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Unified Communications Murkiness

Everyone is talking about UC these days.  But what is it?  And why hasn’t everyone deployed it yet? First of all, UC...

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HPE Composable Infrastructure Turns Data Centers into a Mini-Google

Fans of search engine history likely know that Google benefited greatly due to the timing of its launch. Whereas Yahoo launched when...

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See a Top 10 Tech Speaker at IoT Evolution in July

The tech space is moving so incredibly quickly that you have to attend conferences, webinars and scour the news to be aware...

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SIP Trunks and Whaaaat???...Gateways...but not SBCs?

Back in March, I wrote a blog about the PSTN sunset. But in reality legacy technologies are still in use.  I know this since...

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Waiting on the Channel

Whether it is TPX CEO Richard Jalkut or other channel executives, providers are impatiently waiting on the channel to jump off...

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Solving the Data Analytics Skills Gap

Data analytics is doing absolutely amazing things for companies... Recently, Vodafone worked with a venture-backed company Celonis to improve efficiency. The results...

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Don't Judge the Microsoft Surface Pro by its Reviews

Disclosure: we use an iPad Pro and iPhone and a Microsoft Surface Book on a daily basis so you can see we...

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Unified Communications Murkiness

June 27, 2017

Everyone is talking about UC these days.  But what is it?  And why hasn’t everyone deployed it yet?

First of all, UC is a murky topic.  Unified Communications at it’s most basic level is voice, email and presence/IM capability in an application. 

SIP Trunks and Whaaaat???...Gateways...but not SBCs?

June 20, 2017



Back in March, I wrote a blog about the PSTN sunset. But in reality legacy technologies are still in use.  I know this since we still sell them. Certainly, IP is growing and SIP Trunking is growing, but for most companies this means a gradual transition, not a full scale wipeout of existing technology. Why? 

Fax Still Going Strong

June 13, 2017


Last week, I had the pleasure to meet with most of our Japanese fax customers in Tokyo.  Fax, like many PSTN technologies, continues to endure and keep going way past what the “pundits” may have predicted.  To me, that is because the pundits live in a very advanced world, and don’t understand how economics really shape enterprise business decisions. 

What's Going On with WebRTC? - June 2017 Update

June 6, 2017



The hype is dying down.  The press has moved onto IoT, NFV, and clouds.  WebRTC is yesterday’s news.  You don’t hear much about it anymore.  I haven’t written about it in a while even. 

Do We Really Need 5G Right Now?

May 30, 2017

Last week, I wrote about how great of a tool the Cisco VNI is for mobile trend analysis and how it might not be best to use as THE ONLY definitive future forward-looking mobile trend predicter. The reason I really started looking at the Feb 2017 report, though, was because I wanted to see what it said about WiFi offload. I just went off on a tangent last week.  This week, I return to the topic of WiFi offload.

Is the Cisco VNI Right?

May 23, 2017


I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it as gospel.  I’ve even seen other analyst reports refer to the Cisco VNI as well.  The Cisco VNI has been a great tool for many of us in the industry, and I have been reading it for as long as it’s been available, which is at least 10 years running.  And it’s a great tool for sure, one of the best. 


The Rise of AI in Communications

May 16, 2017



Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to think



Data, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked?

As economical compute power behind telephony offerings have increased (through more increased processing power whether in the cloud or on premise), we have seen a rise in analytics relating to the specific offering.  This is either to help improve customer service, or help reduce OPEX because a better understanding of what is actually going on in the network can be readily seen. 

ITW - Will There Ever Be A Return To The Good Ol' Days?

May 9, 2017


International Telecoms Week (ITW) 
is where all the interconnect carriers come to work out minutes exchange pricing and routes.   Dialogic has had a consistent presence for over 15 years -  not because we do any minutes exchange, but because we have a large customer base of carriers using our softswitches and SBCs that do. As such, just like MWC, this is a great place to meet with our customers and prospects.

But this is a challenging industry. 

Is It Over for SMS?

May 2, 2017

According to some research from the GSMA, all is not lost with the SMS battle against the IP messaging services. With WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and WeChat at about 1 billion monthly active users, it would seem that it’s just a matter of time before SMS becomes extinct.  However, according to this report, “SMS retains its lead in markets that were early adopters of unlimited SMS bundles,” which makes sense. Start using it and you get used to it, especially if there are no extra charges.

Can a Class 4 Softswitch run in the Cloud?

April 25, 2017


Can a Class 4 softswitch really run in the cloud?  This was a question I got at Mobile World Congress from a prospect because he was questioning whether a core telecom infrastructure node can actually run in the Cloud / AWS. The answer is yes, for sure - the networks have improved so much, and AWS has been running many mission critical, latency critical apps outside of telecom that a switch can certainly run in AWS. In fact, we have made the Dialogic NGN Softswitch and IMS MGCF (Dialogic ControlSwitch System) run on AWS and have already sold it and deployed it with customers.

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