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

Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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Apples and Oranges (SIP Trunking)

April 27, 2009

Food was both good and bad this weekend. We finally dined out this weekend.  On a lark, we decided to try a new restaurant in the area. The restaurant was a remarkable sight. It was beautifully built with interesting artwork throughout.

SIP...It's the RAGE Part II or Who's Buying?

April 24, 2009

Always an interesting question. What we know is that no vertical market is superseding another in the adoption of VoIP/SIP.  Analysts in particular look for some type of vertical trend. They find it difficult to believe that a given industry is not more focused on the transition than another is. I find it rather simple to explain.

SIP is the RAGE

April 22, 2009

Over the weekend, I received an email from a VAR with the tag line "SIP is the RAGE".

Wow!

 Additionally, he had read my blog. (Sometimes as I type these up, I think the only people reading this are my immediate family and co-workers.

A Mouthful: Grilled Butterflied Chicken, CTO, CIO and FCC

April 20, 2009

Okay so the weekend was kind of a repeat of Easter, a little bit of rain and a little cool. Perhaps, then it was okay that I repeated my first dish of the year. My wife asked for Crab Cakes on Friday. Since, I blogged that dish some weeks ago, I looked it up and followed my own recipe.

Wash the FUD out of Your Mouth

April 17, 2009

So what dramatic thing did I do?

I looked at the audience and exclaimed, "Bull____!"

Okay, I was braver then and there were no children in the audience. But it worked.

FUD and TAG

April 15, 2009

Perhaps you are wondering what got me going on this whole FUD thing and IP Communications. I was recently on a panel at the Technology Assurance Group National Convention. This is an exceptional organizational consisting of 120+ major VARs and dealers. The purpose of the panel was to impress upon the group the urgency to begin understanding and selling SIP Trunking solutions.

Pork Rib Roast and FUD

April 13, 2009

It rained Easter so the day began a bit dreary. However, there was excitement in our house because the grandkids were coming over after church. It is always fun to see them but on holidays, we try to do something special. We began with an Easter egg hunt in the house (due to the rain).

Foundation of Achievement Part IV

April 10, 2009

On Tuesday, we had our quarterly sales meeting. It is always enjoyable to spend time together with the sales team. I speak to them on the phone every week but having face time and enjoying food together is very special. While this was our third such meeting, it was the first meeting in Cleveland.

Foundation of Achievement Part III

April 8, 2009

Coach continued...as I think through the foundation components on my own, I added one more tonight on the element of Coach. According to Dave Hibbard, a Coach is the much-needed mentor that can transform your skills/Mechanics into something much greater. I very much agree with that but I also considered what then is my role as the VP of Sales. I remember my two mentors fondly, Dr. Robert J. Byrne and Bruce Dougherty.

Mushrooms Foodie, Go Deep says the Coach

April 6, 2009

Mushrooms foodie, go deep says the Coach

I love food. Should I say that again? Okay, I love food.

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