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

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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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

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

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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Making Lemonade or M&A

October 15, 2010

For the months it took to reach a definitive agreement to merge between Broadvox and Cypress Communications, those of us in the know knew that silence was important. When one my direct reports figured out we were performing due diligence and engaging in merger and acquisition discussions, it became a question of making "lemonade". I thought the word fit the effort as our desire was to create something new from separate elements and it rhymed (somewhat) with M&A.

Merging Cypress and Broadvox make fantastic lemonade.

Risotto and Leadership

October 13, 2010

Last weekend I cooked every day. This weekend, I only cooked on Sunday. My wife made a very nice pasta with tuna dish Friday. Saturday, we ate out and that left Sunday.

There is No I in Team

October 13, 2010

We are in Cleveland holding our quarterly sales meeting. It's an exciting week as we celebrate nearly 40% growth year over year and a record number of turn ups. However, the question that I wanted to address this week was whether building a sales team was important. Selling is an individual sport more similar to golf than football.

Risotto with Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts

October 12, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces asparagus, 1 inch dice
  • 3 ounces artichoke hearts, inch slices (frozen is preferred over canned)
  • 1 Serrano pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • teaspoon Kosher salt
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, approximately 1/2 cup
  • cup heavy cream

Directions

In a small pot heat chicken broth to simmering.

In a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter. Add the shallot, asparagus, artichoke hearts, Serrano pepper, garlic, salt and pepper.

Risotto and Leadership

October 12, 2010

Last weekend I cooked every day. This weekend, I only cooked on Sunday. My wife made a very nice pasta with tuna dish Friday. Saturday, we ate out and that left Sunday.

The Legend of Telemarketing

October 6, 2010

I arrived at IT EXPO Monday morning with a very busy schedule. I was on three panels on Monday along with a video interview. On Tuesday, I represented Broadvox on three additional panels, one solo presentation, press interview, new product interview, and best of show interview. The work was necessary because Broadvox had a number of announcements to make.

Pumping up Meatloaf and Traffic

October 4, 2010

Every dish I made this weekend could have been the recipe of the week. However, on Friday, I decided that the winning dish would be something I have never made, usually did not like and never understood. My decision was based upon my wife's love for the dish, its perception of being one of those comfort foods and the challenge to update something so iconic. However, I needed back up dishes in case I failed.

And Congress Steps Over It

October 1, 2010

While many of us look forward to when congress does even less that it's doing today, there are times when we need them to act. Resolving the concerns regarding net neutrality is one of those times. House Energy and Commerce chairman, Democrat Henry Waxman, was leading the effort to propose a less obtrusive method to ensure that carriers did not abuse the power they have over their customers. The bill would have allowed the FCC to address network neutrality issues on a case-by-case basis with the authority to impose a maximum penalty of $2 million for violations by an ISP.

VoIP Services Market Continues Upward Trend

September 29, 2010

ABI Research has released a new forecast identifying the continued double digit growth of the VoIP services market. They have broken down the market into SIP Trunking, virtual/hosted IP PBX, managed services and VoIP integrated access. Their forecast is for this market to double over the next five years and exceed $20 billion in sales by 2015.

I agree.

Paella and Payola

September 27, 2010

This weekend represented some of the best cooking I have done this year (in so short a period of time). Friday, my wife and I enjoyed the Barbeque Shrimp with Boudin Bakery sourdough bread. I know, I made it for my birthday, but when you are cooking all day, it is very difficult to actually sit down and enjoy the food. I did that on Friday.

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