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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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Silver Lake on Tech, Jobs and Growth

January 26, 2011

Silver Lake Partners has a portfolio of companies worth $30B including Skype, Avaya, IPC, Groupon, Zynga and Sunguard and in a recent interview with the WSJ's Alan Murray, CEO Glenn Hutchins discusses how well the US technology market is doing in terms of job growth. In addition he mentioned how much construction is being done to create data centers to support the dramatic growth in information technology in the US and abroad.



Next week at ITEXPO in Miami, you'll get to meet with the communications and tech community - many of the companies are part of the Silver Lake family in fact. I am really looking forward to being there and speaking with these companies myself and hope to see you there.



Getting to Know ITEXPO Participants

January 24, 2011

AT TMC, we painstakingly attempt to ensure you know as much about the participating companies at our events as possible before the conference so you can get a sense of who is there, where there expertise lies and if they may have something of value to offer you as you look to make purchasing decisions in the world of technology and communications. As a result we survey ITEXPO speakers and exhibitors before the event and ask questions which can help you connect with thought leaders you believe might be of assistance at the event.

Not everyone answers but we do send the questions to hundreds of companies and they seem to trickle in each day. Here is the list of people and companies who responded to my questions and links to their answers. I truly hope you find it useful.

Oh and one note you should know...



My Conversation With Chairman Kevin Martin Re: ITEXPO

January 24, 2011

As I got off the phone with former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin today after discussing his upcoming keynote, I couldn't help to feel great that ITEXPO will be one of the most exciting events of the year with respect to communications and technology. You see, when FCC Chairmen are no longer working in their government-appointed position, they are able to speak quite freely regarding the issues which have tremendous implications on virtually every aspect of tech and our lives. I say "our lives" because today connectivity has become an integral part of living in a modern, uber-connected world.

In a conversation I just had with the Chairman (the title is for life) we had a chance to touch on some of the issues he will discuss onstage, next week at ITEXPO in Miami, FL. Most likely this session will be in a Q&A format where I will be posing questions.

While the questions haven't been formalized, you can tentatively expect us to devote time to network neutrality, 4G/LTE, wireless spectrum allocation and usage, the small cell market (femto, pico, etc) and other important issues which govern our everyday usage of tech.

At ITEXPO, this one session is just one example of crucial perspective you cannot get from virtually anywhere else because, like I said, the Chairman has tremendous freedom to speak his mind.





-50F With Wind Chill. Escape to ITEXPO in Miami

January 24, 2011

You know I would never stoop to reminding you about the weather to persuade you to attend what I believe to the be the best tech and telecom conference in the world - OK, maybe I would.

So I was driving along this morning on the way to work and noticed I couldn't feel any of my fingers. I decided to check to make sure I was wearing gloves. I was. Then I realized I couldn't feel any of my toes and yes I had shoes on.



I then looked at the temperature reading and it said one degree.





ITEXPO Hashtag is #ITEXPO, Receptions and More

January 23, 2011

Good evening readers,

Just a note to let you know the hashtag for ITEXPO on Twitter will simply be #ITEXPO. You will see enhanced levels of twitter messaging at the show (Twitter stream at keynotes for example) allowing the ITEXPO and related technology and communications communities to stay connected.

A good way to keep track of news from the show is to set up a column with search terms ITEXPO and/or #ITEXPO in programs such as Hootsuite, Tweetdeck and/or your mobile Twitter app.

The show officially begins in nine days and here are some links you may find useful:

Agenda / Show Guide
Onsite Giveaways
ITEXPO Registration
Dates & Times
Hotel & Travel
Free Workshops
Exhibitor List
Keynotes (Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Recently Added)
Collocated Events

Speaker List
ITEXPO Floor Map
All Conference Party Feb 3rd at Mangos



In addition, I just turned on my out of office message (yes I'm early but I can't wait) to alert others to my participation. This is part of what I wrote if you want to utilize something similar.

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Thank you for your message... Please be advised I will be out of the office Feb 2-4, 2011 attending TMC's ITEXPO in Miami.























ITEXPO 2011 East Speaker List Grows

January 21, 2011

TMC added some more speakers to the ITEXPO 2011 East lineup this week to add to an already impressive list. Check them out:

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Bob Locklear, Director of Business Development-Enterprise Networks Division, ADTRAN

  • E-03      Vendor Panel: Responding to Today’s and Tomorrow’s Enterprise Requirements
Charles Krogram, Regional Vice President, ShoreTel
  • UC-04   Integrating Mobility and UC
  • MW-03  What Can Presence Do For You? 
Greg Maudsley, Director of Product Marketing, Juniper Networks
  • MW-06  Securing Tablets and Smartphones in the Enterprise

Wendy Moore-Bayley, Solutions Marketing, UCaaS, Mitel

  • E-03 “Vendor Panel: Responding to Today’s and Tomorrow’s Enterprise Requirements”

Katie Butcher (Moderator), President, B-Lynk

  • C-04 “Everyday Business Conferencing - A New User Experience”

Morgan Krenson, Wholesale Channel Manager, InterCall

  • C-04 “Everyday Business Conferencing - A New User Experience”

Ari Rabban, CEO, Phone.com

  • SP-03 “Maintaining Service Quality while Introducing New Next Generation Services”

Wendy Moore-Bayley, Solutions Marketing, UCaaS, Mitel

  • V-03 “Hosted vs.


Digium's Danny Windham to Keynote ITEXPO East 2011

January 21, 2011

Digium Asterisk World Keynote at ITEXPO

January 21, 2011

We are very excited to have Danny Windham, the CEO of Digium - the company behind the open-source, Linux-based communications server/PBX speak at ITEXPO as a keynoter. His participation is officially part of the collocated Digium/Asterisk World event and Danny never fails to impress.

Who should participate in Digium/Asterisk World? Enterprise decision makers, SMBs, mid-size companies, resellers, carriers, distributors, resellers and communications developers. Keep in mind, you'll not only get to hear the latest updates on the market - you will leave the show with new contacts, partners and be able to get your questions answered by many people who are already practicing the solutions you are considering implementing.

My team released the information below just now and I thought it was worth sharing.




ITEXPO East begins in: 13 Days. REGISTER NOW!
Danny Windham, CEO of Digium to Keynote
at Digium|Asterisk World! Wednesday February 2, 2011 – 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Danny Windham, CEO, Digium Danny Windham currently serves as CEO of Digium, a privately held Huntsville, AL based supplier of open source communications products and technology.












ITEXPO East 2011 Show Directory Available

January 20, 2011

The show directory/guide for ITEXPO East 2011 in Miami is now available as is the agenda at a glance or schedule summary. The one point you should be aware of is that former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin was added after this guide was printed and the PDF has not been updated as of yet. Some times on the schedule have shifted as a result and at some point soon we update schedules online.

In addition, I want to point out that you can win a Jeep at the show as well as other great gadgets.

Finally - we added an all-conference party at Mango's Cafe - one of the most popular night spots on South Beach.

Hopefully you can make it down to the event... It's a can't miss.





Polycom Has Great Earnings

January 20, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011 speaker and exhibitor Polycom just announced earnings which were ahead of expectations. Fourth quarter net-income soared two and a half times to $33M or 37 center per share. Earnings were 49 cents per share beating analyst estimates of 43 cents.

Another ITEXPO participant Adtran announced amazing earnings this week and it is a very exciting time to be in the tech and communications spaces.

As always, there are winners and losers but it seems for companies who can execute and hedge their bets by playing in multiple markets, you can do very well - as evidenced by the positive earnings news from many players in the market.

See these and many other leading tech companies at ITEXPO in Miami in about two weeks.