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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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What are the hottest topics in Silicon Valley?

July 12, 2011

What's the hottest topic in technology today? If your business is located in Silicon Valley, however you answered the question, TMC wants to know next week at the San Jose Marriott.

New and Improved Quick View from Cablevision? Not so Much.

July 2, 2011

Cablevision has certainly tried to create an easy way to personalize viewers' experiences with Quick View - a must considering the alternative options for video content delivery, including several online sources that continue to increase in popularity. But, it's not a feature I will be using much, at least not until they make Quick View an enjoyable experience.

Got In-flight WiFi? Hipmunk Knows

June 29, 2011

For the mileage whores out there - those who stick to the one or two airlines with which they have accumulated massive points or miles - there is little recourse, though they do gain the benefits of flight awards and elite status. But, for those who are more flexible with their choice of airlines, there's an easy way to choose you airlines, thanks to Hipmunk.

Why Your Business Must Form a Social Media Strategy Today

June 27, 2011

Social media has become an almost unstoppable presence for a number of reasons - the same reason businesses must give it an ear - and a mouth. It's a binding phenomenon, often brining users with like interests together, ignorant of geography and technology. People engage in social media (just look at the numbers). It crosses the social barriers traditional advertising have often struggled to overcome, relying on interpersonal relationships to create links. It's simple, quick, and cost-effective. It's measurable - with the right technology businesses can easily determine the effectiveness of their social media efforts.

Tweeting Isn't Just for Birds

May 24, 2011

One hundred and forty characters. One tweet. Such a small space, yet one that has become powerful beyond its size. What can you accomplish in just a few words?

Sports Illustrated iPad Version a Winner (Finally)

May 20, 2011

SI started off on the wrong foot, adopting an all-paid model initially, but now that it has stepped back from that approach, it has brought a rich, electronic experience to its subscribers - on that other publications would do well to emulate.

What You Need to Know About HTML5

May 19, 2011

To provide an ongoing forum for discussing HTML5 applications as they materialize - and the technology behind them - Joe Mazzeo, founder of the Crossfire Group, has started a new HTML5 blog. "This blog is dedicated to those seekers with a passion to actually read and learn about those technologies that will bring the future of the Web to fruition and radically alter our lives," writes Mazzeo.

Will Sony's Playstation Network Intrusion Give New Life to Game Discs?

May 5, 2011

Ultimately, while Sony will suffer from the breach of its network, the bigger hit will be on the gaming industry as a whole. Consumers won't quickly forget this incident and will be reluctant to return very quickly to downloading games. Looks like it's time to increase production of game discs once again.

To Read or Not to Read (on Your iPad)

May 4, 2011

A recent study by Simba Information suggests that 40 percent of iPad owners do not read e-books on their iPads. Should we be surprised? I think not, but Michael Norris, senior analyst and author of the report, says, "A lot of people equate the sale of a new gadget with the creation of a new reader, and it just doesn't happen."

Need an Education in Video? Business Video Expo West 2011 is Your Experience

May 3, 2011

TMC and Interactive Media Strategies have just announced the program for the second Business Video Expo, which will be collocated with ITEXPO West, September 13-15, 2011.