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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Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos.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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Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

I’ve been among the first people to realize how drones can be a major problem for security in the world. In February...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

September 16, 2014

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have much Diameter overtones since Diameter is the signaling protocol for LTE networks.  But LTE networks are not the only cellular networks and will not be the only cellular networks for some time. Interoperability and Interworking with GSM and 3G networks will be critical as will interworking with other mobile networks such as Wi-Fi networks. 

Practical and Smart IMS

September 9, 2014

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers (CSPs) begin to embrace IMS, it’s important to remember that co-existence and phasing is vital in many of the deployments where VoLTE and IMS networks meet. As things stand, IP-based next-gen networks (NGNs) and circuit-switched networks not only continue to co-exist, but are also poised to do so for many years to come. This requires interworking between these different network architectures.

What's Driving IMS Today?

September 2, 2014

IP multimedia system (IMS) network architecture has been around for a long time.  While it was originally conceived for mobile IP networks, it first gained acceptance in wireline IP networks, such as cable networks. To date, acceptance has been spotty in the mobile arena, but that’s starting to change. Why now? 

Speech Analytics - Data Mining Those Recordings

August 26, 2014

When I was in Vegas for ITExpo, I participated on a Voice Analytics panel at the SmartVoice co-located conference.  Speech / Voice Analytics is really taking off.  Voice analytics is basically taking all the recording that is going on, and analyzing that information into more structured and reportable formats.  In the past, we called this “data mining”. 

VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

August 19, 2014

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will win.” Those who believe that there has to be a concrete winner and loser in this debate say so because WebRTC is over-the-top content (OTT),while VoLTE is carrier supported.

I do not necessarily see it that way. In my opinion, WebRTC is a way for voice and  video to be integrated into communications applications. Sure, you can make a WebRTC point-to-point VoIP call, which technically would compete with a VoLTE call, but WebRTC really comes down to the apps.

Modems? In This Day and Age?

August 13, 2014

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your digital or analog line, and literally place “calls” to the Internet. Nowadays, we either use Wi-Fi or some other type of broadband connection. But in the early days of the Internet, connecting through a modem was the only option.

Internet Telephony Expo: Still Relevant?

August 5, 2014

I’ve attended the ITExpo for many years, and lately I’ve been asking myself, “Is this event still relevant?” At one time, ITExpo stood for Internet Telephony Expo and well, long gone are the days when we need special conferences to learn about VoIP. This year’s event is taking place in Las Vegas next week, and while I like Vegas, do I really want to be there when it’s 112 degrees?

The answer is yes. Despite the heat, I’m looking forward to speaking at the ITExpo next week because I’m confident that it’s still a relevant event.

Mobile fax? Why do you need that?

July 29, 2014

Fax is an enduring technology. While you may think that fax is declining, some reports show that the market is actually increasing, especially in the areas of fax over IP (FoIP), fax service and computer-based faxing. In fact, the fax industry is predicted to grow to $2.795 million by 2018.

One new technology that’s taking off is mobile fax, which, as the name suggests, involves using your mobile phone as a fax machine.

When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

July 22, 2014

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server. Last week, I wrote about reason number six: processing of the media stream. This week, I’ll discuss reason number seven, which deals with machine interaction.                                                 

When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

July 15, 2014

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper about seven situations in which WebRTC would need server-side media processing. Written by Tsahi Levent-Levi, a leading blogger at BlogGeek.me and WebRTC activist, the white paper gives a great overview and unique point of view about why media servers matter.

In the next few weeks, I will explore some of the seven reasons from Tsahi’s white paper. Today we’ll dive into reason number six: processing of the media stream.

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