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Thomas Howe Takes CEO Role at Jaduka

February 28, 2009

At TMC's ITEXPO earlier this month I had a chance to briefly chat with voice 2.0/mashup guru Thomas Howe. At the show he told me there was big news coming and he was soon going to become CEO of a major service provider in Texas. Of course I wanted to know more and Thomas didn't disappoint. Here is a detailed interview - his first since taking the CEO spot at Jaduka. There is also an audio file which is different than what you will read below - so if you want to know more or like to listen to interviews while you walk the dog, etc - check it out.

Escaux Brings Unified Communications to Google Android

February 28, 2009

Escaux, a European unified communications software provider for SMB and enterprise customers has a new mobile UC solution which allows Asterisk to Interop with with multiple IP and cellular phone types. For example, Nokia and Polycom are some of the currently supported devices and Android is the latest addition to the family of mobile devices supported.

 

Before I go further I should mention the company's net.Console is an advanced switchboard app while net.Supervisor is a call center dashboard for supervisors. The solution has cross platform support for Macs, Vista, XP and Linux desktop.

TMCnet Blogs Add New Social Networking Features

February 27, 2009

Great news for readers of TMCnet blogs. As you know we now have 40 bloggers and continue to innovate with technology and integration additions to our blogs which allow you to use your social networking login to comment on our blog entries. But that was so yesterday.

Microsoft Needs a Single OS

February 27, 2009

Steve Ballmer takes the threat from Android seriously and he hopes Windows 7 will counter this newer OS on netbooks. Here is the problem for Microsoft... It will be competing with Android with multiple operating systems, Windows Mobile and Windows 7. While these operating systems to date have been similar, they aren't as similar as a single OS.

Sangoma Has Record Net Earnings

February 27, 2009

Sangoma had record net earnings this past quarter which was helped by a more favorable exchange rate. The bad news -- sales were $2.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2008 as compared to $3.07 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2007.

This is a decrease of 16%, but close to sales during the previous quarter ended September 30, 2008. Net income for this quarter after taxes was a record $1.11 million or 47% higher than net income for the corresponding quarter in 2007.

SheevaPlug and the Plug Computing Paradigm Shift

February 24, 2009

I long for the days when I could say paradigm shift with a straight face. I remember in 1998 I used to say it all the time in conversations. Portals, Ecommerce, web auctions, VoIP, etc there was so much innovation coming down the pike, it was amazing. But in a post web bubble, telecom bubble, tech bubble, housing bubble, financial bubble, ponzi-scheme bubble world I feel a bit jaded.

TMCnet Adds 40th Blogger, Keeps Growing

February 24, 2009

TMC has been aggressively adding new bloggers to its arsenal of content which attracts 2-3 million communications and tech decision makers worldwide each month. We are now at blogger number 40 and counting. We are still aggressively recruiting many more and if you can write and have something of value to contribute and want the most exposure you can get, drop Greg Galitzine (ggalitzine at tmcnet.com) a line ASAP to learn more.

TMC is one of the few media companies - in fact companies of any kind, growing in this market.

Unless You are Cisco or Oracle, Don't Acquire

February 23, 2009

Unless you are Cisco, Oracle or a handful of other companies such as a telco, you will have a tough time making tech/communications acquisitions work. That is my advice after watching the past decades. Perhaps the most sobering evidence is Nortel's Alteon deal which the company paid $7.8 billion for in 2000. The products are being spun off to Radware for -- get this, $17.65 million.

Ooma, the FCC-Backed Phone Company

February 22, 2009

There are a number of bright spots in the IP communications space as evidenced by the last ITEXPO in Miami but the consumer market is not one which you would imagine tops the list. Sure, there is massive growth in the space but unless you are a telco, Skype or a cable company it is tough to make money in the space.

But that hasn't stopped thousands of companies from trying. One such example is ooma, a company which started out making consumer devices which bundle in free phone service.

Avaya, Altigen Going After Nortel Customers

February 20, 2009

 Yahoo search for term Nortel


Do a Yahoo! search on Nortel and you see ads from Microsoft and Avaya which are quite friendly. Microsoft for example directs you to its People Ready Business site where it pushes its relationship with Nortel with messaging which emphasizes global solutions to empower the enterprise. Avaya's ad is pretty generic - and goes directly to the home page.

Microsoft Live search for term Nortel


If you use Microsoft Live as your search engine the results are similar to Yahoo with a Microsoft ad but the Avaya ad is replaced by one from Fonality going to their home page which touts their "New Deal" or a 20% discount on certain models.

Google search for term Nortel


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