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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry...

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The Race to Gigabit is About Business

The cable companies racing to Gigabit networks isn't about delivering ultra-fast broadband to consumers. The Gigabit announcements get them good PR...

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Four Ways Cable Operators Can Boost the Customer Experience

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

The customer experience has always mattered, but its importance has grown in recent years. This has been driven by increased global competition, including the almost instant availability of alternations, and the rising expectations by fickle and informed consumer. Yet, cable operators have a long way to travel if they want to deliver the customer experience (CX) that consumers demand.

The Temkin Group’s Q3 2014 survey of 10,000 US consumers’ opinions about goods and services registered the lowest ranking average Net Promoter Score (NPS) for pay TV providers, a telling statistic. Internet service providers did almost as poorly, coming in only one position higher.

“As technology innovations drive shifts in consumer behavior and open new service opportunities, operators must start eliminating pain points,” stressed Alcatel-Lucent’s Nicholas Cadwgan in a recent TechZine article, Cable MSOs transform the customer experience. “This includes any obstacles that will impede their ability to launch and provide adequate care and quality assurance for those services.”

Cadwgan lays out four customer experience management (CEM) areas that cable operators should focus on.

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HP Can't Compete in Public Cloud as Amazon Machine Learning Launches

There are long-term trends in technology we all know are happening. Computers will get more powerful. More devices will be connected. Finally,...

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Citrix and Grasshopper Make a Good Pair

Citrix has many products - DaaS, NetScaler, ZenApp, SingleSignon and the GoTo suite of products: GoToAssist, GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar, Podio...

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Intel VoIP Happenings

March 20, 2005

Lots of interesting things are happening over at Intel. They have a really interesting array microphone that allows more life-like conferencing. Diamondware has integrated with the microphone technology and their 3-d and stereo conferencing solutions. They're doing their best to further interoperability standards in areas such as SIP where there are so many different proprietary extensions.

Telchemy and TI

March 20, 2005

SIPquest, Nortel and Presence

March 20, 2005

Apple Changes Industry

March 20, 2005

Among the countless industry's Apple has changed over the years from desktop publishing to graphic arts/design, music and video... There could be a new one on the horizon. The company is responsible for a beautification of rack mountable computers in telecom and elsewhere. In the next few years, expect to see more rack mountable servers available in iPOD white.

Bezel design of all things is becoming a differentiator in communications and elsewhere.



Nuera's orca: A Pioneer



IMO this whole bezel design thing started in August of 1999 when I wrote about Nuera's Orca VoIP gateway.





Cisco Linksys Rumor

March 20, 2005

Belkin CallEverywhere

March 20, 2005

Having written about telecom for years, I must say I was excited about the opportunity to step into the voice-activated phone booth of the future. This is Belkin's (Belkin news, Belkin VoIP news, alert) idea of what it will look like and it is a high-tech wonder. Sure, they probably know that phone booths will never again have a place in our future due to the advent of the cell phone but hey, at a trade show, you need to do what you can to get attention.

The idea worked. At our ITEXPO show in Miami, the Miami Herald (free registration required) decided to take a picture of one of their phone booths and use it as a story that ran on one of the covers of their newspaper.



The phone booth was really amazing as it uses voice recognition and touch screen technology to allow you to connect with your party over VoIP.

GN 8120 USB

March 20, 2005

Sometimes the simplest of products are the most important. GN Netcom has invented lots of new products and technologies but perhaps their simplest one will become the most popular.

I recently witnessed their GN 8120 USB headset adapter, a simple 3-button devices allowing you to take advantage of some VoIP features without the need to interact with the computer. Buttons can perform different functions such as picking up the phone or hanging up. A two-button combo can stand for 911, and you can program the buttons as you see fit.

Skype Bluetooth Headset

March 20, 2005

I've been promoting bluetooth for years and it seems like the technology is finally catching on like mad in the states. That is why I got excited when I read this post on TMCnet that talks about a Skype bluetooth headset.

Dear All,

We have completed a two month trial for the SkypeHeadset, a plugin application for Skype that allow users of Bluetooth headsets to control accepting, terminating and muting calls in Skype from their headsets. It also comes with quick-dial and auto-dial features. This is the link to the previous announcement http://forum.skype.com/viewtopic.php?t=14703

This application was released to a group of Skype users to evaluate, test and report any usability issues.





AJaX: Two steps forward... Two steps back?

March 20, 2005

(From www.java.net)

Day one of TSSJS has been a mix of wow! and doh!


Like Ed, I've been intrigued by the promise of AJaX, but when I consider it in a wider context I'm a bit concerned.

The basic message of AJaX is that modern browsers, through a combination of JavaScript and XmlHttpRequest, provide an advanced client that allows you to write rich client interfaces without the need to deploy a plugin.

So far so good, but when you look at the mechanisms that are currently available to take advantage of AJaX, a boatload of JavaScript embedded in an HTML file, you will probably experience a sickening feeling of deja vu all over again.

AJaX totally blows the idea of seperating presentation markup and code snippets.



Dangling Broadband From the Phone Stick

March 19, 2005

I spent some time in Starbucks today and didn't have my laptop. Half of me felt about as guilty as a human being can feel because I have a T-Mobile hotspot subscription and I could actually feel the WiFi passing through me. I had lots of ideas to blog but I had no outlet.

So I did what other people seem to do when they have no broadband access, I picked up a New York Times and started reading. I came across a story that confirms something I have been writing about for a while.

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