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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Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos.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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What's Happening In the Contact Center?

May 6, 2014

When I started writing my blog about why the fax is still relevant a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about the contact center in general. I spend a lot of time talking about mobile networks and service provider-related things like signaling, but in my early years at Dialogic, I learned a lot about contact centers (they were called call centers back then), and that is still an important business for us.

The contact center has traditionally been a rich area for introduction of new technologies, given that there is a dual need to service customers effectively while keeping costs down as much as possible. This dichotomy has spawned use of new communications innovations, such as VoIP, quickly.

What's Happening In the Contact Center?

May 6, 2014

When I started writing my blog about why the fax is still relevant a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about the contact center in general. I spend a lot of time talking about mobile networks and service provider-related things like signaling, but in my early years at Dialogic, I learned a lot about contact centers (they were called call centers back then), and that is still an important business for us.

The contact center has traditionally been a rich area for introduction of new technologies, given that there is a dual need to service customers effectively while keeping costs down as much as possible. This dichotomy has spawned use of new communications innovations, such as VoIP, quickly.

Predictions For International Telecoms Week 2014

April 29, 2014

International Telecoms Week (ITW), the event that brings the interconnect market together to conduct business, is in two weeks. Historically, ITW has focused on minutes exchange for landline networks. But mobile networks via IP packet exchange(IPX) are now entering the picture, and IPX is set to be a hot topic at this year’s conference. With LTE coming to the forefront, IPX is becoming even more important because it provides a way to enable LTE roaming.

WebRTC Disruption is Reaching IMS and Catching the 3GPP's Attention, But Where is eMRF?

April 22, 2014

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the uniting body of telecom standard development organizations, has taken notice of WebRTC. And that means WebRTC is becoming enough of a pain – I’m sorry, I mean it has enough support – that they now need to address it. Why is this happening?

Well, IMS is trucking along, and we’re starting to see more VoLTE services.

Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

April 15, 2014

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and to the blog, and these  comments could basically be boiled down to one question: Why do people still fax? People pointed out that there are now replacements for the fax, like electronic document signing programs.

So let me put the “why,” as I see it, into a few big-bucket categories.

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Less is Better than None: How WebRTC Helps Carriers

April 8, 2014

Almost everyone knows that telcos’ mobile voice and messaging revenue is declining. With 3G offering a mobile on-ramp to the Internet, OTT services have been proliferating on the data channel and carving out revenue in this area. Ever since that trend started, carriers have been trying to protect their revenue and avoid becoming just a mobile bit pipe to the Internet.

The quest for additional value-added services – services carriers can offer that OTT players can’t – continues.

Recap: TADMeetup NJ 2014

April 1, 2014

Last Thursday night, Dialogic hosted a TAD (Telecom Application Developer) MeetUp for New Jersey, which was organized and run by Alan Quayle. Approximately 25 folks attended and we covered some interesting topics like WebRTC, what it really means and when it will be ready and virtualization.

One key topic was NFV (network functions virtualization).  As readers of this blog know, I am a proponent of NFV.

The New NGN

March 25, 2014

Next-generation networking (NGN) is an overused term.  I’ve been in this industry a long time, and NGN comes around and around and around.  I’ve seen it used in the enterprise to describe moving from 1Gbps to 10Gbps, and now it’s being used to describe the movement to software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). But the most accurate usage describes TDM and IP unification. 

Why are 2G and 3G Subscriptions Growing?

March 18, 2014

We all hear about LTE this, LTE that. That’s for good reason, given that LTE subscriber growth is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of more than 50 percent for years to come, which is driving a lot of device and infrastructure spending. Global LTE subscribers number in the hundreds of millions today, and by 2018 the subscriber base will have surpassed one billion subscribers. Those numbers are staggering and impressive, but they’re nothing compared to 2G and 3G.

MWC: Hypocrisy about NFV?

March 11, 2014

Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about my initial thoughts on Mobile World Congress. Even today, I am still surprised by the lack of WebRTC messaging at MWC. But of the themes I talked about in that initial blog, NFV stood out as the week went on.  And I started asking myself some questions.

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