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Unified Communications in the Cloud

A couple of weeks ago, I explored the migration to Unified Communications and gave my point of view about how the migration is somewhat...

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DieselGate: We Were Right, Something Smells Awful

Remember back in 2015 when we said something doesn't smell right in the VW diesel scandal? it would be impossible for the...

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What Should the Next Generation SBC Be Able to Handle?

It’s strange to be writing about a next generation SBC, given that it seems only yesterday that SBCs came to the fore. ...

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StaffAlerter Provides Value in Emergency Notification and IoT

With terrorist attacks and other shooting incidents becoming commonplace, the need to quickly notify large groups of people regarding dangerous situations seems...

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Top 8 IoT Trends for 2017

The IoT market is accelerating as growth comes from numerous directions and markets and as it does, one thing is very clear,...

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Google Dandelion to Popularize Geothermal?

Geothermal energy is pure perfection for heating and cooling homes in climates which are very hot or very cold because the ground...

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LANTelligence's CEO on Channel and Contact Center

After a short conversation with Martin Tracey, CEO of Unified Communications Solutions Provider, LANtelligence, we decided to do an interview to...

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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.

Merger Synergies and CX

May 24, 2017

Sonus is merging with GENBAND. Last year Sonus bought Taqua for $20M. The talk is all about synergies and higher EBITDA. Oh and Accretive. No talk about how they will better serve their customers.

Telecom Tidbits # 2457

May 23, 2017

Some help with Robocalls. Pass it along.

Private equity firm, TPG, last year acquired RCN and Grande. Now they are grabbing Wave Broadband in the Northwest for $2.36B. They will combine all 3 - Wave, Grande and RCN - to make a larger MSO.

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