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January 2015

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Things You May Have Missed at ITEXPO

January 29, 2015

With the official first day of ITEXPO in the bag and the dawn of Day 2 is upon us, here are some of things you may have missed.

Bill Miller of FreedomVoice, Digium, Fujitsu fame is back in the booth at ITEXPO for Fiber Mountain where he is doing his thing in the marketing realm.

Tampa startup and former Startup Camp participant, Phonism, launched its cloud-based VoIP end-point management system out of beta this week. A big WOOT for the Tampa Bay startup community!

Is Toll-Free Dead?

January 28, 2015

In a discussion with Adam Jacobs, VP at FreeConferenceCall.com, one of the talking points was that the large IXC's - AT&T, Level3, CenturyLink and Windstream - have a vested interest in the $4 billion toll-free business, which Jacobs says is going away. I counter that with the new toll-free area code - 844 - being released, then toll-free utilization is increasing, not decreasing. By their own admission, vanity toll-free is still going strong.

Toll-free has often been used for Branding with an actually 800 number being as coveted as a 212 number in the NYC area.

3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

January 28, 2015

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company doesn't leverage the value of the platform enough to justify the purchase. The users aren't using it!

One reason that UC deployments fail is that "It was sold wrong." Customer expectations were not set properly.

A Quick Marketplace View

January 23, 2015

SkyMall declared bankruptcy. Radio Shack is on the verge of bankruptcy, like so many retailers who didn't pivot - Kmart/Sears, JCP - even Macys is reorganizing.

The price of crude oil is $45 per barrel today -- as Saudi Arabia enters the day with a new after the death of King Abdullah yesterday. Yemen's government collapsed this week.

MLK Day

January 19, 2015

When I was younger I was fascinated with JFK, RFK and MLK. I was 2 and a half when MLK and RFK were killed. I read a lot of books about the assassinations and their public lives. No doubt these 3 men had personal flaws - who doesn't?

What I learned from the NFL Playoffs

January 19, 2015

Yesterday the Seattle Seahawks gave up 5 turnovers including 4 interceptions, yet still managed to win the game - in overtime! Here are a couple of lessons from the NFL games yesterday.

Unless the game plan isn't working, stick to it the whole game. The Packers (supposedly) had a winning game plan that they gave up in the 4th quarter when they thought they had the game in the bag.

It's Just a Piece of Paper

January 14, 2015

In the course of a day, I often hear about agent deals where the agent gets burned. let's face it, if you have been a channel partner for longer than a minute, you have probably been burned - either on a deal, a commission, or a contract.

During the prospecting stage, the Service Provider (SP) loves the Partner. Loves them.

The M&A Picks Up Steam

January 14, 2015

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed) besides "COMVOICE, based in Phoenix, AZ, and Vocalnet, based in San Francisco, CA." The the press release says "Financials were not disclosed."

Another smaller acquisition was snomOne, which became Vodia, got grabbed by a company (which I cannot name here now).

Zayo made another grab to beef up their zColo division by buying Latisys for $657 million.

Broadsoft Buys Leonid

January 13, 2015

Oh, happy days for the folks at Leonid Systems as some of them are going home to the fold. Broadsoft bought Leonid, which means that internally that have admitted defeat in being able to make a portal that anyone would want to demo or use. At least, they were able to admit it.

The BSFT sales folks were already pushing Leonid - to the tune of $3 million in revenue per year, which will now be an inorganic blip on the revenue stream of BSFT.

Is This the Year?

January 13, 2015

I like Salvador Dali. His work really helps me think and be creative. He has a piece called Tauromachia I - The Torero, the Kill (third and final round of the bullfight), 1968. It made me think about all the tech that hasn't reached its full potential yet.

Is this the year that we get WebRTC in more than just video conferencing apps?

The Job Jumper and His Rolodex

January 9, 2015

This is the story of the channel manager who about once a year changes jobs. In this business, people change logos often. Even more now with all the consolidation and layoffs. It's a joke at trade shows: "I'm here just to get your new business card."

The FCC's 10MB Problem

January 7, 2015

The FCC in December raised the broadband speed target to 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. That re-definition of broadband will redraw the broadband map in the US. (It will knock out some ISPs that offer ADSL (version 1) and some older fixed wireless systems that were okay under the 4 Mbps definition.

The re-definition comes amid the commission's revision of the Connect America Fund (CAF) which is part of the rural broadband program, which is part of the USF program.

EarthLink Has Embraced Retail

January 7, 2015

EarthLink has really embraced retail. For the last couple of years, they have been putting a package together around MPLS over DSL for PCI Compliance. Now they have added a Managed Wi-Fi service - that they were pimping at the National Retail Federation show (last year). This is one way to tackle a vertical and make a name for yourself (positioning).

6 Companies to Watch in 2015

January 5, 2015

Here are 6 companies that will be interesting to watch in 2015. In light of the consolidation - and pending mergers - there will still be some interesting moves in telecom.

First up is Sangoma. Why?

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