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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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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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IP-Based Call Centers

March 30, 2006

Largest Union Chooses SER

March 28, 2006

Real News?

March 27, 2006

Bands & Search Engine Feedback

March 24, 2006

Kudos To Convergys

March 23, 2006

Filipino Call Centers To Grow

March 22, 2006

Aspect Leads In Magic Quadrant

March 21, 2006

Credit Freeze Feedback

March 20, 2006

I'm getting a great deal of feedback on my series of articles regarding credit freezing. I've gotten some different perspectives from these e-mails, so I'm going to start and post some of them. One reader wrote and said,

Dear Tracey:

I read your column on security freezes and found it very interesting. If it were me, I might add Innovis Data Solutions (CBC Innovis) to your security freeze list, the fourth “secret” credit bureau that may eventually start selling credit reports.  Check NJ PIRG for more info.

Aspect Does Outbound

March 16, 2006

Aspect Software today announced the general availability of  its Aspect Enterprise Campaign Manager 2.0, which is an outbound campaign strategy management and call optimization product.

In an era when even companies that do primarily outbound don't want to be known as companies that do outbound, it's nice to see continued innovation in this area. I have been busy compiling the "Outbound Technologies Roundup" for the upcoming April edition of Customer Interaction Solutions, and I was bowled overy by how many companies are still aggressively pursuing...and succeeding...by focusing on outbound technologies and services.

It's also a fallacy that the only growth in outbound is overseas...evidence from this year's Top 50 Teleservices Agencies Ranking proves that U.S.

Dialers On EBay

March 13, 2006

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