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Apple App Store the OPEC of the West

June 16, 2010

I try to always look out for my readers and as such I have been one of the harshest critics of closed app stores and how they could change the computing paradigm via censorship which is not good for users. But for the US there may be very important reasons to embrace this new transformation - especially as it pertains to the Apple and iTunes App Store. To set this article up let's explore the extent of global software piracy - currently the total amount of pirated software stands at $53B according to a study by the BSA and IDC.

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Looking for CXOs in DC/Maryland for Video Interviews

June 15, 2010

Attention readers - in our never-ending quest to keep TMC's growing audience up to date on the latest happenings in the market we will be in DC with our video crew next week interviewing companies in the Baltimore and Washington DC area. We are looking for CEOs, CMOs, and Presidents at companies which are in the tech and/or communications spaces. This includes 4G, satellite, cable, etc. Here is a sample of what the finished video will look like.

If you are interested, the exact dates are Tuesday, June 22nd and Wednesday, June 23rd and the location is the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD (directions).

Please contact Jaime Hernaez for consideration.



Interop 2010 Las Vegas Video Summary

June 14, 2010

We've got lots of great content from Interop 2010 Las Vegas which I am still getting questions about so I decided to post a summary of some of the articles which TMCnet has written as well as providing links to the videos which were shot on location. These articles are all about the videos by the way - allowing you to read about videos you may not have a chance to view.

Articles:

Entuity  Motorola  Server Technology Highly Reliable Systems F5  Cisco  Clearhub  Infoblox  Corning Cable Systems DisplayLink  Tripwire  Brocade Talari Networks ShoreTel Metageek Spirent Elixir Technology  Polycom OPNET Technologies AMAX  FullCircle Wireless Crescendo Networks  VPI  Riverbed  SysAid  Force10 Networks The Planet D-Link  Xirrus  NetScout  Verne Global  Opswat ExtraHop Networks  Apposite Technologies Telcombrokers  Splice Communications  Netlist  Sonicwall  IXIA  Dynamic Network Services Edgecore Networks Napatech  Westcon Group Morphlabs Avaya  Palo Alto Networks IBM  Telesphere  Radvision  Anixter  Radvision  Spiceworks  Gale Technologies  ESET  Splunk Blue Coat Systems  Sennheiser  Voltaire  Viridity  Cradlepoint Diskeeper  IP Infusion Saba  Gigamon  Joulex  Paessler  Sagemcom  Internap  OpenText  Network Instruments Anue Systems Vidyo  Lancope  Vu Telepresence Aprius  Netronome 
Videos:

Day 1 - Tuesday     Entuity Kenneth Flapproth VP, Marketing Motorola Dr. Amit Sinha CTO, Wireless Lan Server Technology Calvin Nicholson Senior Director, Software Highly Reliable Systems Darren McBride CEO F5 John Matthews Vice President, IT & CIO Cisco Chris Kozup Sr. Manager, Mobility Solutions Clearhub Michelle Chan Managing Director Infoblox Gregory Ness VP, Corporate Marketing Corning Cable Systems Alan Ugolini Manager, Data Center Market Development DisplayLink Dennis Crespo EVP, Marketing & Business Dev't Mellanox Technologies John Monson VP, Marketing Tripwire Gene Kim CTO & Founder Brocade Jason Nolet VP of Application Delivery Products Talari Networks Andrew Gottlieb Founder & CEO ShoreTel Kevin Gavin VP, Marketing Metageek Ryan Woodings Chief Geek Spirent Tim Jefferson General Manager, Converged Core Solutions Elixir Technology lau Shih Hor   Polycom John Antanaitis VP, Product Marketing OPNET Technologies Alain Cohen President AMAX Shoulin Chua Business Development Manager FullCircle Wireless Shelton Basham CEO Crescendo Networks Opher Dubrovsky AVP, Product Marketing VPI  Patrick Botz VP of Marketing Riverbed Apurva Dave VP, Product Marketing SysAid Saar Bitner Director, Marketing and Sales Force10 Networks Kevin Wade Sr. Director of Product Marketing       Day 2 - Wednesday           The Planet Doug Erwin Chairman & CEO D-Link Daniel Kelley Sr. Director of Marketing Xirrus Dirk Gates CEO Netscout Steven Shalita VP, Marketing Verne Global Tata Cantrell CTO Opswat Benny Czarny CEO ExtraHop Networks Jesse Rothstein Founder & CEO Appostie Technologies DC Palter President Telcombrokers Nancy Ridge VP  Splice Communications Andy Coan President & CEO Netlist Christopher Lopes VP, Worldwide Sales Sonicwall Douglas Brockett VP & GM IXIA Atul Bhatnagar President & CEO Dynamic Network Services Chris Widner Customer Support Manager Edgecore Networks Iain Kenney Director of Product Marketing Napatech Erik Norup CMO Westcon Group Anthony Daley EVP, The Americas Morphlabs Winston Damarillo CEO Avaya Joel Hackney SVP & President, Avaya Gov't Solutions & Data Business Palo Alto Networks Howard Ting Director of Marketing IBM Dr. Kristof Kloeckner VP of Strategy & Technology, IBM Software Group Telesphere Clark Peterson CEO Radvision Amir Zmora VP, Marketing Spiceworks Jay Hallberg VP, Marketing & Co-Founder Gale Technologies Dean Hamilton SVP of Engineering and Product Management, CTO ESET Jeff Debrosse Sr. Research Director, North America Splunk Godfrey Sullivan President & CEO Blue Coat Systems Eric Tooley Technical Marketing Manager Sennheiser William Whearty VP, Sales - Retail Voltaire Asaf Somekh VP, Marketing       Day 3 - Thursday           Viridity Michael Tresh Director of Product Management Cradlepoint Don Bush Director, Marketing Diskeeper Colleen Toumayan VP of Public Relations IP Infusion Shane Rigby VP, Global Sales Saba Milland Pansare Sr. Director of Product Marketing Gigamon Kevin Jablonski VP, Marketing & Business Development Joulex Thomas Noonan President & CEO Paessler Kenneth Sansofsky GM, North America Sagemcom Dan Aronson North American Sales Manager Internap Amar Khan VP, Product Management Good Dimitri Volkmann VP, Enterprise Product Management OpenText Geoffrey Anderson Sr. Product Manager Network Instruments Steve Brown Product Manager Anue Systems John Delfeld VP of Marketing Vidyo Marty Hollander SVP, Marketing Lancope David Cocchiara CFO & Head of Corporate Development Vu Telepresence Akash Saraf CEO Aprius Craig Thompson VP, Product Marketing Netronome Daniel Proch Director, Product Management Anixter Andrew Jimenez VP of Technology








Microsoft to Help OEMs with Windows Phone 7 Development

June 11, 2010

It is no secret that apps are the key to platforms and anyone who lived through the eighties remembers the massive advantage Apple computers had over PCs in the graphic design world because of programs like PageMaker and Quark Express. In those early days, if you wanted to be a desktop publisher using the PC you were forced to use Ventura Publisher from Xerox and while the program excelled at book design, it stunk at magazine layout.

Apple is obviously winning the app war in the smartphone and now tablet market and you may be wondering how Microsoft will get anyone to develop for its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 OS - especially since Silverlight is not really very popular. It seems the company will hire its own developer(s) to assist OEMs in developing apps to get things started.

TMC Gets Written up in Norwalk Hour Newspaper

June 4, 2010

I am fortunate that I get to speak reporters about my company from time to time and whenever I do I always worry until the article comes out. Reporters are busy (speaking from experience) and they don't always get all the facts right. I always blame myself when this happens - after all if you communicate in a clear, concise manner with an organized, structured system of segueing between topics, it is much easier to follow.

Personally I have sat in briefings with charismatic tech leaders who spend 30 minutes talking and when I look at my notes, I wonder what the heck was said.

Social Networking News: Blogging, Facebook and Government

June 4, 2010

TelX and Cisco Ethernet Exchange and Bandwidth Predictions

June 4, 2010

New TMC video personality discusses the latest communications and technology news

Please join me in welcoming Juliana Kenny to the TMC news room and to the TMC team where she will be writing, editing and producing videos. Here is her first video which discusses the newly launched TelX Ethernet Exchange - which will allow carriers and enterprises to interconnect their Ethernet networks. This Cisco-powered service should be quite successful based on my early discussions with TelX customers as well as TelX executives.

DashPad Brings Widgets to iPad via Safari

June 4, 2010

For most developers, Apple's App Store is a dream as it allows you to publish an application, allow Cupertino to deal with distribution and then receive regular paychecks as products are purchased and downloaded. That is of course unless your application or class of apps find itself/themselves in Apple's crosshairs. Most recently Apple decided that widget-based apps and those which create their own desktops will be banned from the company's store - even if they have been approved in the past.

Coincidentally a company called PXL Creations recently released a Safari-based desktop called DashPad for the iPad which supports its own custom widgets for a clock, calendar, Yellow Pages, calculator, unit converter and notepad.

Plantronics Savi W430 Designed for Performance and Your Inner-Geek

May 26, 2010

 


When advising entrepreneurs how best to explain their products to customers to minimize the barrier to adoption, I often say focus on the solutions your product or service provides. At the end of the day, we all have problems and will pay to have them solved. In case you doubt me I invite you to visit Doggie Doo Not, a service dedicated to pooper scooper activities on your property.

Open Source, Cloud Computing and Ecosystems Changing VC Investments

May 24, 2010

The world of investing is changing as startup costs are plummeting for companies who are able to use open-source software and cloud computing tools while in many cases piggybacking on existing product ecosystems as they grow. As Bloomberg reports in an article I found through GigaOm, tech startups need much less money because they aren't using the expensive computers their "ancestors" used.

Hosted storage, hosted software, open-source and the lower price of office rental space means there can be many more startups per dollar. The downside for VC funds is you can't put a billion dollars to work $500,000 at a time.

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