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Why is the PSTN Long Tail So Long?

Even though VoIP and IP communications in general is now dominating all landline communications, why is the PSTN still there?  Why doesn’t...

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Cloudstudio with Your UCaaS, Would You Like Fries With That?

McDonald's is famous for asking customers if they want fries with their order and as a result, over the years, they have...

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Martello Offers Unique SD-WAN Solutions

Martello Technologies has become one of the more interesting players in the SD-WAN space - by purchasing Elfiq - one of the first...

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New Rev.io REST API Helps Carriers Reduce Leakage, Improve ROI

Revenue leakage among carriers is close to a billion dollars and as new services come on line, the complexity of managing various...

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As an enterprise, why you should care about 5G

As an enterprise, why should you care about 5G?  I mean, after all, it means new phones, new bring your own...

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New VTech Devices Bring SIP and Key System Functionality to Business

Sometimes you need to go backward to go forward is what we thought when we met for an exclusive interview with...

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Jenne Becomes Leading UCaaS Value-Added Distributor

As resellers evolve from selling telecom hardware like PBXs to UCaaS, they often need help to figure out how to do it...

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Amazon.com Customer Care Center

September 13, 2005

Greg on eBay/Skype

September 12, 2005

Continental Airlines Workstations

September 12, 2005

US Robotics And VoIP

September 12, 2005

I mentioned recently that just about every company needs a VoIP strategy. You can embrace it, ignore it or just watch it. Regardless, you need a strategy. US Robotics now as a VoIP strategy.

The irony here is that the company built its business selling modems which off course transmitted data on telephone lines.

Oracle Buys Siebel

September 12, 2005

Oracle Buys Siebel

Months back I mentioned in my High Priority column in Customer Interaction Solutions magazine that there are web rumors of Oracle buying Siebel. Siebel is the perfect company for Oracle to acquire as it allows Ellison’s company to get large amounts of new maintenance revenue to help fuel the company’s need to constantly grow.

Today MarketWatch reported that indeed Oracle will purchase Siebel for $3.6 billion dollars.

This is not a good deal for the customer in my opinion as Siebel is the CRM leader and as such is focused exclusively on the customer relationship management market. A purchase by Oracle will no doubt dilute focus and attention from CRM, making it just another product line instead of a core strategy.

We can expect reduced innovation as there will be more of a focus on a cohesive software strategy as opposed to making and selling the world’s best CRM software.

Others will argue that in a world where integration becomes more and more important, Oracle will be able to leverage Siebel and have it talk seamlessly with other applications in the company’s portfolio. Yes, that is true but it removes the best of breed argument IT managers make when deciding what products to purchase.









eBay Buys Skype for $2.6 Billion

September 12, 2005

After all the rumors of eBay purchasing Skype and the downplaying by both companies, the acquisition is official today. As I mention in prior postings the significance of this announcement to the VoIP market cannot be understated. Ebay has finally helped the market put a valuation on a VoIP company and I am sure VCs and other companies in the space are ecstatic.

That is not to say everything is fine and dandy. BusinessWeek talks of frothy VoIP markets and other terms not heard since Allan Greenspan tried to talk down the Internet boom in the late nineties.

Whether 2.6 billion dollars is too much money to pay for a company with forward looking earnings (well 2005 anyway) of $60 million is unknown as Skype really has no equal in the VoIP space.



Fiber And VoIP In New Orleans

September 11, 2005

USA Today does a really good job with their technology stories. They really understand what is happening in telecom and other areas of technology and their reporters deserve a lot of credit. I recently added USA Today to my RSS reader and was blown away with the recent story I read titled Rebuilt New Orleans could be cutting edge. The general idea is that New Orleans can be a model city with fiber and IP and VoIP to every home.

Murphy’s Law

September 11, 2005

Sure enough. It was bound to happen. Don’t ever praise one piece of electronics at the expense of the other. No sooner did I sing the praises of the IBM T42P computer did it crash and burn.

Speaking In Seattle Next Week

September 10, 2005

Here are the details on the agenda for the conference I will be speaking at on Tuesday of next week in Seattle Washington. Hope to see you there.

Details (Interactive Intelligence in the morning and Vonexus in the afternoon)





"Best Practices for Migrating Your Contact Center to VoIP"

Brought to you by Interactive Intelligence®                                                 

8:00 – 8:30 am

Registration & Complimentary Interactive Breakfast                                                                               

8:30 – 8:40 am

Welcome and Introduction

Interactive Intelligence and Best Practices in an IP Contact Center 

Mark Piskadlo, Western Region Director, Sales, ININ

8:40 – 9:10 am

Keynote - Industry Direction  

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

9:10 – 9:40 am

Change Management

Ivy Meadors, Founder and CEO of High Tech High Touch Solutions, Inc.

9:40 – 9:50 am

Break

9:50 – 10:30 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

10:30 – 11:00 am

Customer Interaction Center® (CIC) Live Demo

Scott Ridgway, Technical Sales, ININ

11:00 – 11:15 am

Customer Success Story

John Andrews, Effective Teleservices

11:15  – 11:30 am

Hitting Home: Keys to Success, Questions and Answers

Mark Piskadlo, Western Region Director, Sales, ININ

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Complimentary Lunch

“Microsoft-based VoIP:
Improving your Business Communications. Lowering your Communications Costs.”

Brought to you by Vonexus                                                              

1:00 – 1:10 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Vonexus and the Microsoft®-based IP PBX

Mark Piskadlo, Western Region Director, Sales, ININ

1:10 – 1:40 pm

Keynote - VoIP Insights and Market Direction  

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

1:40 – 2:20 pm

Maximizing your ROI for deployment of an IP phone system  

Brit Vickner, Channel Development Manager, Vonexus

2:20 – 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 – 3:00 pm

A Live Look: The Integrated Microsoft®-based VoIP Phone System  

Enterprise Interaction Center® (EIC) Live Demo

Brit Vickner, Channel Development Manager, Vonexus

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Customer Success Story

Peter Grilley, ChemPoint

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Hitting Home: Keys to Success, Questions and Answers

Mark Piskadlo, Western Region Director, Sales, ININ

 

The TV Broke

September 10, 2005

After eight years of illustrious service my rear-projection TV died. I ordered a new Sony TV online. It is also rear-projection but had good reviews and I think I will like it a lot. The price online was much lower than in the store and although I feel guilty for not buying in the store where I saw the set, if the price difference is huge I am just not going to throw away good money that the oil companies would prefer I donate to a better cause – like lining their pockets for example.
 
By the way, this weekend I had the displeasure of filling up my tank at what must be the world’s slowest pump.

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