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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Never been to Philippines but Asian Carriers Conference Will Change That

June 21, 2012

I have enjoyed several email and Linkedin message exchanges with those at ASAP CEBU and Philippines Long Distance Company this year about the beautiful city of Cebu and the Asian Carriers Conference scheduled for September 4 - 7, 2012. Some time in July or August, I will record an audio podcast interview with them about telecommunication trends, history of their conference, what's on the 2012 agenda as well as opportunities for exhibitors, presenters and soponsors.

For now ... Come and join the Eastern Hemisphere's most powerful telecommunications community as they gather and learn about opportunities in the wholesale-retail ecosystem. We often only get half the picture of what is really going on in communications and technology when we choose only to participate in North American and European events.

Audio Podcast with Raco Wireless President John Horn on M2M

June 6, 2012

(Listen to a 7.5 minute audio podcast interview on AstraQom and DIDX between me Suzanne Bowen and John Horn, president of Raco Wireless about M2M in preparation for Connected World Conference June 11 - 13, 2012.)

Why is and will M2M be a mainstream choice? First, the equipment that facilitates M2M (Machine 2 Machine) are less expensive, smaller in size, and more power savvy. Pair that with the fact that strength and quality of the networks M2M needs in order to  to move data from machine to machine is more accessible than ever. Thank LTE and 4G providers but also M2M solution enablers such as Raco Wireless, IBM, and ThingWorx.

M2M is not science fiction.



ShowStoppers @ CTIA Provides Close Up of Hertz's NeverLost

May 17, 2012




Even businesses who do the best in monetizing IP communications need ways to save time and effort. Even in an age where many of us use video and voice over IP at a desk a majority of the time, tools that help us manage our time on the road are a winner. Hertz exhibited its NeverLost Systems the Monday night before International CTIA Wireless 2012 began, and what a great way to kick it off!

Hertz's NeverLost enables customers to plan trips online and access them from the program in their Hertz rental car. Graham Weedon gives a live demonstration in this video during Showstoppers @ CTIA Wireless 2012 for a media team of Techistan magazine editor, AstraQom and DIDX podcasters, as well as a CED blogger and TMCnet blogger.

Set up travel and visit routes to enjoy by foot or car.






Ruth Bridger Enjoys Kindle Fire She Won at ITEXPO Women's Breakfast

April 3, 2012

Kindle Fire Book Sauder Diaries Written by IP Communications Monetizer

March 20, 2012

 I have a secret. Open source geeks do sometimes monetize IP communications, and when they do it well, geeks and  non-geeks benefit. Michel  Vaillancourt is one of those.  

He is the CEO of JKL5 Group who offer  innovative telephony  services, but he is also a  steampunk book genre author.

ThingWorx CEO Russell Fadel on M2M and the Connected World

March 12, 2012

Last weekend my three-year-old grandson and six-year-old granddaughter helped me complete a CSI face reconstruction kit. Afterward, Simon held up a pan in front of his own face and asked the finished kit, "Why don't you talk to me, Mr. Face?" 


His request was not such a silly one. That is what M2M does. It assists things to talk to each other.


Who Thought of the New Popular Intellectual Property Conference for ITEXPO?

March 9, 2012

How many times have you thought of a better way of doing something, but you were afraid to rock the boat, especially if you are not the boss? Who gets made fun of the most? Those who speak up or those who are quiet? Taking a chance is something I am notorious for.

Monetizing IP Communications May Take Some Special Tweeting

March 7, 2012


LisaMarieDias's blog post "Who to Follow, and Not to Follow, on Twitter – That is the Question" caught my fancy because of what I agree with but even more so, what I don't agree with. The 51 comments she has received so far as just as controversial and thought-provoking as her original post. Twitter is used in serious manner for business, friendship, learning, teaching, collaborating, promotions and giveaways, newsfeed, video channel, photo gallery, comics, and more. 

Lisa's Twitter workshop clients ask her how to get more Twitter followers, and she replies, "Who should you follow?"

She shares concern over following a bunch of people who just spam.




The Purchase of Rapportive by Linkedin was ...

February 29, 2012

How would you fill in that blank in the blog title? Shocking? Smart? Cool? Like why didn't Google buy Rapportive?

Negative Plus a Negative Equal a Positive

February 7, 2012

"Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee," says the Euro-American conglomerate that sells hundreds of different, well-loved, pre-packaged, sugary concoctions. This means that everyone likes Sara Lee. Maybe not, but that's a cool slogan. Sometimes a negative plus a negative equal a positive. Likewise, negative things happen to us online and offline in business, personal and social situations, whether in our social networks, on a business forum, or in our workplace.
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