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Nuance Brings Artificial Intelligence to the Omnichannel World

The robots aren’t coming, they are here is all I could think of today as I mulled over my notes from a...

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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the...

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

September 1, 2015

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

NFV Vendor Challenges Part 1

August 25, 2015

We’ve all likely seen the Gartner hype cycle for emerging technologies curve.  I remember many, many years ago when I first saw that curve.  I don’t even remember what it was about, but it had the Peak of Inflated Expectations, and then the dip down, and then the path to nirvana.  That curve stays relevant over time because it is so true. 

The Importance of a Software Media Server/Media Resource Broker to Handle Diverse Multimedia Resource Requirements in a VoLTE Network

August 18, 2015


It would be nice sometimes to live in a bubble where you would only have to deal with what was in that bubble. If a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network existed in a bubble, it would have known multimedia requirements in the form of the codecs and functions specified in the IR.92 and IR.94 voice and video specs. However, a VoLTE network , like us, does not exist in a bubble; that is, we both need to interact with our entire environment. It would be boring if we lived in a bubble anyway!


Exploring the Current Status of WebRTC

August 11, 2015


Last week I was doing some research on WebRTC and I noticed that a lot of the information related to this topic was not from 2015; rather, it was from 2013 or 2014. As a result I couldn’t help but wonder: Does that mean WebRTC is losing its steam, or have we entered a lull in the hype regarding WebRTC? 

My sense is that this lull period is typical of new technologies.


IPX Can Enable Revenue Innovation for Voice Wholesalers--Part II

August 4, 2015


In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about a couple of revenue generating ideas for IPX providers. So how can an IPX provider go about this?  Firstly, the IPX platform needs to be up-to-date as well as support IPX standards. Obviously Dialogic provides an IPX platform or I wouldn’t be writing about this, right?

IPX Can Enable Revenue Innovation for Voice Wholesalers--Part I

July 28, 2015


When I attended International Telecoms Week (ITW) back in May, I wrote about how voice wholesalers are looking to expand their business and innovate. IPX is an enabler for the revenue innovation that these voice wholesalers are looking for. There are a few reasons for this.

First, with IPX there is inclusion with both the various GSMA networks (i.e.

The Move to Software-based Telecom Infrastructure (NFV) is On

July 21, 2015

About a month ago Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director at TMC, asked me for my thoughts on network functions virtualization (NFV)—you can read the entire interview here.  One question he asked was why NFV adoption seems to be increasing.

My perspective on this is that, over the past few years, there have been more and more software-based network infrastructure products deployed; they are scalable, telco-hardened and cost-effective.  At the same time, cloud-based enterprise solutions such as Salesforce.com have shown powerful OPEX and CAPEX models.

There is Considerable Intelligence in Signaling Messages

July 14, 2015


I’ve written about mobile value added services (VAS) multiple times over the years.  While there is still a lot of money to be made with mobile VAS, there is no denying the fact that applications from third party businesses that use the cellular data network—so-called over-the-top (OTT) apps—are eating into traditional mobile VAS. Famously, SMS/texting revenue is declining due to next-generation communication services like What’s App, Facebook messaging, etc.

However, that doesn’t mean that all Mobile VAS is declining.


The Role of Media Servers in NG911 and e911

July 7, 2015

While we take for granted now that we can use text, video and data to communicate with each other, this is not yet the case for emergency communications. However, enhanced 911, or Next Generation 911, aims to enable emergency services to handle text, video or hi-def pictures, which is clearly invaluable for ensuring individual and communal safety. For example, the proliferation of smart phones has made it so that citizens can text police departments when in need of help. Or, they can send pictures of videos of emergency situations, which help enhance and accelerate the response of emergency services.

VoWiFi Will Play a Critical Role in Extending Voice Coverage

June 30, 2015

Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi)...what’s the big deal?  For instance, I can already engage in VoWiFi with some VoIP clients that are downloaded to my phone. The difference is that the subscriber, who may still be actually using the carrier data network, is now from a certain perspective not using the carrier network because the individual is now interacting with some kind of over-the-top content (OTT) app. 

From a carrier perspective, that’s not really acceptable as they are losing the main interface to the subscriber and becoming just a dumb pipe, which most of them don’t want to do since they’d lose significant ability to obtain additional revenue from the offering of value added services.

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