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

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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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are...

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The Secret Value of VoLTE

By Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

At Mobile World Congress, I discovered that many network providers still aren’t aware of the broader business values of voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Most knew it readily includes HD voice for clearer calls and reduced background noise, which lets you feel like you’re standing right next to the other person. Most didn’t realize that, in unexpected ways, VoLTE helps them earn more money and increase efficiency.

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How to Kill Shadow IT: Step One - Recognize that Resistance is Futile

By Bryan R. Davies, Senior Director of Enterprise Communications Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

The first step in resolving any problem is to make sure you understand the core issues. So here’s the crucial question for shadow IT: What is the biggest challenge it presents for your IT department?

Holding back the flood?  

Today’s flood of mobile devices and cloud services is making shadow IT a bigger headache than ever before. But it’s nothing new. It started with the first enterprise employee who ever put an application in place without the knowledge or approval of IT staff.
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5 Tips to Get Out of a Sales Slump

Lots of sales professionals go through a sales slump. Nothing is closing. Depression or Panic ensues - or worse, Desperation, that...

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Asparagus Aspirations

May 2, 2011

I really enjoy Thai food and I make a decent chicken with green curry, but Friday, we had Spicy Thai Noodles and Beef. For more of a well rounded dish I added haricot verts and peas, delicious. Saturday was beer brats, with onions sautéed and serve in a beer reduction and homemade fries tossed with sea salt. Sunday dinner featured grilled scallops wrapped in apple smoked bacon with a chipotle mayonnaise. One quick bit of advice.

Please Take a Moment

April 29, 2011

The country has taken a devastating blow this week with the death and destruction caused by a historical weather system. It is estimated that more than a hundred tornados were confirmed this week. As many of you know the death toll for this unusual weather has exceeded 300 people with thousands left homeless. It is easy to go about our day to day activities and ignore what has transpired but we should not.

How much do You Pay?

April 27, 2011

IP Communications utilizes the skills of traditional telecom and information technology (IT). However, most of us with the telecom backgrounds have conceded that the bulk of the work and authority lies with the IT department. As such, it is important to understand what you should be paying the members of your IT organization.

InformationWeek has released its annual salary survey with some interesting results.

You say Tomato and I say Get the Heck Out of My Phone

April 25, 2011

I am often asked about my taste for fast food. Well Friday I did have fried chicken from Pollo Campero. Southern fried chicken will always be my favorite, but this Latin version is very good. I made an heirloom tomato salad as a side dish.

A Revealing Bite of the Apple

April 22, 2011

Apple faces new scrutiny over the hidden application that stores information about where its phones go every day. Perhaps, I am the only one that gets it but Apple was not trying to track the user, rather some genius in the company wanted to know the whereabouts of the phone, the user was just incidental. The real question is why develop an application that keeps an eye on the iPhone but then doesn’t transfer the information back to, well, that genius. Moreover, while Apple users, politicians, and Apple are paying attention to all of the hoopla now, where was the indignation when this was first reported?

SIP 2.0

April 20, 2011

Understanding SIP is paramount to VARs or IT shops delivering VoIP in any fashion. The point was made very clear to meet a few weeks ago that SIP is the protocol of choice in nearly every implementation or delivery of VoIP. SIP is in the IADs, routers, modems, cable set boxes, SBCs, etc. A business or consumer may not know they are using SIP but it is there.

Welcome to Potatoes, Onions and Oz

April 18, 2011

It was another great weekend for the foodie in me. The new grill and I played well together each day. Friday was grilled Cornish game hen that was marinated in Chinese five-spice, soy and sesame seed oil. Saturday, we enjoyed a rather messy burger called a Jucy Lucy. This burger is popular in Minneapolis at two bars, Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club. They have been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.

The Best of the Blog 2010

April 15, 2011

Perhaps you are new to this blog (and I say welcome), or you may have been reading since 2008 when the blog started (in which case I say thanks for reading). However, today is a chance for you to read some of the blogs that address our industry’s most pressing issues (net neutrality, USF, ICC, etc.), or our greatest opportunities (unified communications), or how to position a premise PBX solution versus a managed hosted PBX solution, or just some interesting facts about where IP communications is going, because the SIP and Serve Best of the Blog for 2010 by David Byrd is now available.

2010 was an interesting year with many expected and unexpected changes. Personally, I found the national media’s brief interest in net neutrality a bit of a surprise, although, their lack of reporting on the final rules changes was no surprise.

We Need a Little PR

April 13, 2011

This morning Broadvox and Cypress Communications are taking a major step in continuing to grow our company. We are meeting with our first Public Relations (PR) firm. Previously, we have used industry media, industry events and the Internet to gain visibility and to get our messages out. We will continue to do those things but we are preparing to step onto a larger stage.

Fill and Keep

April 11, 2011

Previously, I mentioned that I had a TEC grill for nearly thirteen years before replacing it two weeks ago. One thing my new grill did not have was an infrared burner capable of 1500oF for searing beef, lamb and other meats. So, I ordered the option and installed it Friday evening. That took away from my food prep time so we had leftovers for dinner.
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