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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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Reselling VoIP

February 13, 2005

I’ve known Citel’s Mike Robinson for a while and he has never been so enthused as the most recent chat I had with him about Citel’s future after the MCK acquisition. MCK was a very strong company in the 1999-2000 era. They sold remote access solutions and were well-respected in the industry. During the “crash,” they fell off the face of the earth it seemed.

VoIP Network Readiness

February 13, 2005

Tadiran and Sprint

February 13, 2005

Recently I witnessed how a service provider can work with an equipment manufacturer to differentiate themselves and their offering to do things that other companies without the same types of ties can’t easily do. Sprint is working closely with Tadiran selling IP based telecom systems. With a new SIP server coming later this year the two will be able to enable remote video monitoring via the PBX as well.

I saw a sleek ZyXel WiFi telephony phone and a proprietary wireless phone working with the Tadiran PBX. All of these solutions by the way are sold under the Sprint IPX brand of products and can be sold only by Sprint authorized dealers.

Audi A6

February 12, 2005

I recently rented a car from Hertz and can’t believe how much they charge these days. This latest rental was botched pretty bad due to Hertz mistakes and I probably wasn’t the most pleasant customer to deal with as I was late and about to miss a meeting. The agent behind the desk upgraded me to an Audi A6. I didn’t like it at first but it grew on me quickly and I loved the car after a few days.


February 12, 2005

So I saw Sideways last night. I don’t know what it was about before I saw it and am not sure I know more now. The movie might have been an insightful look inside the human soul or the comparison of vastly different personalities thrown together in the giant salad bowl of life.

Or perhaps it was just a stupid movie that I tried endlessly to understand. I am not sure if I was bored during the movie or perhaps trying to figure out why it was made.

Netcordia NetMRI VoIP Analysis Module

February 12, 2005

I recently met with Netcordia and learned about their VoIP Analysis Module that works with their NetMRI product. The product does active testing, QOS analysis and can make a path diagnostic chart showing you where the problem areas are. It can tell you if QoS policies are not enabled for example.

It can tell you about jitter, packet loss and other variables you need to know when managing VoIP in your network. The program uses SNMP to capture MIB data from devices across call paths.

The cost for the product is $25k for 200 routers and switches and 5,000 interfaces

QoS and monitoring ar hot areas in VoIP now.

Inter-Tel Embargo

February 12, 2005

VoIP Security Alliance

February 12, 2005


February 12, 2005

I recently met with NEC’s Jay Krauser and Bruce Grant to discuss their IP telephony strategy. NEC’s telecom division has always been a strong engineering company as opposed to other companies in the industry who focus more on marketing. Lately they have done a better job of promoting themselves than at any time in the last decade I can recall.

With this in mind I was curious to see if they are still focusing on engineering and developing leading edge products.

U4EA VoIP Funding

February 11, 2005

LONDON - (February 14, 2005) - U4EA Technologies, the leading embedded quality of service (QoS) software provider for multi-service networks, announced today that it has successfully completed another funding round

Developed to support carrier and enterprise customers, U4EA’s next-generation network devices include two technologically advanced hardware products that will launched later in the first quarter of 2005.

These products have been developed to enhance network access across converged, fixed and internet-based (IP) networks and enable simple migration to reliable triple-play communications.

U4EA's Ethernet IP Telephony Adapter below:

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