Super Bowl and Sinful Sunday

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David Byrd
David Byrd is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Raven Guru Marketing. Previously, he was the CMO and EVP of Sales for CloudRoute. Prior to CloudRoute, He was CMO at ANPI, CMO & EVP of Sales at Broadvox, VP of channels and Alliances for Telcordia and Director of eBusiness development with i2 Technologies.He has also held executive positions with Planet Hollywood Online, Hewlett-Packard, Tandem Computers, Sprint and Ericsson.
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Super Bowl and Sinful Sunday

Although it didn’t feel like it, I cooked a lot this weekend. I was really up for it given that I spent the entire week traveling. Anyway, Friday consisted of pulled pork sliders done three ways: Carolina style with vinegar and hot sauce, Memphis with BBQ sauce and, my favorite, seasoned with my white seasoning mixture of salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. Saturday was chicken with a Caesar salad and Sunday was the Super Bowl. We began the day with waffles that had slivers of cooked bacon added to the batter, very tasty and surprisingly light. The hint of bacon (one crumbled slice per four small waffles) was better than having it on the side. There was just a nice smoky flavor with each bite that complemented the maple syrup. It was a good start to the day.  

It was probably twenty years ago when I came up with the idea for Sinful Sunday. Being a true son of the south, I enjoy fried food from time to time and Sinful Sunday is a day when we indulge ourselves and friends with it. So we watched the Super Bowl eating Panko crusted butterflied shrimp, Belgian fries, Buffalo wings and Teriyaki Steak. Obviously, this cannot be done more than once or twice a year and, even then, the amount consumed needs to be moderated. The Teriyaki steak was marinated whole porterhouse steak cooked under the broiler. It was served medium rare, sliced off the bone. All of the food was good but I selected the Panko Crusted Butterflied Shrimp as the recipe of the week. The waffles were a very close second. Enjoy!

Super Bowl/Super Week

It was a super week visiting LegalTech 2011 and IT Expo East 2011. Now that I am responsible for selling SIP Trunking and an advance Unified Communications (UC) solution, C4 IP, I need a better understanding of UC markets. As a major segment of our current UC customers are law firms, I spent the beginning of the week at LegalTech in New York City. Although most of the technology seemed to consist of various database and document tools, there was a lot of buzz around cloud computing. Since the C4 IP product is a cloud solution, it was not surprising to hear a spokesperson from Loeb and Loeb discussing their implementation of C4 IP. What was surprising was the cost savings analysis.  Judi Flournoy, Chief Information Officer, noted that they estimated the equipment cost of a solution equivalent to C4 IP solution at $2.4 million dollars. However, by purchasing from Cypress their monthly expense was just $92,000. That’s incredible when you also consider there was no need for new IT personnel, maintenance fees or operating cost (HVAC).  I left LegalTech with a better appreciation for the value C4 IP delivers.

At IT Expo in Miami Broadvox exhibited, spoke and gave interviews. IT Expo continues to be a venue where we meet and strategize with our current partners and establish new relationships. This was also the first conference where Broadvox and Cypress Communications exhibited together. Therefore, it was very appropriate for Frank Grillo, EVP Product Marketing and Implementation Services, and me to give an interview discussing the merger of the two companies with TMCnet. Frank and I give our opinions on the why, how and future of the Broadvox during this video interview.


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