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Upgrading Print With Light From Powered Media Technologies

October 27, 2008

I just came across some very interesting technology for marketers using print as a marketing vehicle. Powered Media Technologies or PMT just sent me a sample of their very cool technology which allows traditional printed paper document to light up. Basically it brings the digital world to the "old" paper world of magazines, newspapers, gift cards, magazine covers, etc.

The company is looking to use its LightEffects technology to change visual marketing the way electronic audio has changed the world of greeting cards.

Esquire Magazine Cover with E-Ink



This technology is similar to the recent Esquire Magazine cover which used E-Ink technology. Except PMT uses a a brighter technology which can be activated by a page turn, change of light, motion detection and/or pushing a button.







Strategy Change: Make Money

October 21, 2008

In my conversations with a number of CEOs of small tech and communications companies, one thing has become clear. The market for exiting businesses has become tougher. This is common sense and the added challenge is with today's stock market valuations, there are thousands of bargains out there. This just means the odds of a start-up or existing concern getting picked up at significant valuations has been considerably decreased.

There are a number of company heads who have recently come to the conclusion that while hoping for an acquisition by Google, Cisco and others they need to simultaneously work on getting customers.

Dialogic One -- Day Two

October 21, 2008

Dialogic One 2008 San Diego

October 17, 2008

I will soon be heading out to the Dialogic One event in San Diego and hope to see my friends and colleagues there. Dialogic has been and continues to be a major communications infrastructure player. As the markets have evolved, the company has shifted its business model to respond to areas which require more DSP processing and along the way picked up a number of former competitors.

Now the company has a complex array of solutions which can be used to solve a variety of communications challenges.

I always like to hear what Nick Jensen has to say about the market and his perspective is always unique and generally optimistic. I am curious to hear how current economic variables are meshing with his outlook.

Aside from Dialogic, you can come to the show and meet with the company's partners.





CBX 2008 Video Interviews

October 14, 2008

Some months back I was invited to be the video reporter at the Telx CBX event which took place in Brooklyn, NY. You have likely already read my CBX blog posts but I neglected to post the video interviews themselves. They have been on YouTube for a number of months but now you have an easy reference with links to all of them:

Overview The Best of Packet Exchange Jason Velody/Chuck Storman PointOne Vic Bozzo Telx Tesh Durvasula Telx Eric Shepcaro Stealth Communications Shrihari Pandit WBS Connect Scott Charter Calient Networks Jim Diestels 4Connections Bill Kosnik



Avatars: The Cursor in Communications 2.0

October 10, 2008

One of the people with a long history in the communications space is Neal Shact (pictured) -- CEO of Communitech Services. In the past, Shacht has been a distributor in the headset market and has been early in many new markets such as VoIP, call centers and others.

Shact points out it is impossible for customers to know what they want in UC. He mentions the old story that Henry Ford once said people when asked what they wanted in transportation said, a faster horse.

His point: you need a communications roadmap. Don't rely exclusively on your UC vendor to dictate what you want and need.

You want to check out this podcast as it is rife with references outside communications -- and the tie-ins are fascinating.





Navigating the Financial Crisis

October 4, 2008

I have been getting more and more questions on where the communications market stands in light of macroeconomic conditions. It is a constant in my frequent conversations. In most cases, when I get this question, people tell me their business is good but they wonder if the housing market problems will trickle down into the telecom space.

The answer is simply, I do believe there is risk to all sectors of the global economy. For the first time in my memory, US and other political leaders have come on TV and mentioned the term global crisis on a frequent basis.

SIP the Future

September 23, 2008

More On Google Buying Skype

September 21, 2008

You may have noticed some posts regarding Skype being for sale and possibly acquired by Google this past weekend. While a few people have speculated Google would be the only purchaser, Andy throws in Oracle and Cisco. I agree with Andy and would add IBM, Microsoft and SalesForce.com into this group as any of these companies would want to strengthen their subscriber bases and having Skype in their portfolios means a strong integration with a very popular software package which can be leveraged to provide a great unified communications solution.

Oracle and IBM especially would be able to leverage Skype in this fashion. Of course yes -- Skype is a consumer play but I hear over and over how often Skype is used in the corporate environment.

GIPS Gets Russian Win

September 15, 2008

In years past the competition between GIPS and Spirit DSP has been the stuff of legend. While the competitive situation has unwound over the past 18 months or so it is still interesting to see how the companies compete with one another.

For example, some news out of this week's ITEXPO is that exhibitor GIPS has just announced it has been selected by Mail.Ru to have its GIPS' VoiceEngine embedded inside the Mail.Ru Agent, starting with version 5.2 -- allowing affordable calls to stationary and mobile phones.

Of course the interesting thing here is Spirit DSP is based in Moscow -- so this is a win in foreign territory for GIPS and the company can look forward to having its solutions rolled out to about 50 million new Russian users.



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