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November 18, 2015

Mitel Analyst Event 2015 Live Blog #MitelNext

November 12, 2015

Mitel put on a nice event in Manhattan today. Wes Durow, CMO made a great presentation on where the company was and where its going.

A quote of note: "One out of three SMS messages goes across the Mitel network."

Some of what I am hearing is embargoed - so sadly, I'll have to keep you posted on some announcements at a later date.

Rich McBee, CEO takes the stage.

Are desk phones dead? "We ship a handset every 14 seconds and the pace is accelerating."

Our vision: Making communications and collaboration seamless.

Important points:

They will continue to acquire legacy solutions and then grow them. The contact center is a more and more important part of the business.

The intersection of mobile, cloud and enterprise is the next thing for us - we will accelerate products and solutions in this area.

"We have 3 billion potential subscribers with our current carrier customers."

Much discussion about Mavenir - the acquisition which gives them great mobile technology and low cost R&D centers.

Security is becoming a huge factor going forward.

UCC is more complex than ever

Simplifying this in an open environment  is what we're betting the company on.

We will continue to be a consolidator.

Mitel Next Accelerator is a think tank working on the next big thing but it needs to have products in a customer in one year - and they have to be paying customers.

When Hired Gun Managers Fail

November 11, 2015

What happens when you intersect the Innovator's Dilemna with investment, ROI and stragic planning? Especially since new, disruptive technologies aren't adopted overnight - they can take ten years or more to be widely accepted. Conversely, investors are generally more short-term oriented.

Bottom line: markets have their own timing which require companies to adapt.

Can SmartFlow Compliance Solutions Solve the Software Piracy Problem?

November 10, 2015

Software piracy is a multibillion dollar problem which can be difficult to protect against. A new company, SmartFlow Compliance Solutions is helping to solve this problem and the following is an interview with CEO Ted Miracco (pictured below).

1)  How did your company decide to get into fighting piracy business?

Ted Miracco was the co-founder of AWR Corporation, an EDA Company that specializes in high-frequency analog circuit design software.

TMC Conducting 100+ San Jose Video Interviews Next Week

November 6, 2015

I'm really excited to share that next week, I'll be in Silicon Valley interviewing over 100 companies and personally learning about the state of technology in the hottest tech market in the world. The response to our trip to the west coast has been fantastic. What's amazing is how many companies we'll meet which are relatively new.

Some which I'm sure most of you have never heard of and many which are just out of stealth mode.

They span the range of hot technologies from analytics, cloud and IoT to identity management, speech recognition and of course security.

We have a few slots left so if you have something important to share - like a leading-edge technology you are about to introduce, please reach out ASAP to sfine (at)

Here are some of the videos from a recent trip we took to Dallas.

Happy Birthday Digi International

November 5, 2015

In the eighties I was a UNIX admin and database programmer and relied on DIGI International for terminal banks which plugged into the UNIX machine and allowed dumb terminals from companies like Wyse to be connected. For those of you who may not know, UNIX is the grandfather of Linux and back then you could run a company of 16 users on 1 MB of RAM and 50-100MB worth of hard disk!

Hard disks cost about $5,000 at the time - or about $11,000 today!

Getting back to DIGI - they are one of the few companies which was able to evolve and stay on the leading edge of the tech curve. they are now major players in the IoT and their solutions even help NASA.

My colleague Ken Briodagh has more but I didn't want the opportunity for me to wish them Happy 30th Birthday to go by. Its an achievement - especially in the tech space to survive and thrive for multiple decades.

Lemko EZ LTE Really Disrupts the Carrier Model

October 28, 2015

As I write this, I’m in disbelief as it seems impossible to take the massive carrier equipment which makes up the multimillion dollar central office LTE network and repackage it into a plug-and-play module which fits on a coffee table. Yet, this is exactly what Norman Fekrat of Lemko shared with me.

A previous interview with Norman regarding his company’s solutions

I’ve known the company for some time as a provider of NFV solutions (video) based on software. What I didn't expect was how fast Moore's Law has worked to decrease the size of the hardware.

Mosquito Magnet Executive Review

October 19, 2015

I've been a big fan of Mosquito Magnet and this past summer used their Executive trap with much success. I first wrote about experience with the trap in 2004 when I purchased a Liberty Plus. I covered them again in 2005 and again in 2012 and 2013.

Bottom line, I used the trap this past summer - starting in June or so. I didn't change the net.

The Latest Dallas Tech news: GENBAND, Taqua, Amdocs...

October 19, 2015

Uber lets You Test Drive a new BMW 7 Series

October 16, 2015

This morning CNBC interviewed valuation expert Aswath Damodaran, professor at NYU Stern School of Business who said Uber is worth less than half as much as investors think or just $23.4 billion instead of $51 billion. He cited increased competition from serious players as a major issue.

One wonders however if the company's latest business model has been factored in - the Uber test drive. BMW has an exclusive deal with the taxi disruptor allowing you to enter the Exclusive Promo Code: BMWNYCVMZP8FTHUE. According to the company, you then request the “7 SERIES” option on 10/17 and 10/18 between 10am–6pm.

Requests must be made within the coverage zone which includes parts of New York and New Jersey.

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