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ITEXPO Praise

March 14, 2005

We received these nice comments about our Miami ITEXPO recently and I thought they were worth sharing. My sincere thanks to the attendees, exhibitors and TMC team for helping to make this a record-breaking industry event.


"From the time that I first contacted the sales rep (about 6 weeks before the show) to see if there was room for us to exhibit I was impressed with TMC.

Once the conference started, and the exhibit hall opened, our expectations were exceeded on attendee quantity and quality. There were several times that we were overwhelmed by the number of people passing our booth and stopping to talk to us.


P2P VoIP Aastra VentureIP 480i

March 14, 2005

You’ve no doubt heard me praise the concept of p2p VoIP. This is an area of tremendous growth potential in my opinion. One of the players in the space, Nimcat Networks is supplying technology to Aastra Technologies, enabling them, to sell a p2p SMB phone system. The first product of this partnership is the VentureIP 480i.

P2p technology allows these phones to recognize each other and each phone is designed to do some of the work of a traditional PBX, eliminating the need for a central telephony server.

Here are some of the features of the system:
  • Low-cost IP-based telephony system - P2P, VoIP
  • Complete PBX telephony features including : voice mail, intercom / page and auto attendant
  • Eight-line graphic display with six dynamic context-sensitive softkeys
    Premium speakerphone performance
  • Automatic start-up with no configuration required
  • Systems scales set by set - no need to purchase a minimum number of units
  • Completely automated for adds, moves and changes
  • Call control
  • Conferencing
  • Auto-Attendant
Some say this concept will really take off when p2p is embraced by the larger PBX manufacturers.



Keynote in Dallas

March 13, 2005

Interactive Intelligence was nice enough to invite me to keynote at their dual seminars this Thursday, March 17 in Dallas. As you may recall the company is focusing on contact center products while their new wholly owned subsidiary Vonexus will focus on enterprise solutions.

Here are the details of the morning session:

Best Practices for Migrating Your Contact Center to VoIP

Time / Agenda:
8:00 am – 8:30 Registration and Interactive Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:50 Conference Open
8:50 am – 9:20 Keynote – Industry Direction
9:20 am – 9:50 Best Practices
10:00 am – 10:30 Demo
10:30 am – 11:00 Long-term Vision
11:00 am – 11:15 Customer Success Story
11:15 am – 11:30 Hitting Home: Keys to Success


This is how the afternoon shapes up:

The Microsoft-based IP PBX

12:30 – 1:00 pm Registration and Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 pm The Microsoft Based IP-PBX Seminar


Where:

InfoMart Dallas
1950 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75247

As always I look forward to seeing you at the event. I love Dallas, the people are friendly and everything is just plain bigger.






























George Ou on ITEXPO

March 12, 2005

ZDNET’s George Ou was nice enough to moderate one of the sessions at ITEXPO a few weeks back titled The Great Open Source VoIP Debate. His open source VoIP article details the session. The panel included Mark Spencer, creator of Asterisk and CEO of Digium; Bill Rich, CEO of Pingtel; and Alan Hawrylyshen, CTO of Jasomi Networks. As George points out, these are some of the key players in the industry.

I attended a dinner with Digium’s founder Mark Spencer where he mentioned IAX is a much simpler protocol than SIP allowing the signaling and payload in a single packet.

Skype Hits One Million Paid Users

March 11, 2005

Amazingly Skype sets new records almost daily. Here is my recent interview with Skype’s Niklas Zennström. Now this… Skype hits one million paid users! More amazingly there are 155,000 users per day.

VoIP 2.0 is Happening

March 11, 2005

Having attended a whirlwind four tradeshows in six weeks I have never been more excited about the future of VoIP -- It's VoIP 2.0. The market is growing so quickly and there are dozens of new product categories and paradigms popping up all the time. Disruptive technologies like VoIP allow markets to go in new directions that aren’t always obvious. I am excited like never before about TMC conferences in general.

Conferees tell me TMC has the best conference offering show after show.

Adtran NetVanta

March 11, 2005

Adtran was synonymous with the CSU/DSU market and in fact they had a virtual monopoly on the space for years. As markets change however companies need to evolve and as the CSU/DSU market slowly eroded, Adtran looked to other areas in which to thrive.

One of these areas it turns out is VoIP. Adtran has a number of products that complement IP PBXes nicely -- their NetVanta series 1000 managed layer 2 Ethernet switches.

Teleo Crash

March 11, 2005

Powell Joins Aspen Institute

March 11, 2005

FCC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL K. POWELL TO JOIN ASPEN INSTITUTE

Washington, DC, March 11, 2005-The Aspen Institute announced today that Michael K. Powell, outgoing chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is to become senior fellow of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program for a three-month period effective upon his departure from the FCC. Powell, who was honored last year by the Institute with the Henry Crown Leadership Award, is the third consecutive FCC Chairman to join the Aspen Institute following his chairmanship. He will advise the Communications and Society Program on leadership, communications policy, and program activities and operations. Judith Mann will also move from the FCC to the Institute as Powell’s confidential assistant.

“Michael Powell exemplifies the type of leader that the Aspen Institute seeks to attract to our various program and leadership activities,” said Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute in announcing the appointment.  “He will add an important perspective to planning our non-partisan forums in communications and information policy – and beyond.”

Shortly after announcing his departure from the FCC, Powell noted: “The Aspen Institute has been an important part of my life, both in its influential communications policy work and in the Crown leadership program.  I look forward to serving as an adviser to this distinguished organization.  I am also grateful for the opportunity to take some time to think about the future.”

Charles M. Firestone, executive director of the Institute’s Communications and Society Program, welcomed Powell’s appointment: “Michael Powell has been an excellent participant in Aspen Institute forums for many years, both as commissioner and as chairman of the FCC.  We are fortunate to have the benefit of his advice and insights in developing new activities and in reinvigorating our ongoing projects.”

Mr. Powell can be reached through his confidential assistant, Judy Mann at judy.mann@aspeninstitute.org or 202-736-1492.

The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, one of 18 policy programs at the Institute, convenes non-partisan roundtable forums for leaders and experts to address the foremost policy challenges facing societies around the world as a result of the communications and information revolutions.











VoIP not Parasitic

March 11, 2005

I hear often that many of today’s VoIP providers are parasitic and I take offense at the term as I believe a parasite is an organism that feeds off a host and offers no benefit. Here is what the good people at Merriam-Webster have to say about the definition of a parasite:

Pronunciation: 'par-&-"sIt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French, from Latin parasitus, from Greek parasitos, from para- + sitos grain, food

Something that resembles a biological parasite in dependence on something else for existence or support without making a useful or adequate return

Is this accurate? I know many people that have gotten broadband so they could use VoIP.

For those of you who are biology majors, don’t you agree that symbiotic is a better term for VoIP providers?

Here is what Webster says about the term symbiosis:

Pronunciation: "sim-bE-'O-s&s, -"bI-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural sym·bi·o·ses /-"sEz/
Etymology: New Latin, from German Symbiose, from Greek symbiOsis state of living together, from symbioun to live together, from symbios living together, from syn- + bios life -- more at QUICK

1 : the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms
2 : the intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship; especially : MUTUALISM
3 : a cooperative relationship (as between two persons or groups) <the symbiosis... between the resident population and the immigrants -- John Geipel>

Notice how in this term there is a relationship where both parties benefit.






















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