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BT leverages the power of Rapport™ APIs to drive service innovation in a 3 days hackathon

By: Sue White, Head of Communications and Collaboration Marketing, IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent

I crossed the English Channel to spend a few days in Ipswich. Not to explore its beautiful port but to participate in the hackathon organized by BT, hosted by its Innovation Hub in Adastral Park (7th to 9th July).

ALU.8.4.15.a.jpgHackathons are flourishing these days. These are fast, dynamic, creative
events in which software developers collaborate intensively around ideation and prototyping with specific Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and on dedicated themes such as mobile apps, internet of things, home automation, connected car, etc.

BT leveraged our Rapport APIs and Rapport Sandbox to run their first hackahon. Rapport is our communications software platform, used by service providers and large enterprises to deliver voice, video and messaging.

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IPX Can Enable Revenue Innovation for Voice Wholesalers--Part II

In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about a couple of revenue generating ideas for IPX providers. So how can...

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YipTV Offers Free Trials for International TV

The news of OTT video growth hasn’t abated – Netflix continues to impress with earnings, Verizon reportedly has a new millennial-aimed OTT...

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IPX Can Enable Revenue Innovation for Voice Wholesalers--Part I

When I attended International Telecoms Week (ITW) back in May, I wrote about how voice wholesalers are looking to expand their...

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Expect Cloud UC Player BroadVoice to Acquire and More Inside Scoop

BroadVoice begins to construct new headquartersBroadVoice has been having a great deal of success lately – they’re moving to a new HQ,...

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How The Marketing Behind U.S. Presidential Campaigns Works

While social media has become a big factor in political donations in the last decade or so, its worth pointing out a...

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Why Broadband May Not Be The Answer

This is a look at a typical Internet Minute: And that is the consumer stuff filled with social and real time...

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Batteries Not Included

November 20, 2014

One of the hurdles for the TDM-to-IP Transition is the power outage. With POTS lines, the dial-tone is powered from the central office, so even with a blackout for a while the consumers can still dial 911.

With VoIP, notsomuch - the broadband modem has to have battery backup, the ATA has to have battery backup and the provider has to have battery backup at the POP. That's a lot of batteries!

VoIP Velocity, But Tie Your Shoelaces First

November 19, 2014

The numbers that ANPI collected from Gartner about VoIP and UC point to market velocity for VoIP.

By the end of 2015, "60% of all North American enterprises will move at least 30% of their voice communication to the cloud" -- Gartner

The IP Voice services market is currently growing at a 28.8% compound annual growth rate -- Gartner

The problem is that most service providers are tripping over their shoelaces while trying to run this race.

Comcast Merger Will Pressure CLECs

November 19, 2014

The CLEC industry has a few problems:

  1. TDM-to-IP Transition
  2. USF Reform (E-Rate, ETC)
  3. Consolidation
  4. Special Access Pricing

The biggest problem by far is the Comcast-TWC merger. It will replace 2 large MSOs (Comcast + TWC) with 2 much larger service providers (Comcast & Charter). Comcast is already huge - $17B in the last Quarter! Smaller than AT&T's consolidated revenues of $33.0 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

A Short Chat with the VAR Advisor

November 18, 2014

Brochures

November 13, 2014

Women Owned Start-up Code School Gets Investment

November 13, 2014

Tampa Bay had a little celebration this week as a women-owned start-up called gr8code received $5.4 million investment.

This is big for a number of reasons. It is one of the largest investments in a women-owned start-up in Florida. It is early stage money for a Tampa Bay based start-up, which is almost unheard of in this community.

Growth for Women in the Channel [podcast]

November 12, 2014

Dali, Picasso and UC

November 10, 2014

Last month, the Salvador Dali Museum finished up its Andy Warhol tour. Warhol and Dali knew each other. They both also knew - and were influenced by - Pablo Picasso. (For example, Head After Picasso (1985) by Andy Warhol.) This weekend, The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL, opened its Picasso exhibit.

Invisible is Good Design

November 10, 2014

2 Things About Content Marketing

November 7, 2014

One thing about content marketing is that while everyone is talking about, few people are doing it well.

Great quote from GapingVoid about it, "You have to love them every day, even if they don't buy from you every day." Give Value every day. Show that it isn't just about the contract and invoice.

As Seth Godin reminds businesses, media has changed; now everyone is a media company.

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