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RIM Refocuses on Strengths

February 11, 2009

For all the talk of devices and the consumer electronics angle on smartphones, the one company who has the end-to-end solutions which allow it to really differentiate itself is RIM... a company which enables smartphones to be truly government-approved secure endpoints on wireless networks. At a recent press conference in Manhattan, the company announced Blackberry Enterprise Server 5.0, what the company says is the simplest upgrade ever and available next quarter.

The benefits of BES 5.0 are a redefined administration console which boosts productivity of support personnel and users.

Drop Your iPhone for a Gphone?

February 11, 2009

I know Carl Ford loves his Android-based Google phone but I have always thought this device to be inferior to the iPhone. But you know what, there are other opinions worth sharing and this one from Smarterware explains why it is worth switching from an iPhone to a Gphone. Note the integration of Google services is one of the reasons why Gina Trapani switched. You know all those projects Google runs at a loss like news, maps, etc.

ITEXPO East 2009 Photos Uploaded to Blog

February 10, 2009

ITEXPO Growth of 15 Percent Portends Bright Industry Future

February 9, 2009

 



With all the doom and gloom talk regarding the global economy, many attendees and exhibitors came to ITEXPO recently in Miami with low expectations. A few exhibitors told me candidly the show could have been justifiably down 30 percent.
 


Instead, we went into the show with exhibit hall/VIP registration 30 percent ahead of last year. But would they show up?

Why is IP Communications Thriving?

February 6, 2009

The TMC team never sleeps and as soon as yesterday had posted over a dozen interviews of some of the movers and shakers in the service provider and enterprise communications space. These interviews were from ITEXPO East 2009 which took place this week in Miami.

Durung these intervies it becomes evident why IP communications is doing well and moreover, where the greatest opportunities lie.

Some companies taking part in the interview process are Polycom, Dialogic, TransNexus, Fujitsu, Interactive Intelligence, Ingate, VoltDelta, Microsoft, TI, Digium, NET, Juniper, Broadvox, Sangoma, 8x8, Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes and more.
 




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

 

Wireless Carriers Give up on New Services

February 5, 2009

Google recently released an application called Latitude which allows you to give your friends access to your whereabouts on a Google map. When I tried to download it on my iPhone I received a message saying it is coming soon. I didn't try on my XV6800 because the GPS has been crippled by HTC at the request of Verizon Wireless.

The service does allow control over what information is shared so privacy experts should be somewhat less concerned.

ITEXPO East 2009 Service Provider Roundtable

February 3, 2009

 



Andy Abramson moderated a service provider roundtable session on day 2 of ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami which had participation from Packet8, Broadvox, Telefonica, TW Telecom, and MagicJack. Abramson kicked off by explain how surprisingly great the show was and further explained the companies missing this event may not be around for long.
 


Some items of interest from the event were comments from Huw Rees explaining how his parent company 8x8 is profitable and Vonage is not - which drags down the whole market.

Andy did a great job moderating and asked the carriers on the panel how they make money and he was further able to get at important issues like E911 and how carriers need to recoup investments in this technology.

Another comment I hear over and over which was made on stage has to do with a lack of innovation in our industry. It was a really great session.

A number of TMC editors were in attendance so you can feel free to search for more info on this panel.

Time to Trade Show Like its 1999

February 2, 2009

Andy Abramson has a brilliant entry supporting events and why you need to go to them. Here are some salient points:

That's the difference. I'm a player. Not a spectator.

RIM Milestones

January 31, 2009

Congratulations to RIM... A very special company responsible for helping transform the way the world works. I give the company tremendous credit for improving global productivity on a scale never seen before.

RIM's creation of the email on the go market shows how technology can change the world for the better. Concepts like the fax machine, voicemail, IVR, ACDs, IP PBXs, etc have made the world a more productive place and in the process increased the standard of living of the entire world.

The Canadian company recently sent me some milestones they have reached.



WiMAX vs. LTE Fight Gets Nasty

January 30, 2009

The news flow regarding WiMAX these past months has been like a Rocky movie with Rocky getting pummeled and not fighting back until the last round. Rocky never even bothered to put up his hands to block in the first four movies. I never understood how Mickey could teach the guy to catch a chicken but forgot to tell him to raise his hands to protect his face. But digressions aside (and just don't get me started about Rocky movies - I can recite many of them by heart - well except for the last one...

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