Suzanne Bowen : Monetizing IP Communications
Suzanne Bowen
32 yrs in telecom, teaching, blog & grant writing, biz development, marketing, & PR. Favorite moments in life involve time w/ family & friends, networking, IP communications industry verticals & horizontals, running, traveling, foreign languages
| 1. "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition..." Barack Obama ..... 2. "One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." By Thomas Sowell

NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

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As an Introvert and a Lifelong Addicted Learner, I read open source telephony lists

November 8, 2010

 
I recommend that others in IP communications and related industry join the forums for Asterisk-Biz, freeSWITCH, and Kamailio lists. Even if you do not have time to read the posts at the moment they arrive in your mailbox, just filter them to go to some archive and read them when you can. Our company has developed business with thousands of developers and entrepreneurs around the world through the lists, but we also learn quite a bit about APIs, open source code advice, PBX, and such.

A couple TMC blog posts ago of mine was a copy of my response to many accusations by Asterisk-Biz list members regarding DIDX, its service, its website, the customer service, me, my colleagues, one of our customers and vendors and my business partner Rehan Allahwala.

Time Warp ... Well, One Hour's Worth

November 7, 2010

Image via Wikipedia

In preparation for international business  teleconferences, as of today November 7, 2010, we will have to ask first; who observes this time saving and who does not? Whereas, we might have been '11 hours apart' in time yesterday; today we are 10 hours apart in 'time.'

Do we need daylight added to afternoon hours? Some Wikipedia contributors state and believe that "the practice has never been criticized."

But it has been criticized.

Discussion of DIDX on Asterisk-Biz List Includes Culture Clashes

November 5, 2010

As the Internet and mobile services bring together more and more from the East and West, cultural issues will cause clashes. It is scary to see that there is another way than the way we or you are used to doing things, isn't it? This discussion has only made my company team even more excited about serving our customers the very best we can.

Read the whole set of threads in DIDX Query at http://lists.digium.com/pipermail/asterisk-biz/2010-November/thread.html.

Here is a copy of my second and final response on this topic.

From: Suzanne Bowen Date: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 8:20 AMSubject: Re: DIDX Query (Dan Journo)To: asterisk-biz@lists.digium.com

Just finished studying every item regarding Dan's DIDX Query on whether or not buying 50 USA DIDs at $.15 per month would satisfy the 50 minimum DID quantity fee on DIDX. Follow-ups:

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Verizon Stops Fee to Customers Paying for Service with Credit Cards

October 19, 2010

Bravo, Verizon!

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) apparently realized that if it wants to attract more FiOS subscribers, not to mention keeping its current subscribers happy, it should not charge users $3.50 to pay their bill on line with a credit card.

On its Twitter account, Verizon spokesman Bill Kula says the company is going to "evaluate" the fee.

More at FierceTelecom...

I hope consumers and organizations see more of this from their service providers and vendors. It has always made me cringe when I knew that our company or any other company considers charging its customers for paying them money. I mean ... think about it.







Exercise Ball as Office Chair and DID Testing

October 12, 2010

I was discussing with a friend about different In-Country DID testing services. He recommends Global Telecom Testing.

I remember visiting this industry friend at their HQ about one mile from the Los Angeles airport and was intrigued by his exercise ball as his office chair. I have an exercise ball as my chair that I use sometimes in my office and do a few crunches here and there.

You, the VIP, Meet Up at ITEXPO on Peering

October 3, 2010

What serves as the basis of the lightning speed shift to Internet protocol in communications? Which elements, technologies, practices, and standards of providers are a part of this change? What behaviors and needs of users are the drivers? 

Find out at the VIPeering Conference on October 5, 2010 at the Los Angeles, Convention Center during ITEXPO West.

Peering helps us all (providers, smbs, other organizations, and individuals) to stay more effectively in touch and in business with our VIP (very important people.)



Meet with vendors and providers who want to hear your goals and share ways to accomplish them.

DIDX API Has Option to Filter DID that Require Special Docs

September 30, 2010

One of our members on DIDXchange made a wish for ... "if we could add a filter in the method of..."



getAvailableRatedDIDSbyCountryCode





The filter would be to avoid DIDs that require documentation or ID, please see the image attached.

Something like:
NeedDocument:

$NeedDocuments = 0 : All DIDs
$NeedDocuments = 1 : All DIDs with document requirements
$NeedDocuments = 2 : All DIDs with no document requirement

Our answer immediately:
We have made you a new function "getAvailableRatedDIDSbyCountryCodeAndDocs" which is exactly same as getAvailableRatedDIDSbyCountryCode, but with a difference that it has one more argument which is for document requirements.


http://kb.didx.net/tiki-index.php?page=Get+a+list+of+available+DIDs+by+country-area+code+and+document+requirements

The reason for not touching the already existed function is that this function is mostly used among customers and sometimes the change in the function arguments or return fields not acceptable by most API users.

Please test the function and let me know if it works for you well.

(So, we ask DIDX members to test it and let us know.)

*** Some governments requires certain documentation before a DID can be purchased. All DIDX members are required to take it as their responsibility to follow the law. See http://kb.didx.net/tiki-index.php?page=Documents+Requirement

Join the VIPeering Summit at ITEXPO West Oct. 5, 2010 at 9:30 AM.
























VP of Intellicom Group in Kenya, Willy Aoll

September 30, 2010

Let me introduce you to a friend in VoIP and wireless business in Kenya via his answers to a survey I sent out to many on Linkedin ... Willy Aoll, VP of Intellicom Group.

1) Question: Do you have any experience with using any kind of voice over internet? How about Skype? Any other?

Take a Certificate Back to the Boss from ITEXPO West

September 14, 2010

Ingate Systems, Inc. gathers the brightest minds and experience together at  ITEXPO West Oct. 4-6, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Unified Communications and SIP Trunk Summit. SIP is session initiation protocol, the protocol behind the excitement of UC, which is the new component of the Ingate sessions. 

Steven Johnson, President of Ingate Systems, Inc. states, "Each individual who participates in all the sessions on SIP Trunking ... we'll offer them a certificate of completion that says they are certified by Ingate ... having the knowledge to go back to their company and start implementing SIP Trunking in their company.

Google Search Description of DIDX Adds Humor and New Business

September 9, 2010

When the going gets tough, the tough start laughing. And we've had a time at DIDXchange with the Google listing description of DIDX.

Despite the craziness of this experience while we wait for Google to fix the issue is that it has actually helped us to increase our membership activations of those who wish to buy and resell or sell directly to other wholesale companies... what?
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