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News Tidbits Part 2923

A lot of lit tidbits popping up. If you follow me on twitter, then you may have seen some of this...

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Realizing The Benefits

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Significant investments require significant returns. How do companies ensure their benefits are measured, tracked and realized during IP Transformation Programs? 

Success Is Not Guaranteed

Think about the hardest project you have ever delivered. Just think back… that one ‘special project’, the one that spiraled out of control, the one where the requirements kept changing, the one where the objectives kept moving, the one project that would not de-scope, where the tsunami of work was towering over the team, and impossible deadlines were looming. Yes, that one.

Most of us have experienced THAT project. And we probably sat with our colleagues, asking ourselves how a project under such pressure could even exist. Why would the sponsors not revise the scope, refocus the team, or even reinvest the budget elsewhere?

We all know that technical projects can go awry. IT, Networking and Engineering projects – famously 50% overrun on budget, and many are cancelled altogether.

So, what are the figures for complex Transformation Programs?  For Programs where IT, Network, Operations and Engineering are undergoing change simultaneously. With an objective eye, it’s easy to question how any of them actually deliver results. But indeed they do.

But, how, and what can we measure to be certain we are achieving the desired results?

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WebRTC Customer Service Benefits Retailers and Shoppers - Video Demo

"If you're shopping and need information about a specific product, and you can't find a salesperson around, scan the bar code [of...

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Buck the Trend Be Cool at Convergence India and ITEXPO East January 2016

Investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, early adopters and evangelists want to be a part of every best thing, and much of that is coming...

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What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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CeBit VoIP News

March 9, 2005

Some CeBit VoIP news. If you can believe it, I have never been to CeBit. I hope to go one day.

M5T's Leading Standards-Based Security Module Integrated into Mindspeed's Comcerto™ Enterprise VoIP Processor to Create Complete Solution

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., and CeBit, Hanover, Germany - March 9th, 2005 - Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, and M5T, Inc, a leading provider of customizable SIP and secure software solutions for real-time multimedia-over-IP communications, announced today the integration of M5T's Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) secure software into Mindspeed's Comcerto integrated voice-over-IP (VoIP) processors to create a complete system-on-chip voice processing solution with carrier-class quality, performance and secured real-time communications.

M5T will be demonstrating its M5T SIP SAFE software on Mindspeed's Comcerto enterprise processor at CeBit 2005, Hall 13, Stand E58 at the Convention Center in Hanover, Germany, from March 10 through March 16.

"Mindspeed's Comcerto processor provides an ideal platform for running M5T's software," said Stefano Genoni, vice president of business development for M5T. "Comcerto provides superior processing power for implementing all of the robust features of our comprehensive solution, and enables our customers to achieve the secured convergence of voice, video and data traffic onto a high-performance IP network."

"The combination of the Comcerto's carrier-class voice quality and scaleable performance with M5T's robust and comprehensive security software creates a superior solution for our customers building next-generation networks," said Steve McClure, executive director of marketing for Mindspeed. "Comcerto's integrated encryption processing engine delivers the speed and horsepower necessary to fully exploit M5T's security software stacks and create a sophisticated, low-cost telecommunications system that is capable of making VoIP calls even more secure today than calls carried over traditional phone networks."

Mindspeed's Comcerto architecture is optimized for VoIP applications with separate signal and packet processors.

Verso and Baypackets

March 9, 2005

Verso Technologies announced that it has selected BayPackets as the provider of IP-based voicemail and unified communications solutions for its service provider customers. Key to the relationship is the scalability of BayPackets' solution, enabling Verso to cost-effectively deliver advanced VoIP services and enhanced applications to tier one, as well as tier 2 and 3 carriers.

Here is a key quote from the release:

"During the vendor selection process, BayPackets demonstrated its ability to support a variety of end points in a multi-switch configuration, a key requirement for Verso's existing customer base," said Steve Langion, Sr. VP of Engineering at Verso Technologies. "In addition, the robustness, scalability and openness of BayPackets' service delivery platform are critical for Verso's customers around the globe. We needed a product that seamlessly integrates with our Class 5 Call Manager, offering an economically viable solution for tier one as well as tier three carriers.

Verisign Financial VoIP

March 9, 2005

I am meeting with VeriSign today at VON and am looking forward to discussing this release. It is amazing to me how vertical companies are getting. This is a solution that could be used in a number of markets but financial was the one VeriSign chose to go after. This is a smart move and it signals to me that the market is maturing enough for companies to start staking claims in subsets of it.

VeriSign® Launches VoIP Solution for Financial Services Industry

Partnership with KGM Circuit Solutions Offers Turnkey Voice and Disaster Recovery Solution for Financial Markets

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Quoted Again in the Boston Globe

March 8, 2005

Rich Tehrani Quoted in Boston Globe

March 8, 2005

Sennheiser PXC 300

March 8, 2005

I just purchased -- yes purchased a Sennheiser PXC-300. You see I was sent the PXC 250 for a review and I loved it. Sennheiser asked for it back and as a result I literally suffered on my next plane trip. I can't explain how much more relaxed and alert I was after using Sennheiser's noise-canceling headphones on the plane.

The Killer Service

March 8, 2005

In case you missed the release, here are the official numbers from ITEXPO in Miami. We have officially outgrown every hotel and are now moving the event to convention centers after selling out three shows in a row. To be honest I was caught off guard at not only how fast the exhibitors grew but the attendees. I can't fathom how people from 70 countries found their way to Miami for the ITEXPO Miami show.

March 7, 2005

The hosting market is making a huge comeback as witnessed by this release.

Optivon Selects Tekelec's Application Server to Deploy VoIP Services

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 7, 2005--Tekelec (NASDAQ:TKLC), a leading developer of telecommunications products for next-generation fixed, mobile and packet networks, today announced  that Optivon Inc. has chosen the Tekelec 6000 Application Server (formerly the VocalData Application Server) to deploy Voice over IP (VoIP) hosted services in the United States and Latin America.

Optivon's hosted VoIP service, enabled by the Tekelec 6000, provides nationwide coverage including a robust and flexible set of next-generation features and applications. Using Tekelec's robust application server, the operator will create differentiated, value-added VoIP services such as unified communications and personal agent applications that give businesses consolidated control of calls, voicemail and e-mail.
"We reviewed other competitive solutions, and the Tekelec 6000 was the most robust and reliable solution to support the high-impact needs of business customers," said Luis G. Romero, Optivon's CEO. "Tekelec's advanced VoIP applications and superior customer support enables us to offer innovative services to better serve our current customers and attract new clients."

Tekelec's market-leading application server supports the largest number of calls per second and is one the most cost-effective solutions on the market today.

Pingtel SIPxchange

March 6, 2005

VoIP on the Trading Floor

March 6, 2005

It may be a bit early for VoIP to be the primary communications medium on trading floors according to this article. This has been an interesting weekend in VoIP history as Vonage had problems with their network yesterday (an article from last summer on a Vonage outage) and today there are reports that Lingo may be having trouble with their service. Generally speaking when multiple service providers have network issues around the same time, you look to a common provider that both companies rely on as the culprit. That doesn't seem to be the case in this instance as Vonage blamed the outage on a software upgrade.

VoIP by its very nature is more complex than the PSTN and I'd venture to say that most VoIP service providers are less than 40 months old.

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