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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDm-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are...

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The Secret Value of VoLTE

By Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

At Mobile World Congress, I discovered that many network providers still aren’t aware of the broader business values of voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Most knew it readily includes HD voice for clearer calls and reduced background noise, which lets you feel like you’re standing right next to the other person. Most didn’t realize that, in unexpected ways, VoLTE helps them earn more money and increase efficiency.

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How to Kill Shadow IT: Step One - Recognize that Resistance is Futile

By Bryan R. Davies, Senior Director of Enterprise Communications Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

The first step in resolving any problem is to make sure you understand the core issues. So here’s the crucial question for shadow IT: What is the biggest challenge it presents for your IT department?

Holding back the flood?  

Today’s flood of mobile devices and cloud services is making shadow IT a bigger headache than ever before. But it’s nothing new. It started with the first enterprise employee who ever put an application in place without the knowledge or approval of IT staff.
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Updated ITEXPO East 2011 Schedule

January 30, 2011

Hi all, the latest pocket-sized ITEXPO schedule for those of you coming to ITEXPO and collocated events this week. Hope to welcome you soon.

Tuesday, February 1 Highlights

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REGISTRATION / KEYNOTES / EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Wednesday, February 2

  • Registration: 7:00 – 5:00pm
  • Conference: 9:00 – 5:30pm
  • Keynotes: 3:30 – 5:30pm
    **Kevin Martin (Former Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Board of Directors, AirWalk Communications) Keynote Added at 5:00pm! Don’t Miss It!
  • Keynote Giveaways: 5:30pm
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening: 5:30-7:30pm (NEW TIME)
  • Welcome Networking Reception: 5:30pm, Sponsored by Aculab (NEW TIME)

Thursday, February 3

  • Registration: 7:00 – 4:00pm
  • Conference: 9:00 – 5:00pm
  • Keynotes: 10:00 – 11:00am, 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • Keynote Giveaways: 11:00am
  • Exhibits Open: 11:00 – 4:00pm
  • International Networking Reception: 4:00pm, Sponsored by Rackspace Hosting
  • ITEXPO Conference Party on South Beach at Mango’s Tropical Café: 9:00pm Sponsored by AudioCodes, DIDx, Eaton, Lockheed Martin

Friday, Friday 4

  • Registration: 7:30 – 3:00pm
  • Conference: 9:00 – 12:45pm   
  • Exhibits Open: 11:00 – 3:00pm
  • WIN A JEEP! Jeep Giveaway at 2:45pm - Must Be Present to Win

Keynote Schedule: (Open to all attendees – Room B217/218)

Wednesday, February 2

  • 3:30pm: Danny Windham, CEO, Digium
  • 4:00pm: Charles D. Vogt, President & CEO, GENBAND
  • 4:30pm: Pritham Shetty, VP of Product Management and Engineering for Rich Media Solutions, Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • 5:00pm: Kevin Martin, Former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Board of Directors, AirWalk Communications
  • 5:30pm: Keynote Giveaways
    - (1) 32GB iPad with 3G
    - (1) Sony Dash

Thursday, February 3:

  • 10:00am: Alan Pound, Managing Director, Aculab
  • 10:30am: Aaron McCormack, CEO, BT Technologies
  • 11:00am: Keynote Giveaways
    - (1) 32GB iPad with 3G
    - (1) Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device

  • 3:00pm: Todd Rowley, VP of 4G, Sprint
  • 3:30pm: Jeff Ford, CEO, Apriva

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ITEXPO East 2011 Tues, Feb 1, SIP Trunking, Cloud Computing & More

January 30, 2011

Be sure to get to ITEXPO on Tuesday, February 1st to take advantage of what has shaped up to be a great pre-conference day of networking and learning about communications and technology.

First up us Ingate's SIP Trunking Workshop at 1:00pm. Here is the schedule for the day:

  • 1:00pm – The Case for SIP Trunking
  • 1:30pm – Delivering SIP to the Enterprise
  • 2:30pm – The Value of a Service Provider Demarcation Point
  • 3:30pm – Ensuring Interoperability: The Key to Service Revenue Growth
  • 4:30pm – Addressing Security Issues
  • 5:30pm – Generating Revenue from HD Video
  • 6:30pm – Wine Reception

Then at 2:00pm is Telecom One-on-One, a JS&A Power Networking Event. Bring lots of business cards and the sooner you start planning, the more meetings you can schedule and the more networking you can do.

Meet With Polycom's Stefan Karapetkov at ITEXPO

January 28, 2011

Stefan Karapetkov is the Emerging Technologies Director at Polycom and I've known him as a voice and video expert since I met him at a VON event over ten years ago. I believe he worked at Siemens at the time. I noticed Stefan just posted a page on his Video Networker blog with regards to all of the speaking engagements he has at the show and collocated events. He is very knowledgeable and worth listening to.

Meet Dan York at ITEXPO East 2011

January 28, 2011

ITEXPO Moves to Austin, Texas - The New Telecom Corridor

January 28, 2011

ITEXPO West moves from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas taking place September 13-15th 2011. This is a big move on TMC's part since ITEXPO has been in L.A. for many years.  Launched in 1999, ITEXPO is the world's largest and longest-running B-to-B communications and technology conference.

DIDX Reseller Podcast with Xorcom

January 28, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011 Schedule

January 27, 2011

Dear ITEXPO attendees - thanks again for registering and we look forward to hosting you next week. My team just sent out this email of schedules and happenings from the show and it is so detailed and explains so much that I decided to pass it along. I hope you find it worthy of keeping on hand at the event.

ITEXPO

February 2-4, 2011



Verizon Drives Stake Through Heart of Net Neutrality

January 27, 2011

My views have shifted on net neutrality over the years to the point where I firmly believe that carriers have the right to recoup investments they make in networks but at the same time I understand fully well that IP communications is dependent on traffic not being impeded by a carrier looking to promote an alternative service. Having said that, there are a number of peering points located around the US – only a few places where fiber exists in enough quantity to allow massive interconnections between hundreds of carriers, enterprises and web 2.0 companies such as Google and Facebook.

Terremark owns one facility – the NAP of the Americas in Miami, Telx owns another at 60 Hudson in New York and CoreSite at One Wilshire in Los Angeles are three of the more prominent locations in the US ”carrier hotel” market. At industry gatherings I have often asked about the possibility of Verizon or AT&T purchasing one or more companies in the space and the answer has always been that it would be bad news.

Austin, Texas Selected For ITEXPO West 2011

January 27, 2011

I have some very exciting news to share regarding ITEXPO. I alluded to it a few weeks back and now it’s here. ITEXPO West 2011 will be moving to the Austin Convention Center in Austin Texas, on September 13-15, 2011. ITEXPO was launched in San Diego, CA at the Hotel Del Coronado and moved to Long Beach and eventually Los Angeles.

If Super WiFi is A Dream, At Least I'm in Good Company

January 27, 2011

It’s no secret that both Microsoft and Google are looking at white spaces and Super WiFi as an area of growth allowing inexpensive broadband wireless signals to be transmitted over long distances.

But technology is difficult to predict – we didn’t know for sure tablets were going to cannibalize PC sales but they are and we didn’t know small, cheap hard drives were going to cut the legs out from the large, expensive hard drive market. You may know that in 1997 when I went to COMDEX and told the world TMC was going to launch a magazine called Internet Telephony – people laughed and told me it wasn’t an industry.

Ten years later after a few “overhype” phases, VoIP software maker Skype has devastated the long-distance market and is hiring by the hundred.