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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDm-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think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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To Be Secure, Go Home

January 7, 2009

The reality is that security is stronger at home offices and data is better protected than in conventional contact centers because in part, and ironically, there is more control of home agents than of contact center agents. In fact if you want the best security, you should send your programs home....

Cooperating Contact Centers To Cut Costs, Keep Staff Productive (and Employed)

December 30, 2008

Here is one way to cut costs, increase utilization, and in doing so keeping contact center teams employed in these tough times and that is to seek cooperation with other similar operations and either share capacity or go into together on a joint center (s).Along the same route, if your organization is an enterprise, why not donate any spare capacity to small locally-based charity or fundraising campaign, tax laws permitting.

Is Nortel's Future In The Clouds?

December 22, 2008

If any firm can make enterprise-scaled hosting possible, and to make licensed premise software and bolted hardware practices of the past it is Nortel. Only Nortel has both the carrier-and-enterprise-grade engineering and expertise to make this happen.

Sometimes there is justice...

December 18, 2008

Kudos to the U.S. justice system, which has given lengthy jail times to three Canadians convicted in a multimillion dollar telemarketing scam. Kudos too to the Federal Reserve Board, the National Credit Union Administration, and the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) for cracking down on another credit card 'scam': the customer-hostile practices of card issuers

Nortel, if it stays, will stay and grow in enterprise, contact center space

December 17, 2008

Rest assured customers and would-be buyers of Nortel's contact center and UC solutions. The famed Canada-based communications solutions supplier is not going to hang up on you. If Canadian media reports are any indication, Nortel will increase its focus and presence on the enterprise--including contact center--markets.

With Web 2.0 Be Prepared For Brickbats As Well As (the Few) Bouquets

December 15, 2008

A recent Wall Street Journal article on Web 2.0 brought home a key point for firms wanting to present themselves to this evolving and morphing mélange of business and social networking sites, of blogs and wikis in their CRM strategies: be prepared for the bad as well as the good.

Dell: homeshore your contact centers and drop the U.S. handling fee

December 12, 2008

If Dell had done just that--announced that it is bringing its customer care management literally back home to American agents--which would allow many to keep their homes by avoiding commuting costs and deducting home office costs--it would have been lauded rather than laughed at.

Teleservices Expansion with 'TLC'

December 11, 2008

Amidst all the economic doom and gloom, including contact center closures it is very rewarding to see teleservices companies expand. One of these, and one which truly deserves to grow, is Thomas L. Cardella & Associates (TLC&A). It has been for the past new months expanding existing and opening new contact centers in Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Keokuk, and Marshalltown, Iowa. It also has at-home agents.

StarTek's Canada Closure: Can't See the People For The Cubes

December 10, 2008

StarTek is, as the media reported closing its Regina, Saskatchewan contact center in March 2009, citing the province's booming economy and other contact centers soaking up the labor pool.Yet I wonder: did StarTek ever consider setting up at-home agent programs outside of Regina...Did it look at the alternative of satellite (10-12-24 agent) centers in the many smaller cities across Saskatchewan

mCommerce + eCommerce = Retail Success

December 8, 2008

Forget home and business computers. mCommerce is the killer app for eCommerce, and together it will enable retailers to be successful now and going forward provided it is fully integrated with the stores.
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