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Polycom Uses Video to Boost Corporate Productivity

July 18, 2009

As companies continue to rein in costs the reality they face is they still need to operate - make widgets, fix widgets or distribute them with less resources. You see regardless of business type, productivity is important and even if there are less employees and smaller travel budgets, the show must go on.

Enter technology - the major casualty of the dotcom bust - the initial cause of the last recession.

But this recession while so many market segments are truly hurting, tech has emerged as a resilient sector.

TMC is Hiring

July 17, 2009

While the media business in general has been like so many other industries such as financial and real estate - meaning lots of doom and gloom, I am happy to report TMC is hiring to fill new positions and looking for new people as well. We just hired three new professionals in our sales group and expect to add more people this year.

You may recall I mentioned we were looking last month.

While print publications have seen advertising decline and we should know as we publish four magazines - we have positioned ourselves for the day when marketing moved to the web since the nineties.

IPhones Become Enhanced Services Platforms

July 17, 2009

One of the first truly useful wireless devices was the Palm 7 as it had a screen big enough to be useful and a stylus which allowed typing so a user could interact with web pages. As I recall, there was no real web browser but instead customer-designed Palm 7 applications which allowed users to access information which was optimized for the pocket-sized viewing experience. In a lot of ways the Palm 7 was the precursor to the iPhone and the App Store.

The popularity of this Apple-based device is a major driver of AT&T revenues but in a dramatic twist, Comcast has gotten into the iPhone game by releasing an application which integrates tightly with the company's e-mail, voicemail and broadband services in a way which adds value to the user experience.
 


I spent some time studying user reaction to this new application in the App Store comments section and some are truly blown away by the service.

Doug Mohney Writing for TMCnet

July 7, 2009


Funny, I have been meaning to mention Doug Mohney is writing for TMCnet for a while now. I decided indeed today was the day I would do so and I then came across a post from Doug mentioning his writing on TMCnet with links to many of his articles and a hello message to me.


For those of you who were fan's of Doug you can find much of his content here and some of his most recent articles are below:

Hi back Doug 





Internet Telephony Expo Becomes ITEXPO

July 6, 2009

For ten years Internet Telephony Conference & Expo has been the one trade show which focused first on bringing buyers and sellers in the communications market together -- a surprisingly novel idea in the communications conference market. And what a wild ride it has been as after the show was launched in 1999, the CLEC boom came into full swing and hordes of CLEC and ILEC decision-makers came to the show to buy all sorts of gear.

Then the telecom bubble burst and the carrier market slowed dramatically but the enterprise, SMB and government decision-makers came to the show in force. A few years later Vonage came onto the scene forcing incumbent telcos including rural, wireless and cable companies to look seriously at next generation communications.

Can we Learn from the Nortel Fire Sale?

June 22, 2009

Better M&A, management and marketing skills always win the war

As Ron Gruia pointed out this morning, the Nortel fire sale continues and a once-great company with a market cap of $250 billion is effectively being sold off at bargain-basement prices. In fact NSN picked up the ailing Canadian company's CDMA and LTE business for about one times revenue or $650 million. At this rate the entire company will be sold off for a total of $2 billion.

Rhomobile Allows Cross-Platform Mobile App Development via Web

May 30, 2009

In 2001 when the PDA market was all the rage and smartphones didn't really exist, a company called Interactive Intelligence a leader in the contact center space saw an opportunity for a development platform called Mobilite (pronounced as if you are French) which would allow developers to develop once and have applications run on any mobile device.

The idea was genius and ahead of its time so Mobilite was shelved sometime later.

I couldn't help but think of this product as I spoke with Rhomobile Founder and CEO Adam Blum who was telling me about his company's open source mobile application framework Rhodes which lets you quickly build native mobile applications for all smartphone operating systems: iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android. Blum emphasizes that applications can take advantage of native GPS, PIM contacts and camera and that they are native, not just web applications optimized for each platform.

Expand Networks Offers Free Mobile WAN Acceleration Software

May 30, 2009

The drive for more bandwidth does not slow - even in a global recession some reports show bandwidth needs increasing at rates higher than 100% per year on carrier and enterprise networks. The trend towards more collaborative applications, video, VoIP and cloud-based services are no doubt just a few factors in what seems to be just the beginning of a global bandwidth binge showing no sign of slowing.

Enter Expand a company focusing on application acceleration over WANs who is looking to help solve the branch office bandwidth drought. The company makes its living selling a variety of appliances which they say will increase ROI and stretch IT budgets further.

Will Google Wave Transform Communications?

May 28, 2009

Google Wave is an ambitious project from Google which allows true real-time communications by integrating chat, email, a wiki, social networking tools and more. In many ways it competes with other services such as Facebook and as such it really isn't that new. Still, it does seem slicker and it is more open than many other services which provide communications solutions (a promotional plug -- you may want to check out TMCnet's newest news-driven Global Online Community called Communications Solutions). It also allows real-time IM sessions meaning you can see what the other person is typing before they hit enter.

Green Data Center Technology

May 26, 2009

On a recent flight back from Europe I marveled at the ice littering the North Atlantic. A flight attendant told me it was sad as what appeared to be ice cubes from a mile or more in the air used to be icebergs. I am concerned about the environment but I am not sure I agree with the carbon cap and trade system being proposed in the US as it could adversely impact the economy.

But last I checked, regulation gets passed without my express permission and in a world where CO2 is becoming a pollutant, you need to be more aware of energy use and carbon emissions than ever before.

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