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Talking API and UC with Zilkr

In this podcast, I sit down with Omar Paul, co-founder of Zilkr, a platform for communications APIs and SDK. In the...

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Will the Clinton Vs. Trump Outsourcing War hurt your Business?

With tens of millions of jobs lost in the U.S. due to outsourcing (including contract manufacturing), we can expect the topic to...

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Why Android Sucks: Part 2

Earlier this month in a piece titled Why Android Sucks you learned that Dell decided to stop updating Android devices. The article...

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2016 State of WebRTC

Where are we really with WebRTC?  It’s not generating the buzz it used to. There are not many specialized conferences anymore.  Even...

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What It Means to Master an Agency

After rumors swirled at CP Expo in Vegas in March, the announcement is finally here: Sandler Partners is acquiring X4. This...

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Why You?

This was another Me-too week in press releases. It was ILEC SD-WAN week with announcements from AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon. It...

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Zang to Grow Communications PaaS offerings at All About the API

Here at the All About the API 2016 show in Las Vegas I got a chance to catch up with keynoter Davide...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

April 17, 2015

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career and was the primary trainer for both Nextel and Sprint.

The big take away is the question: Why aren't you my customer? It is an important question.

I Just Don't See Nokia Pulling This Off

April 15, 2015

Nokia is buying Lucent for $16.5 billion. Rajeev Suri, current Nokia president and CEO, says, ""Together, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia intend to lead in next-generation network technology and services, with the scope to create seamless connectivity for people and things wherever they are. Our innovation capability will be extraordinary, bringing together the R&D engine of Nokia with that of Alcatel-Lucent and its iconic Bell Labs. We will continue to combine this strength with the highly efficient, lean operations needed to compete on a global scale." What R&D engine? VDSL2?

The Race to Gigabit is About Business

April 15, 2015

The cable companies racing to Gigabit networks isn't about delivering ultra-fast broadband to consumers. The Gigabit announcements get them good PR in DC, where the largest MSOs are waiting for approval for acquisitions (Comcast for TWC; Charter for Bright House). Comcast, as the largest MSO, has a poor reputation for customer service and for Net Neutrality. The Comcast-Verizon squeeze on Netflix was probably the number 1 reason the FCC received millions of public comments and laid down the law.

Cloud, Channel and TelePacific Podcast

April 9, 2015

Citrix and Grasshopper Make a Good Pair

April 8, 2015

Citrix has many products - DaaS, NetScaler, ZenApp, SingleSignon and the GoTo suite of products: GoToAssist, GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar, Podio and ShareFile. Citrix is firmly in the cloud, collaboration and remote worker space. Nabbing Grasshopper was probably a good move.

Grasshopper is auto-attendant in the cloud for about 150K very small businesses. I am not certain that those 150K VSB do use or will use other Citrix products.

Customer Experience is the Next Level

April 7, 2015

Saw this today from Evan Kirstel: "Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent Helping Telefonica Enhance Experience For Consumers in Europe and Latin America". The strategic partnership between Accenture and ALU combines the PS of the consulting firm with the hardware of ALU. Integration of software systems is required for the customer experience (and adoption of services) to increase. Unified Communications means unifying the various components - texts, email, faxes, vociemail, chats, video, social media - into one inbox (especially for the contact center agent).

Re-Education Will Be Required

April 6, 2015

On my Google Alert for VoIP this weekend, there were numerous headlines that made me shake my head. They are so misleading that the reader (presumably a prospective buyer) will almost certainly be confused. Don't forget that one part of the sales process is for you to educate the prospect. You have to educate them on the benefits of your service; the difference between your service and the rest of the market; and on any misconceptions that may occur.

Is Size Important?

April 3, 2015

There is a belief that you need as many partners as you can get. That seems like an expensive idea. When you factor in that channel managers will max out their day with busy work - quoting, educating, recruiting, paperwork - but it won't result in more sales (just more work).

As it stands now, better channel managers already grade their partners and prioritize work according to that grade.

Top Tampa ISPs Sell Out

March 31, 2015

Last month, Verizon announced that it was selling wireline assets of VZT in Florida, California and Texas to Frontier. Today, Charter announced a deal to buy Bright House Networks for about $5K per subscriber or about 2.8x revenue. [Charter is only buying 73% of BHN, which may be just to take care of the hanging chad that is BHN in the TWC deal.]

Tampa Bay was the market that Verizon tested FiOS head-to-head against cable.

What Business Model Should the VAR Examine?

March 30, 2015

So many keynotes (and channel strategists) have suggested that for channel partners to be successful going forward they would have to do 3 things:

  1. Perform R&D and develop some IP
  2. Build their own cloud services
  3. Go beyond brokerage to systems integration

Storagecraft writes, "According to a study by CompTIA, four out of 10 IT companies are monitoring the impact cloud computing has on the MSP market before deciding to offer managed services."

"ScanSource CTO Greg Dixon explains why it's imperative for solution providers to build managed services into their product offerings in order to boost recurring revenue and expand their value add." [source]

Let's examine each one.

First, the Duopoly doesn't even do research. They have industry labs (e.g., CableLabs) and vendors that do the research and development.

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