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Excited to Judge #AARPInnovationAwards for Caregiver Solutions

March 13, 2017

Mitel Analyst Day 2017 Live Blog

March 7, 2017

Past live blog 2015. Here are the complete slides.

8 am: CEO Rich McBee takes the stage.

The company won’t overpay for a company but will look for strategic acquisitions. Digital transformation is a key element of their strategy – they will provide software and services to their installed base.

650 IBM Blockchain Workers Look to Save us Billions

March 5, 2017

IBM was early to Linux - one of the first major companies to promote the open-source OS and as a result they had years of growth, riding on its coat tails. Now, blockchain is the hot area for the company. Another bet on the future like the $100 million spent on advertising consulting in 2014.



With the blockchain investment, IBM isn't getting into virtual currencies per se - they are looking to instill trust in transactional data as the technology allows all parties to have their own live version of this information and can ensure there has been no tampering.

The low hanging fruit for this technology - pun sort of intended, is shipping, where dozens of people are involved in getting a shipment to leave or enter ports. A single missing document can delay a shipment enough to spoil millions of dollars or more of inventory.





Yes, Bitcoins are Gold 2.0

March 2, 2017



We weren't too surprised to see that a bitcoin is now worth more than an ounce of gold... Coming in at a record, $1,251.32! After all, in 2013 we shared 15 reasons bitcoins are better gold

Here are just a few of the bullets from that post:
  • Bitcoins are gold 2.0
  • Customs
  • Transaction fees
  • Gambling
  • No commodities correlation
Bottom line - the virtual currency is now more valuable than the physical.




Forward This Post to Employees To Protect From Hackers

February 22, 2017



Although there is no guarantee you can be 100% protected against hacking, there are some basics you can share with workers to reduce the chance you will be hit by a cyberbreach such as malware or cryptolocker ransomware. Without further ado - here are the 5 Habits That Could Cause a Data Breach at Your Company

1. Clicking on random advertisements: Cybercriminals have been using fake advertisements to disguise malicious software for decades.



The Drone Wars Have Arrived

February 22, 2017

An army of good drones will protect our high-value targets at all times. 

In February 2014 we warned of the impending urban drone wars:
The police department after dealing with this incident is forced to develop a policy which entails the deployment of drones which can’t fire weapons but are capable of interfering with other drones by knocking into them. After all, few municipalities will be like this one in Texas which is OK arming its drones. I predict most police departments will be concerned about lawsuits resulting from drones killing someone inadvertently.

Criminals will soon realize a single flying gadget won’t help them so much and will be drawn into a drone arms race requiring each side to ramp up their drone numbers in order to win any encounter.





Avaya Bankruptcy Really Doesn't Bother Buyers

February 21, 2017

At this month's ITEXPO we hosted a panel on Cloud UC with RingCentral, 8x8 and Broadsoft and one of the first questions I asked was what is the end-result of the Avaya bankruptcy on the mind of people making purchasing decisions. While the panelists and I were quick to point out that cloud and debt helped do Avaya in, the audience wasn't particularity concerned.



Out of about 500+ people in the room at the time one a few hands said the bankruptcy would affect their decision.

One would have expected it to be much higher - we would have guessed north of 15% but instead the number seemed to be similar to what the company's typical annual churn rate is.



Perhaps people have seen enough in their careers to know that Avaya products will still be maintained and serviced and likely invested in, regardless of what the bankruptcy courts decide.

That's what happened with the Nortel assets after all.

The funny thing is even though much is moving to the cloud, phones were everywhere at show... Peter Radizeski pointed out just how many phone vendors were exhibiting at the show. In addition, Sangoma drew much attention with their new phones.













FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Wants Your Startphone FM Radio to Work

February 18, 2017

Bill Gates Thinks Robots that Steal Jobs Should be Taxed

February 18, 2017


In a recent interview with Quartz, Bill Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He argues that governments must oversee such programs rather than relying on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes.

“You ought to be willing to raise the tax level and even slow down the speed” of automation, Gates argues.

This is an absolutely shocking sentiment from someone who founded Microsoft, one of the major forces driving automation forward in the world.

Should we have taxed computer operating systems and productivity suites because they made companies more efficient - allowing companies to hire less people? Moreover could it be argued that each copy of Microsoft Office put at least one accountant and secretary out of work and should be retroactively taxed $100,000 as a result?

Exactly which countries will be taxing robots? Wouldn't it be economic suicide to slow your country's move to robotic manufacturing if other countries have no restrictions?

Wouldn't it be better to have robotic factories in a country, as opposed to no factories?

Obviously Bill Gates has been extremely successful in his career and is the envy of many (including us) but this idea he espouses seems shocking from a person who played a huge part for the technology revolution we've been living in for many decades.












How Microsoft Just Scared the IT Community to Death

February 14, 2017



Brad Smith
, the President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft spoke recently at a conference and wrote about the need for a Digital Geneva Convention which would do a number of things. For example, it would eliminate targeting of tech companies, assist the private sector in dealing with attacks and restrain cyber-weapon development. “Conflicts between nations are no longer confined to the ground, sea and air, as cyberspace has become a potential new and global battleground,” he said.

The company went on to say it spends a tremendous amount on cybersecurity but it isn't enough... We need to do more, a lot more.

Why should this scare us to death?




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