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Zang to Grow Communications PaaS offerings at All About the API

July 20, 2016

Here at the All About the API 2016 show in Las Vegas I got a chance to catch up with keynoter Davide Petramela to talk about Zang. The company is a division of Avaya focusing on Platform as a Service – it isn’t unlike Nexmo or Twilio but the difference may be the Avaya tie-in meaning, the company can draw on years of telecom heritage and experience.

In some ways, it may be closer to Kandy from GENBAND.

His keynote focused on Disrupting the Pace of Innovation where he said, "The next level of innovation in the digital economy is driven by the ability to embed communications right into cloud-based applications.” He continued, “Zang is on the forefront with dramatically simple tools and APIs that enable developers and designers to build their vision in a heartbeat."

SD-WAN Fuels Aryaka 150% Growth

July 13, 2016

Aryaka just announced another great quarter in Q2 - 150% growth. These are the highlights:
  • Over 150% year over year growth for Q2 and the first half of the year, as compared to 2015
  • Over 70 new customers added, including gaming company, Demonware; cable manufacturer, Volex; the educational platform, Knewton; and Quanshi, the leading online collaboration service provider in China.
  • 40% of total bookings generated from existing customer base, who expanded their use of Aryaka’s services
  • Partner contribution of more than 73% of total Q2 bookings
  • Exited Q2 with $45M+ of unbilled backlog (customer contractual commitments yet to be invoiced).
  • China, Asia Pacific overall, and Europe were among key growth drivers with bookings in these regions equaling momentum in the U.S.
We had been working on an interview with the company regarding their last quarter results and was just about to post it. The timing couldn't be better.

With Polycom, Siris Capital Builds Impressive UC Holdings

July 11, 2016

Many where caught off guard when they learned Siris Capital outbid Mitel for Polycom but there are some good reasons for Siris to have made this move. After the Mitel acquisition was announced, I detailed the good and bad about the deal.

Here were the two comments which I placed in the bad category:

Bad: Polycom most logically should have ended up merging with Plantronics IMO – the companies are geographically close to one another and the synergies between headsets and other endpoints seemed like a perfect fit. I’ve thought this for many years.

Bitcoin, Blockchain and FinTech to the Brexit Rescue

June 24, 2016

The One Industry Unaffected by Brexit is Ransomware





It’s undeniable that there is a chance that after seeing Britain leave the EU that the grand experiment of the European Union will go up in smoke. With riots, protests and a financial crisis every few years, it’s hard for anyone who has a memory to argue the EU was a positive step forward. Sure, proponents will argue that the EU has prevented war, but who’s military other than the US, Russia or China these days is really equipped to take over an entire country?

This gets us back to the premise of this article.

How Chicago Will Further Hurt its Job Market

June 23, 2016

Many jobs which can be moved, will

Ask the average person their opinion of Chicago today and it will likely be murder capital of the world (technically it is far from it but the murder rate is up a whopping 72% this year). Just a decade ago it was known for pizza – which by the way is quite delicious. The good people of Chicago already have an unemployment rate 20% higher than the national average at 6.5% vs.

Aricent: How to be Digitally Durable

June 20, 2016

"APIs are now a business model!"
"A company that has more APIs has more value."

If every industry is being digitally disrupted (it is) then the question companies need to ask is how to remain digitally durable. If you want insight into how to fight off the next wave of innovation before it makes you obsolete, a great place to start is talking to Frank Kern, the CEO of Aricent, the company responsible for helping other companies be disruptive.


If you don't know them, Aricent has a few different practices from security and IoT/embedded to cloud and software defined everything. I last interviewed Frank in 2015 where he shared with us his vision for the future of technology.

All About the API: The One Developer Event You Need

May 19, 2016

OK, I am going to start off by taking back the headline of this post... There isn't one of anything you need. If you have a sports car, you likely also need an SUV so your kids cramped in the backseat don't end up with deformed legs. If you have an iPhone, you likely also want an Android or Microsoft tablet because there are just some things iOS doesn't do very well.

So let's see if we can rephrase, shall we?

API of the Week: Use Flowroute to Access the Multibillion Dollar Telecom API Space

May 18, 2016

Flowroute is one of the companies in technology that “gets it” when it comes to APIs. Yes, I know APIs aren’t new… Us developers have been using them and function calls since programming progressed beyond punch cards. It’s for this reason, some underestimate how much is happening in this area of technology. They may not realize just how much opportunity there is in opening up your platform to the world of developers and becoming the hub at the center of a thriving mini-economy you help create and foster.

The company had also sent me this email and it is so powerful, it literally took my breath away.

API of the Week: Vidyo APIs Add Value All Around Us

May 17, 2016

If you want your company to have a tremendous valuation, make it an integral part of a platform which allows others to benefit financially from effectively selling your products and services. Tens of thousands of resellers promote Microsoft software, hundreds of thousands develop software for iOS, Salesforce has a great partner ecosystem of app builders and so on. There are a few ways of becoming the platform company… From the inside out or the outside in.

In other words, once iPhones got in the hands of millions of people, the apps added value to the platform and by default, Apple, who is on the inside.

IDT $19.99 Cloud UC Package Delivers Solid Channel Value

May 7, 2016

IDT Corporation has been a visionary in the VoIP space for almost two decades and I’ve always been impressed with the company’s technology and range of solutions in the SIP trunking and hosted PBX spaces. Recently, they have become very aggressive in the UC space, going after a channel and looking to be the disruptor in the market they helped create in the 1990s.

In an in-person interview, IDT/Net2Phone President Jonah Fink told me he thinks his company will keep people up at night. For example, IDT has had decades to build out its international infrastructure which includes POPs and nodes in five cities in Brazil as well as London, Hong Kong, Chile and Peru. They offer unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada as well as a core hosted PBX/SIP trunking plan which consists of South America, Western Europe and Central America.

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