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

Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Sonos BOOST, For Music in Tough to Reach Places

I’ve been using Sonos as an in-home streaming solution for many years and since it relies on WiFi it provides infinite levels...

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IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story

Service providers typically have infrastructure from multiple vendors installed in their networks.  Mostly this is by design since they don’t want...

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Notes from Connections 2014 Part Deux

More notes from BSFT Connections 2014 in the desert by friends of my at the show. These notes are from ANPI's...

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Over the Top is Coming of Age

October 30, 2013

For some time, I have pointed out that broadband has improved enough over the last few years in both speed and quality to support over the top (OTT) applications and services. While true, there has still been a fair amount of hesitancy to apply this reasoning or conclusion to real-time applications. Therefore, many carriers have refused to provide hosted communications unless it has been a managed service, meaning that the carrier not only provides the cloud application but they are also responsible for the broadband and on-premise router. Others have taken this a step further and developed “fully managed” services, which also include LAN management and the installation of the phones.

US Debt Discussions Impact the Global Web Divide

October 11, 2013

The discussions concerning the US debt limit run from serious to humorous, but most Americans (63 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal poll) believe it to be “a real and serious problem.”.And that is a good thing, because when the US allows its credit worthiness to become suspect, it affects both short and long term interest rates. This makes it more difficult for businesses – particularly small businesses – to secure loans, and it also increases loan costs for consumers. However, there are international ramifications, as well.

If, as expected, politicians continue to use the debt limit to achieve political objectives, then interest rates will rise and the value of dollar will increase.

It's Showtime!

October 8, 2013

In addition to opening the month with a very successful product launch (ANPI VIP) and the introduction of the new ANPI Chief Sales Officer (Mike Cromwell) during Cloud Partners, I also attended NTCA 2013 Fall Conference, COMPTEL Plus Fall Convention and Expo and Search Marketing Expo East.

Each of these meetings offers a different experience. NTCA provides the rural telecommunications community the opportunity to learn about the changing regulatory environment, get updates on new technologies, share various experiences in the deployment of new services and network infrastructures, and develop new professional and personnel relationships. Dave Lewis, ANPI CEO, participated in an industry panel the last day of the conference.

When did "Tele" Get Removed from Telecommunications?

September 24, 2013

Last week while working with my ANPI marketing team, I asked them to consider what Apple had identified as key features during the announcement of the new iPhones. They identified cheaper version with multiple colors, improved camera for better pictures, new operating system, fingerprint recognition for improve security, wireless file transfer, longer battery life and faster processor to play games and improve video features. Please note what was not mentioned during the event; using the device as a phone. It is not a discussion point because the device is no longer primarily used as a phone.

Unified Communications - Reinvigorating Your Engine for Growth

September 17, 2013

Unified Communications – Reinvigorating Your Engine for Growth:

For several years, Independents have faced a number of challenges that have created material barriers to growth. Factors such as wireless substitution, a challenging economic climate, and intercarrier compensation/USF reform have conspired to constrain the ability for the independent community to maintain top and bottom line revenues much less grow them. Yet, against the backdrop of such challenges, independents have a clear path to reinvigorate their growth prospects through the deployment of cloud-based Hosted Unified Communications (UC) Services.

Five Essentials to Selling Hosted Unified Communications

September 12, 2013

Today, I discussed the ANPI five essential keys to successfully sell hosted Unified Communications (UC) with a number of Cloud Partner attendees. While these are my five, you may have a different five or the desire to add or replace one or more. How we approach selling is very individualistic and it is always challenging to develop a list that satisfies everyone. However, the following five items use both past experiences and a changing landscape for sales.

Shout Out to Medium Sized Businesses

September 9, 2013

I and most people are guilty of ignoring mid-size or medium-sized businesses. Sure we use the phrase small-to-medium sized businesses, SMBs and, in Europe SMEs. However, the discussion usually revolves around companies that have fewer than 100 employees or greater than 1000 or enterprises. Seldom does anyone specifically write about the “M” in “SMB”. Granted depending upon how the group is segmented, it represents the widest range of companies with the greatest diversity of needs.

Hearing and Meeting the Woz

September 3, 2013

Last week to close out IT Expo, ANPI sponsored the keynote speaker, Steve Wozniak. To establish a festive mood for the man known as the “Woz”, ANPI handed out hundreds of sunglasses and beach balls. It was duly noted that it was the first time an audience was hitting beach balls into the air as a keynote speaker came onto the stage.

Steve’s speech was an enjoyable recap of the birth and growth of Apple Computers.

The Power of SIP

August 27, 2013

This week the ANPI marketing and sales team is attending and exhibiting at IT Expo in Las Vegas. It is one of the two shows that we will use to launch our retail offering of Hosted Unified Communications (UC). Over the next four days there will be opportunities for us to speak, learn and discuss the latest in IP communications. As such, I do regret accepting a slot to discuss SIP Trunking, since I no longer believe it is the latest thing in IP Communications.

Disruptive, Disruption, Disturb, The New Norm

August 23, 2013

Disruptive technologies do not always lead to disruption that can disturb a social norm. However, through the combination of digital technology, IP communications and devices that support mobility, we are experiencing the permanent changing of several social norms. Long held practices or appropriate behaviors are being dispensed with and the voices of those in opposition to the changes are no longer relevant. My observations of these changing norms are as follows:

  • Conversation no longer needs to be private.
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