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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Telesphere Goes Reality TV in Booth

March 17, 2014

A few posts this month from trade shows where I just wanted to point out some unusual marketing, like TelePacific having pop-a-shot basketball games in their booth. Swoosh!

Telesphere and BroadSoft are unveiling a massive 8-foot-tall, 3,200 pound aquarium developed by the creative team of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing from Animal Planet's hit show, "Tanked." Representatives of Telesphere tooke part in filming an episode of "Tanked" that will air on the Animal Planet Network in April. So telecom hits reality TV.

What Can You Learn from Target?

March 17, 2014

The credit card breach at Target will be a multi-billion dollar debacle for Target. So many people don't even realize that it wasn't just target; Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other stores also were hit. Lesson 1: consumers are usually misinformed.

In our text based society, people have no attention span.

When IT Skills Outrun Your Staff

March 17, 2014

Today, technology is not only changing so fast, but it is becoming pervasive and specialized. We have come a long ways from Novell networking and Windows 95. Today, a Cisco certificate or a Microsoft MCSE doesn't begin to cover all of the subjects that the IT department has to handle. Not just Linux and Apple O/S, but how many versions of Windows do you have to support - XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1.

Noction Gets Knocked Out

March 14, 2014

Where's the Sales Friction?

March 14, 2014

When you look at your anemic sales growth, what is in the way? Where is the friction?

Is it that your sales team isn't closing enough deals? Or is it your sales team is confused about your product catalog?

Gone Are the Gatekeepers

March 14, 2014

Scale Won't Fix Sprint

March 12, 2014

Softbank's CEO thinks that buying T-Mobile will solve Sprint's ailments. Scale is not the issue here. Poor strategy is one problem. Want examples: the Nextel integration; destroying the Nextel brand; WiMax for 4G; Clearwire two-stepping - need I go on?

Would You Hire That Way?

March 11, 2014

Lately, watching service providers (vendors, carriers, cloud providers - heretofore referred to as SPs) go to channel has been like watching either a reality tv show or a car crash. The way SPs approach the channel looks unplanned.

MessageBroadcast was in and out of the channel in less than a year. I don't know how you think you will get traction and sales that fast from zero.

How ShoreTel Broke M5

March 10, 2014

In February of 2012, PBX maker ShoreTel bought hosted PBX provider, M5 Networks. At the time, M5 had 2000 customers - just two thousand - with an ARPU of $2000. (That's $4 million per month in revenue, $48 mill per year.)

M5 was selling to big organizations like Ziff-Davis and Amnesty.

Telx Says They Love the Channel

March 5, 2014

Allen Harmsen, Director of Product Marketing at TELX, spoke with me about the channel strategy at TELX. To clear up the rumors from last week, Harmsen and Mary Fahey explained that Telx was actually still very channel-centric and that no agents had been cut from the program.

At a sales kick-off meeting in Jacksonville in January, the sales team was told that the channel was going to be leaning less on direct sales personnel and more on the channel people, including two newly added channel managers (in the Northwest and NYC). The five channel managers would be responsible for channel sales, not the direct reps, who would focus on Enterprise sales for the 20 data centers in 13 markets as Telx launches its nationwide marketing campaign.

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