005

I was in Aruba last year and noticed Digicel was the leading (only?) provider on the island. Digicel puts out a steady stream of releases and seems pretty forward thinking. As a monopoly provider you would think hey would sit back and count money. This doesn’t seem to be the case.

Arbinet VoIP Peering

June 1, 2005

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