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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Smokin' and the FCC

November 2, 2009

My weekend was fantastic! Great food was eaten and my new smoker was delivered. 84 inches of smoking prowess, nearly 800 pounds of steel and 3269 square inches of cooking surface. Okay back to the food, we had a nice pasta dish on Saturday with fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes and Sunday bacon wrapped filet mignon with a smoky pepper sauce.

Channel Manager Qualities II

October 30, 2009

Continuing with Wednesday's message, a good channel manager should be...

Trainer: Selling another's company's product is not easy. It requires the VAR to represent another company's product as if their own. This requires a thorough understanding of the product including technology, value proposition, features, ROI, TCO, support and maintenance requirements and how it will fit into the VARs overall business.

Channel Manager Qualities

October 28, 2009

Most of us have an immediate reaction to what makes a good channel program. I often see columns stating the top ten elements or criteria for selecting or participating in a channel program. Some of these are not debatable.

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Loco SuperComm and Comptel

October 26, 2009

Vacation was very good but good reasonably priced food was difficult to find. I went to Maui for my vacation and discovered that restaurant prices have gone through the roof. Our  favorite places to have dinner now offer $15-20 appetizers with most entrees exceeding $40. This caused us to re-evaluate our dinner plans and seek out venues where the locals ate.

Getting Jerked Around...

October 12, 2009

The weekend in Dallas was not its usually warm sunny self. The weather was cold, cloudy and sometimes wet. However, it did not deter me from cooking Jamaican Jerk chicken. The reason for cooking the chicken originally arose when I discovered my new manager of Inside sales was from Jamaica.

A Very Good Quarter

October 9, 2009

First of all thanks to all of the Partner Program members. We had our best GO! SIP Trunking sales quarter ever. We can only accomplish this through the efforts of our channel, channel managers and inside sales team.

See You on Friday

October 7, 2009

Pan Roasted Chicken and a Little Reminder...

October 5, 2009

Last week was not fun. My laptop disk had a hard crash. Luckily, since I was traveling, I had backed everything up before leaving town. However, it meant that I needed to go into the office on Saturday to get the backup drive.

Julius Genachowski and Net Neutrality Update

October 2, 2009

Two weeks ago Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC, laid out his plans to support Net Neutrality. He does support the concept of net neutrality and views it important enough to codify the initial rules imposed upon the Internet Service Providers (ISP). These rules were the extension of similar guidelines imposed upon AT&T, and later the RBOCs, in determining how calls by other carries would be regarding on the incumbents networks. Calls from competitors needed to traverse the networks with the same speed and quality as calls that originated and terminated with the incumbent, or ILEC.

Cloud Computing Applications and Impact

September 30, 2009

There are several oft-discussed cloud computing proponents in the market, AT&T, Google, Microsoft and IBM. I don't see the need to cover IBM as they have been in the outsourcing business for many years. Instead, I'd like to look more deeply at the remaining players. While the AT&T Synaptic Hosting service does not promote an individual application, it does address many of the major infrastructure questions that accompany cloud computing.

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