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Headed to Austin Tomorrow for ITEXPO West 2011

September 7, 2011

I am headed to Austin tomorrow morning for ITEXPO next week and will be chronicling my trip here in this blog. Here is the first show daily from the event - and I look forward to seeing you there.

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Exciting New ITEXPO Keynote, Michael Tribolet with magicJack VocalTec

August 31, 2011

Two months back I told you that IP communications veteran Michael Tribolet, someone involved in the founding and growth of the VoIP space joined magicJack Vocaltec and would be at ITEXPO West in Austin Texas, September 13-15, 2011.

I have great news to share and that is that Michael will be keynoting at the show at 8:45 am on Sept 13. He kicks off what is perhaps the best keynote line-up ITEXPO has ever seen - he will be followed up by representatives from Cisco, IBM, DHL, Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe and many more.

I have known Tribolet for about a decade if not longer and he worked at some of the most influential game-changing companies in his career. For example, he Vice President of Operations at Dialpad - a VoIP leader in the nineties allowing tens of millions of global callers the ability to call into the US for free.

He then went to Vonage America and became President and watched the company change the face of VoIP - causing the cable companies to realize IP was their future as well. The ensuing competition between Vonage and the cablecos is still fascinating to watch.

Now at magicJack Vocaltec, Tribolet is once again at one of the game-changing IP communications companies and no doubt has fascinating insight on where the communications business has been and will be going.







Cloud Communications: That's gold, Jerry! Gold!

August 31, 2011

Seinfeld fans rejoice – I haven’t forgotten about you – and Kenny Bania is now forever immortalized in this blog. He came to mind and his expression “That's gold, Jerry! Gold!” seems so fitting when I get to talking about the cloud. You see, the cloud continues to be one of the most exciting areas TMC covers and as more companies move their tech and telecom into the cloud, they have questions about how best to go about transitioning.

All Conference Party Announced for ITEXPO West in Austin

August 30, 2011

You must, must, must be at the all conference party at the upcoming ITEXPO West 2011 in Austin, TX as it will feature the Spazmatics and be - well, a whole lotta fun. The details are as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 14th
  • 9:00 pm – Midnight
  • Cedar Street Courtyard
  • 208 West 4th Street – Warehouse District
  • Austin, Texas
In order to gain entry to the party, you have to be a speaker, exhibitor/exhibit staff and/or a paid conference attendee. There is no separate fee to enter the party so please purchase a conference pass to ITEXPO or a collocated event and please bring your badge to get in.

We hope to see you there - this will be great fun!


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ITEXPO West 2011 Austin Highlights

August 23, 2011

Before all ITEXPO events I do a final proofread of the show directory and this one may be the biggest ever at 132 pages with tabs (just doing our part to support the economy). We will post a PDF version soon so you can see what’s in it but until then, here are some highlights that caught my eye:

Keynotes & Exhibits Tuesday, September 13th at 9:15 AM we have Ian Pennell from Cisco and at 4:30 PM-5:30 PM we have keynotes from Siemens and IBM followed by a Grand Opening Networking Reception sponsored by Interact from 5:30-7:30.

Wednesday, September 14th at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM we have keynotes from Polycom and DHL followed by exhibits from 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Then at 4:00 PM there is a Cocktail reception sponsored by Rackspace Hosting and at 4:45 you could win a pair of mountain bikes from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop - an Austin Institution ( I am told).

Cisco's Ian Pennell to Keynote ITEXPO in Austin

August 22, 2011

We are thrilled to announce that Cisco's Ian Pennell The Senior Vice President, Small Business Technology Group will be keynoting ITEXPO in Austin, TX, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 between 9:15 AM and 9:45 AM. One reason I am excited to announce his participation is Pennell handles much of the carrier and VAR/channel partner relationships and these are integral parts of the ITEXPO experience.

It should be a great event and Cisco's participation joins a roster of truly crucial tech companies keynoting  such as Mike McCarthy the VP of Cloud Computing Services at IBM, Mark Straton, Senior Vice President Solution Marketing Voice and Applications at Siemens, John Antanaitis, VP of Marketing at Polycom and Matt Groppe, Director of Global Business Development, DHL Same Day.

Update: Another event which takes place the same week at the same convention center as ITEXPO is StartupCamp4 Comms Edition and the keynoter for this event will be Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet, VC, professor, cofounder of 3COM and author of the world-famous Metcalfe's Law.

By the way, speaking of DHL - if you doubt a shipping company is really in the tech space - check out this editorial from Marc Andreesen in the Wall Street Journal this past weekend which explains why software is eating the world. Here is an excerpt as a subscription my be required to view.





Less than 30 Days to ITEXPO in Austin

August 16, 2011

This will mark the first time that ITEXPO will be located in Austin, Texas and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring this show to what is rapidly becoming Silicon Valley 2.0 with the added bonus of a rapidly expanding Texas economy and a staggering amount of new tech jobs in the state's Capitol.

I have been getting a ton of questions about the show and there is so much going on with all the collocated events that company can come and learn about being an agent, channel partner, VAR - get info on the cloud, startups, mobility, 4G wireless, M2M, call center solutions, social CRM, HTML5, regulations, SIP, super WiFi/white spaces, VoIP peering and more. Here are some of the details produced hot off the electronic press from my expo team:

Experience It All! Attend ITEXPO And Gain Access To:
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--175 Exhibitors
--7 Conference Tracks
--Free Keynotes:
--------Siemens Enterprise Communications: Mark C. Straton, Senior Vice President
--------IBM: Mike McCarthy, Vice President of Computing Services
--------Polycom: John Antanaitis, Vice President of Marketing
--------Internet Pioneer: Bob Metcalfe, Inventor of Ethernet, Founder of 3Com, author of Metcalfe's Law, VC and Professor, Keynoting StartupCamp4
--2 Free Networking Receptions
--10 Collocated Tech Conferences
--1 Kickin' Party

--------AND the BEST Part About All of This?

71% of Austin Companies Complain of Tech Worker Shortage

July 15, 2011

New Austin job fair to help match tech workers with growing tech companies

I have said before the employment market is really a tale of two worlds. In the realm where you have tech skills and experience you are much more likely to not only have a job but see your value increase. In the last few months I have seen the number of tech companies getting funding skyrocket and the trend does not seem to be slowing down as the IPO market is alive and well for tech and many even say we are in a valuation bubble in certain sectors.

Texas is one of the best states in the nation in terms of job creation - the Lone Star State is luring away business from the rest of the country and moreover, its strong tech and telecom corridors already have an entrenched group of companies and many are growing.

All this growth has led us to a point where there aren't enough tech workers, causing 71% of executives in Austin, Texas to complain that there aren't enough tech workers and 59% of these companies say the shortage has caused their companies to be held back.

Isn't this amazing? the mainstream news tells us constantly about how bad the employment situation is with "real" unemployment estimated at around 20% and still, there aren't nearly enough tech workers to go around.

As you may know, TMC's west coast ITEXPO event takes place in about two months and has moved from Los Angeles to Austin, TX this year.









President Obama Needs to be at ITEXPO

April 15, 2011

I recently learned that President Obama isn't happy with the old White House telephone. According to Fox News he said:

The Oval Office, I always thought I was going to have really cool phones and stuff," he said during a small fundraising event at a Chicago restaurant. "I'm like, c'mon guys, I'm the president of the United States. Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up?



Important HD Voice Research Report Available

April 7, 2011

You probably know I have been a huge proponent of HD voice as to me it’s an inevitable outcome of transitioning away from the PSTN to IP-based networks which allow us to upgrade CODECs without having to downshift our conversations to technology which was invented many decades ago. When I was a kid, television was an 11 inch black-and-white screen which seemed to always have Walter Cronkite on it and changing the channels was a manual and rotary process.

Yet, the incredible tech advancements we have seen in the television space haven’t yet fully materialized in the world of telephony. Sure, I can have high-quality conversations if a call stays on IP networks and there is no need for transcoding or jumping onto the public switched telephone network.

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