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Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos.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

May 16, 2005

I am speaking at Interactive Intelligence and Vonexus seminars tomorrow. I am looking forward to the trip and the talk. Speaking in front of an audience energizes me and the seminars put on by this company are always excellent -- attracting large crowds of quality people who always ask intelligent questions.

The last time I spoke at one of these seminars the crowds were similar for the call center and enterprise IP PBX sessions. I am going to spend some time differentiating my talks so that both are full of useful content and information you can use.

I hope to see you there.

PS: I am flying out of Westchester airport and can tell you from experience that if you lice in Fairfield County, CT or are within 30 miles of this airport -- Use it if you can.





Light Reading For Sale

May 16, 2005

Check Point and VoIP

May 16, 2005

What do you do when Microsoft decides your niche is worth taking away from you? Come out with a slew of new products of course. Try to stay one step ahead. Tom Keating details how Check Point has announced NGX.

Bill Gates Improves Education

May 15, 2005

So many people hate Microsoft and have demonized Bill Gates. Some extremely upset critics have even thrown a pie in his face. If you are a technology company, the name Microsoft should scare you as there is no niche in technology this company won't purse, dominate and eventually rule -- if they have their way of course.

But the side of Bill gates that many people don't see is the one that donates billions to charities around the world. It seems the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation may even be responsible for changing the US education system.

The foundation has education programs in place in over 42 states and has donated 2.3 billion dollars into educating future generations of students.

Gates is a product of intensive hands-on instruction courtesy of Seattle's private Lakeside School.





Good One

May 13, 2005

FCC on May 19th

May 13, 2005

There is a good chance I will have my second daughter on May 19th and this is the day the FCC will hold its open commission meeting to discuss wireline competition. More specifically they will be discussing E911 and how VoIP service providers will have to enable 911 on their networks.

I am watching these events with a bit of concern and at the same time hope that whatever the commission decides VoIP providers will be able to implement quickly. Hopefully the process will be painless as well.

Still the FCC could decide anything and perhaps that is what scares me just a bit. They could make it very difficult for VoIP service providers if they so choose.



Cold Stone Creamery

May 13, 2005

Are you kidding? I get to write about a topic I have far too much knowledge on? Ice cream?? Great news. And I get paid?

Cognitronics Loss

May 12, 2005

I had to write this when I saw that Cognitronics lost money in its latest quarter. The company actually had a net loss of .8 million compared to 1.4 million a year earlier so they are slowly growing – or at least bleeding less money than a year ago.

The following statement from Brian Kelley in the Cognitronics release struck me:

"The telecommunications marketplace continues to make headlines in 2005 as two more of the largest telecommunications service providers announced their intentions to merge. In the absence of real growth, consolidation rules," said Brian J. Kelley, president and chief executive officer of Cognitronics. "After years of excess infrastructure build-out, these service providers, our customers, continue to maximize the capacity of their existing network infrastructure.



Packet8 Slams Vonage

May 12, 2005

OK perhaps the slam is indirect but the message is loud and clear… Ours works and yours doesn’t. Today Packet8 announced that their VoIP ser vice has 911 that works in 2,024 rate centers covering 43 states. The company put out a release today and in it they say:

Unlike "911" services marketed by some other VoIP providers, whereby a call to 911 is intercepted by the VoIP provider and forwarded to a regular, non-emergency telephone number, Packet8's E911 call is routed as 911 emergency traffic and is accompanied by caller information.  Packet8's E911 services enable emergency personnel to ensure that callers receive the exact same response that they receive from 911 services provided by landline incumbent telephone carriers.  The Packet8 E911 implementation routes a subscriber's call directly to a 911 operator and eliminates unnecessary dialog about callers' whereabouts, which is vital in cases where a caller may not be able to verbally communicate due to an emergency condition.


Boy, I wonder who they are talking about. As I wrote about today, Having the best product doesn’t mean anything, it is the best marketer than wins every battle.


I Can Hear You Now, Can You?

May 12, 2005

Verizon Wireless I love you, I hate you, I love you, I hate you. Why must you have the best wireless service? Extremely fast EVDO access? Calls that rarely drop and then put me through hell daily?

I used to use a GSM network phone and the service was terrible.

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