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January 2013

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John Sculley Takes Stage at ITEXPO, Startup Camp7

January 31, 2013

ITEXPO Miami 2013 and Startup Camp7, Waiting for Sculley

January 31, 2013

It's the second day of ITEXPO - I am at StartUp Camp7 listening to startups pitch the audience and panel on why their applications are the best. The founder of ProtegGO is speaking right now - he seems to have the audience interested. The idea behind the app is tthat a few minutes can save lives in an emergency. the app alerts 15 people in the event of an emergency.

Telefonica Looking for Channel Partners to Crack U.S. Market

January 31, 2013

I met with Telefónica along with some other media analysts at ITEXPO just a few moments ago. At ITEXPO Telefónica is announcing they are launching a channel partner program. Telefónica has a very strong presence in South America and Europe, but now they want to come to the U.S. market.

ITEXPO Future of Cloud Panel Pic

January 31, 2013

Win This Jeep Friday at ITEXPO Miami 2013

January 31, 2013

Add-on Makes Microsoft Lync Feature-Complete to Compete with PBXs

January 31, 2013

Yesterday, at ITEXPO I met with some representatives from Bressner, a German-based company with some interesting add-ons for Microsoft Lync. Now targeting the U.S. (English website) their Lync add-ons add some powerful features to Microsoft Lync that help make Lync have feature-parity with PBXs, allowing enterprises to use Lync as a PBX replacement with no compromise.

Bressner's Dr. Klaus Zünkler, Principal Solutions Architect and Mitch Friend discussed three of their Lync products. The first was FonComfort, which is designed to fill the feature-gap in Microsoft Lync. One of those feature-gap fillers is "true busy" so the caller doesn't have to pay for the call if you're already on another call. I asked Klaus and Mitch why this was a popular feature since typically a call would drop to voicemail if you were on a call or unavailable and they said this "true busy" feature was more popular in Europe due to a cultural thing.

New Blackberry on Display at ITEXPO

January 30, 2013

Telefonica Keynote at ITEXPO Miami 2013

January 30, 2013

Telefonica Digital's Tim Marsden Keynote Begins

January 30, 2013

Some Shots From Related ITEXPO Events

January 30, 2013

Truphone Breaks Blackberry 10 News at ITEXPO

January 30, 2013

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Day One Going Great

January 30, 2013

Surf Communications Solutions Aims to Slay the Video Giant

January 30, 2013

Video conferencing has held promise for many years - dating back to the 1964 AT&T Picturephone, but now has the time finally arrived for video conferencing to take off? The simple answer is "yes", but it's way more complicated than that. Yes, standards like SIP and H.264 have made video interoperability between endpoints less of an issue, but there are other issues to consider. For instance, Polycom, Cisco, Avaya, and LifeSize have very expensive MCUs for their in-room conferencing systems.

Thanks OpenText for Sponsoring Charging Stations at ITEXPO

January 30, 2013

ITEXPO East 2013 Starts Tomorrow - Schedule

January 29, 2013

Here is a good solid list of many of the happenings at ITEXPO tomorrow and the rest of the week. Today'spre-conference day was fantastic and I will post pics soon. The following applies to people who have registered for a VIP pass. Your registration may be different and entitle you to additional offerings/sessions.

Asterisk 1-2-3 Workshop Well-Attended at ITEXPO

January 29, 2013

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Pre-Show Show Daily

January 29, 2013

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Set Up

January 28, 2013

The set up of ITEXPO takes place today and tomorrow. Starting in the morning we welcome attendees to Asterisk 123 which takes place at 9:00 am. This will be a great opportunity to learn about open-source communications.

Its a huge day for M2M tomorrow as well - the ILS Technology Workshop also kicks off at 9:00 am and then at 2:00 pm its Battle of the M2M Platforms which was a huge hit the last time it ran.

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Helping You Manage the Tech Tipping Point

January 27, 2013

With so much going on in the world of technology, we've done our best at TMC to fill ITEXPO with content you need and more importantly can't find anywhere else. More importantly, you have to wait a full seven months for another chance to attend this event. This email was sent today by my team to expo registrants. It's an update on important happenings.

Arrived at ITEXPO Miami 2013

January 27, 2013

I made it to sunny Miami and just in time. The dry heat of Connecticut started to make the back of my hands bleed. I am not typically a "lotion person" but had no choice as I was starting to look like I belonged in a horror flick. What am I doing now you ask?

Sitting by the pool working in a T-shirt and shorts and enjoying the ability to do so without being distracted by the sound of my teeth chattering.
This week will be amazing.

Latest ITEXPO Miami 2013 Show Daily

January 25, 2013

Age of Acceleration Literally Center Stage at ITEXPO

January 24, 2013

You may have seen my article in a multi-day USA Today insert recently where the topic was the Age of Acceleration. In it I detailed how the world is moving faster and technology is playing a crucial role in allowing us to keep up. Some in fact are ahead of the curve. Of course when you are in a race to arm your decision-makers with relevant information, minutes and sometimes seconds count.

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Registration Confirmation

January 24, 2013

You should soon be receiving an e-mail like the one below if you've registered for ITEXPO which begins next week. You may want to bookmark this entry for later reference at the event or use it now to help  with your planning. I look forward to seeing many of my readers at the show and be sure to check out the details below on how you can win the new Jeep we are giving away.

Safe travels everyone.


ITEXPO Miami 2013
January 30 - February 1
Miami Beach Convention Center

Here’s Your Registration Confirmation
Important Schedule Update - Comprehensive Listing Below

Dear Rich,

Your registration for TMC’s ITEXPO is confirmed.

Limited Space Remains at ITEXPO SDN Workshop

January 23, 2013

Software-defined networking is considered by many to be one of the most important, and potentially disruptive, developments in networking since the rise of the Internet. To date, networks and connectivity have come first, and applications have followed. SDN turns this model on its head, approaching networking from an apps-first standpoint.

By now, you may be aware you have access to a software-defined networking workshop at ITEXPO (admission is included with ITEXPO registration) but you may not know space is filling up fast.

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Show Guide is Up

January 21, 2013

Be at the SDN Workshop at ITEXPO

January 18, 2013

One of the most important trends in networking and communications is software defined networking or SDN. At your request we have put together an SDN preconference at ITEXPO in Miami which teaches you everything you need to know about this emerging topic. Come to the show and boost your career and company by staying on top of this hot trend which is transforming networking the way virtualization has transformed computing.

What you’ll learn at the show on January 29th:

  • Detailed overview of SDN
  • Examination of the technologies and components involved in SDN
  • Summary of the use cases of SDN
  • Comparison of the players involved in moving SDN forward
  • Expert analysis on what SDN could mean for networking as we know it.
I hope to see you there.

StartUpCamp 7 at ITEXPO Miami has Heavy Hitters

January 18, 2013

StartUpCamp 7 at ITEXPO in just over a week will not only have past Apple CEO John Sculley as a keynote speaker it will have an all-star panel of judges outlined below:

  • Craig Walker, CEO of Firespotter Labs, a telecom focused incubator that's launched UberConference, Nosh, NoshList and Jotly since its founding in April 2011.
  • Jeff Uphues, Vice President, Cbeyond, a leading communications provider that delivers cloud services and communications to SMBs.
  • Gerry Dehaven, Senior Partner, QAdvisors, a top merger and acquisition firm deeply rooted in technology, communications and business services.
  • The panel will be moderated by serial entrepreneur Gary Pudles, CEO of AnswerNet which was recently named a 'Best Run Company' by SmartCEO.

Come check out and vote on the top startups in sunny Miami. Register here.

ITEXPO: Meet the One Man Who FIRED Steve Jobs

January 15, 2013

ITEXPO in Miami, FL takes place in about two weeks and it is going to be awesome. I will be covering the show in this space and wanted to start off by saying how excited I am that John Sculley will be part of the show – keynoting StartupCamp7 – one of the most exciting events at the conference. You can learn more about the situation between Jobs and Sculley in Forbes and on Tom Keating’s blog.

It’s worth noting that there is controversy as to whether Jobs was fired or demoted but whatever specifically happened is not as important as the fact that the incident started a cascade of events which changed music, entertainment, computing and mobility forever.

Former Apple & Pepsi CEO John Sculley to Keynote at ITEXPO's StartupCamp7

January 15, 2013

John Sculley has lead an interesting business life, including being a former CEO of Apple and Pepsi. Here he is standing next to legendary Steve Jobs in 1984 as they debut a new Macintosh computer in 1984.

John Sculley has been an innovator since his youth. By the age of 10, Sculley was dismantling radios and converting them into intercoms.