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How Chris Botting Moved Hardware to Software Decades before Others

March 14, 2016

Recently, I ran into Chris Botting at an event where everyone was telling me about how there is a move from hardware to software and the trend is revolutionary. I told Chris, that he is responsible for this revolution yet most people aren't aware of why.

You see Chris founded a company called PakNetX back in the late nineties and when he came to my office two decades ago, he showed me a CD which contained an ACD. Until that point, an ACD or automatic call distributor was a huge, hulking piece of iron which allowed you to press a number on your phone in order to connect with the right department (1 for accounting, 2 for sales, etc.). Actually a few years earlier thanks to the PC operating systems opening up and CTI integration, we did start to the the ACD migrate to computer servers.

By the way, the reason he used a CD and not the internet is because at the time, few people had the bandwidth to download the software.

Level 3's SDN-Powered Instant-Bandwidth is here

March 13, 2016

Programmable networking (with an emphasis on analytics)! That was the message from Travis Ewert (pictured), SVP of Network Software Development for Level 3. You’ll have to excuse my exaggerated use of punctuation. Travis didn’t really exclaim or scream about programmable networking but he was very excited about to discuss how Level 3 is able to use its SDN control-layer to more flexibly provide bandwidth than other players in the space.

Sonus Says Dial Plans Are A hot Product These Days

March 13, 2016

I just had a fascinating conversation with Sonus – they company responsible in-part for getting carriers to adopt IP communications is now seeing something very interesting happen. The company’s PSX or Centralized Routing and Policy Server is gaining interest among customers. The reason? They are looking to integrate their disparate IP communications systems together into a unified solution.

BroadSoft's Big Opportunity: Contact Centers

March 13, 2016

After spending more than a decade selling solutions which allow carriers to resell UC solutions, BroadSoft has decided the call center is its next big opportunity. By acquiring Transera, BroadSoft is positioned well to provide cloud-based call center solutions to not only customers but carriers themselves. In addition, these solutions will be scalable as BroadWorks is known for scaling to million so users.

In my meeting was Prem Uppaluru, who founded Transera – the cloud contact center company which BroadSoft acquired.

CafeX Looks to Solve Biggest Video Collaboration Challenges

March 13, 2016

WebRTC has been an incredible driver of interoperability in real-time communications but it still won’t work across every browser. CafeX Communications has been working on solving this problem for years and now has a new solution called Chime which it hopes becomes the ultimate cross-platform, browser-powered video solution.

I spoke with Sajeel Hussain about the new solution and he emphasized that it works with Microsoft Edge and can interwork with in-room systems from Cisco and also work with Microsoft Skype for Business. In addition, he emphasized companies can save 75% on their bandwidth utilization as Chime can cluster four video sessions as a single session which connects to the MCU.

RingCentral: Disruptor Defends Turf through Innovation and Global Expansion

March 12, 2016

If you doubt cloud is an increasing threat to on-premise phone systems, consider RingCentral has exceeded 300,000 businesses meaning cloud has become highly disruptive to traditional PBX vendors. Smart disruptors know that once they become incumbents, they too become targets of disruption.

I often advise communications service providers the move to software solutions like NFV is critical because they need to be able to compete with OTT providers such as Facebook and WhatsApp who have a large audience of users who will use voice and video once available on their platforms. Likewise, cloud-UC players need to worry about text-based enterprise companies like Slack becoming major players in UC and collaboration.

Prysm Enterprise Will Boost Collaboration and Might Kill Off Audio Conference Calls

March 12, 2016

Prysm’s recently released Prysm Enterprise solution is a SaaS/hardware solution designed to connect all users in an enterprise together in a more collaborative setting, allowing workers to become more productive and efficient.

In an interview with Dana Corey (above), VP Global Strategic Partnership & Sales, he brought me up to speed on his company’s journey into making companies more productive and efficient. They started as a screen maker, then added touch, collaboration and then software.

Metaswitch: UC and CC The New and Old Growth Area for Carriers

March 11, 2016

Adding contact center and unified communications to your offerings adds a 30% addressable market for carriers according to Chris Carabello of Metawitch networks. He then said, “We're very invested in service providers and given their broadband infrastructure, ability to own quality of experience and have an existing distribution channel.”

Moreover, Chris showed me research which cites carrier customers saying they would be happy to buy these services from the carrier if the price is right.

Carriers providing contact center or even business voice services is not necessarily a new idea.

Dialpad is Reborn from

March 7, 2016


was one of the coolest services ever… It allowed you in the 1990s to call any number in the US for free via the web. It caught fire around the world and was one of the first viral hits on the web. If was an app, it would likely be worth north of $100 billion today but sadly, there were no ultra-successful app stores at the time. And if memory serves, our phones weren’t smart, all they did was allow us to flip them open and talk.

Craig Walker, became a founding investor in the company and later sold it to Yahoo.

Tangoe Goes on the Mobility-as-a-Service Offensive at MWC16

March 4, 2016

was one of the leading players in the TEM or telecom expense management space when it launched and did a superior job of rolling up the market and becoming the leader in what is now the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market. The company’s CEO, Al Subbloie (pictured) is never afraid to innovate and be ahead of the pack. In fact, we’ve been covering companies he’s run since the 1980s (alas, I can’t find any articles on the internet earlier than this). Tangoe’s new Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering will leverage its position within the enterprise marketplace to offer wireless plans, devices, expense management, EMM and logistics to create an integrated mobile solution.

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