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10 Reasons why CurrentC Will Lose the Mobile Payment War

By now, most of us have heard that retailers such as CVS allowed NFC-based payments for a few days via Apple Pay...

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Why E-Mail Sucks and How to Make it Smarter

Many of us live in email. I get hundreds per day and I need almost every message. I am also a source...

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The Contact Center's Seemingly Oxymoronic Play: How to Decrease Costs Yet Improve Customer Service

I was recently asked to talk to some of our many contact center customers about the new contact center trends.  It...

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The New Facet of Customer Experience Management - Field Service 2.0

By: Rhodo Odysseos, Product/Solution Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, and Jess Verbruggen, Motive Integrated Marketing Assistant, Alcatel-Lucent

Traditionally, communications service providers (CSPs) have treated the field service aspect of their organization as a cost center. Field technicians engaged in maintenance activities were simply a part of the cost of doing business.  More recently, the communications industry in general and the field service arena in particular, has been disrupted by immense changes in the customer profile, service expectations, and behaviors.

Field service is often the only face of the company that a customer will ever see, so it’s not a surprise that CSPs are striving to make a positive impact on customers in this realm. Achieving full potential in field service saves CSPs a lot of time and money. Productivity and efficiency reviews targeted at field service operations, done correctly, can reinforce other areas of the business by increasing customer satisfaction and improving safety and quality. 

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Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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SIPNOC Agenda Announced to Drive SIP Awareness

April 7, 2011

The SIP Forum has announced the official agenda for SIPNOC 11, which will be held at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, VA, April 25-27, and will be keynoted by FCC Chief Technologist Dr. Douglas C. Sicker.

Customer Satisfaction is all About Access to the Right Information

April 6, 2011

Customer satisfaction is a pretty simple game - and it really is a game, if you consider the company in any particular industry that scores higher in customer sat wins the market.

Can Skype Bring Back the Phone Booth?

March 31, 2011

Thanks to the popularity of Skype, we may be witnessing the rebirth of the phone booth, thanks to an initiative driven by Enterprise Estonia. As part of its mission to drive innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in the Baltic nation, Enterprise Estonia commissioned a standalone Skype station, which has been installed at Tallinn's airport.

What Service Providers Need to Know About SIP Trunking

February 2, 2011

Ingate kicked off its SIP Trunk-Unified Communications Summit, again collocated with ITEXPO, with a new feature - a service provider focused day.

ITEXPO Conference Sessions Kick Off

February 2, 2011

Addressing the needs of the millennial generation... ITEXPO East 2010 addresses the latest technologies and their impact on your business.

Interactive Intelligence's Enterprise Cloud Comms Panel at ITEXPO

February 1, 2011

Rich Tehrani leads the panel discussion on Cloud Communications in the enterprise at a pre-ITEXPO event sponsored by Interactive Intelligence.

Broadvox and Ingate: SIP is Here to Stay

February 1, 2011

To find out more, including how to overcome these obstacles, and also how to effectively deploy SIP Trunks, visit Broadvox (booth 606) on the ITEXPO show floor this week, and stop by Ingate's SIP Trunk-Unified Communications Summit, going on all week at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Time to Trade in Plastic Campaign Signage for Social Media

November 2, 2010

The point - independent of any political views, as these unsightly displays of fiscal and environmental indifference are hardly limited to any single party - is that in today's age of electronic engagement and social media, this old fashioned strategy should have already become a historical phenomenon.

Asterisk Popularity Rises in Latin America

October 26, 2010

More specifically, he suggests that Asterisks' flexibility - and all the things that Asterisk can "be" allow telecom providers like 2N to introduce new services to their existing customers.

AstriCon 2010 Kicks Off with SRO Crowd

October 26, 2010

Today, I'm back at the venue as AstriCon 2010 kicks off, with a standing room only crowd at the opening session, Asterisk 1-2-3, where Jared Smith, Fedora project leader at Red Hat, began with a discussion of all the things Asterisk is, including a product for carriers and service providers.