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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

WebRTC Disruption is Reaching IMS and Catching the 3GPP's Attention, But Where is eMRF?

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the uniting body of telecom standard development organizations, has taken notice of WebRTC. And that...

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This is How You Do Social Media!

I received a surprise package at my doorstep today from Bright House. It seems that my tweeting about the Tampa Bay...

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The Wearable Tech Futures

Amid all the noise about the growing Internet of Things market comes the announcement that Nike is disbanding its FuelBand team....

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Why Pivot?

In business, a pivot is a strategy change (especially in Lean Startup processes). When you look at brick-and-mortar companies like RadioShack,...

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Thoughts on the Industry Right Now

All the forecasts: have any of them been accurate? Or is it just a way to sell reports? If it is,...

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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDM-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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It's Kairos Time

April 22, 2014

Most of us understand time in terms such as past, present and future. We measure time in increments, with the most common forms ranging from seconds to years. This definition of time is described using the Greek word “Cronus.” However, a lesser-known term for time is more appropriate when endorsing the drive towards developing new IP-based applications, VoIP and Hosted Unified Communications –   “Kairos” time.

Kairos is the Greek word that means the right time or opportune moment.

Offering UC Federation to Businesses is Important - But Limited

April 17, 2014

 

Today, I am addressing an audience at the NTCA IP Possibilities Conference in Kansas City, and the subject is Unified Communications Federation and the business case for offering it as a service by the rural/small ILECs. I am very interested in seeing how many ILECs have an interest in the subject as many do not support large enterprises in their service areas. In this case, an enterprise is defined as having at least 1,000 employees.

UC Federation, simply defined, is communication between different organizations and UC platforms, as if they were all on the same platform.

An Open and Competitive IP Future is Best

April 14, 2014

Interestingly, just as the NTCA was holding its Legislative and Policy Conference in Washington, DC, AT&T announced that it was initiating an IP trial in Carbon Hill, Alabama. AT&T has informed the residents of the town of approximately 2,000 that they will be moved to the phone systems of the future. VoIP and wireless will be the only options for phone service. While ANPI sees no issue with AT&T’s shift towards an IP infrastructure, there are regulatory concerns that must be addressed.

Lobbying is Both a Right and an Obligation

April 10, 2014

Last week, I attended one of my favorite conferences – the NTCA Legislature and Policy Conference. I do not go to speak or attempt to sell ANPI products or services. I attend with the objective of learning more about the issues facing rural America that require the support of either the FCC or Congress. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet with senior members of our customer base to discuss the latest regulations, rules or laws affecting their ability to maintain their commitment to serving rural America.

Prepare for a Smooth Landing

April 7, 2014

Very few businesses exist without a website to support their sales and customer service activity. Additionally, most businesses now use some sort of application to send out emails to prospects, customers or partners and all conduct some form of advertising. However, few have a good understanding of how these elements, the website, email distribution and advertising, should work in concert with each other. Of those people in the US using the Internet, 85% now use search engines to find products and information.

Sources to Gain Knowledge and Insight

March 31, 2014

Too often, we use the excuse of not having enough time to learn new technologies and understand our industry. Given how quickly our industry is influenced by change and innovation, it is critical that we reserve sufficient time each week to maintain proper awareness of what’s happening in the IP community. Additionally, since ANPI works with several distribution channels, it is also important to track ILEC and agent happenings. In order to both learn and gain subject matter for this blog, I explore a number of sources.

Behaviors All Leaders Should Demonstrate

March 25, 2014

For the last few weeks, I have been very focused on providing sales tools and other information related Hosted Unified Communications. However, as those who have read this blog over years have learned, it is more than a technology blog. It is a blog that covers any subject deemed relevant to the overall IP community and ecosystem. So, today’s subject will not come as a surprise to most of you, and I feel it is quite relevant.

IP Communications, Mobility and March Madness

March 21, 2014

After two weeks of very weighty blogs addressing the six primary benefits of hosted Unified Communications and the value they deliver to businesses, I thought something lighter was in order. Other than the Super Bowl, March Madness is my favorite time of the year for sports. I am a graduate of Michigan State (Go Spartans), a Virginian (Go Cavaliers and the ACC) and a longtime fan of UNC (Go Tar Heels). Yet, with all of these possible teams to follow, doing so has always been difficult due to work and the way television favors showing games to regional markets.

Monetizing UC Benefits: CAPEX and Business Continuity

March 14, 2014

Monetizing CAPEX is easy. Simply identify the competing IP PBX with Unified Communications apps and we have a price. While the phone type may vary, an average price per phone can be established based upon historical selection or buying practices. Keep in mind that many hosted UC providers, including ANPI, offer phone leasing arrangements and, right now, free phones with multi-year agreements.

The Cost of Technology Obsolescence and Hosted Unified Communications

March 11, 2014

As previously noted, technology obsolescence comes in many forms, with each affecting the operations or OPEX of a business. The five forms are:

  • Planned Obsolescence
    • Technical Obsolescence
    • Functional Obsolescence
    • Style Obsolescence
    • Postponement Obsolescence
    • Unplanned Obsolescence

In last week’s blog, I described each form, but did not include any data to calculate the price or cost of each form to the business. It is important to understand that with Hosted Unified Communications, a business is protected from all five types of obsolescence. With a cloud solution, technical and functional obsolescence are addressed through continuous additions of features and services via the service provider, many of which are made available to current subscribers at no cost.

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