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How Technology can Eliminate White Supremacy

As our country is mired in race debates, it's interesting to see how technology has inadvertently begun to actually reduce the number...

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IoT and Real-Time Communications Convergence (Part 1)

At first glance, it might seem oxymoronic that IoT and real-time communications would converge.  I mean, IoT is all about sensors...

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The Long Tail of Cybersecurity

The long-tail, a term coined to describe the ability for organizations to sell vast amounts of products in small quantities accurately describes...

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MVNO's Need Their Own Infrastructure To Differentiate

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are increasingly investing in their own infrastructure. Why?  Because running on someone else’s mobile network and trying...

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Newfies-Dialer Founder Belaid on Voice Broadcasting, AI, Chatbots

Areski Belaid, Star2Billing CTO and founder, as well as Newfies-Dialer explains his company's services that can push a business and especially contact...

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VoIP and Coding Addicted OpenSIPs Founder Bogdan Iancu Insight

The most superb community builders are few and far between, and in the IP communications coding world, one of those few is...

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Cluecon Sponsor YTel CEO & CTO: How Voice Providers Can Leverage AI & IOT

The best conferences and exhibitions are the ones in which we have had the chance to get to know some of people...

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ITEXPO Returns to Fort Lauderdale Tomorrow!

February 7, 2017



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One of the largest telecom/communications technology shows in the world at Broward Convention Center



As my loyal blog readers probably know by now... ITEXPO, the 3-day trade show and conference focused on communications technology, returns to South Florida this week.

As always, you can attend laser-targeted courses - most free with your Expo Plus pass - that prepare you to ask the right questions of the 150+ vendors on the show floor. Plus, your free pass gives you access to 100 more vendors on the IoT Evolution Expo floor, collocated with ITEXPO.

Here is a comprehensive list/links of workshops, seminars and presentations. These are in addition to the main ITEXPO Conference Program (which does require a conference fee).

Select any link as your starting point into the expo site.










Telit IoT Innovation Event Attendance Portends Strong IoT Growth Ahead

February 7, 2017

Tablets Cheaper Than Starbucks?

February 5, 2017

The price of electronics and telecommunications services have plummeted for decades in contrast to the cost of things like global wages or real estate in many parts of the world. We've gotten tot he point where Wal-Mart advertises tablets for an insanely low $35. Specifically, the RCA Voyager 7" 16GB Tablet Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). Contrast this to the cost of a very expensive coffee.

Photos courtesy of USA Today.



A few years back, Florida resident William Lewis ordered his 101-espresso-shot latte at his local Starbucks that cost $83.75 and came with 17 pumps of vanilla syrup, mocha and green tea matcha powder served with steamed milk.





ITEXPO and IoT Evolution Show Brochures now Available

February 2, 2017

Broadsoft CEO Not Happy with Trump Immigration Policy

January 31, 2017

Silicon Valley is not happy with president Trump and CEOs all seem to be coming out with statements which oppose his actions. Actually, tech companies beyond the valley seem to hold the same views.



BroadSoft CEO Michael Tessler is no exception. He's been a past speaker at ITEXPO (see above) and a visionary in the IP communications space for many years.

He recently said: 

“Today, I am frustrated to be an American. The recent executive order from our new president is an outrageous attack against the values of this country.”







Congrats to Broadvoice on Worker Benefit Expansion

January 30, 2017



Quick hats off to Broadvoice for expanding worker benefits... You probably know TMC launched the Tech Culture Awards last year (winners) to celebrate the best tech cultures. As a result, we like to highlight companies which are doing their part to provide enhanced work environments.

In this case, the company has expanded the paid leave times for new moms and dads to 12 weeks. Paula Bernier has more on what the Broadvoice is doing.

Its a great trend and hopefully this positive press will encourage the companies who are able - to strive to provide the best possible environment for their team(s).

TMC is working to raise awareness of such job-related issues via its Tech Culture Awards program.









See Next Big Thing From Digium @ITEXPO

January 26, 2017

Cloud and Debt did Avaya in

January 24, 2017


8x8 has seen its stock triple in the past five years as they move upmarket and take share from telecom hardware players. Interestingly, this increment is the exact same amount of time its been since ShoreTel acquired M5 to provide cloud solutions to customers.

This is what we said at the time:
Cisco may now be forced to buy 8x8 and Avaya will likely make a move as well. This move could even push Vonage to go after the SMB space. Mitel is an interesting question - they have leading edge tech but a troubled stock to use as currency.



Broadsoft UCaaS Leader - See Them Live @ITEXPO

January 23, 2017

IHS Markit has named Broadsoft the global Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform leader, with 38% of the total worldwide UCaaS seats running on its platforms, as of the second quarter of 2016.  According to the IHS study, the BroadSoft UCaaS global market leadership position places it ahead of its closest competitors.

“The UCaaS market today is comprised of pure-plays, network operators, cable MSOs, ISPs, system integrators, and traditional premises-based vendors. With a multitude of options, things can be confusing for businesses trying to find the right provider and service to fit their needs,” said Diane Myers, senior research director of VoIP, UC, and IMS for IHS Markit and author of the fourth quarter 2016 Analyst Insight report.

New Obama Immigration Rules and Trump's Lower Taxes and Regs to Boost Economy

January 20, 2017

Before Donald Trump gets inaugurated, its worth noting that the U.S. Government finally did something right when it comes to immigration. For the last 16 years - even after 9/11, both parties decided having an open southern border where sex-traffickers and drug dealers were free to come in was in the nation's best interest.

Sure - for the Republicans - this was a byproduct of Chamber-of-Commerce requests to allow cheap labor into the country. For the Democrats, they just saw new voters coming in.

Both parties were responsible for getting Trump elected as his core campaign promise was to secure the border which should have been secured after the World Trade Center attack, if not before.

Instead of focusing on high-value immigrants like other countries - those looking to create businesses in the U.S., we have let in millions who undercut the jobs of citizens - working for far lower wages.



The good news is President Obama finally addressed this issue - allowing job creators to stay in the country.









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