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ObjectWorld

March 18, 2007

Recently I had a chance to meet with executives at Objectworld and I couldn’t help but walk away impressed with the technology the company has developed. Their two products consist of CallAttendant which allows you to connect your existing PBX to their unified messaging and unified communications solution. The company also develops UC Sever affording you all the features of CallAttendant with a SIP-based VoIP phone system thrown in for good measure.   The company feels it is positioned very well for the wave of convergence taking place in communications and they are quick to point out that VoIP in and of itself does not signify convergence but it is when applications become converged that convergence is truly happening.   UC Server is software based and since it is 100% SIP based there is no legacy technology to worry about. Since the system is hardware agnostic you can leverage Moore’s law to grow your company with ever-faster servers.   The company believes it is positioned well as it sells to IT VARs and its solutions are easy to configure.

Spirent

March 18, 2007

I recently had a chance to sit down with Andy Huckridge Director of Marketing, IMS Solutions over at Spirent Communications to discuss a variety of topics from the product line mix to thoughts on IMS. Spirent as you may recall went on an acquisition spree around the time of the telecom meltdown in 2001.   Since that time they have emerged as one of the strongest players in the testing market.   I asked about the current customer mix and Andy explained that 35-40% of customers are service providers. Ditto for equipment manufacturers. The rest of the company’s customers are enterpries.   I asked what 2007 will bring and Andy says he thinks 2006 was the year of hype for IMS and 2007 will be the year of RFPs. Andy says there are huge RFPs floating around the industry from the largest operators.

Skype is Innovating, Are You?

March 17, 2007

Dear VoIP Provider,   What have you done for me lately? You see Skype keeps doing more and more and you are farther and farther behind. Pretty soon your state of the art VoIP software or service will be considered legacy.   Sincerely, Rich Tehrani President TMC

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It seems to me that Skype is one of the few companies that sits down and maps out the future in the communications space and in fact if other software/service companies aren’t careful Skype will end up using its voice platform as a way to disrupt their businesses as well.   Skype is the ultimate disruptor. Not because they invented VoIP or anything like that but the company understood that by providing a simple interface to VoIP they would stand out among the crowd and rise to the top of the VoIP crowd.   But when a company gets acquired it usually slows down the innovation.



Cantata

March 17, 2007

Cantata is a veritable conglomerate in the communications space. The company was formed a year ago through a combination of Excel Switching and Brooktrout Technology and has product lines for developers and service providers. The company is soon celebrating its one year birthday and company executives were kind enough to take a break from their birthday party planning and give me feedback on where the company is headed.   As the briefing went on I realized the company was onto something interesting. You see IMS is a complex architecture and no existing network can become fully 100% IMS-based overnight.

Microsoft Acquires Tellme?

March 14, 2007

On my way into work this morning I saw two things. An amazing sunrise and a flock of geese flying. As far as the sunrise goes, I tried desperately to get my phone to take a picture of it so I could share the beauty of it with my readers. By the time I set up the phone in camera mode the highway twisted and then when the sunrise was in range again a garbage truck blocked my view.

Dialogic & Aculab Focus on Growth

March 13, 2007

Please enjoy the April 2007 Publisher’s Outlook from IMS Magazine:   ---------   DSP Resource Board Vendors Expand Focus   The last few weeks has seen an explosive amount of news in technology and communications and trying to justice to it all in a single written piece is impossible. Still I saw many things this week worth pointing out and providing some analysis on the technologies that will ultimately comprise the world’s future IMS network. Instead of focusing on a random sampling I will set my sights more on a single phenomenon in this piece.   I would have to say the largest trend I have seen lately is that of development program and ecosystem growth. Ten years ago there were few choices for developers if they wanted to write applications for the communications space.

TMCnet Search

March 13, 2007

We are always trying to innovate here at TMC and recently we have been looking for a way to ensure TMCnet becomes even stickier than it currently is. Our goal is not only to be the primary destination for all things in the communications and technology space but also the same for communications and technology search.   At search.tmcnet.com you will find a beta version of our newest initiative allowing anyone to search not only TMCnet’s massive archive of articles but others such as Network World and PC Magazine. We will continually fine tune this initiative to make it more valuable to you and hopefully it will become the first place you turn when you are searching in the communications/information technology space.   Please try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

Cisco Webinar

March 12, 2007

Did you know there is a link between air-blown fiber and unified communications? OK I realize this may not be a logical leap which is why of course TMCnet is going to be hosting a webinar with Cisco and Sumitomo Electric Lightwave focusing on how the Arizona Cardinals are leveraging the flexibility of air-blown fiber to enable their next-gen network to take advantage of unified communications, telepresence and more.   If you are interested in learning more, be sure to register now as the webinar takes place on March 28th, 2007 at 2:00 PM ET which is 11:00 AM PT. This of course assumes your computer recognizes daylight savings time by then. Mine still doesn’t.   You may recall I wrote about air-blown fiber in the past.

Huge News Coming From Plantronics

March 11, 2007

I recently met with Plantronics executives and they were basking in the glow of being market share leaders in the bluetooth space. They were very happy with this achievement and were further excited to tell me about how they see the future of communications.   I meet with many dozens of companies per month and you get a sense for when a company seems to be onto something big. Of course this is easiest to spot when they tell you flatly, “Rich, we are onto something big.”   I couldn’t get anything out of the tightlipped management about what to expect. I even hinted at the company moving upmarket to potentially compete with Polycom in the IP phone space.   I did not get positive feedback to this comment but instead I was told Polycom is a great partner.   In past meetings with headset vendors and market research questionnaires I have seen – headset vendors always ask me my opinion of adding more intelligence to the once dumb headset.   So as I am flying on a fairly crowded airplane I have time to ponder what I would do if my headset had a powerful processor.   I suppose the first thing I would do is add speech recognition.

Xcerion

March 10, 2007

XML Development – Full Steam Ahead   I am astounded at how the open source community thrives on mostly volunteer work from a loyal fan base. Asterisk is a great example of how the power of a private company, Digium develops open-source software and the combination is this ever-expanding software community developing better and better applications.   But where Asterisk has its loyal communications developers a company looking to copy the Asterisk model in the operating system space is is Xcerion. The company will soon release an XML based operating system which lives in a browser. Its limitation will obviously be the sophistication of its graphics but it does have Flash support so it may not be as bad as you first think.   Tom Claborn at InformationWeek seems to think this product could be a threat to Microsoft.
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