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See Bill Kelly at ITEXPO in LA

August 1, 2008

Many of my blog readers know Bill Kelly well from his years of work building partner programs in the industry for companies like Excel and Cantata (after the company merged with Brooktrout).

Add to this a brief stint at Pulvermedia and Kelly becomes the perfect person to help improve the quality of ITEXPO conference content.

With Bill's vast experience he is the perfect person in fact to be at the show.

What will Bill be doing at ITEXPO? He will host two courses in the TMC University program, which is open to all conference attendees.  Bill's classes include "FMC/Mobility" on Tuesday September 16th and "IP Network Security" on Wednesday September 17th.

What are Kelly's thoughts on the show? Here is a quote from him:

"From an educational perspective, TMC University offers a unique opportunity for attendees to obtain third-party certification that recognizes their competence in selecting, installing and managing important communications solutions. As a part of ITEXPO, TMC University also provides a tremendous networking opportunity, and I'm looking forward to the entire event, catching up with colleagues and learning more about the latest solutions on the expo floor."  

And of course, much of the networking at the show might actually involve Bill as he is so connected .











My Tips to Resellers and VARs

July 29, 2008

97 Degrees in Dallas And it is Cool

Well it is relatively cool anyway. Compared to the rest of thee week, 97 feels downright arctic. I think the humidity levels are lower as well. I had a great talk today at IP Sizzles 2008 and I am as enthused as ever about our space.

One part of my discussion centered around how my talks used to focus on making money selling VoIP then making money selling IP communications and now it is just communications. It could have even been technology as I focused on things like UPS systems, SANs, RAID systems, disaster recovery, etc.

The reseller of today has to seize opportunities and be smart enough to listen to customer needs and sell them solutions.





Why Was Amazon S3 Down?

July 26, 2008

Sprint Sells Towers, Nextel Next?

July 24, 2008

VON Shows Over

July 16, 2008

A Community Service Message

I have been pretty silent about what has happened with Pulvermedia and the VON events because frankly, everyone else seemed to be covering the fact that the events are no longer taking place.

Also, TMC used to compete head to head with thee VON events so I thought it poor taste to discuss their demise. Having said that, I was at a recent event where I heard horror stories of people showing up for VON Amsterdam -- only to find out there was no VON Amsterdam. Commenters in the blogosphere have echoed the same sentiments.

So I wanted to make sure I went on record letting people in the communications industry know that Pulvermedia is shut down.





Google Docs Outage

July 8, 2008

Larry Ellison and SaaS

July 4, 2008

Although many people in technology are saying that SaaS is one of the fastest growing segments of the market, Larry Ellison, the founder and CEO of Oracle  had some negative comments about the industry lately. I found an article describing Ellison's feelings by TMCnet's David Sims while perusing the SaaS Snapshot page on TMCnet.

Ellison does have a point as profits in the SaaS market haven't been overwhelming but what is perhaps more important is that this business is different than software sales where you book revenue as soon as the customer decides to pick a vendor.

The article has some great comments from Greg Gianforte, CEO of RightNow Technologies who does agree with Ellison to a degree. He further explains the annuity nature of on-demand models makes them profitable in the long-term.

One thing not mentioned in the article is that SalesForce.com is doing a great job extending the SaaS marketplace with partnerships with other vendors such as Google and a host of companies most people have never heard of. Moreover, SalesForce.com continually extends their products into such areas as platform as a service and others.

The article also touches on the strength of cloud computing and how SaaS ties into this relatively new paradigm which is projected to see rapid growth over the next few years.

If there is a risk in the SaaS market it is Google who could conceivably give away software in every category just for the fun of it.









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