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Smart Buildings remind me of the CTI/VoIP Opportunity

January 15, 2010

For telecom veterans who were active in the communications space in the nineties you remember the excitement the industry enjoyed when Microsoft and Novell entered the telecom markets with TAPI and TSAPI protocols to interconnect communications systems with computers. The CTI or computer telephony integration space was born when the OS companies realized that by enabling telecom systems to be more tightly integrated with computing, they could in effect start to generate revenue by having new telecom systems built on their open platforms. Prior to this time, any sort of integration cost hundreds of thousands of dollars but CTI solutions based on desktop computers could be built for $10,000 to $15,000.

I couldn't help but think about this market as I read an article on connected buildings from Erin Harrison which resides on the Smart Data Center community.

Interviews With ITEXPO East 2010 Participants

January 13, 2010

Next week's ITEXPO, Jan 20-22nd in Miami promises to be one of the best shows in the communications and technology spaces. When you consider all the knowledge you can absorb at the show with collocated events which portend the future - you just have to be there.

The opportunity to save money on communications, find new products to help you make money and/or boost productivity... The chance to launch a new career and network with the best and brightest - there are many reasons to be in south Florida at ITEXPO and related events: 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium/Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony -- SIP Tutorial.

To give you an idea of the sorts of people you can meet at the show and network with, you are welcome to check out the interviews I conducted with a number of the show's participants below:

You can Still Win a Motorcycle and Car at ITEXPO East 2010

January 13, 2010

Today we sent out a confirmation and update regarding next week's ITEXPO and I wanted to make sure my readers were aware of many of the happenings at the show. One of the more interesting questions I get in passing is - "Rich, are you still giving away a car at the show?" The answer is yes, a Honda Element and also a Honda motorcycle.

Pictures and show details follow:

ITEXPO January 20-22, 2010 Miami Beach Convention Center

Collocated with 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium/Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony -- SIP Tutorial


Your registration for ITEXPO is confirmed.

Tehrani at Winter Olympics

January 13, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010: Google, Avaya, Nortel, SIP, VARs, M2M, Smart Grid, 4G and Startups

January 8, 2010

Here is an important message I wanted to share with my readers -- it was sent as an email and lives online if you need the link. C U Soon!!!


From Rich Tehrani, TMC's CEO and Conference Chairman

21st INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East 2010

Avaya's Nortel Roadmap Featured at ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami

January 6, 2010

One of the most important enterprise communications acquisitions in recent memory will be highlighted at a keynote luncheon roundtable at ITEXPO, Thursday, January 21st at 12:00 pm EST.

I am very excited to announce a brand new session at the World's Communications Conference:

Avaya Purchases Nortel Enterprise Assets:

Product Roadmap Implications for Users

Google, Apple set for Death Match

January 5, 2010

Like a Godzilla movie with award-winning special effects, this battle will open up new opportunities for players in the communications market deep into the decade.

Apple recently announced it has had over three billion applications downloaded on the iPhone and iPod Touch and has further purchased mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $300 bmillion. If you have followed Apple, you know this move is not surprising. Last November in fact I wrote about how Google is scaring Apple to death as evidenced by Apple filing a patent in the advertising space and reportedly bidding for Admob.

Mitel's IPO and the Future of Communications this Decade

January 4, 2010

2009 was a momentous year for Nortel - finally imploding under a combination of extreme debt, acquisition challenges, Asian competition and the remnants of a financial scandal from years past. Recently I analyzed the acquisition of Nortel's enterprise unit by Avaya and further reported how we can expect to hear the details of the merger and roadmap on January 19th, 2010, one day before ITEXPO kicks off in Miami.

While I am sure there will be vibrant discussion at the conference regarding Avaya's roadmap, it should be noted that Mitel too will be a major topic of discussion at the event as it plans an IPO this year. You may recall the IPO plans of the company were shelved in 2006 - many thought this was as a result of a poor showing in the public markets by Vonage - but company execs explained the reason for the pull back had more to do with the fact they were able to bid for and acquire Inter-Tel and didn't need the public markets to consummate the transaction.

Discounts for Communications and Technology Events at ITEXPO

December 31, 2009

To all my readers, Happy New Year. Please feel free to take advantage of these special conference & expo rates (check out these low travel rates as well) as my gift to you. I hope to see you at the show January 20-22, 2010 -- a few weeks from now.


ITEXPO East 2010 -- 21st Event Since 1999.

More Reasons to Attend ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami

December 29, 2009

My marketing department sent out this wonderful letter on my behalf and I wanted to share it with my readers. BTW - note we are still giving away a car -- this year a Honda Element.

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From Rich Tehrani, TMC's CEO and Conference Chairman

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