David Byrd : Byrd's Eye View
David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Sorry Apple, This is Really Samsung's Month

I find if you write about Android or Apple, you are often a target for people who will flame you on social...

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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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Improving Office Productivity is all about IP and Mobility

March 16, 2012

Today’s blog was to be about the Broadvox Partner Program top selling 2011 Master Agent Telecom Brokerage (TBI) and Independent Agent Cross/Talk Communications. And I do wish to congratulate them on an outstanding achievement. I further want to acknowledge that Cross/Talk has won the award three years straight, TBI the last two years. Great Job!

A Wide Opening

March 14, 2012

Some of you know that in addition to fulfilling my role as EVP Sales and Marketing for Broadvox, I also play the trumpet. Perhaps, the most life changing day for me was when I heard a song played by trumpeter Bill Chase called “Open Up Wide”. The song begins with a soulful wail representing the need for change. It then flows into a frenetic cacophony of blaring trumpets and booming bass lines declaring the arrival of a new rock sound.

It's 2:00 A.M. in the Morning

March 12, 2012

With 311 million people in America, I wondered how many of them set their alarms to wake up at 2:00 a.m. to set their clocks forward an hour. I’d tell you the number but I could not find a study on the subject. Also, please note that no babies are born on this day between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m.

Hosting Services

March 9, 2012

Hosting services primary difference from cloud computing is that the hosted service provider is expected to provide servers for applications requested by the client or user. Therefore, a hosted environment can involve both the service provider and the client needing to learn about how the applications will interact with those offered by the service provider and those proposed by the client. Furthermore, most hosted environments are shared and although virtual machines are built running separate applications, one virtual server failure can affect another.

Interestingly, Broadvox delivers hosted communications with some customization but we do not allow for client provided applications to be loaded onto those servers.  

Cloud Computing, Hosted and Managed

March 7, 2012

Interestingly, I considered describing the differences between cloud computing, hosted and managed services as a somewhat unique for today’s and Friday’s blogs. However, there are several years worth of articles and blogs attempting to clarify these three offerings. Yet, my opinion of how the market and customers should view them remained unchanged even after a bit of research. While each has unique qualities, companies such as Broadvox offer all three.

Hot, Hot, Hot

March 5, 2012

I was definitely inspired to cook this weekend. Friday, Gay, my wife asked for chicken fried steak which I made along with chicken fried chicken. Saturday, began with shrimp omelettes for breakfast with meatloaf for dinner. Given that my first recipe turned many of you off because I did not use catsup as a topping.

Up, Up and Away

March 2, 2012

The Dow Jones Industrial average finally crossed 13,000 and held it earlier this week. That was significant because it has been four years since the Dow closed above 13,000. The last time the Dow reached 13,000 was in May of 2008. Some will lament that the number means little since it is still below the highest closing of 14,164 in October of 2007.

Scotch Eggs and FRAND for Breakfast

February 27, 2012

Scotch Eggs and FRAND for Breakfast

I have been waiting for a neighborhood Irish bar to open for months. The place was suppose to open in September but was delayed until last week. I had perused the menu prior to going and decided I wanted Scotch Eggs along with something else (fish and chips was high on the list).

BYOD is not for Everyone

February 24, 2012

The first thing people think of when BYOD is an option is security. In fact, Practicing Safe SIP was the most read blog I ever authored. However, the security concerns with BYOD are very different from those of properly protecting the enterprise from external threats. With BYOD you are inviting the threats as guests into the enterprise and you have no idea where those devices have been.

Mobile UC More than FMC

February 22, 2012

Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) once synonymous with mobile UC is now defined as merely a capability that most UC platforms deliver. The ability to transfer a call from a desk top device to a mobile device is not mobile UC. Furthermore, expanding IP communications from the VLAN to Wi-Fi is not UC. The use of Wi-Fi as a transport medium is more closely related convenience, cost reduction and technology leverage than UC.
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