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Skype is Innovating, Are You?

March 17, 2007

Dear VoIP Provider,   What have you done for me lately? You see Skype keeps doing more and more and you are farther and farther behind. Pretty soon your state of the art VoIP software or service will be considered legacy.   Sincerely, Rich Tehrani President TMC

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It seems to me that Skype is one of the few companies that sits down and maps out the future in the communications space and in fact if other software/service companies aren’t careful Skype will end up using its voice platform as a way to disrupt their businesses as well.   Skype is the ultimate disruptor. Not because they invented VoIP or anything like that but the company understood that by providing a simple interface to VoIP they would stand out among the crowd and rise to the top of the VoIP crowd.   But when a company gets acquired it usually slows down the innovation.



Cantata

March 17, 2007

Cantata is a veritable conglomerate in the communications space. The company was formed a year ago through a combination of Excel Switching and Brooktrout Technology and has product lines for developers and service providers. The company is soon celebrating its one year birthday and company executives were kind enough to take a break from their birthday party planning and give me feedback on where the company is headed.   As the briefing went on I realized the company was onto something interesting. You see IMS is a complex architecture and no existing network can become fully 100% IMS-based overnight.

Cisco Purchases WebEx Podcast

March 16, 2007

Nuvoiz

March 16, 2007

Unified Communications for the Mid-Market



There is no question the unified communications market will increase the value of communications vendor offerings but there seems to be lingering questions as to which sector of the market – large—medium or small will be the fastest adopters of this state of the art system of communications.   CFOs of Fortune class companies are surely happy to shell out an aggregate of billions of dollars if they believe they will see ROI from UC. And certainly as we start to see more UC products on the market, companies of all sizes will likely start salivating at the opportunities to integrate this technology into their workflow processes.   The integration of communications and mobility may be the area of most excitement as it seems the knowledge worker population is growing greater every year. You know who I mean – the road warrior who is on the go 24x7 working his/her heart out for the company.   Recently I wrote about the growth of the SMB communications market and this article prompted a discussion with Chong-Jin Koh the CEO of Nuvoiz about his company and how he feels they are solving the pain of the mid-market company when it comes to unified communications implementation. Jin Koh tells me the company has truly integrated their messaging platform with communications through the use of SIP and unlike IM platforms such as Skype or MSN they have true unification of applications and media types.   He feels the mid-market really needs UC solutions such as those provided by his company and he sees the sweet spot for Nuvoiz as 50-1,000 people.

Microsoft Acquires Tellme?

March 14, 2007

On my way into work this morning I saw two things. An amazing sunrise and a flock of geese flying. As far as the sunrise goes, I tried desperately to get my phone to take a picture of it so I could share the beauty of it with my readers. By the time I set up the phone in camera mode the highway twisted and then when the sunrise was in range again a garbage truck blocked my view.

Dialogic & Aculab Focus on Growth

March 13, 2007

Please enjoy the April 2007 Publisher’s Outlook from IMS Magazine:   ---------   DSP Resource Board Vendors Expand Focus   The last few weeks has seen an explosive amount of news in technology and communications and trying to justice to it all in a single written piece is impossible. Still I saw many things this week worth pointing out and providing some analysis on the technologies that will ultimately comprise the world’s future IMS network. Instead of focusing on a random sampling I will set my sights more on a single phenomenon in this piece.   I would have to say the largest trend I have seen lately is that of development program and ecosystem growth. Ten years ago there were few choices for developers if they wanted to write applications for the communications space.

TMCnet Search

March 13, 2007

We are always trying to innovate here at TMC and recently we have been looking for a way to ensure TMCnet becomes even stickier than it currently is. Our goal is not only to be the primary destination for all things in the communications and technology space but also the same for communications and technology search.   At search.tmcnet.com you will find a beta version of our newest initiative allowing anyone to search not only TMCnet’s massive archive of articles but others such as Network World and PC Magazine. We will continually fine tune this initiative to make it more valuable to you and hopefully it will become the first place you turn when you are searching in the communications/information technology space.   Please try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

Cisco Webinar

March 12, 2007

Did you know there is a link between air-blown fiber and unified communications? OK I realize this may not be a logical leap which is why of course TMCnet is going to be hosting a webinar with Cisco and Sumitomo Electric Lightwave focusing on how the Arizona Cardinals are leveraging the flexibility of air-blown fiber to enable their next-gen network to take advantage of unified communications, telepresence and more.   If you are interested in learning more, be sure to register now as the webinar takes place on March 28th, 2007 at 2:00 PM ET which is 11:00 AM PT. This of course assumes your computer recognizes daylight savings time by then. Mine still doesn’t.   You may recall I wrote about air-blown fiber in the past.

Verizon Vs. Vonage

March 12, 2007

Greg has done a great job analyzing the current situation of the Verizon versus Vonage patent lawsuit. It seems Vonage isn’t as concerned as others in the industry about this ruling. As far as Packet8 is concerned, the company does have a slew of patents and they are likely able to use this massive patent portfolio as a defense against Verizon and others. As far as I can tell, they are in the best position out of all the independent VoIP providers.   Of course this patent dispute seems to be a somewhat fluid process and many will speculate on likely outcomes until it is over.

Huge News Coming From Plantronics

March 11, 2007

I recently met with Plantronics executives and they were basking in the glow of being market share leaders in the bluetooth space. They were very happy with this achievement and were further excited to tell me about how they see the future of communications.   I meet with many dozens of companies per month and you get a sense for when a company seems to be onto something big. Of course this is easiest to spot when they tell you flatly, “Rich, we are onto something big.”   I couldn’t get anything out of the tightlipped management about what to expect. I even hinted at the company moving upmarket to potentially compete with Polycom in the IP phone space.   I did not get positive feedback to this comment but instead I was told Polycom is a great partner.   In past meetings with headset vendors and market research questionnaires I have seen – headset vendors always ask me my opinion of adding more intelligence to the once dumb headset.   So as I am flying on a fairly crowded airplane I have time to ponder what I would do if my headset had a powerful processor.   I suppose the first thing I would do is add speech recognition.
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