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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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Fujitsu Siemens Primergy TX120

July 12, 2007

Since when did Fujitsu and Siemens start working together. This has to be the best kept secret around or I have just been napping on the job. But if your company is going to be such a well kept secret it helps that when you start to make noise that you introduce a server which has the lowest carbon footprint on the market.   The Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) Primergy TX120 tower server's aimed at smaller businesses and branch offices. FSC suggests that's suited to office workspaces, along with distributed and SOHO applications such as retail in-store, back office servers and small office application servers.

The system includes either a 1.866GHz Intel dual-core Xeon 3040 processor with up to 4MB of L2 cache and a 1,066MHz FSB, or an Intel Celeron processor.

Save the Earth. Save a Buck. It's all good!

July 12, 2007

  I came across an article in Medill Reports. Medill Reports is written and produced by graduate journalism students at Northwestern University’s Medill school.   Medill reporter Elizabeth Ryan penned an interesting article entitled Six Tips On How To Save Green By Going Green. The premise of the article, “…doing something good for the environment is easier than you might think and can actually save you money, too…” is, to quote a colleague, “good business.”   It’s a big part of what the “mainstreaming” of green is all about.   Sure, every movement has its ardent proponents, who will be out there proselytizing their extreme message, like those who believe the Earth would be better off if the population dwindled to about 1 billion people, or that all air travel should be banned.   IMHO, that’s not “good business.”   But following simple guidelines and living a lifestyle where we are cognizant of how big a wake we leave behind, and working to minimize the impact we have on the environment is good business. Doubly so, when it’s good for business.   Back in my college television news courses we used to joke about the cliché “Fun. And for a good cause.” But I still believe if we’re able to ‘do good’ for the environment and save (or make) money while we’re at it, there’s nothing wrong with that.   ...     The point is that Elizabeth Ryan wrote an interesting article.

Big Green

July 11, 2007

Shared Computing for a Greener World

July 11, 2007

Calgary, Alberta-based Useful Corporation announced that their DiscoverStation solution has prevented over 13,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere. In what’s becoming a standard measure of CO2 emissions, that’s equivalent to taking 2,300 cars off the road.   The solution is brilliant in its simplicity. Userful notes that:   …desktop computers sit idle virtually the entire day while we read or type. DiscoverStation leverages this unused computing power to create an environmentally efficient alternative to traditional desktop computing.

Green Technology Video

July 10, 2007

Thanks to Suzanne Bowen of DIDx who took the time to interview me and post the resulting interview online. Here is an excerpt from the post:   Listen and see Rich Tehrani discuss these issues and invite you to participate in the world's first Green Technology World™ Conference. Watch the video above.

You've got to attend, sponsor, speak at, exhibit, network, and/or develop business at Green Technology World™ Conference Sept 11-12, 2007 in Los Angeles. A few thousand of Super Technologies, Inc.'s DIDXchange membership will be there taking advantage of this extremely relevant event.

Learn about and share methods, tips, processes, services, and products that promote "Green Technology." Some examples brainstormed in a short meeting among DIDXchange members at NXTCOMM 2007 this past week: meet your potential business all at once at conferences instead of flying to meet one entity per trip; walk, rent a bike, or take the bus or train while at conferences; teleconference, videoconference; partipate in IP collaboration and/or peering like Arbinet, Xconnect, and DIDXchange; virtualize servers by dividing one physical server into multiple virtual ones; using "e-business and e-government tools" rather than hard copy methods for banking, purchasing, documentation sharing; and use more eco-friendly environments such as RFID and M2M.



Greenocrite Hunt

July 10, 2007

I am growing increasingly concerned by people who are eager to point out greenocrites everywhere they look. Madonna is the latest target as a fund she controls has been shown to have investments in companies which are environmentally unfriendly.   Look, I write for a green blog but I do not live in a cave. I pledge to be concerned about the environment and do my part to make it better. I will not however give up every creature comfort which creates waste or uses electricity.   If Madonna’s investments aren’t as green as they can be she has the option to change them.

Missing The Boat on Green?

July 9, 2007

As all stories have two sides, with the truth lying somewhere near the middle, so too is the green movement beset by fanatical proponents who would ration each man, woman, and child’s toilet paper allotment on the one side, to rabid naysayers who would go out of their way to point out any shortcoming in the green agenda on the other.   I ran across an article about New Zealand property tycoon Sir Robert Jones, and his belief that the sustainable or green building movement is simply put, “a fashionable inanity” and a “fad that will be forgotten in as little as four years.”   My crystal ball is at the cleaners, so I can’t say for sure what the future holds, but I wonder if this will be the defining “missed the boat” moment for Jones.   I’m reminded of several now infamous comments from the early days of computing (courtesy of http://ifaq.wap.org/computers/famousquotes.html):   “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” – Popular Mechanics, 1949   “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943   “I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processings is a fad that won’t last out the year.” – The editor in charge of business books for Prentice-Hall, 1957   “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” – Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of DEC     I wonder if “fashionable inanity” will be added to the list of comments under the heading “Green Movement.”

Live Earth Recap

July 9, 2007

Live Earth Generates 10 Million Simultaneous Live Video Streams

July 9, 2007

According to Microsoft, over 10 million people had streamed live video of the Live Earth concerts that took place on Saturday 7-7-07. According to the Redmond software maker, their portal, MSN can now boast of having the most simultaneous viewers of any concert online.   The concert Web site, http://www.LiveEarth.msn.com, will continue to offer archives and on-demand footage of all the performances, along with artist interviews, backstage footage, searching capabilities for specific songs, artists and more, for the next several weeks.   According to Joanne Bradford, corporate vice president and chief media officer of MSN:   “History is being made today. Millions of people around the world have joined together to fight the climate crisis. The over 10 million streams MSN has delivered so far today represent a milestone in live Internet broadcasting.

Did Live Earth Mean Anything?

July 9, 2007

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