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Why E-Mail Sucks and How to Make it Smarter

Many of us live in email. I get hundreds per day and I need almost every message. I am also a source...

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The Contact Center's Seemingly Oxymoronic Play: How to Decrease Costs Yet Improve Customer Service

I was recently asked to talk to some of our many contact center customers about the new contact center trends.  It...

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The New Facet of Customer Experience Management - Field Service 2.0

By: Rhodo Odysseos, Product/Solution Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, and Jess Verbruggen, Motive Integrated Marketing Assistant, Alcatel-Lucent

Traditionally, communications service providers (CSPs) have treated the field service aspect of their organization as a cost center. Field technicians engaged in maintenance activities were simply a part of the cost of doing business.  More recently, the communications industry in general and the field service arena in particular, has been disrupted by immense changes in the customer profile, service expectations, and behaviors.

Field service is often the only face of the company that a customer will ever see, so it’s not a surprise that CSPs are striving to make a positive impact on customers in this realm. Achieving full potential in field service saves CSPs a lot of time and money. Productivity and efficiency reviews targeted at field service operations, done correctly, can reinforce other areas of the business by increasing customer satisfaction and improving safety and quality. 

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Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Thank You Irwin

March 2, 2005

Workforce Management News

March 2, 2005

InVision Software, workforce management software specialists, sign Compeer -- Sweden's leading call centre provider

InVision Software has won a major contract with Compeer, one of Sweden's leading call centre provider. InVision has been selected to implement their Staff Planning System (SPS) for a workforce of five hundred Compeer agents. The InVision system will optimise staffing schedules across various departments within the company, including customer service, technical support and telemarketing. The Compeer call centres operate a demanding schedule, running a 24-hour service, 365 days a year.

Compeer has over 20 customers in different industries, including names such as ICA Bank, Boxer and Statoil.



VoIP Funding

March 2, 2005

Cisco Leads in VoIP

March 2, 2005

Cisco rules Q4 Enterprise VoIP

A quarterly research report Enterprise VoIP Equipment: Q4 2004 Update published by iLocus today reveals that Cisco dominates the IP Phones, IP PBX, and Enterprise VoIP gateway segments.

In Q4 2004, Cisco had market shares of 37%, 27%, and 57% respectively in IP Phones, IP PBX, and Enterprise VoIP gateway segments. 

According to the report, an estimated 1.29 million desktop IP phones were shipped in Q4 of the year 2004, thereby generating a revenue of about $193.66 million worldwide.

In Q4, migration of enterprise voice networks towards IP systems had a major boost accounting for a high volume of IP PBX shipments. Vendors shipped a total of about 2.03 million IP PBX end user licenses in the quarter, thereby generating revenue of $205.59 million.

The report also estimates market size and market shares in segments including Enterprise VoIP Gateways, Voice-enabled 802.11 Chipsets, VoIP-over-WiFi Handsets, and ATAs.

For further details on the report please visit http://www.ilocus.com/enterpriseq404.htm











WiFi GPS

March 2, 2005

I spend so much time talking about VoIP killer apps, I figured I would share some info on a WiFi killer app with you. Large enterprises need to track all sorts of things and this is a way for them to inexpensively (relatively anyway) achieve this goal.


Ekahau Announces New Wi-Fi Tag and Positioning Engine Versions

Ekahau Positioning Engine 3.1 calculates more locations per second and supports Ekahau's new T201 Wi-Fi location tag.

Dallas, TX - March 2nd, 2005 - Ekahau, Inc., the leading provider of accurate Wi-Fi positioning solutions and site survey tools, today announced the general availability of the Ekahau Positioning Engine version 3.1, and the second generation Wi-Fi Location-tracking Tag T201.

With these new enhancements, Ekahau can now provide large enterprises a turnkey Wi-Fi RTLS (Real Time Location System) solution, with industry leading accuracy, performance and reliability. The Ekahau RTLS system can be deployed over any standard Wi-Fi network and provides real-time location information of mobile enterprise resources, assets and people.

Large enterprises adopting Wi-Fi for data and voice purposes are creating a natural enabling infrastructure for Ekahau's RTLS solution.

Unlike competing location-tracking systems, Ekahau technology can be easily deployed wherever there is Wi-Fi coverage, without disrupting the facility's daily operation.










Speech and the W3C

March 2, 2005

Big news in speech and standards. Loquendo is working with the W3C or the Worldwide Web Consortium to bring a higher level of standardization to speech technology.

Loquendo TTS Powers W3C Standardization Activities

Loquendo, the global speech technology company, today announced that as part of ongoing commitment to W3C standardization activities, it has donated its world-class speech technologies, including the Loquendo TTS text-to-speech engine, Loquendo ASR automatic speech recognition and the VoxNauta(tm) speech platform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for creating speech-enabled demos, especially in the Multimodal Interaction field.

The W3C Multimodal Interaction Activity seeks to extend the Web to allow users to dynamically select the most appropriate mode of interaction for their current needs, whilst enabling developers to provide an effective user interface for whichever modes the user selects. Depending on the device, users will be able to provide input via speech, handwriting, and keystrokes, with output presented through displays, pre-recorded and synthetic speech, audio, and tactile mechanisms.

The first Multimodal Interaction Group demo powered by Loquendo Technology will be presented today during the W3C Technical Plenary in Boston.







Spirit Conferencing

March 2, 2005

Conferencing is something that VoIP does with ease. CoIP or conferencing over IP will be a killer app, one of many in the VoIP world. The cost of doing conferencing using VoIP is so low that it makes no sense to conference any other way. We are already seeing conferencing proliferate in video games and soon we will see widespread use of conferencing in a myriad of apps aimed at teens as well as business people.

I have often said that "Ambient Telephony," is a part of VoIP 2.0 and is how families will communicate in the future.

Costa Rica VoIp

March 2, 2005

You want to go to jail? Try using VoIP in Costa Rica. At least that is what the future could hold. Here is a great article from TMCnet's David Sims titled Is VoIP Illegal in Latin America?

Yahoo! Free Ice Cream

March 2, 2005

If you are addicted to blogs like I am there is a chance you leave a somewhat sedentary life and like me the last thing need is a free scoop of Baskin-Robbins. Still, I am trying to serve the public interest here and as such I feel compelled to let you know that Yahoo! Is celebrating its ten year anniversary, which is pretty amazing if you stop and think about all the controversy this company helped create.

Ten years ago, Yahoo! was THE dotcom. We all talked about them They really helped shape the direction of the Internet over the years and showed that an Internet company with an advertising based revenue model could be very successful.

Video on Demand

March 2, 2005

There is still investment money to be had in the video market. Look closely at the investors below. Two of them are cable companies, which should tell you something about how cable companies view the success of the VOD market. The companies are Time Warner Investments and Comcast Interactive Capital.

Arroyo Closes $12 Million to Accelerate its Growth in Advanced Video Services

Funding Led by Matrix Partners, with all Prior Investors Participating Kim Kelly Steps Down as CEO, Remains on Board of Directors; Paul Sherer Named Interim CEO

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