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The Myth of the Bendable iPhone 6 Plus

I spent a good deal of time in the Apple Store today bending iPhone 6 Plus models. Guess what... None of them...

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How Apple Shattered this Startup's Plans

Over a year ago the web was abuzz with talk of a new mobile payments player Clinkle which was to have a...

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Will VoLTE and the iPhone6 Finally be the Vehicle to Monetize Mobile Video?

VoLTE doesn’t just mean Voice over LTE.  It also means Video over LTE.  IMS/LTE includes support for IR.94 which describes how...

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Alcatel-Lucent aims to Position Small Cells Everywhere

With the introduction of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus with resolution levels the company calls Retina HD at a whopping 1920x1080 pixels, we...

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Smart Cities Will Make Our Lives Better

By: Anthony Trinh, Integrated Marketing Assistant, Alcatel-Lucent

The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling the world around us to exchange data via a common network. This data will actually help us to understand the ‘things’ (objects and devices) in our lives and make sense of it. But how does the IoT improve our lives?

By 2020, the IoT will connect more than 26 billion devices and almost anything – your connected car, your dog’s collar, and even your entire city – will be able to communicate with each another. Cities are getting bigger and there are a lot of opportunities to streamline operations and manage scarce resources with IoT technology. Innovations in IoT technology are helping public and private organizations gain in-depth insight into the needs of their communities. Cities will become smart – developing strategies to improve their infrastructure, plan for long-term growth, create more energy-efficient environments, and keep people safe.

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Big Data for Better Operations - The Use of Analytics in the Connected Home

By: Alan Marks, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Customer Experience Solutions

The increasingly competitive broadband market has service providers facing new challenges as they deliver services to today’s Internet-connected home. One challenge is delivering technical support for the rapidly increasing number of Internet-connected devices in the home. Consumers are now connecting gaming consoles, smart phones, tablets and other devices to their residential gateway, and their broadband Internet service. In light of this increasingly complex and dynamic technological landscape, it is no surprise that service providers have turned to analytics to better understand their customers’ needs.

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How to Choose Between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

For the first time ever, Apple introduced two phones of different sizes at once. This is a huge deal for the company...

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A $19B UCC Business

September 25, 2014

In a CRN article, Bob Gutschenritter, director of UCC for Ingram Micro North America, was reported: "Gutschenritter said the UCC business as a whole is already a $19 billion business, with 7 percent year over year growth. He said that while Ingram Micro has approximately 40,000 transaction resellers, he estimated 10 percent of those partners are involved in UCC solutions."

Seems bigger than any estimate I have seen until you drill down to what UCC is for Ingram (or TD for that matter): PBX, video, tele-presence and primarily Cisco distributed by the VAD. I would assume that also means Microsoft Lync licenses as well.

How Frictionless is the Sales Process?

September 22, 2014

On sales that are under $200, the sales process - ordering, quoting - has to be frictionless. The paperwork has to be online. E-signature has been around for a while, use it. No one wants to do paperwork for something that costs $25 per month.

Does Signing an Agreement Make a Partnership?

September 22, 2014

Does signing the agreement make a partnership? Um, no it doesn't. Any more than using the "fog a mirror" strategy builds a proper channel.

As I have said before, channel programs are only a numbers game when the people running them think that numbers is the metric to watch.

Do SPIFFs Work?

September 22, 2014

In a conversation with IPR Channel chief, Kirk Horton, this question arose: Do SPIFF's work? It isn't a yes or no answer. It depends.

When a new product is launched, spiffs help to draw attention to the new product.

A Chat with IPR's Channel Chief

September 22, 2014

Kirk Horton is the new Channel Chief of IPR Secure*. We chat for about eight minutes about the launch of IPR's Fusion Partner program, IPR and channel partner programs in general. Horton told me that he put the best agent friendly agreement in place that he could and that the program will be launching soon.

Before the call, Kirk and I had an hour long conversation about the channel.

Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

September 16, 2014

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for a LinkedIn discussion.

Craig, you make the same points that I have heard since Tiffani Bova first spoke at Channel Partners in Boston -- in 2008. Six years later.

2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

September 16, 2014

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't fit our customer base.

We all have primary vendors, vendors that are significant lines of revenue. We also have secondary vendors. (We might even like them more.) The one thing most vendors have in common is that they have large catalogs of business services.

A Podcast with PlumUC

September 16, 2014

A Few Channel Associations

September 15, 2014

In case you didn't know, there is an association for agents, VARs, inter-connects and MSPs to get education and certification. The TCA is the only non-profit trade association for the channel.

There are other associations for channel partners. CompTIA for IT training and certs.

The IP Transformation Effect

September 12, 2014

While the former RBOCs run pilots for the TDM-to-IP transformation that they are pushing for, the rest of the ILEC world is scrambling to figure out how it will destroy their current business model. The Rural LECs have been kept afloat by USF funds; now, those funds will be less than half and based on broadband lines instead of POTS. The whole business model is shaking up.

Voice over IP is the aftermath of consumers moving from copper to FiOS or cable modem or even cell phone over the last ten years.

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