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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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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Bahrain Pushes for Green Investment

July 20, 2007

  The greening of technology and the move to sustainability is by no means limited to North America and Europe. In fact in a recent blog entry, Rich points out that The Viet Nam Cleaner Production Center and the Swiss government have signed a $5 million contract to establish the Green Credit Trust Fund in Viet Nam. According the announcement:   Switzerland will sponsor the program’s initial development. The fund will be used to grant low interest loans for companies looking to buy modern, environmentally friendly technologies to up production.   Well, add Bahrain to the list of nations making the transition to green.   According to Jean Paul Carteron, chairman and founder of Crans Montana Forum, Bahrain has the financial wherewithal and the political will to become a leading green location by preserving environment and setting a new trend for a sustainable economic and financial developments.   Said Carteron:   “Clean technology is major concern in the world and the strategists view economic development in the perspective of profitable clean environment.”  

The World's Top Sustainable Stocks

July 20, 2007

SustainableBusiness.com announced its 2007 Sustainable Business 20 (SB20) List, which comprises the World’s Top Sustainable Stocks in their view.   According to the SustainableBuisiness.com Web site:   The SB20 list, in its sixth year, consists of 20 public companies that are having an important impact on creating an environmentally sustainable society.   Rona Fried, Ph.D., SustainableBusiness.com CEO and Editor of Progressive Investor, explained the reasoning for the list in a recent statement.   “Our goal is to create a list that showcases public companies that, over the past year, have made substantial progress in either greening their internal operations or growing a business based on an important green technology.”   The list of the SB20 is presented below, with companies appearing in Alphabetical order. It should be noted that this list is made up of a broad international group of companies, which is illustrative of the fact that green innovation is a truly global phenomenon.   On another note, Google was given an honorable mention, so one might consider them the 21st such company on the SustainableBusiness.com list.   Company Ticker Country Best Water Technology Vienna: BWT.VI Austria Canon NYSE: CAJ Japan Comverge Nasdaq: COMV USA Chipotle Mexican Grill NYSE: CMG USA First Solar Nasdaq: FSLR USA Fuel Tech Nasdaq: FTEK USA Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Nasdaq: GMCR USA Groupe Danone DANO.PA Netherlands Herman Miller Nasdaq: MLHR USA Interface Nasdaq: IFSIA USA Land Securities London: Land.L Britain NIKE, Inc. NYSE: NKE USA Novozymes Copenhagen: NZYM.CO Denmark Ormat Technologies NYSE: ORA USA Precious Woods Geneva: SWX: PRWN Switzerland Renewable Energy Corp. (REC) Oslo: REC.OL Norway Royal Philips Electronics NV NYSE: PHG Netherlands Schmack Biogas AG Germany: SB1B.DE Germany Vestas Copenhagen: VWS.CO Denmark Whole Foods Market Nasdaq: WFMI USA

Electronics Recycling Day at Fresno Fairgrounds July 28

July 19, 2007

Before you toss that old cell phone, television, stereo equipment or computer in the trash, stop, wait and think a minute.

Can it be recycled?

You bet it can. Maybe not the whole thing … but at least parts of it … all you have to do is get it to the right location. Items such as computers, stereos, TVs, mobile phones and home appliances can very often be refurbished and reused (for example, many consumers throw away fully functional computers, mobile phones and other electronics during upgrades). Perhaps more importantly, their parts can be recycled and made into new electronics components or other consumer products.



Vietnam Green Fund

July 19, 2007

Buy The Best or Greenest?

July 18, 2007

CommuniClique Giving Away Saturn Hybrid, Launches ‘Go Green’ Campaign

July 16, 2007

CommuniClique, a provider of on-demand collaboration services using VoIP and other communication tools, realizes that for every person who telecommutes to work each day, there is one less car burning fossil fuel on the highway. Similarly, this environmentally conscious company realizes if you increase the number of hybrids on the road, air pollution can be reduced even further.

As such, CommuniClique is giving away a Hybrid Saturn Aura-Green in late September to its 3,000th customer. The company is doing this in the hopes that it can influence its customers “to make more environmentally friendly decisions when it comes to business applications.”

CommuniClique’s IP-based conferencing solutions enable the “virtual office,” where managers and executives can collaborate in real time, no matter where they are located. The service lets users communicate via secure, Web-based VoIP on a “pay-as-you-go” basis.



IBM and APC Go Green

July 15, 2007

Dennis Leary on Carbon Footprint

July 14, 2007

Green Menu

July 12, 2007

Yahoo Green Center

July 12, 2007

I was perusing the Yahoo! Green Center and for the life of me I cannot understand why Honda and Toyota consistently beat American car companies when it comes to styling, innovation and now being green. The top four cars in terms of greenness are as follows:   Car Greenness (100 is best) 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid 86 2007 Toyota Prius 86 2007 Honda Civic GX NGV 85 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid 79   I just get the feeling the American car companies are just too macho to be the greenest. Well at least Ford has a great green hybrid SUV… The 2008 Escape at 34 MPG.
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