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President Obama, Forget the Shovels, Fix the Patent System Mess

Although it is too early to know for sure, the RPX Defensive Patent Aggregation Service has just signed Epson and added it to other big names like Cisco and IBM. As you may recall this organization is like a mega...

Glowpoint's Aspiring Global Video Community

Recently Glowpoint put out the news they had record call volumes and I thought it made sense to learn more so I interviewed the company's CEO Michael Brandofino. The company plays in spaces which have been resistant to the slowing...

Nortel Under Assault

In a number of my meetings with companies in the tech and telecom space over the last few years, they have told me they are aggressively targeting Nortel customers. This was before the talk of bankruptcy which will likely make...

Aspect Makes Performance Management Acquisition

Combined entity to provide enhanced performance management, coaching, employee review and workflow functionality Aspect has done a great job rolling up a number of call center companies and even in a slow economy is not letting up. In fact, the...

Obviously VoIP is Alive and Well

  A Phoenix rising from the ashes -- not sure this is the appropriate image but it sure is colorful A few people have asked me recently to throw my hat in the ring about the health of VoIP. Many...

Can Cisco Become a Consumer Electronics Company?

To Cisco's competitors and there are many, the company is a monster. Almost impossible to compete with on a level playing field. In the past I have mentioned how the way Chambers and company acquires and integrates new companies into...

Silicon Valley Closes for Christmas

While the tech industry was immune from much of the slowdown in this recession during the first part of the year, the economic crisis which took hold in September of certainly changed all that. Now, many Silicon Valley companies are...

A Tale of Bribery, Cockroaches and Raid

 One of the most fascinating articles I have read in a long while is about the Siemens global bribery scandal where the company spent $1.4 billion on bribes from 2001 to 2007. Of that, get this - telecom accounted for...

We're No Shrinking Violet Says Nortel's Carrier Chief

Nortel is an interesting company from the perspective that they have an inherent advantage in their product development as they cater to two separate markets - enterprise and carrier, which need similar products. The company can afford to easily sell...

Nortel's Web.Alive Brings Virtual Worlds to Business

While Nortel faces financial struggles and unprecedented debt, there are bright spots in the company's portfolio which most reporters will ignore because - well good news doesn't sell. I for one think it is always worth exploring the silver linings...

Cisco 4-Day Shut Down Spooks Market

Cisco is taking extraordinary measures to cut costs and has had its first ever 4-day shut down to conserve money. Generally this is a good thing to do but in this case, investors are nervous and not acting rationally and...

Adtran Media Event: The Final Day

Today is the last day of the Adtran media event here in Huntsville. At the moment, a number of us from the industry media are listening to a panel of Adtran engineers as well as CTO Kevin Schneider. This panel...

Update From IMPACT NOW 2008 Orlando

I am still here at IMPACT NOW. The exhibit hall is open and doing quite well. This is a very successful event with a good deal of buzz in the exhibit hall (see photo). It is interesting to contrast...

Selling Communications in a Recession

Thoughts from Jon Arnold and a discussion regarding Nortel, Avaya and Cisco How do companies navigate a slower economy? Well, you first need to show strength to ensure your potential customers are not scared off. As Jon Arnold points...

Nortel Wall Street Event Kick off

I am here at the Nortel Wall Street event at the New York Stock Exchange. I had an uneventful trip into the city and am now on the sixth floor of the New York Stock Exchange building waiting for the...

Arista Networks Analysis

We know Cisco has a brand and reputation which companies will pay more for. They are a marketing machine in a market where most of the competition does not know how to market consistently. Even with such a solid reputation,...

LifeSize HD Conferencing Improves While Saving Customers Money

 There are few technologies which are a crucial part of helping companies not only save money but also become more productive and efficient. As technology and especially the internet and broadband IP communications continue to transform industries, conferencing and...

Some News Updates of the Week

I am traveling today so blogging activity may be lighter than usual. In the mean time, here are some stories which my be worth reading. I don't know about you, but it seems the news flow in the communications and...

What Cisco Was Doing During ITEXPO

Cisco had a booth at ITEXPO this past week but apparently another part of the company was busy making an acquisition in the communications space at the exact same time. The company just picked up Jabber -- a supercharged presence...

ITEXPO West 2008 News to Date

To keep up with some of the news from this week's ITEXPO here at the Los Angeles Convention Center, check out the following show dailies from the past three days. Tuesday, September 9thThursday, September 11thMonday, September 15thHere is a news...

ITEXPO West 2008 Show Daily #1

ITEXPO West 2008 attendance for the upcoming Los Angeles, California event to be held September 16-18 is looking great and I just can't wait for the show to start. We are brimming with enthusiasm about this year's event and it...

ITEXPO West 2008 Show Guide

I have been looking at the show directory for next week's Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and am very happy to report this event will be one of the best we have produced. When I saw the draft of the...

Brian Ross Joins Acredo Technologies

Hosted communications provider Acredo Technologies recently hired Mike Ross to bolster the company's sales. Acredo is headed up by Mike Ross a veteran of the communications space having worked for Dialogic, Rhetorex, Aculab and many others.Mike's son Brian worked with...

John Chambers on Visual Networking

I missed John Chambers on CNBC this morning. I wanted to hear what he had to say but unfortunately I was being interviewed about ITEXPO at the exact same time Chambers was on TV. Thankfully, Michael Dinan, a TMCnet editor...

Telepresence Comes to Schools

I got an email today with a link to an article in a Ridgefield, Connecticut newspaper discussing how telepresence is allowing a school to continue teaching a language which was thought to be cost prohibitive to learn. This is really...
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