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News Tidbits Part 2923

A lot of lit tidbits popping up. If you follow me on twitter, then you may have seen some of this...

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Realizing The Benefits

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Significant investments require significant returns. How do companies ensure their benefits are measured, tracked and realized during IP Transformation Programs? 

Success Is Not Guaranteed

Think about the hardest project you have ever delivered. Just think back… that one ‘special project’, the one that spiraled out of control, the one where the requirements kept changing, the one where the objectives kept moving, the one project that would not de-scope, where the tsunami of work was towering over the team, and impossible deadlines were looming. Yes, that one.

Most of us have experienced THAT project. And we probably sat with our colleagues, asking ourselves how a project under such pressure could even exist. Why would the sponsors not revise the scope, refocus the team, or even reinvest the budget elsewhere?

We all know that technical projects can go awry. IT, Networking and Engineering projects – famously 50% overrun on budget, and many are cancelled altogether.

So, what are the figures for complex Transformation Programs?  For Programs where IT, Network, Operations and Engineering are undergoing change simultaneously. With an objective eye, it’s easy to question how any of them actually deliver results. But indeed they do.

But, how, and what can we measure to be certain we are achieving the desired results?

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WebRTC Customer Service Benefits Retailers and Shoppers - Video Demo

"If you're shopping and need information about a specific product, and you can't find a salesperson around, scan the bar code [of...

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Buck the Trend Be Cool at Convergence India and ITEXPO East January 2016

Investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, early adopters and evangelists want to be a part of every best thing, and much of that is coming...

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What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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Broadsoft's First Public Quarter

August 10, 2010

So Monday morning I was on the very short investor call for Broadsoft's first quarter being public since it's IPO. Marketwatch has the 2Q2010 results here.

  • "Total revenue was $19.8 million in the second quarter of 2010, compared to $17.7 million in the second quarter of 2009"
  • Net loss for the second quarter of 2010 was $1.8 million
  • Net loss for the first six months of 2010 was $4.4 million

"During the second quarter, our license revenue increased 20%, to $10.6 million, compared to the first quarter of this year, reflecting service providers' demand, as they transition from TDM to IP-based communications, for our flagship product, BroadWorks, which enables carriers to deliver feature-rich IP-based communications services to their enterprise and consumer customers."

More than 50% of revenue is coming from licenses.

Do You Compete With Your Channel Manager?

August 10, 2010

Lately, I have been seeing some crazy things out of Channel Managers. Do they not understand that everything comes out since we operate in a small world?

I have seen this twice this month, where someone is a channel manager for a VoIP Provider and also runs a VoIP Provider. You read that correctly.

Mergers Only Mask the Truth

August 10, 2010

I have a firm belief that most mergers are just ways to make the books look better by clouding the numbers. Take this headline from the Morning Journal, "CenturyLink has profitable second quarter, primarily due to acquisition". I agree with that.

The telling number is the revenue or income or EBITA, but this metric: "CenturyLink added more than 29,000 high-speed Internet customers in the second quarter, compared to 28,000 in the second quarter of 2009, the company reported." HUH?

Tele-Pacific Acquires Some O1

August 4, 2010

"TelePacific Communications, the largest CLEC providing integrated voice and data telecommunications services to the small and medium-sized business ("SMB") customer segment in California and Nevada, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the SMB customer base and network of O1 Communications ("O1"). TelePacific will also acquire a SAS 70 Type II certified data center located in Sacramento, California. ... Under the terms of the agreement, TelePacific Communications will gain approximately 1000 business customers in California.

Channel a HyperOffice

August 2, 2010

TCA Adds MegaPath and Star2Star

August 2, 2010

The Technology Channel Association (TCA) announced the addition of two new carrier members in July: MegaPath Inc. and Star2Star Communications LLC. TCA was launched in August 2008 as a non-profit trade association for channel organizations selling any technology solutions.TCA membership is open to both agents and vendors.

As vendor members, MegaPath and Star2Star will collaborate with TCA on the development of industrywide standards and best practices.

Is Broadband a Utility Now?

August 2, 2010

The way the FCC is examining, re-classifying and inquirying broadband, has it become a utility now?

There are many studies that show that cities with broadband do better economically than cities without broadband. The Iowa City study done about 5 years ago (that I read in Broadband Properties magazine) was one of the first studies that showed the economic benefit of FTTX. But it wasn't the last.

The American economy is in a slump (to put it mildly). We are competing globally against everyone in the world for a job.

Ethics of the Rolodex

July 29, 2010

What happens when a channel manager leaves a Master Agent or a Carrier? 
Who's Rolodex is it? That database of contact info is a valuable asset.
What happens if the channel manager takes that database and all that information with them? Is that stealing?

There's been a much talk at agent events about ethics and I have 2 examples where it just seems this should be illegal.

One was a channel manager (CM) I had with a CLEC. To be honest, he wasn't that good of a channel manager.

Predictions 7 Months Later

July 27, 2010

Back in December, I made some predictions in an interview with Rich Tehrani. One of them was about HD Voice. We added another Alliance slash Peering Group, but still not enough density yet for HD. I'm thinking maybe in 2012.  (BTW, I still get asked how to do Fax over IP and TDM is still the answer for any volume of outbound faxing.

Another LTE Player?

July 27, 2010

No, not Sprint, although according to the media, Sprint is thinking about deploying LTE. I'm talking about Lightsquared.

This new LTE venture promises 100,000 jobs and a 4G network that will reach 92% of the populace. Lightsquared is a consortium based on Harbinger Capital Partners acquisition of SkyTerra Communications. "SkyTerra will provide the spectrum for this venture.

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