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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


Summary of ITEXPO East 2009 Coverage

February 17, 2009

Thanks to all the editors and bloggers who covered ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami and/or posted photos. Also, thank you all for the nice comments about the show. Most can be found here and some are in this blog entry with photos. To keep this post manageable, I have not posted every entry I found, just most.

ITEXPO Keynotes and Panel Videos Posted

February 13, 2009

Good news for those of you who have been asking me when the videos of the major sessions at ITEXPO will be posted. They now are. The video page is located here and I cut and pasted some of them below -- as well as some interviews for you to enjoy.

One of my favorites is this one by the way.

HD Voice What's the noise and are we ready? 02/12/2009 Unified Communications Shootout Watch as several vendors pitch their Unified Communications solutions and position their products against one another! 02/12/2009 Service Provider Roundtable Get perspective from leading service providers exploring next generation solutions 02/12/2009 digium Keynote Danny Windham, digium CEO keynote address at ITEXPO 02/12/2009 Microsoft Keynote John Frederiksen, General Manager of Microsoft Response Point Keynote address at ITEXPO 02/12/2009 Grandstream Interview Interview with Grandstream Sr. Director of Business
Development, Khris Kendrick 02/08/2009 Voxeo Interview Interview with Voxeo's Director of Emerging
Communications Technology, Dan York 02/08/2009 Xorcom Interview Interview with Xorcom's Vice President of
Marketing, Ruth Bridger 02/08/2009 Openine Networks Interview Interview with OpenLine Networks President, Dan Beckmann 02/08/2009 New World Brands Interview Interview with New World Brands CFO/Pre-Sales Engineer, Shehryar Wahid/Daniel Engelman 02/05/2009 Smart Network Solutions Interview Interview with Smart Network Solutions President, Sandra Diax-Hoyos 02/05/2009 ABP Interview Interview with ABP President and CEO, Robert Messer 02/05/2009 Polycom Interview Interview with Polycom Director of Product Marketing, Desktop and Conferencing Business, Tim Yankey 02/05/2009 TransNexus Interview Interview with TransNexus CEO, Jim Dalton 02/05/2009 Dialogic Interview Interview with Dialogic Sr. VP of Marketing, Jim Machi 02/05/2009 Fujitsu Interview Interview with Fujitsu Principal Product Marketing Manager, Joseph Mocerino 02/05/2009 Allworx Interview Interview with Allworx Director, Business Development, Thomas Elliott 02/04/2009 Ingate Interview Interview with Ingate President, Steven Johnson 02/04/2009 ININ Interview Interview with ININ Director of Product Management, Rachel Wentink 02/04/2009 Ipitomy Interview Interview with Ipitomy President/CEO, Nick Branica 02/04/2009 Orecx Interview Interview with Orecx VP of Sales and Channel Development, Craig McCue 02/04/2009 TelcoBridges Interview Interview with TelcoBridges Director of Sales Support, Marc St. Onge 02/04/2009 Digium Interview Interview with Digium CEO/CTO, Danny Windham/Mark Spencer 02/04/2009 VoltDelta Interview Interview with VoltDelta Vice President, Enterprise Services and Solutions, Craig DiAngelo 02/04/2009 Presence Technology Interview Interview with Presence Technology Technical Director, Todd Gould 02/04/2009 Microsoft Response Point Interview Interview with Microsoft Response Point General Manager, John Frederiksen 02/04/2009 Texas Instruments Interview Interview with Texas Instruments Director of Service Provider Marketing for TI's Communications Infrastructure and Voice Business, Debbie Greenstreet 02/04/2009 Digium Interview Interview with Digium Switchvox Product Line Director, Tristan Degenhardt 02/03/2009 CommuniGate Interview Interview with CommuniGate VP of Business Development, Jon Doyle 02/03/2009 Sangoma Interview Interview with Sangoma/Paraxip CEO, Serge Forest 02/03/2009 NET Quintum Interview Interview with NET Quintum Director of Business Development, Peter Nelsen 02/03/2009 AG Projects Interview Interview with AG Projects Founder and CEO, Adrian Georgescu 02/03/2009 InPhonex Interview Interview with InPhonex Chief Sales Officer, Matt Bramson 02/03/2009 Juniper Interview Interview with Juniper Senior Manager, Service Provider Marketing, Scott Heinlein 02/03/2009 8x8 Interview Interview with 8x8 VP Business & Channel Development, Huw Rees 02/03/2009 HighPoweredHelp Interview Interview with HighPoweredHelp President, Michael Munger 02/03/2009 Infradapt Interview Interview with Infradapt Managing Partner, Corey McFadden 02/03/2009 Alcatel-Lucent Interview Interview with Alcatel-Lucent Senior Director of Product Line Management for Alcatel-Lucent Unified Communications, Peter Anderholm 02/03/2009 Broadvox Interview Interview with Broadvox VP of Marketing and Sales, David Byrd 02/02/2009 IntelePeer Interview Interview with IntelePeer Senior Vice President, Business Development, John Hart and Vice President, Product Management & Marketing, Charles Studt 02/02/2009 Aastra Interview Interview with Aastra Vice President of Sales, John Drolet 02/02/2009 AudioCodes Interview Interview with AudioCodes Director of Business Development, Alan Percy 02/02/2009 Camrivox Interview Interview with Camrivox VP of Marketing, John Porter 02/02/2009 Interlink Interview Interview with Interlink VP of Product Marketing, Peter Weyant 02/02/2009


Four Signs IP Communications is Thriving

February 12, 2009

Is thriving too strong? Better than expected? Better than average. You choose the terms but you must admit things are better than many thought they would be.

In the toughest economy in my lifetime, IP communications including VoIP is doing well.

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