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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDm-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are...

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The Secret Value of VoLTE

By Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

At Mobile World Congress, I discovered that many network providers still aren’t aware of the broader business values of voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Most knew it readily includes HD voice for clearer calls and reduced background noise, which lets you feel like you’re standing right next to the other person. Most didn’t realize that, in unexpected ways, VoLTE helps them earn more money and increase efficiency.

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How to Kill Shadow IT: Step One - Recognize that Resistance is Futile

By Bryan R. Davies, Senior Director of Enterprise Communications Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

The first step in resolving any problem is to make sure you understand the core issues. So here’s the crucial question for shadow IT: What is the biggest challenge it presents for your IT department?

Holding back the flood?  

Today’s flood of mobile devices and cloud services is making shadow IT a bigger headache than ever before. But it’s nothing new. It started with the first enterprise employee who ever put an application in place without the knowledge or approval of IT staff.
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The NSA Spying Scandal isn't New

June 7, 2013

Remember back in 2003 when a whistleblower from AT&T pointed out Room 641A that the NSA used to spy on all AT&T long distance calls and Internet traffic? Verizon and Qwest denied they did, too.

Put on your foil hat because I am going to make some crazy points.

The FCC only wants to deal with a few companies, not thousands of them.

9 Years Ago

June 5, 2013

In May of 2004, Seth Godin asked a question:

Five years from now... Assume that: Hard drive space is free. Wifi like connections are everywhere. Connections speeds are 10 to 100 times faster.

Channel Conflict on the Rise

June 4, 2013

All the changes happening in the IT World is also causing trouble in the Channel, as anyone in the channel can attest to. CompTIA released its Third Annual State of the Channel Study: Channel Conflict and Deal Registration Trends, an online survey of 350 U.S. IT company executives conducted in February 2013.

the study found that "Eight in 10 say conflict has affected their business negatively, including 21 percent that described the impact as "major."

Go Deep, Not Wide

May 30, 2013

Let's travel back in time to 1999, the time of the DLEC IPO. Covad, Rhythms and Northpoint all scored BIG IPO's. All went national. All failed.

Why?

Doubling Your Sales

May 30, 2013

At ITEXPO in Vegas, I will be on a panel for Doubling Your Sales in Telecom (SP-07) that is on 8/28/2013 at 9 AM. You do not want to miss this!!!

Session description: It's no secret many telecom and cloud providers are struggling for sales - it's an in increasingly competitive market and businesses are facing shrinking budgets. This session will consider these trends and discuss eight tips any service provider can use to increase sales by as much as 100%.

Mary Meeker's Internet Trends 2013

May 29, 2013

Level3 Channel Chief Steps Down

May 28, 2013

A memo went out to channel partners this evening from Karl Strohmeyer, GVP, NA Enterprise Sales at Level(3) that Mike Jerich was leaving L3.

"Partners:

It is with mixed feelings that I announce Mike Jerich is leaving Level 3 to pursue an outside opportunity. I say "mixed" as he has shown great leadership integrating and building the program to what it has become today; however, he has an opportunity to further expand his career. I appreciate the strong commitment and expertise he has delivered and wish him all the best in his new chapter.

VAD's Becoming CSB's

May 28, 2013

I just like using acronyms. A VAD is a value added distributor like Tech Data, SYNNEX, Arrow, Ingram Micro and Insight. Like Dell and Microsoft, these companies have to shift their business model to adjust for a decline in hardware and software sales. Everything is going Cloud.

5.5 Questions to Ask Your Cloud Vendor

May 28, 2013

An agent asked me for some advice on what Hosted PBX provider they should look at. I think it is always about local - you need local support, local numbers, and if it is OTT or single location local network.

Then she asked me what questions to ask a cloud vendor. Here are 5 and one-half.

10 Lessons from Volleyball, Part 2

May 23, 2013

Part 1 of the 10 Business Lessons from Volleyball can be found here.

In volleyball, the only play you control yourself is the serve. See that post here. Best female server in the world now is Logan Tom.

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