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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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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SuperComm Party

April 13, 2005

Last year we were invited at the last moment to host a party at Supercomm with the IPCC. We sponsored a cruise for over 100 people and it was one of the best events I was ever part of. I even bought a tux for the occasion (you know you can rent them now?

After the cruise was over, someone at he IPCC suggested we have the party again the next year in the Hancock Building. Not being from Chicago I somehow decided he meant Sears Tower.

Long story short, I reserved the most amazing room in the Sears Tower and we are hosting a party this year on Tuesday, June 7th 5:30-8:00 PM (right after the show ends)

The party is for SuperComm Exhibitors and service providers as well as friends and associates of TMC (you know who you are :-) and of course that stray relative or two of mine that happens to be in the area.

There will be music, food, amazing views, a photographer and some of the Chicago Luvabulls in attendance.

Here are the details.









SuperComm Speaking

April 12, 2005

June seems like it is so far away but it really isn't. I can't believe it it's so close. I am really happy that Supercomm invited me back to speak at their event. I had great fun speaking last year and am sure the audience participation will be just as good this year as last.

Skype Site On Fire

April 12, 2005

Netcordia Enterprise 2000

April 12, 2005

Netcordia just announced an addition to its product line, the Enterprise 2000, which provides network diagnostic support for large networks up to 2,000 routers and switches. It also has configuration policy analysis, which, as you know, is an emerging market in the network management space.

As the name implies, the product supports up to 2,000 routers and switches or up to 60,000 interfaces. With the addition of configuration policy analysis in this model, NetMRI users can easily check every configuration file for accurate policies. The analysis can be automatically performed on a daily basis, or on an ad hoc basis, making this a readily adaptable management tool for busy network managers.  he auto-generated reports highlight the exceptions in a glance, providing correctional guidance as well as a compliance proof source.

The NetMRI line has three other models that have been shipping since 2003, the Campus 200, the Enterprise 500 and the Enterprise 1000.  The models all provide the same interface, reports, root cause analysis, and functional support of VoIP, Wireless, VLANs and IP as the other models; they differ in the size of the network supported.



LexisNexis Breach Worsened

April 12, 2005

According to the AP, Up to 10 times as many people as originally thought may have had their profiles stolen from a LexisNexis database in the United States, publisher and data broker Reed Elsevier Group PLC said Tuesday.

The company reported last month that criminals may have accessed personal details of 32,000 people via a breach of LexisNexis' recently acquired Seisint unit. It now says that figure is closer to 310,000 people.

Reed said it identified 59 incidents since January 2003 in which unauthorized persons, predominantly using IDs and passwords of legitimate Seisint customers, may have fraudulently acquired personal identifying information on thousands of people

Information accessed included names, addresses, Social Security and driver license numbers, but not credit history, medical records or financial information, the company said.

The company said the 59 identified incidents of fraudulently obtained information - 57 at Seisint and two in other LexisNexis units - are largely related to the misappropriation by third parties of IDs and passwords belonging to legitimate customers. It stressed that neither LexisNexis nor the Seisint technology infrastructure was breached by hackers.







Amazon Feedback

April 12, 2005

I ordered a $15 Firewire cable for a new video recorder. I ordered the wrong cable as it turns out. Interestingly this order was placed by an affiliate of Amazon and when I tried to ask if I could exchange it a few e-mails went unanswered.

A few weeks later Amazon sent me a survey asking me if I was satisfied with my order. My response was that the vendor didn’t respond to my two e-mails.

CheckPoint VPN-1 Edge W and Express CI

April 12, 2005

Dictaphone Sells Recording Business

April 12, 2005

Dictaphone Corporation announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with NICE Systems under which NICE will acquire the assets of Dictaphone’s Communication Recording Systems (CRS) business for $38.5 million. The CRS unit is a leading provider of recording systems for 9-1-1 centers and other mission-critical operations in the public safety, financial, and call center markets. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2005, subject to certain closing conditions.

Dictaphone’s sale of the CRS unit is part of its strategy to create a company focused principally on the healthcare information technology market. Dictaphone’s Healthcare Solutions Group deploys dictation, transcription and speech recognition software systems in over half of the hospitals in the U.S. Its solutions automate critical elements in the creation and management of health information, helping healthcare organizations improve productivity and the quality of patient care.

“For several years, we have experienced strong growth and developed an industry leading product portfolio based on speech recognition and natural language processing technologies in our healthcare business,” said Rob Schwager, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dictaphone Corporation.



VoIP 911

April 12, 2005

Seems like the states are going crazy, focusing on why VoIP providers aren’t providing 911 support. According to this VoIP e911 article, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is proposing legislation to get Internet-based phone providers to give customers the same kind of access to 911 operators as those who use regular telephone lines. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the FCC is working with RBOCs who SURPIRISE, aren’t allowing unfettered access to 911 infrastructure. What the mainstream press isn’t picking up on is that many VoIP providers, especially Vonage are trying to provide 911 service that is on par or better than the PSTN.

TParty Changes Computing?

April 11, 2005

Ah, the Boston Tea Party, a watershed event in the history of the United States and the independence of this great country. Just uttering the two words tea party together will make anyone aware of US history think back to ships over two hundred years ago in the Boston harbor with crates of tea leaves floating in harbor.

So it is logical that MIT, a Massachusetts based university would use TParty as the name of its new initiative in cooperation with laptop maker Quanta. What is this initiative you ask? To develop the next-generation of computing.

According to this TechWeb article, TParty's goal is "to create new systems for the development and seamless delivery of information services in a world of smart devices and sensors.



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