So many things to write about but just not enough time.
Leap Wireless gets the iPhone 4S under its Cricket brand to sell without subsidy for $500! Let's see how that works. It does come with No Contract though.
A CompTIA study finds surprisedly that "interest in unified communications (UC) remains high, with four out of five companies seeing value in the technology. Large- and medium-size companies and those with a higher proportion of telecommuting workers are most bullish. What's more, budgets for communications and collaboration solutions are on the rise, at 85 percent of surveyed companies." I love studies that state the obvious - or sound like they were piad for by companies that needed to hear confirmation of their projections (and budget allocations).
We have seen in telecom that the master agents and carriers are replacing the search for agents with the slogan "We want VAR's". (This could be partially due to both groups - mastersand telcos - already having the lion's share of telecom agents already.) Now, "IT channel partner programs changing as business models shift," according to a TJS headline.
"With the industry changing and business transformation becoming a must, the channel is increasingly looking for help with how to sell and how to structure their business in new models," said Carolyn April, director, technology analysis, CompTIA. "Many vendors are looking at ways to identify practical partner segmentation and engagement strategies to pull off the balancing act of aligning new go-to-market strategies while maintaining short-term revenue productivity," she explained." Well if they want Go-To-Market Strategy and Sales Training, tehy should give my office a ring at 813-963-5884 or see me at ITEXPO. [use code "BLOG13" for a 20% discount]
Who knew that Best Buy's Geek Squad had a partner program? Not me. Geek Squad just signed 4 partners: Network Solutions Provider, Carrier Access, Inc., Access Media 3, and MACH 4. Now these agents can sell IT services in 50 states.
Social IQ has no price for Oracle. Oracle bought two companies in the last couplemof weeks to add to its SAAS offerings and social media intelligient quotient. "Oracle will acquire Vitrue, a leading cloud-based social marketing and engagement platform that enables marketers to centrally create, publish, moderate, manage, measure and report on their social marketing campaigns and activities on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+," per this press release. And "Oracle announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Collective Intellect. Collective Intellect's leading cloud-based social intelligence solutions enable organizations to monitor, understand and respond to consumers' conversations on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter," per this press release. As Facebook stock price falls, Oracle is buying up marketing automation companies for social media. I guess someone had to.
In Wireline ILEC News:
According to Reuters, "AT&T Inc Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said on Friday that a sale of rural phone lines may be too difficult to pull off because of regulatory hurdles." People have been betting that AT&T would spin off wireless like Verizon did. I figure that back office is such a mess that there isn't any clean way to separate the wheat from teh schaff. Ma Bell still operates the divisions - legacy AT&T, AT&T LD, BellSouth, BellSouth LD, SBC, Ameritech, etc. - under their original systems like in silos. And after that statement Stephenson then went on to complain about not enough spectrum, just like his successor, Ralph de la Vega, told him to.
In related news, AT&T is forcing customers to use U-Verse. No more DSL if U-Verse is available. (I think VZ is doing the same in FiOS areas. What am I talking about? Of course, they are. These guys never do anything original. They probably talk about it over Johnny Walker Blue and cubans at USTA meetings, when the hookers the lobbyists leave the room.) DSLR has the story about the expense incurred in the upgrades - new modems (that are not free) and price increases. Another win for cable -- which I HAVE to believe is the whole point: Let cable win and ask for forbearance. Get out from under state controls and sharing the networks. It has to be the end game, since Wireless and U-Verse/FiOS are less unionized; Next Gen; and less regulated.