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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Austin American-Statesman ITEXPO Coverage

September 13, 2011

TMC's Juliana Kenny Conducts Avaya Interview

September 12, 2011

ITEXPO: 8x8 Buys Contactual

September 12, 2011

Breaking news from ITEXPO West 2011 in Austin, Texas.

Hosted communications, video and VoIP pioneer 8x8 has just purchased Contactual, formerly known as White Pajama. I have been visiting 8x8 for about 15 years and when you enter their HQ the first thing you notice is the patents hanging everywhere. They now have about 75 of them. After the tech bubble crash the company turned their leading-edge technology into a customer focused business which you could call a business Vonage.

ITEXPO West 2011 Austin Jeep Giveaway Has Arrived (pic)

September 12, 2011

ITEXPO West 2011 Austin Jeep Giveaway is Here (pic)

September 12, 2011

Artisan Infrastructure Solves the MSP Competition Conundrum

September 12, 2011

At ITEXPO I met with Artisan Infrastructure's CEO Brian Hierholzer to discuss how Artisan offers a compelling cloud-based solution for MSPs and service providers. Brian explained that one problem with existing managed service providers (MSPs) is that they often compete against their service provider customers by building and selling applications. Brian explained that competitors such as Amazon and Rackspace are now offering their own hosted applications, which undercuts service providers trying to offer hosted applications such as BDR (backup & disaster recovery), email, and hosted phone services leveraging VoIP.

Artisan on the other hand is a 100% pure play wholesale infrastructure services provider. They don't do any business direct to end users so they don't compete against service providers that use their service to build applications.

ITEXPO Austin Asterisk 123 Training in Progress (pic)

September 12, 2011

ITEXPO West Austin Exhibit Hall Setup (pics)

September 12, 2011

ITEXPO Show Daily, Monday, Sept 12

September 12, 2011

Here is the latest ITEXPO West Austin show daily. Some of the items discussed are the cloud, mobility, Grandstream, Sangoma and big news from 2600hz.

» Exhibitors » Dates & Times Keynotes » Register To Attend Show Daily : 9/12/2011 Latest Features
IP Multimedia Phone Provider Grandstream to Participate in Key ITEXPO West SessionExploring Opportunities in the Cloud: ITEXPO West InterviewSoTel Systems Showcases SoSimple Unified Messaging Program at ITEXPO West 2011Sangoma to Discuss Recent Acquisition, Media Handling at ITEXPO2600hz and CloudTC to Debut Powerful Business Communications Solution at ITEXPOThe Evolution of Enterprise Mobility: ITEXPO West Interview
Latest News
Towerstream to Present at 4GWE Conference and ExpoLiveVox CEO to Discuss Secure Cloud Contact Center Implementation at ITEXPO West 2011One Source Networks' COO to Provide Insight on Deploying UC to SMEs at ITEXPOMatrix to Showcase Complete Office Communications Solution at ITEXPO West 20114PSA to Showcase New VoIP Additions at ITEXPOSIP Forum to Make its Mark at ITEXPO West 2011Hosted Predictive Dialer: Be Informed before You Buy
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Featured Keynotes
Cameron Coursey - Associate Vice President of Product Development - AT&T Michael Tribolet - Chief Business Officer magicJack Ian Pennell - Senior Vice President, Small Business Technology Group-CISCO Mark C. Straton - Senior Vice President Solution Marketing Voice and Applications- Siemens Enterprise Communications John Antanaitis - Vice President Marketing- Polycom Matt Groppe - Director of Global Business Development- DHL Same Day Bob Metcalfe - Inventor of ethernet, founder of 3Com, author of Metcalfe's Law, VC and Professor
Free Workshops
StartupCamp 4: Comms Edition Unified Communications: SIP Trunking, Voice, Video and More Avaya Tech on Tap Asterisk 1-2-3 MPLS University Live at ITEXPO Austin Telecom Reseller
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While at ITEXPO, Pick up your official Jeep Giveaway Entry Card. Visit each of the sponsors listed on the card and have your card stamped. Drop it off at the Jeep Giveaway Display on the Exhibit Hall Floor and be there on Thursday, September 15 to see if you are the lucky winner!

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ITEXPO West Austin Show Essentials

September 11, 2011

Here is a good overview of this week's ITEXPO and collocated events. Feel free to bookmark this link, print it or whatever works best for you.

Attend tomorrow's Asterisk 1-2-3 Seminar then head over to Avaya's ever popular Technology on Tap event.

On Tuesday ITEXPO kicks into full swing with collocated conferences, multiple workshops, numerous keynote presentations, and a networking cocktail reception to officially open the exhibit hall.