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ViziApps: A Great Tool for the Citizen Developer Revolution

Recently I had to prototype an iOS app for a project I am working on and did a lot of research to...

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Execution, Flexibility, Safety, Ease of Use Key to Digital Success - Lessons from Gitex 2016

The etisalat and Nissan Smart Car collaboration, the robot policeman, and James Baresse's presentation on three needs for digital payment system success...

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Are You Managing Hours or Outcomes?

Another consultant is having a trying experience with a client. The client wants to see the consultant in the office more,...

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Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our...

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ORBCOMM Looks to Become Complete IoT Solutions Service Provider

One of the topics discussed often among communications service providers is whether they want to be relegated to dumb pipes or they...

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Your Phone Just Ate Your Car Key

Are you ready for your new digital future? It’s a great question to ask as the role your mobile phone plays in...

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Doing Business in a Busy, Blurred Environment

Logging on to LinkedIn these days, I have to remind myself that it is in fact LI and not Facebook. The...

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Hey Meg, HP Needs to Bundle Not Balkanize

March 12, 2012

According to Richard Waters of the Financial Times,  Meg Whitman has an easier time figuring out what's wrong rather than what's right.  Here are some ideas.

In the discussion he pointed out HP's 23 drop in consumer revenues as opposed to apples 75% revenue increase. 


Apple the Turtle continues to Beat the Industry

March 8, 2012

The iPad 3.0 has arrived with incremental features and a community of loyal Apple customer ready to toss 1 & 2 for 3 as if they were a 1982 Kaypro.  Pretty amazing.

As Jeff Orr of ABI Research stated in there press release

“Individually, none of the new iPad features create an insurmountable advantage for Apple over its competition,” says Jeff Orr,  group director, consumer research. ASUS is currently shipping a quad-core tablet and even Chinese vendor Huawei announced one last week. 

VoIP Outage Reporting Discussion April 24th.

March 8, 2012

The FCC has expanded the outage reporting requirements to interconnected VoIP providers. This have caused a few message boards to light up with discussions, so we have gathered some of our best advocates to explain what is required and how to manage the process.

Join Fred Campbell - WCAI, Glenn Richards - Pillsbury Law,  Brita Strandberg - Harris Wiltshire and David Young - Verizon as we gather to discuss the new rules.

The conference call will be on April 24th at 1:30 EDT and you can sign up to be on the call here.

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Verizon Wireless HomeFusion PSTN Sunset 10 GB at a time

March 6, 2012

According to the Washington Post today Verizon Wireless is offering an alternative home access service for $60 a month and 30GB service for $120 a month. 

The most important aspect of this service is that it finally breaks the cross elastics that the carriers have been using for their MiFi services.  Embedded in the pricing of the MiFi services was equivalent rate to a T1.  If you did the price analysis it was there in black in white. 

If You Can't Trust your Certs....Tales from GitHub

March 6, 2012

Once again we have discovered that PublicKeys can be thwarted and in this case the victim was GitHub.  Now I have to tell you,  I am constantly asked to run a security event.  And the reality is that I have security training, but no one wants to admit that they need it.  Especially a place that supports open source. 

Is YHOO try to be a Yahooligan with Facebook?

March 5, 2012

So far Scott Thompson has not been catching the stock markets fancy with YHOO.  Perhaps proving that Yahoo! is really a Californian company it has joined all the patent infringement strategies and is bring suit against Facebook.

Ironically the infringements are based on the acquisition of GeoCities years back.  As you know the patent wars have already caused Google to purchase Motorola Mobility and several others to build an arsenal. 

Interestingly we have yet to see Scott Thompson bring to bear a mobile payment strategy which I would have hoped to see at Mobile World Congress. 

Ron Johnson Brings in Apple's Laurie Beja Miller to JCP

March 5, 2012

The Genius Bar was lowered at Apple when Laurie Beja Miller departure to JCPenny.  Ron Johnson the man who Jobs worked with to create the Apple Store experience has brought in Ms Miller to "create a town square" feeling to the department store.

If you have not noticed Ellen Degeneres  doing all these commercials for 'JCP' the rebranded JC Penny, you probably turned off their pre superbowl adds with all the customer's screaming "Noooooo" as the stores posted their after Christmas pricing. 

The bottom line is we are going to get a very fresh look at retailing at JCP and its worthwhile to walk in to see where the changes are taking them.

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Getting your Compass on CSS3

March 2, 2012

Yelp's IPO needs some Review

March 2, 2012

Perhaps we have a bubble again.  Perhaps the community of Yelp Reviewers are betting on their experience rather than the finances.
Yelp as an IPO has the feel of a drug that could get sued over a side effect that happens in almost 100% of all cases.

The Yelp Financials suggest that they are going to bleed cash without a growth strategy to solve their operational woes. 

Something about has made the stock go up today on the first day of trading.

The only thing I can think of is they need to be acquired, but the stock that has been released is not enough to get any trade outs.  So at the end of the day they are either going to be a minnow looking for whales to swallow or happy to be a pilot fish. 

Rule Tata! Tata Rules the (Air) Waves

March 1, 2012

It is inevitable that monies acquired need to find a place to be spent.  In the case of Tata buying Cable and Wireless it's got the benefit of historical irony and today's common sense. 

Cable and Wireless has always been good at milking cash cows.  The company that started as the sealant manufacturer for undersea cables has come along way and has been the incumbent in many places where the British Empire once ruled (including India).

Now Tata is considering buying Cable & Wireless and it makes a lot sense to me given the capabiliities of Tata.