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October 8, 2006

I can't help but feel like a proud parent as we get ready for this week's ITEXPO. The team I work with have absolutely outdone themselves and the scope of this event is beyond my imagination. To think this show started in 1999 at the Hotel Del Coronado a stones throw from the San Diego Convention Center -- it's current home.

As you get ready to come to ITEXPO this week there is one request I would like to make of you and that is this event has more content than any previous event in TMC history and it certainly has as much education as any event I have ever been to. The goal of this blog entry is not to brag but to ensure you are spending enough time in the sessions in the conference rooms and/or on the show floor.

My request is that you plan to have enough time to absorb everything -- the exhibits -- there are more exhibits at this show than ever before -- and all the sessions.



Tech Buyouts Continue

October 7, 2006

Yahoo!/Reuters has a story about why there will be many more tech acquisitions and as I have mentioned before the abundance of money in the financial markets and Sox compliance costs are making it an ideal time for smaller companies to go private -- or let a larger company deal with compliance issues. How is this for optimism?

Jim Davidson, a founding member of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, told the Reuters Venture Capital Summit in San Francisco last week that he saw "years and years of good deals available," in the technology sector.

My take on all this is M&A activity is fantastic because the exit strategy many companies now rely on is getting acquired. Sox has made it more difficult to go public and Vonage has reinforced the fact your company should generate profit before you go public. So without the M&A option what would these smaller companies use as an exit strategy for their investors?



EvokeTV has it Right

October 7, 2006

Is the future of TV watching building community around programs and having the ultimate “buddy list” as Om infers. Absolutely in my opinion. Communities will grow around all entertainment as they have done around shopping, news and everywhere else. The future of the internet is communities and the marriage of TV and this concept is a natural.

As we have learned time and time again being first doesn’t mean you win the war.

ITEXPO Preview on New Telephony

October 5, 2006


Here is a pre-show write-up on ITEXPO I just saw on New Telephony. Good stuff. In a pre-show meeting yesterday I was just blown away at how much content there is at this show. Certainly if you have been following the ITEXPO topic page of my blog you are keeping up with much of the activity.

Some of the areas worth noting are IMS, IPTV, triple-play, quintuple-play (by IPDR.org), VoIP peering, FMC, SIP trunking, call center 2.0, enterprise IP communications, how to make money reselling VoIP, etc.


IP Communications Investments

October 5, 2006

Recently a reporter called me to ask what the best investments are today in the communications space. I thought about this question for a while and these are my thoughts. What do you think?

I hope to connect with many of you next week at ITEXPO to discuss these matters in detail.

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IMS

There are a number of trends that will alter the communications landscape of the future. Perhaps the most important trend is the move towards IMS.







NXTComm

October 4, 2006

I just heard that USTA and TIA announced TelecomNext 2007, which was planned for Las Vegas on March 18-20, 2007, will not be taking place. Instead, the two organizations are putting on NXTComm, taking place in Chicago, June 18-21, 2007. This will replace the currently scheduled GlobalComm.

It is worth pointing out that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo remains the only event in IP communications with a growing audience of decision makers, press, analysts and most importantly exhibitors. (See latest testimonials from ITEXPO East 2007 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Dialogic Back After 7 Years

October 4, 2006

This Dialogic will be about IP not TDM

If you have been in the telecom business for five years or more you know the large shadow cast over the industry by Dialogic. In the mid-nineties the computer telephony/CTI market was booming and Dialogic was the largest player in the space. Their partner programs were legendary and their ecosystem of loyal partners like Parity Software, Alliance Systems, Apex Voice, Executone, Pronexus Systems, Prima and others was the largest in the industry.

Dialogic’s competitors launched ecosystems of their own and NMS, Rhetorex and Brooktrout all competed ferociously to be the biggest and best DSP resource board vendor. Popular applications at the time were international callback, IVR, ACD, application generators and virtual receptionists like Wildfire.



Webinar News

October 3, 2006

There are a ton of things going on at TMC and one of the most exciting is our web seminar program where we educate decision-makers on some of the latest and most important topics in the world of IP communications and VoIP. One of my favorite webinars this year was actually a Web Summit on VoIP Peering with Jon Arnold. I am looking forward to catching up with Jon next week at ITEXPO. We will be working with Jon on more of these very soon.

Here is a list of web seminars I hope you get a chance to register for and attend.

Tadiran and Digium Interviews

October 3, 2006

Quintuple Play

October 3, 2006

I have been noticing more and more service providers registering for ITEXPO and I believe many of them are interested in figuring out how to provide many services beyond just VoIP. That leads one naturally to providing broadband access, television, security services, wireless, etc. In short let’s call this the quintuple play. Really the name is immaterial but what is crucial is service providers need to start exploring providing whatever services make sense for their audience.
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