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What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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What Would an IoT Service Provider Even Do?

Service providers are eager to jump on the IoT train because of the vast opportunities. But what kind of service would they even provide?

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Is Your Business Ready?

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Delivering successful change programs is a significant challenge. Undertaking a Readiness Assessment speeds the launch of new IP services, reduces risks and aligns corporate objectives with your program.

The Challenge of Change…a true story

So your company is planning an all IP network. The CTO is delivering technology roadmaps, the COO is assessing the service portals, and network designers have been architecting for eight months. The program is well underway and people are now starting to plan the migration.

So, you start to scope out the effort required to deliver migration and calculate that it requires hundreds of resources to manage a switchover. You approach engineering to secure the resources, and are informed HR is managing a release program, remunerating engineers to leave the company. The same engineers that you need to deliver your program!

Sound familiar?

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Stanislovaitis Kickstarter Campaign Proves VoIP is Not Dead

VoIP is dead? We think not because it plays an integral part in effective unified communications, Internet of things and more. Plus,...

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Mitel Analyst Event 2015 Live Blog #MitelNext

Mitel put on a nice event in Manhattan today. Wes Durow, CMO made a great presentation on where the company was and...

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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.

ITEXPO Miami - Important Conference Program Updates

December 10, 2012

TMC today released an updated conference program for their ITEXPO Miami 2013, the world's largest and best-attended communications and technology conference and trade show. The event, held January 30 - February 1, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida, combines an innovative series of educational programming with networking opportunities for technology buyers, sellers, resellers and manufacturers.

Since its launch in 1999, ITEXPO has been the bi-annual meeting place where next-generation communications innovations are on display, and vendors meet end users to develop new relationships and business partnerships.

The program is anchored by noteworthy keynote presentations from Telefónica and Level3 Communications, panels on the future of cloud computing, the evolution of the telecom service provider, and StartupCamp7: Comms Edition, a networking and early stage startup event.

What Stuxnet Teaches us About M2M

December 10, 2012

Ford recently announced they will update the software on some of their vehicles to fix a coolant problem that can cause fires. 2013 Ford Escape SE and SEL models with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Ford Fusion SE and SEL models with the 1.6-liter engine are part of the voluntary recall which will modify the code which manages coolant pressure under certain overheating conditions - making it less likely that vehicles catch fire under the specified scenario.

Stuxnet taught the world that cybercriminals and regimes could not only affect computers but real-world devices like centrifuges.

In a more interconnected world it seems only a matter of time before automotive operating system software is updated over the Internet the way just about everything else is.