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Raven Guru The "Just Right" Marketing Agency

Not too big, not too small. All the experience, none of the fat.David Byrd is one of the more experienced marketers in...

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Just 18% of Computer Science Degrees go to Women

It seems, there are subtle messages we send to girls in school which may keep them from pursuing STEM study and careers....

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Stay Away From Best Buy Geek Squad?

Best Buy Geek Squad has been in the middle of a storm of media criticism as it seems the FBI has paid...

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IoT + Real Time Communications = Internet of Real Time Communications

Over the summer, I wrote about how Internet of Things will sometimes need to merge with Real Time Communications.  Dialogic even created an infographic on this...

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T-Mobile Leapfrogs U.S. Carriers Again with Digits

It was actually over ten years ago when we wrote about Mobile Stick from Bridgeport Networks (now part of CounterPath), an innovative...

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2017 to be the Year of Blockchain, Bitcoin and Fintech

Cryptocurrencies are fascinating as they act as a commodity and are simultaneously a technology application. Bitcoin mining for example gets cheaper as...

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VoWiFi and Value-Added Services

Skype for Business, Google Hangouts, various other so-called Over the Top providers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon - they all offer VoWiFi.  And...

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Gratitude

November 22, 2011

3 Things to Watch for in The Channel in 2012

November 21, 2011

2011 has yielded some surprising momentum for the Channel. With the cable industry, cloud providers and so many other companies making more commitments to the Channel. I think that there are 3 things we need to watch for in The Channel in 2012.

In 2012, we will see more M&A.

Frontier Gets Cell Service, Agents Should Too

November 18, 2011

Frontier Communications has inked a deal to be a channel sales agent for AT&T for voice and data cellular plans, as reported by the Fool. "This was a natural extension of a product that we are not currently offering that would fit well with our product suite," Steve Crosby, Frontier's senior vice president of government affairs and public relations. At least they realize that cellular is an important part of the total telecom send. Do you?

FCC's Small Biz Cyber Planner

November 18, 2011

There is a whole lot of truth to this statement from the FCC: "American small businesses are key drivers of innovation, economic growth and job creation. Small businesses employ more than HALF of all private sector workers, and they have generated about two-thirds of net new jobs over the past 15 years. Small businesses drive innovation, producing 13 times more patents per employee than large firms."

The FCC goes on to explain that "Broadband and information technology is increasingly important to the success of our economy, to jobs and to the future of small business.

3 Bills That ISP's Need to Be Aware of

November 18, 2011

In DC, there are bills moving through Congress that will affect the ISP business.

The Protect IP Act and the companion Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and H.R. 1981, the ISP Data-Retention Bill.

The ISP Data-Retention bill would require Internet Service Providers such as Comcast or AT&T to retain the personal information of its users for up to 18 months.

What Will You Be Selling in 2012?

November 16, 2011

Most channel executives will tell you that the 2 biggest products for 2012 will be MPLS and SIP.  It makes sense since the PSTN is being phased out as the telecom infrastructure turns to an all-IP network. It also makes sense that not all traffic can travel (safely, securely or timely) on the Internet, so MPLS becomes the WAN solution for control and privacy.

Ethernet will be the product of choice. No more T1.

Lesson from the Penn State Scandal

November 9, 2011

Companies make mistakes. For instance, Netflix goofed on how the new pricing plan was introduced to customers. Or Google killing the Gmail app for Blackberry. Even HP killing the tablet.

Juniper, TWC Have a Bad Day

November 7, 2011

TW Cable had a nationwide outage this morning as reported on twitter and TheVerge. Internet slowdowns and outages were still being reported by Noon Eastern time.

According to the NANOG chatterbox, Level3 & TWC are having the same problem: it appears that Juniper routers are doing a core dump due to a BGP advertisement that triggers a bug.

Presidio, Best Buy Make Acquisitions

November 7, 2011

Big day at Best But as they buy out the stake in Carphone UK and pick up an MSP.

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Bloomberg reports, "Best Buy Co., the world's largest consumer-electronics retailer, agreed to buy Carphone Warehouse Group Plc (CPW)'s stake in their U.S. mobile-phone joint venture for 838 million pounds ($1.34 billion) and close the U.K. stores it opened less than two years ago."

So Best Buy goes deeper into mobile retailing (well, not sharing profits on its Best Buy Mobile stores).

Do You Need an Audit?

November 4, 2011

The FCC wouldn't have spent so much time this year on billing problem is cramming or third party billing to your phone bill. Again so big that the FCC had to workshop the issue after three dockets - 09-158, 11-116, 98-170 (from 1998!!).

Members of the Society for Telecommunications Consultants perform audits, assessments and even TEM (telecom expense management).

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