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How Nuance is Powering the Voice Economy

It's no secret that voice interfaces have become one of the most successful product categories in recent years. With the price point...

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FCC and FTC Co-Host April 23rd Expo on Robocall Blocking

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a Stop Illegal Robocalls Expo on Monday, April...

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Why Not Move to Cloud Fax?

  The last couple of weeks I explored the topic of SIP Trunking.   One of the benefits I discussed is that cloud...

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Jabra Responds To Evolving Workplace with Engage 65, 75

After exhausting interviews with 400 call center professionals and IT administrators, Jabra set out to design headsets for the evolving workplace. Respondents...

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CounterPath Now does Collaboration

President and CEO Donovan JonesYears before it was fashionable, CounterPath had a soft-client, allowing an app to give mobile devices compatibility with...

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Kollective Improves Network Performance via P2P Technology

Enterprise network congestion on continues to be a problem as software updates and files continue to grow in size. Add to these challenges,...

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Could Scheduling Logins Make us Safer?

Hackers are relentless. Today it was discovered the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) suffered at least 240 data breaches and another 800 suspected...

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Siebel Slams Salesforce.com

June 21, 2005

Sometimes when you receive an e-mail, it is best to pass it along in you blog without much editing or rewriting. Such is the case with this e-mail from Siebel who basically blasted Salesforce.com in what I can say is perhaps the most strategic “dig” I have ever seen in this business. Even though Salesforce.com has had some significant customer wins recently, Siebel fought back in a way that doesn’t take Salesforce.com head on but instead it erodes their mindshare lead and creates a lot of doubt about using Salesforce.com in a large scale implementation where considerable customization is needed.

This single paragraph is perhapos the crux of the entire argument being made. I haven’t verified the facts but assume they are accurate (unless I hear otherwise – Salesforce – you reading??)

One of the primary reasons Siebel has been able to deliver innovative technology so rapidly is that we invested approximately $299 million in R&D last year -- 22% of our total revenues.



Vemail Instead of E-Mail

June 21, 2005

A while back I switched to Verizon Wireless from T-Mobile as I often had dropped calls on the T-Mobile’s GSM network. One thing I missed from being on GSM was the great devices the GSM networks supported such as SonyEricsson phones that have e-mail clients built into them. I often used the voice recording function of the phone to then e-mail a WAV file to others. It was such a great productivity booster.

Alas, when I switched to Verizon I ended up with a phone that supports bluetooth but is so handicapped in features and has such a terrible user interface that I feel deprived when I use it.

AT&T WiMAX Deployment

June 21, 2005

Vonage and Avaya

June 20, 2005

The old adage of eating  one’s dog food is what is referred to when a company uses its own products internally. This is exactly what I thought of when I saw the announcement from Avaya that Vonage will be using their IP contact center solutions that are based on SIP. Is there a more synergistic merging of a company’s business model and the technology they choose to deploy in their customer-facing applications? I don’t think so.

This is an amazing example of how Vonage will be able to take a giant leap forward in customer service.

Adelphia Founder Rigas Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

June 20, 2005

How much is enough? When you are a successful executive in the cable TV industry and you are making a nice healthy living, do you need to go out and defraud investors by using corporate money to purchase jet trips, cars and golf club memberships? Does it make sense to buy a $25 swath of land to protect the view from your house on the shareholder’s dime?

Well if your goal in life is to spend your remaining years behind bars then you should do all of the above and be just like John Rigas the founder of Adelphia Communications Corp. who just received 15 years in prison for doing all of the above.

We probably recall how this story ended – a company is bankrupt and sold off to others and shareholders – as they often do, lost out.
As seen in the LA Times.




Zennstrom Repeats Groundbreaking Keynote at ITEXPO

June 20, 2005

Last fall, Niklas Zennstrom honored TMC by choosing our show, Internet Telephony Conference & Expo to speak at via videoconference. This was his first-ever keynote in the US. His talk was very insightful and part of the buzz in the room when he was done was the SIP standard and how Skype doesn’t support it. There was also amazement as how many subscribers were on the network.

Here is Tom Keating’s take on the Skype - Zennstrom keynote.

We are very excited to be announcing that Niklas Zennstrom will once again be keynoting at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in LA via videoconference.



Dinosaur Discoveries

June 19, 2005

SEI Receives Power Over Ethernet License

June 19, 2005

The Power over Ethernet market seems to have a bit more "juice" in it recently (sorry about that). I am hearing more about this nascent market and have spoken to a few people that have used the technology and are happy with it. To me it is counter-intuitive that PoE will be easily adopted on a large-scale basis but many people thought the same of broadband over cable and I have had a number of letters from angry professional engineers who worked in cable plants in the mid -nineties telling me the cable industry would never figure out broadband. Here is the most recent release I have received on the topic:

Frederick, MD (PRWEB) June 19, 2005 -- SEI, Inc, a leader in inline telecommunications powering, has received a non-exclusive license to manufacture and market Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions under U.S. patent number 6,476,608 from PowerDsine.

Communications Mergers Full Committee Hearing POSTPONED

June 18, 2005

Telecom Competition

June 18, 2005

I received this e-mail this week from Consumer's Union and agree that we are seeing too many mega-mergers in telecom. The telecom industry is turning into a battle between those who want to innovate against those that want to regulate. VoIP has revolutionized telecom and we need to allow this revolution to continue. Allowing a few companies to own all the pipes to all the homes is the worst thing we can to foster innovation and competition.

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