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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think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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Less is Better than None: How WebRTC Helps Carriers

Almost everyone knows that telcos’ mobile voice and messaging revenue is declining. With 3G offering a mobile on-ramp to the Internet,...

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Playing Chicken with Net Neutrality

February 21, 2011

What a weekend for food. On Friday, I made Philly cheese steak sandwiches with thinly sliced rib eye steak, onions, bell peppers and Swiss cheese. Saturday was a smash with Italian Chicken Cacciatore. I make it with chicken thighs for the tenderness but chicken breasts can be substituted.

Excellence and Killing the Monkeys

February 18, 2011

To succeed in a competitive environment and difficult economy, it is important to hire and retain excellence. When a merger takes place, one inherits unknown talent and determining who has the characteristics needed to succeed takes time to assess. However, it is imperative to do so as quickly as possible making as few errors as possible. I met the new members of my sales team this week during our national sales meeting and I learned how difficult it is to make the assessment with regard to excellence.

Together, For the Very first Time

February 16, 2011

Today begins our first national sales meeting as the combined Broadvox and Cypress Communications sales force. The usual format for this meeting is a deep dive pipeline review, company update, product education, OSS/BSS update and some type of sales exercise. However, this meeting is different. We are not a team again.

VAD and Waffles

February 14, 2011

I wasn’t sure of what to fix this weekend as I needed to smoke some salmon for next week’s national sales meeting. All of the Broadvox and Cypress Communications sales personnel will be in Dallas meeting each other for the very first time. I decided I wanted to do something special for the two days. I used hickory to cold smoke several whole fillets of salmon and they came out fantastically well.

Pins and Needles

February 11, 2011

The FCC voted to reform the Universal Service Fund and potentially eliminate the InterCarrier Compensation (ICC) system this week and much to my surprise there were no screams of protest. Perhaps, because the FCC, Congress and the carriers now that the system must change to meet the demand of today and position for the needs of the future. All interested parties acknowledge that the USF and ICC were designed in the early 1900s and no suit today’s communications and technology infrastructure. Moreover, the wastefulness and gaming the system such as traffic pumping has become wide spread. 

Interoperability and Lync

February 9, 2011

Prior to the rush to Microsoft Lync, Broadvox was intending to extend its interoperability to latest release of Office Communications Server (OCS). However, we have now agreed with Microsoft engineers to complete interoperability testing on Lync. Interestingly, Wikipedia refers to Lync as the latest instantiation of OCS. Being in sales I sometimes use the excuse that I can’t keep up with all of the technology changes and need a sales engineer to engage prospects. However, when Microsoft decides to update OCS with a new product like Lync, then I have to take notice.

Super Bowl and Sinful Sunday

February 7, 2011

Although it didn’t feel like it, I cooked a lot this weekend. I was really up for it given that I spent the entire week traveling. Anyway, Friday consisted of pulled pork sliders done three ways: Carolina style with vinegar and hot sauce, Memphis with BBQ sauce and, my favorite, seasoned with my white seasoning mixture of salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. Saturday was chicken with a Caesar salad and Sunday was the Super Bowl. We began the day with waffles that had slivers of cooked bacon added to the batter, very tasty and surprisingly light.

SNR Dreaming

February 2, 2011

As a result of the Broadvox and Cypress Communications merger, we decided it would be a good time to redesign our logo (most of you will miss the change) and redesign our business cards (much needed). As such, the new cards have been on my mind for weeks. So much so, that last night I dreamed about my new business card and the phone number designation SNR (Single Number Reach) that I chose. Those of you that have read this blog the last couple of years (and I thank you) learned some time ago that I do not know my cell phone number.

Pulled Plug and Pork

January 31, 2011

The weekend was a short one with me having to travel on Sunday. I considered not having a recipe this morning but that would have been wrong. Friday night we had Chinese takeout. Surprise!

Internet On, Internet Off

January 28, 2011

Most of my blogs avoid politics because I want the focus to be on learning about IP communications and gaining a selling advantage. Today is a little different in that I am very much opposed to legislation sponsored by two usually milquetoast politicians, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). The Lieberman-Collins bill, “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act” would allow the Department of Homeland Security to establish and maintain a list of servers, systems or assets that constitute critical infrastructure of the Internet. The government is enabled to make the designation without congressional or judicial review.

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