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Webinar Presentation

April 25, 2007

In my never ending quest to amass as much information in my brain as possible, I have begun listening to archived webinars as I work. It turns out I can learn a great deal from such webinars as I answer e-mail and type and blog entry.   This is a great way to absorb even more information during the course of a busy day.   To that end, I am now listening to a Webcast about how to be a better Webcast speaker. I really recommend anyone who speaks on webinars listens to this presentation. I have been listening for the past 10 minutes or so and it is good so far.   Webinar presenter; Ken Molay   Ideas so far:  
  • Make sure you have room temperature water nearby when speaking
  • Don’t speak in a cubicle
  • Do not use carbonated beverages
  • Keep introductory remarks to a minimum
  • No coffee
  • Turn off devices
  • Do not use a speakerphone
  • Use a handset (do Plantronics and GN Netcom know this )
Listen here.

Mapquest and OnStar

April 25, 2007

In what seems to be a very intelligent business decision by all involved, OnStar, the service allowing GM customers to have turn-by-turn in-car directions and Mapquest the web destination allowing online driving instructions have teamed up.   What are the benefits? Up to 5 destinations can be entered into Mapquest and they will be sent to the vehicle. You can always call an OnStar representative to enter the address but in this ATM-dominated everything-web world, who even wants to talk anymore?

Vonage Free to Compete

April 25, 2007

Skybus

April 25, 2007

Sender ID Update

April 25, 2007

Cellular 911

April 25, 2007

As many people leave their fixed line phones for wireless only devices there will be an inevitable problem of safety. You see cellular phones do not have the ability to relay location information as accurately as a fixed line phone. The CTIA reports that 230,000 calls to 911 are made from cell phones each day. The group also estimates that 8.4 percent of households are "wireless only."   In some areas of the country 71% of tests for 911 location accuracy would result in a failing grade.

EQO Funding

April 25, 2007

Jajah and Iotum

April 24, 2007

Blackberry users are having a banner day as fist they are able to run their programs on Windows Mobile computers and now Iotum and JaJah are collaborating to allow the power of Jajah’s calling network to be combined with Iotum’s Talk-Now application.   "We saw a clear opportunity to enhance the experience for mobile users by partnering with JAJAH," said Iotum CEO Alec Saunders. "Initially, our collaboration means that Iotum Talk-Now users will have one-click access to JAJAH for all their contacts. In the future, Iotum will release other 'New Presence'-enabled applications in conjunction with JAJAH, such as PIN-less, mobile conferencing."   What are the benefits? Blackberry users now can have access to all the presence applications Iotum offers and at the same time collaborate seamlessly with their Jajah contacts.

Mixxee

April 24, 2007

Did you every think you would be able to communicate better if there was a soundtrack that was playing as you spoke? Ideally you could e-mail your voice with the soundtrack mixed in. Now imagine a web-based console allowing you to pick from a variety of soundtracks which can be mixed into video or audio messages. You could use such messages to set the “tone” as you speak.

Interactive Intelligence and Alliance Systems

April 23, 2007

Interactive Intelligence announced today it has purchased the professional services group of Alliance Systems and I had a chance to speak with the president of Alliance Systems Rusty Cone about this deal. Rusty deferred to Alliance Systems chairman Jon Shapiro about the reason for this transaction.   According to Jon: “Our core server and infrastructure business has been growing very rapidly and we wanted to focus our resources on increasing our manufacturing capacity, engineering resources and our global logistics and support business.”   I did get a chance to find out a bit more about the transaction however. Rusty explained he is happy for the 14 people who will now be part of Interactive Intelligence as they now have more opportunity to move up in the organization.
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