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

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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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Myriad of Mobile ALM Advantages According to DeviceAnywhere's Leila Modarres

September 13, 2011

DeviceAnywhere, a privately held company in San Mateo, considered the industry leader in mobile application lifecycle management, was awarded the the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Enhancement Award for being a pioneer in Mobile Application Lifecycle Management (mALM). DeviceAnywhere was presented this honor, not only because of its leading position in the mALM market, but also its demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for customers. It is also actively participating in one of 2011's most exciting conferences and expos in Austin, Texas ... ITEXPO West, September 13-15th.

Help ITEXPO West Keep Austin Weird and Wonderful

September 3, 2011

Image by anjan58 via Flickr

I thought New Orleans is the eclectic city, my favorite place to feel history, go artsy, and dance like a maniac. The Big Easy does have the funky hip aura and plenty of humidity to keep your skin young feeling. But Austin? Austin is cowboy culture, but it's not redneck.

Extracurricular Social Events during ITEXPO West 2011

August 18, 2011

 Sept. 12, 2011 Monday

 7 - 9:30 PM ... Avaya Technology on Tap  Presentation and Reception

 Sept. 13, 2011 Tuesday

 8 - 9 AM ... Women in Telecom & Technology  Breakfast sponsored by AstraQom, and Xorcom at the Austin Convention Center | 500 E Cesar Chavez | Austin, TX 78701. RSVP on Twitter to Suzanne Bowen to join us and/or be a co-sponsor.

Forget Phone Numbers; Dial VIP by Name

August 16, 2011

Wall Concerts and Mobile Wallets are Things that Use DID

August 16, 2011

Just when we think the phone number (via direct inward dialing) is dead, gone, out of here, in comes really cool uses such as the wall concerts at Bloc Jam (which my friend Michel Vaillancourt at JKL 5 Group told me about) and mobile payments over DID via Paytoo mobile wallet beginning November 2010 with millions of users around the world. In this case, BlocJam is a musical improvisation game played via direct inward dialing, live from the street. When you call, you are given a sequence to compose your beats.

Once you have played around and created your composition, press the pound sign on your cell phone and there you go.

Irv Shapiro and Andy Abramson on Cloud Computing in English and Tagalog

August 9, 2011

Something that happens to me often is the realization that there is something I can do that will help and many of my friends and customers in business at one time. Since I started my new career with Astraqom, one of my favorite projects is business development and marketing for the PinoyKubo, a social network for Filipinos and Filipinas in The Philippines and abroad, but also people who just love the culture and maybe want to learn Tagalog. So ... two young men from Cebu asked me about cloud computing and the first thing I thought of was Andy Abramson talking with Irv Shapiro of IfbyPhone about that topic at an ITEXPO.

 



Defining Monetization Whether for IP Communications or Not

August 5, 2011

My husband shared this with me this morning. Thank you, Bob the Squirrel comic writer Frank Page. Not only did Michael share this comic with me which had us both laughing and feeling some kind of an epiphany, but he put this interesting thought together: "Monetization = the art of drawing out in people to be willing to pay for the same product, good, service or content you used to provide for free."

What are some ways that people are doing or could be doing that?

1. A donate button!



Filipino History Teacher and Movie Writer Insight on IP Communications

July 24, 2011

Chock Encabo is a teacher of history and is based in Muntinlupa City, Philippines. He is one of many professionals around the world that I will interview to find out and share goals and accomplishments and to see how any IP communications or social networks can help gain more success. This is no ordinary history teacher. He has written the script for a thought-provoking, popular, independent movie that was produced by Arlyn Dela Cruz. He was referred to me by Jose Encabo when I posted a public request on my social networks, "Put me in contact with inspiring people in the areas of art, science, technology, or business who are from the Philippines." (Jose Encabo, the person who connected me to Chock, is the business development manager of DS2, a European company that provides wholesale Internet over power line solutions.

Applications Today Do Not Work in Isolation Says Venky

July 14, 2011

How do we best meet people and organizations online and in person to do business with? As my readership and networks know, my favorite ways are via social networking sites and face to face conferences, exhibitions, and meet-ups. I was desperately searching via Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook for as many people as possible who were participating in CommunicAsia 2011 because once I arrived in Singapore, I wanted a full agenda of promising opportunities. One of the first to reply was Venky from Plivo which resulted in plans to record an audio interview for you to eavesdrop on podcast.

CommunicAsia was great except for one unfortunately embarrassing incident in the press lounge, but I've got enough integrity ...

The Real Social Network mig33, An Interview with Chris Chandler

June 29, 2011


What a pleasure to meet Chris Chandler, VP of Business Development at mig33 during Mobile Monday Singapore meetup in the popular Rupee Room! Mr. Chandler is also the founder of MoMo Singapore. (Pictured are Chris Chandler of mig33 and also Martti Ranin, President of Mobile Monday Services.)

The first mig33 team member I met was Mohit Gundecha, the head of India operations and director of business development during a Jeff Pulver Breakfast in March 2008. I knew at that time that mig33 was on its way to being a major player in the social networking space after a discussion with Mohit about how fast the newbie was growing in popularity ...


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