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

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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Eavesdropping on Barcelona's 2009 GSMA Conference

February 19, 2009

What have I seen? What have I heard in a few discussions both as part of and ... our favorite... eavesdropping.

Skype will come pre-installed on Nokia cell phones that start with an "N."

Complaints about the same things: mobile pricing needs to be easy and transparent to understand for the consumer.



Who Would Want to Use Quickbooks on a Blackberry?

February 9, 2009

Yes, you can! I was thinking about Omar Chohan of SACS International, a DIDX partner, who I recently interviewed on their smart use of Blackberry RIM with their IP PBX. 

I opened Quickbooks online because it is time to settle 2008. I see that you can use Quickbooks view only on a Blackberry. Might come in handy if you're in the middle of an elevator speech to an angel investor and want to impress them with your balance sheet.

How to get started

You can browse and agree the beta agreement at  https://sc.accounting.quickbooks.com/Update/index.cfm?id=40

Open your Blackberry browser.

Select Go To... from the browser menu and enter: https://accounting.quickbooks.com/m

What CAN you do with it?
View read-only versions of: 
  • Accounts receivable and payable
  • Vendor, customer and employee lists
  • Bank account and credit card balances
  • Balance sheet and Profit & Loss reports
  • QuickBooks Online contact information, which works with your BlackBerry to make calls, create emails, and even look up addresses using GoogleTM Maps

Some advice given includes...
  • Enable style sheets in your browser settings
  • Set your browser font to 6 or 7 points
Happy monetizing.












Jon Arnold - Biggest Competition from Outside your Industry

February 3, 2009

Steven Johnson, President of inGate Up and Atom Like Me

February 1, 2009


I've been working in the lobby of Royal Palm Resort in Miami Beach since 5:30 AM. Love the free wifi and my trusty Starbuck's grande coffee of the day with 2 packets of natural sugar. A second person, a gentleman in a long-sleeved black t-shirt sits down to work on his laptop. I ask him, "You wouldn't happen to be here for a conference, would you?"

"Yes, ITEXPO," with a nice smile...


Mobile Monday Peer Awards 2009 Finalists! Including Fring

January 26, 2009

Mobile Monday Peer Awards 2009 Finalists!

January 26, 2009

VoIP Dead or Alive with Sheryl Breuker and CALLiFLOWER

January 4, 2009

VoIP デッドオアアライブ, Dead or Alive ~ Sheryl Breuker and Ken Camp "help people in technology find their passions, reach their goals, and soar to the stars."  On January 5, 2009 Monday at (GMT -08:00), be a part of the CALLiFLOWER free conference call and conversation hosted by Sheryl Breuker. VoIP, Dead of Alive.

This call will address what I think are tough questions, ones that we need to ask and answer truthfully... and it might help when the air gets hot and stuffy, that Robin Williams pay a visit to lighten things up a bit.

1. Do you truly and honestly believe VoIP is a vital, growing technology that's of any interest to customers?

2.





Lynda Starr, Member of Women in voIP on Facebook Speaks at ITEXPO

December 31, 2008

Evolving Business Models and IPTV
(SP-04)
Monday - 02/02/09,  3:00-3:45pm
Driven by competitive pressure and the promise of added average revenue per user, telcos are rolling out new IPTV services as quickly as possible. However, additional user revenue is only one piece of the potential returns from IPTV. The unique, ubiquitous nature of IP technology opens up an opportunity for IPTV providers to work more closely with web content providers, advertisers and technology vendors to develop new "mass customized" services that deliver more value from the network.

This session discusses how IPTV providers are evolving their business models to work more closely with others within the IP ecosystem, how content providers are adding value by tapping into the networks, how an open network infrastructure is critical to enabling this change, and, most importantly, how this all leads to differentiation and improved user experience.

Presented by:




 
Scott Heinlein
Service Provider Senior Marketing Manager
Juniper Networks

 
Lynda Starr
Account Manager
Vantage Communications










































Other presentations I have recorded in the past on IPTV:

Karen Campagna of Cisco at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKBZ_FX0GR8 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81TxUz2vOiA

Zomma Mohiuddin, PTCL first in Pakistan with IPTV 












































Educate Yourself with Guru John Todd at ISPCON

December 22, 2008

By guest editors, colleagues, and friends of Suzanne: Anne Tredway and Bryan Coburn


Todd (the open source community director for Digium®.) keeps a modest demeanor throughout his presentations and discussions at ISPCON 2009 in San Jose, California despite our industry's recognition that Digium®. is the innovative force behind Asterisk®.

Watch and listen to one of John Todd's presentations at ISPCON in four video recordings.

1. An Introduction to Asterisk® at http://www.viddler.com/explore/suzannebowen/videos/15/




2. ISPs Control = Happiness at http://www.viddler.com/explore/suzannebowen/videos/16/

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Meltwater Media Monitoring Service Review # 2

December 11, 2008

There are many companies that provide media monitoring services, but Meltwater is a little different. I reviewed them last year on one of my other blogs and event tried their service. They stay in touch with you and do not ignore youre requests like many other media monitoring services do once they "have your money." This year they started a trainee program in Africa. It's an entrepreneurial school of technology. They offer scholarships.

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