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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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California Gives Up VoIP Fight

April 15, 2005

IBM Misses

April 15, 2005

Tehrani Speaks at Gold Systems Webinar

April 14, 2005

Where is Rich Tehrani speaking? Everywhere it seems. And I love it. I can’t wait to discuss the growth of the speech market. What many people don’t realize is that speech technologies are changing the way business operates.

PRSourceCode Webinar

April 14, 2005

Videophone For $99

April 14, 2005

Perhaps the biggest news in the VoIP space, ever is this announcement. I have been saying for a while that these devices need to be under $100 for consumer adoption. 8x8 did a very smart thing with this announcement:



SANTA CLARA, Calif.  – April 14, 2005 -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT), provider of  Packet8 broadband voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications services, announced it has reduced the price of the Packet8 Broadband Consumer VideoPhone from $250 (after rebate) to $99 and decreased the monthly service fee from $29.95 to $19.95, effective immediately.

Available direct to consumers at, the newly-priced Packet8 VideoPhone is being sold with a two year service plan which includes unlimited voice and video calls worldwide to another Packet8 Videophone as well as unlimited local and long distance voice-only calls to any phone number in the U.S.

TMC Labs ITMAG Innovation Award

April 14, 2005

Average VoIP URL Day

April 14, 2005

60 is about what I am seeing for VoIP URLs during the week. What caught my eye this week were the following:

The 911 names above are registered to:

Gaines Enterprises

6691 South Marion Street
Littleton, Colorado 80121
United States

The tucows registrations are hidden but I assume they aren’t being registered by tucows, the popular shareware download site.

Here are the rest:

VoIP 911

April 14, 2005

Here is a great post from Tim Denton on how we can solved the VoIP 911 problem. Excerpt:

Today, when you purchase a local telephone service from an incumbent local exchange carrier (i.e. ILECs, e.g. Bell Canada, TELUS, Verizon, SBC, etc.) emergency telephony comes with it.


April 13, 2005

From Marketwatch:

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday announced the creation of a new coalition to push for a re-write of the nation's telecommunications laws.

The group, called TeleCONSENSUS - includes roughly 60 companies, local Chambers of Commerce and trade associations.

The group also includes three Baby Bells - Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), SBC Communications Inc. (SBC) and BellSouth Corp (BLS) - as well as the National Association of Manufacturers and Time Warner Inc. (TWX).

"The Telecom Act is almost 10 years old, which is an eternity in the high-tech world," said Thomas Donohue, chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking at the launch of the new trade group, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, chairman of the House Commerce Committee, said he will "start with a clean sheet of paper" on telecom reform and hopes to have legislation through the House in the spring or summer and then "see if we can't come together" with the Senate.

Reform backers say the 1996 Act, which didn't even mention the Internet, is woefully outdated at a time when new technologies like Internet telephony, known as VOIP, and video over broadband are breaking down the walls that once separated different types of telecommunications services.

The Chamber estimates that reforming telecom laws would add 212,000 jobs over a five-year period and lead to $58 billion in new investment.

Donohue said the Chamber is prepared to commit between $100,000 and $500,000 annually on telecom reform advocacy.

Asked about reform prospects, Donohue said he doesn't expect it this year but hopes telecom legislation can be enacted during the current two-year Congressional session.

Senator Ford On My Blog

April 13, 2005

I just came across this post on my blog about Indiana telco regulations from The Honorable David Ford, Indiana State Senator of District 19. You have to scroll down to see the comments. I am not sure how I missed this before and am extremely humbled to have my blog be a forum for this crucial dialogue between the government and the people.

I have to admit that after the Warren Buffet letter to TMCnet, this may be the most important thing that has happened to our site. Oh yes, there was the time when Al Gore keynoted one of our events and we were told he was monitoring our site from time to time.

I wonder if George Bush ever gets a chance to check out TMCnet. Does Air Force one have VoIP?

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