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Nuance Brings Artificial Intelligence to the Omnichannel World

The robots aren’t coming, they are here is all I could think of today as I mulled over my notes from a...

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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the...

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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Presidential Election and Technology

November 3, 2004

Tim Russert with Tablet PC

I'm sure many of us were watching the presidential election coverage on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, or the traditional TV networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) last night. Well you probably noticed lots of technology being used by the news anchors and commentators. I thought I would share this news release since it is timely.

NBC Utilizes Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000 Tablet PC to Reveal Updates during Presidential Election Coverage 2004

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Peerio P2P VoIP Software Goes Live (sorta)

November 3, 2004

Popular Telephony's Peerio GNUP is live - kinda, sorta. I am going to request some volunteers/fans of VoIP to aid in Peerio's initial deployment, which I'll get into in a bit.

First, let me share this from Popular Telephony's GNUP website:
A Free Global Numbering Plan, Peerio GNUP provides interconnectivity between all existing peer-to-peer, PSTN, Standards-based and proprietary VoIP applications.

GNUP is the first solution that will let VoIP users receive calls from other applications, phones and devices.

Cisco ATA-186 firmware and other VoIP stuff

November 3, 2004

There is a popular thread in the VoIP Forums that discusses the need for users of the popular Cisco ATA-186 to be able to download H.323 or SIP firmware for the Cisco ATA-186. Coincidentally, I was Googling ATA 186 SIP Firmware and I came across a past Internet Telephony article of mine written in July 2003 titled "The Amazing Cisco ATA-186 And Top ITSPs Compared" where I discussed how to "hack" the Cisco ATA-186 so you can download SIP or H.323 firmware. Well, it wasn't a true hack in the sense of the word, but let's not split hairs. I thought I would share this article from 2003 since it still may be of benefit to readers of my blog.

Internet Telephony Magazine and Customer Interaction Solutions go Digital

November 3, 2004

Rich Tehrani, publisher of Internet Telephony and Customer Interaction Solutions has made a major announcement regarding TMC's publications. We're going digital! Yep, that's right - digital. That is, you'll be able to download Acrobat PDF versions of our print magazines.

More ENUM News

November 2, 2004

I only have time to provide some quick analysis since I am leaving for the day to go wait in line and vote for the next president...

Ready for the analysis? Ok, here goes... ENUM is taking flight...

Photo Gallery

November 2, 2004

EagleACD Call Center Hosted Solution

November 1, 2004

I was Googling and came across EagleACD, which I had never heard of, so I decided to check them out. They are a hosted-ACD platform or hosted contact center platform if you will.. that is similar to CosmoCom, which TMC has covered extensively over the years. I even reviewed CosmoCom several years ago and CosmoCom is also a past TMC Labs Innovation Award winner.

Vonage Adds 600 Jobs

October 29, 2004

Interesting... Vonage is planning to add 600 new employees to their payroll. Perhaps they've finally heard all the complaints in the VoIP Forums and other online forums about their poor customer service and have decided to do something about it. Let's see how true this press release turns out to be.

iTunes and Windows Pocket PCs

October 29, 2004

I just got an interesting email offering me an eval copy of a new piece of software called ppcTunes that which they claim is the first tool of its kind to allow Windows iTunes users to auto-copy selected playlists to their Pocket PCs, Windows Mobile Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phones & Smartphones. ppcTunes will even map your music files to your storage card so as not to fill up the main memory of your device. As an iPod user and a PocketPC user myself, until this product was created, I knew that Pocket PC users had no way to sync their iTunes playlists to their Windows-based handhelds.

Now I should state that this product copies the .mp3 files for the playlists you select and not the playlists themselves, i.e.

GoDaddy and ENUM

October 29, 2004

Just the other day, I blogged about ENUM and I specifically mentioned VeriSign's entry into the VoIP space by offering ENUM. I also mentioned GoDaddy, but more as a side comment that they (GoDaddy) and VeriSign are two of the most popular DNS registrars. While I did expect other DNS registrars to follow VeriSign's example and jump on the ENUM bandwagon, I had no inkling that GoDaddy was going to do it so soon!

Well two days after I wrote "ENUM ENUM ENUM!" GoDaddy has announced a partnership with with several leading telecommunications companies in forming Country Code 1 ENUM LLC.

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