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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the...

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

I’ve been among the first people to realize how drones can be a major problem for security in the world. In February...

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M&A's, Internationalization and Balkanized Spectrum

June 18, 2013

Today's Wall Street Journal has a field day of activity from Clearwire's  new found respect, Verizon Wireless invading Canada and Liberty Media looking to acquire Kabel Deutschland.

Add this to the T-Mobile / MetroPCS / DT activity and the confusing life of Sprint / Softbank / Dish Networks and you have a whirlpool of competition.

So what is the lesson here?

I think this a story about markets and monies as opposed to synergies.

On the market side with the reality is that there will be little synergies in these mergers.  Technology, management and spectrum allocations will stay in place.  However, the US market seems to be ripe for a stronger number three.

For Liberty Media and for Verizon the issue is saturation.  Growth 
On the money side, with the Fed suggesting tapering is coming, the cheap money window is closing.  










Ho Hum, iOS7 is Here

June 11, 2013

The problem with Software as a Cult is when the cult leader passes, the clothes of the emperor don't fit the other team members well.

It's not that Steve was everything to the company.  It was that he had a loyal following.

Nothing in what Apple is doing is bad right now.  And in fact they are doing a great continuance while updating the style and giving people more freedom.

However,  the wow of wireless computing is now past the hype stage and those who lived for the earth moving of Steve's announcements are having to cope with the reality of choice.

Wall Street has loved and hated Apple in huge cycles.  While Apple has been pretty consistent.  







Are the New Times are Better: WebRTC vs. VoIP?

June 6, 2013

The New Times are Better: WebRTC vs. VoI

June 6, 2013

If you have been with me in at past events, you know that things have a tendency to go in cycles  And go knows I have seen a lot of cycles.  I can remember listening to the father of analog switching telling me that digital was overrated.  I can remember my own ATM bigotry as I would talk about differentiated services which no one had truly developed, while the Internet stole the show.  I remember QoS VoIP debates that treated the session like a call and fundamentally did not see the amazing results possible with Best Effort.

Google Smoogle, MSFT offers B&N $1B for Nook

May 9, 2013

You can't make this stuff up, but I am not sure how valid this rumor is given that it seems to have disappeared from Techcrunch.  It was reported that Microsoft wanted to buy into Nook from Barnes and Noble for $1B.

The interesting thing is after discussing the problems B&N had in getting apps onto their devices to the point that they punted to Google Play.

However, now we hear that Microsoft would rather have Nook join the bandwagon of Windows8 then Google Play.  

This has a lot of interesting aspects to consider.

Does Microsoft expect the Nook to migrate to Windows8?

Does the Nook have enough power to manage Window8 and what is the  implication for existing applications?

Or does Microsoft see a bigger app store play that is universal?

More should be revealed in the next few weeks if the rumor is confirmed until then it brings home the problem of penetrating the app market.

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Axeda Connexion13

May 7, 2013

You can tell M2M is coming of age at Axeda's Connexion13  The Music blaring in synch with the video splashing.  The feel good sense that you are part of something bigger.  Axeda is making the point that this is about the Machine Cloud.

Todd DeSisto, President, Axeda Corporation.  Four days of case studies focused on Remote Services, Business Process, Process Efficiency and Optimization.

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Should Vodafone Let Go of Verizon Wireless?

May 3, 2013

Let's get serious about where we are today.  The Fed has made cheap money available everywhere and its going to lead to more Mergers and Acquisitions.  

From Verizon's perspective there is never a better time to engage Vodafone in talks about buying back their interest.

However, in Vodafone's case there are few investments as beneficial as Verizon Wireless.  In fact, it would hard to imagine that the deal code be sweet enough to not overcome the concern of not having a US partner.

As we look at Softbank's efforts to finalize their buy into Sprint, and DT trying to leverage MetroPCS to fortify T-Mobile, it becomes hard to figure out where alliances will take companies.

Softbank has long been a partner to Verizon Wireless and if Vodafone is to go its separate ways as well, it indicates a very US centric view for VZW.  







Optical Investments and ROI

March 13, 2013

My One New Year’s Resolution – Be Prolific

January 1, 2013

Spontaneous Combustion:The Realities Not the Myth of LIthium Batteries

January 1, 2013

Today's Wall Street Journal has an article associated with the problem shipping lithium batteries.  This is a serious problem.  It turns out that there have been several problems with lithium batteries burning up in both passengers hand bags and as shipped goods.  In the shipped goods case it has been particularly problematic to the point where some are asking for tighter regulation.

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