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Making Sense of Blockchain and Nothing Can Be Hidden in it?

The Bitfury Group and First Block Capital, on January 11, 2018, announced they had invested in Emercoin and would support the ground-breaking...

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Openpath Intros Next-Gen Access Control System

As everything in our lives has become smart; the phone, speaker, lights, cities, thermostats and doorbells, the reality is that pretty much...

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ZiipRoom Intros Must-Have Videoconferencing Solution

Friction or resistance is generally used to slow things down. In fact, a car's braking system is a great example of something very...

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Small Businesses Have Unique Needs When it Comes to Communication Systems

If you have a small business, chances are you have a business communication phone system someplace on premise.  That PBX communication system...

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ChatBots are Marching

Chances are you have talked to a Chatbot and didn’t even know it.  Like most contact center innovations, Chatbots have been driven...

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Why is the PSTN Long Tail So Long?

Even though VoIP and IP communications in general is now dominating all landline communications, why is the PSTN still there?  Why doesn’t...

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Cloudstudio with Your UCaaS, Would You Like Fries With That?

McDonald's is famous for asking customers if they want fries with their order and as a result, over the years, they have...

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Telecom Tidbits (Part 2459)

June 13, 2017

Some stats from 451 Research

Enterprises buy a variety of computing services from public to private along with VPS, hosting and everything in between. "It's easier for enterprises to develop, test, operate and migrate workloads across hybrid architectures when the CSP's public and private cloud code base is the same, or at least virtualized and functioning identically." However, they cannot procure this variety from Amazon or Google. They would to go to the likes of IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

"Consumer tablet demand continues to shrink.

Is It Easy to Switch From CM to Agent?

June 13, 2017

I hear Channel Managers (CM) mention how easy it is to be a partner. Recently, one CM told me that he was going to start being an Agent part-time.

Someone I met in Vegas was a laid off CM who was discussing how exciting it was to launch her partner business. I hadn't heard from her and just checked on LinkedIn. She is back in the W-2 world of being a carrier channel manager.

2 Blockbuster Deals

June 9, 2017

The VADs (value added distributors) are feeling the pinch of the growth of cloud, SAAS, SD-WAN, managed services - amid the decline of laptops, PCs, hardware and software licensing.

Last year, Tech Data negotiated to acquire Avnet Technology Solutions for $2.6 billion. Avnet TS brings in $9.65 Billion in revenue and will increase Tech Data's share of data center revenue from just 29 percent to 45 percent. This move also gives Tech Data a presence in Asia-Pacific.

Mary Meeker's Internet Trends

June 8, 2017

Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins puts out an annual report on Internet and Internet related trends. This year it is a 355 slide report. [You can download a pdf version here.] (Here is a 35 minute summary from Mary herself.)

Highlights:

The Accordion Channel Strategy

June 7, 2017

An Accordion is a musical instrument that is stretched and squeezed while the piano like keys are played.

A better analogy might be Thermal Expansion and Contraction.

Channel heads tend to have this mentality of "Let's sign up EVERYONE!" The more we sign up, the more sales we will make. Logical, but false.

Cisco's Business at Risk?

June 4, 2017

"CEO Chuck Robbins' first orders of business upon taking the helm at Cisco was to initiate a transformation away from hardware and shift to a software, cloud, and recurring revenue model. Last quarter was yet another example of Cisco's slow but steady progress. Total revenue declined 2% to $11.6 billion," reports Madison.com.

There is an interesting article on Business Insider about Facebook making switches and routers for themselves.

IBM's Mandate to Employees

May 30, 2017

So IBM is taking a bunch of flack from pulling people back into the office. Some departments are not going to be virtual or remote any more -mostly marketing and design. There are debates across America about this. IBM was the pioneer of work from home with up to 40% of its employees working from home.

Culture Impacts Employees

May 30, 2017

A study out by Gallup shows that more than 50% of employees leave a job due to the Manager. Companies need to invest in training managers if they want to stop turnover.

Gallup also did a poll that showed that 32.9% of U.S. employees are "engaged" in the workplace in February.

How Much Do They Spend?

May 25, 2017

On a call today discussing marketing in our sector - and how there is very little of it. I had to take a look at what companies spend on marketing. Here is the list of the top 20 advertisers.

  • AT&T - $3.6bn
  • Samsung - $3.3bn
  • NIKE - $3.2bn
  • Google - $3.2bn
  • T-Mobile - $2.9bn
  • Verizon - $2.7bn
  • Chase - $2.7bn

Chase and Nike are to give you an idea what big brands spend.

3 Ways Cisco's Channel is Better than Yours

May 25, 2017

I often hear how channel heads want to model their channel after Cisco or Microsoft. Well, you forget 3 large factors that are missing from telecom.

Microsoft or Cisco products for their clients.
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