Tehrani: In what ways is President Barack Obama helping or hindering the technology markets? What more can he do?
David Byrd: President Obama has only been in office six months and he has put in place what appear to be strong people as the chairman of the FCC, CIO and CTO. As I have not seen any planning documents generated by these people, I cannot say whether they are helping or hurting. I'll have a better opinion of his performance in December when each of those areas should be releasing their strategic plans and tactical activity.
Tehrani: What device or devices do you use, and what do you wish you used?
David Byrd: My needs are fairly basic. I have my BlackBerry, laptop, aircard and Bluetooth earpiece. I find that meets my needs. As far as new devices, I am considering an iPod. I know that I am amongst the few that don't have one but that's the way it is. Also, I would like to get a MiFi device. I think it would be a fun thing to have.
Tehrani: What has the iPhone 3G taught us? I know it's very new, but what about the Palm Pre? What are we learning from the smartphones based on the open source Google Android platform?
David Byrd: I really don't have anything to say regarding the technology components or devices identified. However, their use this summer has been interesting. The way the devices were used to collect and communicate information during the protests in Iran and Michael Jackson's death are worth noting. The world is changing as a result of these devices. Their ubiquitous nature is effecting every aspect of our lives. I spend a lot more of my time researching how the twenty somethings are using technology in order to better understand what new products Broadvox should be offering and what new relationships may be needed to meet those future needs.
Tehrani: I understand you are speaking during ITEXPO West, to be held Sept. 1 to 3 in
David Byrd: The talk will be about the future of IP and how peering will apply itself to expanding the reach of individual carriers while reducing the cost of IP communications further. The talk will be to discuss near term and long term directions for the IP ecosystem.
Tehrani: Why should customers choose your company's solutions? How do they justify the expense to management?
David Byrd: We save you money now. Not in a few months or few years, but now. It's pretty easy to justify. We have various case studies that show even if a prospect has to lease an IP PBX, the monthly cost of the new equipment and Broadvox SIP Trunk is less than standing pat. The key is to get that message out to the VARs, OEMs and dealers in a fashion they can communicate to their customers and prospects. That's another reason for attending IT Expo.
Finally, IP Man and Metoo will launch a new video as well. Always fun.