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Fascinating WebRTC Demos from WebRTC Expo

WebRTC has been described as the most disruptive communications technology of the decade. It has also been described as overhyped. Well, I...

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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Best practices for cost effectively supporting the explosion of intelligent applications and wireless devices

The new year is upon us, and with that comes the hope and expectation of a number of live LTE-based network rollouts, particularly from Verizon Wireless, which is expected to turn up LTE in as many as 30 markets by the end of the year.

How Outsourced Network Management Will Help You Take Control of Your Business Transformation

For these operators, that also means devising new strategies that will allow them to successfully accomplish these different, yet intimately intertwined tasks that define their success. In today's new world of constantly evolving communications technologies - which impacts the entire value chain, from infrastructure and hardware vendors to network operators to subscribers - the need to more rapidly than ever adapt to new demands and new technologies often means enlisting the help of trusted partners.

A Focus on Eco-Sustainability from Alcatel-Lucent

What was once considered merely a trendy concept has now taken on a significant role in the business landscape, with the majority of business executives confirming that eco-sustainability is not only important, but is, in fact, a key consideration when making communications technology investments.

Embarking on 2010 as a Trusted, Dynamic Enterprise

As we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, the  prospects of Web 2.0 (and eventually Web 3.0) are giving enterprises a new threshold of opportunity to leverage the Web to conduct business. At the same time, these opportunities also present security and trust issues that must be successfully managed in order for an organization to be what Alcatel-Lucent describes as the "trusted dynamic enterprise" - organizations which  address these security challenges with open and secure communications interfaces.   In order to be truly a dynamic enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent's vision is to build an entity where innovation, performance and productivity are the norm -  a solution marked by continuous and transformative growth. Anchored by its dynamic communications framework, Alcatel-Lucent interconnects networks, people, processes and knowledge to deliver rich customer interactions, improved operational performance and exceptional business results.   Alcatel-Lucent's dynamic enterprise newsletter is a braintrust of information that offers compelling insight and vital solutions for enterprises seeking out the latest news, trends, and expert advice in this area of transformation.

Delivering the Dynamic Enterprise

The Dynamic Enterprise site, itself a highly interactive experience, features a variety of dynamically designed sub-sections to educate the business community on how to leverage converged communications to become more agile, including a clear definition of "dynamic enterprise," focusing on the connections between what Alcatel-Lucent calls the Four Pillars of the Dynamic Enterprise - network, people, process, and knowledge.

Open API a Goldmine, 'Win-Win' for All Involved

Alcatel-Lucent has come out with trio of new services aimed at helping network operators and developers more easily enable and create new applications that are manageable, reliable, scalable and secure. The company's Open API Service is a hosted service for application developers to access network capabilities. The service is powered by a standards-based platform. With this hosted service, developers can access critical network information through a common API.   Application enablement is a new business and network model that enables the combination of the trusted capabilities of service providers with the speed and innovation of the Web to enable a new generation of services and provide both consumers and business users with richer experiences, according to officials with the Paris-based company.   In conjunction with the rollout of its Open API Service, Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new Web site, which includes an interactive blog and forum. In the blog, Alcatel-Lucent's Mark Hudson wrote: "Network APIs are a gold mine for wireless carriers and developers.

Collaborative Security: Shifting the Security Paradigm to Create Innovative Enterprise Security Solutions

In today's age of Web 2.0 and cloud computing, security can actually be a positive enabler for driving business performance. To achieve this objective, enterprises can benefit from having a corporate-wide strategy, or a "security blueprint," that allows the enterprise to be open for business and provides a trusted environment.   On the other side of the coin, the rapid growth in communications technology has been accompanied by a similarly swift increase in security threats, cybercrime and the introduction of correlated security regulations.   According to an Alcatel-Lucent white paper, "Created the Trusted, Dynamic Enterprise," early in 2009 industry experts presenting to the U.S. Senate committee hearing on improving cyber security estimated profits from the cybercrime economy totaled close to $1 trillion - more than the cash generated by drug crime.

Using communications to reduce climate change impact

At its Bell Labs facilities, and through its work with the CTVR, Alcatel-Lucent is looking to drive R&D efforts that will bring such energy efficient technologies to the next generation communications environment, helping reduce the carbon emissions from telecom equipment, which now stands at about two percent of the global carbon emissions, but is set to grow significantly in the coming years without such efforts from Alcatel-Lucent and the CTVR.

How can the Telecom sector use applications and services to enable other industries and consumers reduce their impact on the environment?

It's clear that businesses are looking to become more environmentally responsible - though largely because of the cost savings that are inherent to "going green." Regardless, the telecom sector, thanks to the proliferation of IP networking solutions and eco-friendly technologies, are in a position to play a major role in driving greenhouse gas reduction and energy conservation in the global business environment.

Technical, product leadership and the ability to test solutions prior to deployment: Why these attributes are key for LTE deployments

Yes, it's still all about the applications and content, but in order to effectively introduce the next generation of bandwidth-intensive services, operators have to take the time and effort to ensure success. Alcatel-Lucent not only provides the technology expertise to support an intelligent migration strategy, but is providing a forum for ongoing collaboration that will benefit the entire community - from network operators to end users.

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