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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are...

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The Secret Value of VoLTE

By Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

At Mobile World Congress, I discovered that many network providers still aren’t aware of the broader business values of voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Most knew it readily includes HD voice for clearer calls and reduced background noise, which lets you feel like you’re standing right next to the other person. Most didn’t realize that, in unexpected ways, VoLTE helps them earn more money and increase efficiency.

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How to Kill Shadow IT: Step One - Recognize that Resistance is Futile

By Bryan R. Davies, Senior Director of Enterprise Communications Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

The first step in resolving any problem is to make sure you understand the core issues. So here’s the crucial question for shadow IT: What is the biggest challenge it presents for your IT department?

Holding back the flood?  

Today’s flood of mobile devices and cloud services is making shadow IT a bigger headache than ever before. But it’s nothing new. It started with the first enterprise employee who ever put an application in place without the knowledge or approval of IT staff.
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5 Tips to Get Out of a Sales Slump

Lots of sales professionals go through a sales slump. Nothing is closing. Depression or Panic ensues - or worse, Desperation, that...

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The VoIP Reseller Opportunity

February 21, 2005

Industry pundits say no one is making money in VoIP. People who make predictions like this are so out of touch with reality they are probably on their way to Neverland with the kids for vacation. I keynoted at an ABP user conference and had a "distinguished" speaker from MCI say in front of an audience of resellers that no one is making money in VoIP except for conference organizers! (Here is a hint, his initials are Dr. H.S.) While I can tell you first-hand that the VoIP conference business is doing great, I wasn't prepared for the number of resellers who came up to me at lunch to say they are making a killing selling VoIP products and services.

VoIP Killer Apps

February 21, 2005

Are there really VoIP killer apps out there? While there are heated debates about this issue in Internet Telephony Magazine, I believe there are killer apps and that the killer app of VoIP will be a laundry-list of features as opposed to a single application. Time will tell whether I am correct but in the mean-time I will continue to present you year after year with some of the industry's best and brightest applications for you to evaluate Come see the show and you can judge for your self if killer-apps in VoIP are hype or reality.

Join us in Orchid C at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 24, 2005 to see it in action.

Here is the schedule:







1:00-1:45

Aculab

2:00-2:45

Interstar

3:00-3:45

Nimcat Networks

4:00-4:45

Vonexus


Everyone is eligible to attend this session.

The Future of VoIP

February 21, 2005

Visit a Tier-1 Network Access Point (NAP)

February 21, 2005

VoIP Peering

February 21, 2005

Please check my blog often this week as I will detail the "Can't Miss" sessions from the show. In addition I will be detailing what you need to know at the show and how to best benefit from the intense and in-depth educational experience. What amazes me about Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is how the conference and general sessions at this event truly capture the essence of what is important in our industry. We really haven't missed any important trend.

What's up at ITEXPO?

February 20, 2005

Escape to Miami for ITEXPO

February 20, 2005

As another cold front hits the New England I am on my way to Miami where the weather is projected to be nice and sunny. I checked the attendee database and registrations are still pouring in for our Internet Telephony conference next week.

Planning a show is a great deal like planning a wedding but 10-20 times larger and you don't have a clear idea of how many people are coming until they show up. Sure you have a registration database but that could literally double the week of the show as people often wait to the last minute to make plans.
I am putting the final touches on my VoIP 2.0 presentation today and can't wait to share it with the audience. I have had a great deal of positive feedback on the concept of VoIP 2.0 and I am looking forward to taking this discussion to the next level.

I wish you all a safe trip down to Miami and look forward to greeting you in person at the event.




iMag ------ Nificant

February 19, 2005

Without question, Apple is an amazing company. They started their wildest ride decades ago by popularizing desktop publishing. I was the person who brought desktop publishing to TMC around 1986-1987 and at the time it was sacrilegious to even think about using a PC for his task.

I saw no future in MACs (at least in the long-term) so I didn’t bother purchasing any of these cute little computers. Over the decades, countless artists and editors who love Macs would implore us to get them a Mac. I always said no.

Just Say No To Verizon and MCI

February 19, 2005

The more I think about the Verizon and MCI deal the more I realize this acquisition is not in the best interest of consumers. Verizon is a very strong company and controls the best national wireless network as well as being a very strong ILEC. Getting a hold of MCI's network and customers will make them much stronger and a very powerful force in the market. They will be tough to compete with and as such will have no incentive to lower prices which is always good for consumers.

When regulators look at Wal-Mart they see a company that is becoming more of a monopoly everyday but is lowering prices so dramatically that they can only be seen as good for consumers.

ITEXPO Now 70 Countries Strong!

February 18, 2005

My wife is from Argentina and her family went to Punta Del Este every summer. Kind of like us east-coasters going to the Hamptons. I have been there; it is beautiful. It is part of Uruguay actually, the next county over from Argentina.

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