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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.

Tech Lubricates Theft, Can it do so For Law Enforcement?

December 31, 2009

The Internet is an incredible lubricator and margin compression resulting from immediate and widespread information dissemination is destroying industries on a level never before experienced. Examples include the newspaper business which has seen classified ad revenue jump to Monster and Craigslist. And in display advertising, newspapers are losing business to search engine and other online ad locations.

Once, pawn shops were a primary place for thieves to take stolen products but the criminals soon realized auctions are the best way to get the maximum price for goods.

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.

TMC Hit with IE 8 JScript WSH Bug

December 30, 2009

For my more technical readers you will appreciate a story which crashed TMC servers and caused hours of hard work to pinpoint the problem. Thankfully these were noncritical servers used to crunch billions of log records correlating to TMCnet usage patterns, etc.

What happened was Windows Update was inadvertently run and IE 8 was installed on a machine and with it came a new algorithm to run Jscript via Windows Scripting Host (WSH). The result was a hard-coded crash as reported here.

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



Terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a Social Networker

December 29, 2009

It seems there is a good chance Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national linked to Al Qaeda in an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane was an active social networker. On the Internet, he looked for guidance on issues such as how to reconcile his desire to eat only food sanctioned by his religion without offending his parents who were more lax about their diet. He further confided online that he was lonely and never found a true Muslim friend.

The Washingtton post examined 300 posts which they attribute to Abdulmutallab under user name farouk1986 from an Islamic social networking site.

How Immigrants Can Help Employ US Workers

December 28, 2009

I received an email today from Richard Herman, co-author of "Immigrant, Inc. --- Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and how they will save the American worker)."

I asked to accept it as a guest blog and received permission to do so. Why?

Because I believe we need more immigrants to stay in the US and start businesses.

TMC Launches Business Video Site

December 28, 2009

During the dotcom boom I launched a company called Infofill whose goal it was to help companies who needed content for their Web sites. As I envisioned it, every company needed to become a media company and as such needed articles, audio and eventually TV studios.

As the bubble burst, the idea morphed into over 120 sponsored news-powered channels and communities which are a major factor in the success of TMC and TMCnet.

Interestingly I turned the dotcom idea inside out to make it work and now, many companies have chosen to partner with TMC for a number of reasons such as having access to content producers, designers, SEO experts, analytics professionals and more importantly, many of our customers want to leverage the proprietary content management system we have built to optimize content dissemination to the most interested audience possible.

I had a moment of déj  vu as I read an article from Steve Vonder Haar, Research Director and Founder, Interactive Media Strategies.

ITEXPO East 2010 Hotel Block 131% Sold Out

December 28, 2009

ITEXPO hotel rooms continue to go quickly. 11 days ago I mentioned that the hotel room block at the Loews was sold out at 106% and you needed to reserve a room quickly to get the low rate ITEXPO had negotiated. After returning from the holidays I was informed the hotel is now sold out at 131% and this news came accompanied with this message from the hotel.

Sorry for the late notice, but we will not be able to accommodate any new reservations at the ITEXPO group rate.

Fewer US Patents Means Fewer US Jobs

December 22, 2009

I often try to balance out my writing - not being too extreme in either direction and since yesterday I ended the day with a very positive piece about the billions of dollars in communications M&A transactions, today I thought it worth mentioning the decline of US patents granted to Americans. Here is an excerpt from a BusinessWeek article on the topic:

For the first time in 2009, non-Americans were granted more U.S. patents than resident inventors, accounting for 50.7% of new grants, according to recent data from the Patent & Trademark Office.

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