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I Correctly Predicted the Verizon Terremark Spinoff Last May

January 6, 2016

Last May, I alerted you that a solid source told me Verizon was looking to spin off Terremark. Today, we learned this is indeed the case thanks to Reuters (I love to scoop the financial media. Especially when they label their story “Exclusive”  ). Peter Radizeski explains why Verizon is doing this – he opines that the telcos are generally hurting.



Sanders and Republicans Team to War with Obama on Jobs in 2016?

December 31, 2015

Like it or not, 2016 might see outright war between companies and leading Republicans as well as Bernie Sanders. Here's why: President Barack Obama is preparing a colossal new executive action that could print-up work permits for a huge number of foreign white-collar graduates every year, above and beyond the levels set by Congress.

There is 100% certainty that what Obama is doing will hurt US workers because foreign students who take jobs will be on the pathway to citizenship which has intrinsic value. In other words, its a perk like healthcare or free sodas. As a result, foreign-born workers will take the same job for less money than a citizen.

While potentially all wages are at risk, its really the white collar tech jobs which have historically drawn a great deal of foreign-born workers.

Corporations will soon be forced to consider the lower-priced worker because if they don't, their competition will.



Conservative Republican candidates and Bernie Sanders have been vociferous about foreign workers taking US jobs.









Tehrani Time: A Beginner Tries the #Swagway #X1 #Hoverboard

December 30, 2015

Zultys Upgrades its Communications Software

December 2, 2015

Unified communications vendor Zultys has been hard at work coming up with a new release and since it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to share what they are up to, I reached out to interview Neil Lichtman, Chairman & CEO of the company. He was gracious enough to give his views on a range of areas from the future of unified to communications the challenges facing channel partners.

Is technology changing business for the better? Why/why not?

Mazda to Bring Back the Rotary Engine

December 1, 2015



In the nineties, I leased the last generation Mazda RX-7 and it was an amazing car. The company touted it as "Lightning in a world of thunder." It handled like almost nothing else and at 255 HP, you could push the car to its limits in every-day driving.

The technology powering the car was a rotary-engine... A single triangular rotor spins inside a small valveless barrel and two turbos make the spinning happen even faster.

Unlike a conventional engine with pistons which go up and down, the moving parts in this engine never change direction.

It was a far simpler approach to engine design.

Alas, the car did have some problems. Ed McMahon said the car was fragile and he was correct.









IoT Time is Back! Amazon, Lemonbeat, Korea and More

December 1, 2015

News from Jabra, Nimble, Polycom and More

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.

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