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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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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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