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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Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos.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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The Top Five Tips for Transforming Your Legacy Switching Environment

July 8, 2014

Softswitches, once bastions of the “new” IP telecommunications environment, are now regarded as legacy equipment in some circles. Replacements to full IP multimedia system (IMS) environments are still in full swing, but that takes capital and operational expenditures (CAPEX and OPEX). Upgrading your old softswitch to a modern one can be a better way to go for many carriers. Why?

NFV and SDN: Diameter Signaling Controllers Join the Best of Both Worlds

July 1, 2014

 

In the Heavy Reading white paper, “Control Plane Orchestration: The Evolution of Service Innovation Attributes,” analyst Jim Hodges writes that the telecom industry has never before simultaneously experienced two foundational disruptive technology trends that are complementary. What is he talking about?

TADHack: Adding the Human Element to Communications

June 24, 2014

A few weeks ago, I attended a new developer show in Madrid called TADHack. It’s a smaller event and very different from the average conference. As soon as I walked into the venue, I noticed this weird green hue, kind of like I was in the Wizard of Oz. It had the feel of a nightclub, which was fitting since the developers were hacking late into the night.

TADHack is geared toward communications and voice developers, particularly over-the-top (OTT) communications app developers.

Wi-Fi Offload/Roaming Part 3: Diameter and LTE Interworking Is Crucial

June 17, 2014

In my last blog, I discussed the architectures needed to roam between Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks. In order to enable interoperability between the different architectures, a mediation and interworking platform is required to support the different scenarios in which RADIUS, Diameter and SS7 are used.

RADIUS is critical for interworking with Wi-Fi networks. Authentication and authorization of roaming subscribers is performed through RADIUS messages over an inter-operator interface between the visited network provider and home service provider.

Is WebRTC for Real or Not?

June 10, 2014

57 percent of respondents to our WebRTC Impact Survey have WebRTC solutions already in development.

Next week, Dialogic will head to Atlanta for the WebRTC Conference & Expo.  While there are many WebRTC-focused events out there offering demos and expert advice, I consider this one to be the best.  So as we prepare for this year’s Expo, now is a good time to ask: Is WebRTC for real? 

Wi-Fi, 3G/4G Roaming and Interworking Architectures

June 3, 2014

In a recent blog, I discussed Wi-Fi roaming and the wireless roaming intermediary exchange (WRIX), which is similar to an internetwork packet exchange (IPX) for Wi-Fi roaming. The WRIX is broken down into three levels that cover the various interactions needed between operators to support roaming.

The first level, WRIX-i (interconnect), specifies the interface between the visited network provider (VNP) and the home service provider (HSP). WRIX-i requires the use of RADIUS authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) procedures and some specific attributes associated with access and accounting services.

Wi-Fi, 3G/4G Roaming and Interworking Architectures

June 3, 2014

In a recent blog, I discussed Wi-Fi roaming and the wireless roaming intermediary exchange (WRIX), which is similar to an internetwork packet exchange (IPX) for Wi-Fi roaming. The WRIX is broken down into three levels that cover the various interactions needed between operators to support roaming.

The first level, WRIX-i (interconnect), specifies the interface between the visited network provider (VNP) and the home service provider (HSP). WRIX-i requires the use of RADIUS authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) procedures and some specific attributes associated with access and accounting services.

OTT is / is not a threat to interconnect carriers

May 27, 2014

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Chicago to attend International Telecoms Week (ITW), the annual meeting for the wholesale telecommunications community. One morning, I was reading the show news daily and sipping my morning coffee when I came across an interesting article. It was about whether the wholesale market thinks over-the-top (OTT) technology is a threat or an opportunity. The article cited a Capacity Magazine survey that showed 82 percent of the wholesale market leaders surveyed see OTT as an opportunity.

LTE Is Not the Answer - But WiFi Might Be

May 20, 2014

Right now, LTE is in its heyday. Carriers are doing all they can to expand coverage and improve speeds, and those lucky enough to be using it probably experience great service. But as mobile data use increases, that honeymoon period will end as networks get clogged and overloaded.

As that happens, WiFi networks will become an increasingly important way for carriers to improve coverage and capacity.

Could WebRTC Initiate Changes In the Contact Center?

May 13, 2014

Last week, I introduced some cool goings on in the contact center, such as cloud, smartphones and video. This week, I’ll finish my thoughts about how the contact center will continue to morph.

Integration of social media is also becoming more critical. If there’s outrage over a product defect social media can give you a read on that backlash so you can take appropriate action.

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