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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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Star Trek XI

August 4, 2006

Onyx Says "I Do"

August 2, 2006

Only days after finally fending off unwanted advances from would-be acquierer CDC, Onyx Software has offered its and to its preferred suitor, M2M Holdings Inc., the holding company that is jointly owned by Battery Ventures VI, L.P. and Thoma Cressey Equity Partners and whose primary asset is Made2Manage Systems Inc. (and you thought your company name was a mouthful).

For more info, see David Sims' article of this morning: http://news.tmcnet.com/news/-onyx-m2m-crm-/2006/08/02/1764983.htm

It's interesting to note that Thoma Cressey Equity Partners' name appears to be popping up all over the enterprise business communication solutions marketplace as of late and appears to have secured a great deal of pocket change in the form of VC money.

Heat Insanity

August 1, 2006

Friday marks the 114th anniversary of the mysterious and unsolved axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, the father and step-mother of the infamous Fall River, Massachusetts spinster, Lizzie Borden, who has always been suspected of doing the deed, but was acquitted at the time (and in mock trails since) for a complete lack of evidence. (Conspiracy theories abound on this topic.)

Sources say New England was experiencing a deadly heatwave during the days surrounding the 4th of August, 1892.

With the temperature topping 100 here in Connecticut today, and the heat index up near 110, all I can say is that were I forced to wear a corset, a corset cover, a camisole, a shirt, a bodice, leg-o-mutton sleeves, a long skirt, stockings and lace-up boots on a day like today and in a house with no fans or air-conditioning, I'd probably contemplate a murder or two, as well.

Internet Paid Content

August 1, 2006

Posts To My Blog

July 21, 2006

Every once in a while, I need to visit the comments section of this blog and clear it out. It seems I need to do it more often. I expect the proliferation of spam to the blog...that's easy to spot. Lots of companies selling mobile phones, SIM cards and accessories will spam.

Call Center Confusion For Medicare

July 19, 2006

CRM, salesforce automation, knowledge management and quality management all exist for a very good reason: to avoid creating nightmare scenarios like the one the U.S. government and the call centers it has contracted have made over the Medicare Plan D.

This article reveals that calls to different call centers about the Medicare Plan will garner radically different and conflicting responses, and not a single call center tested has been able to offer correct answers much more than half of the time.

No wonder today's seniors are confused over the Medicare Plan. It's hard not to become confused when you aren't starting with the correct information to begin with.

AOL To Go Free?

July 17, 2006

AOL To Go Free?

July 17, 2006

Verint Acquires Mercom

July 14, 2006

Stone Age Faxing

July 12, 2006

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