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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the...

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

I’ve been among the first people to realize how drones can be a major problem for security in the world. In February...

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ITSP in a Box

March 4, 2005

How do you know the market is getting competitive? When you can buy an ITSP in a box. Take a look at this release. For under $40k you’re up and running.

AccessLine Hosted VoIP

March 4, 2005

FCC Fights for VoIP

March 4, 2005

I have been a critic of the FCC because of my concern about broadband competition. One important reason for this concern was that without broadband competition, service providers are in a position to “tinker” with VoIP packets. They can stop them, slow them, disrupt them, etc. At the last ITEXPO in Miami, many other people in the industry shared the same concern.

Beyond the VoIP issue, broadband competition is necessary for a variety of reasons.

From Tupperware to VoIP

March 3, 2005

Forget Tupperware parties baby, the future is VoIP parties. Remember the good old days where women (now I don’t mean to be sexist but it really was almost all women, right?) would come together and buy Tupperware? Well now that Tupperware is commoditized – you can buy it cheap in any grocery store. Well not Tupperware perhaps but something similar.

Technology Projections

March 3, 2005

Here is an e-mail I received today. My comments are in red.

Please find below The Radicati Group, Inc.'s bi-monthly "Radicati Market Stats & Industry Commentary". Here you will find some fast facts from our various reports and analyst quotes on recent industry news which you may feel free to use for citing in upcoming articles. 

DSP-Less ATA

March 3, 2005

Reducing chips from designs lowers cost, reduces failure rates, reduces electricity usage and heat dissipation. Most importantly it reduces cost. This is especially true when you are eliminating a DSP.

D2 TECHNOLOGIES AND ALPHA NETWORKS LAUNCH FIRST DSP-LESS ATA

The production version of a VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) module

is the first without a DSP chip.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 2, 2005….. D2 Technologies, Inc. and Alpha Networks, Inc. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) announce the availability of the first production version of a VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA), incorporating a MIPS-based processor chip, with embedded D2 VoIP software, without use of a DSP chip.

Traditional ATAs incorporate a DSP chip/core or special ASIC for voice processing functions like echo cancellation, voice compression, tone detection/ generation, etc.  However, D2's vPort software implements the voice functions as a "softDSP" on the MIPS processor.









IP-PBX Growth

March 2, 2005

Here is an excerpt of a release on how fast IP-PBX sales are growing. This segment of the market is doing better than ever.

PBX Market Jumps 11% in 2004, Fueled by Hot IP PBX Segment

BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 2, 2005--Boosted by blazing hot sales of IP PBXs, the worldwide PBX/KTS market grew 8% to $1.7 billion between 3Q04 and 4Q04, and jumped 16% between 4Q03 to 4Q04, according to Infonetics Research's Enterprise Telephony quarterly worldwide market share and forecast report.

Annual PBX/KTS system revenue broke the $6 billion barrier this year, growing 11% between 2003 and 2004, from $5.5 to $6.1 billion, and is expected to grow to $9.1 billion by 2008, representing a five-year CAGR of 10%. The number of PBX/KTS lines shipped worldwide grew to 26.6 million in 2004, 19% higher than in 2003.

"2004 was a great year for the PBX market," said Infonetics Research's Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise voice and data.





Skype Interview

March 2, 2005

I was recently fortunate enough to interview Niklas Zennström, Skype CEO and co-founder. There are lots of amazing comments in this interview such a staggeringly large number of daily downloads as well as the low cost of adding new Skype users. Perhaps most interesting is Mr. Zennström's dismissal of service providers interfering with Skype's call quality. While he has a point… VoIP is driving broadband adoption, many service providers will be happy to sell their own VoIP service and cripple those of others.

Skype recently had 50 million downloads.

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.



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