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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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The Snowden Effect (on Business)

August 9, 2013

TechCrunch has two articles about two email hosting providers who have shut down their business. Lavabit was the email service for Snowden, the NSA whistleblower. After government intervention, the owner shut down.

The owner left this note:

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Silent Circle shut down their email operations because they didn't want to deal with the USG (3 letters that represent all the 3 letter agencies in the US).

The Lottery Mentality

August 9, 2013

"Girls star and generational lighting rod Lena Dunham made her big debut in New York City politics yesterday," according to the MIami New Times.

""Recent college graduates, she said, are 'struggling to find jobs and pay the rent and if they struggle for too long, they're leaving New York' for other cities, 'even Tampa,'" reports Capital NY on Dunham's remarks."

In Tampa Bay, there is always someone squawking about how to build a startup community, a Creative City, or how to get people to stay. Then I find out that just about every county in the US is facing the same dilemma. Strange, right?

The ITEXPO Preview

August 9, 2013

Video is Going to be Big

August 7, 2013

Cisco did a survey of young execs. They predict video will be big. You'll see.

"A global study announced today by Cisco revealed that the majority of these next-generation executives intend to depend heavily upon business-class video to connect with their teams, colleagues, suppliers, customers and prospects, as well as to help their businesses deliver new products and services."

"The 2013 Cisco Global Young Executives' Video Attitudes Survey gives insight into what management-track leaders aged 34 and under think about business-class video": "Three out of five young executives say they will rely more heavily on business-class video during the next five to 10 years." <-- in the next 5 years!

Channel Sales Enablement Part 4: Obstacles

August 7, 2013

When performing channel sales enablement, there are often obstacles. Here is a look at a few of the obstacles.

The Product Manager can be a help or a hindrance. Success of the product depends upon sales, but sometimes control of the product gets in the way of sales.

A Look at Some Numbers

August 7, 2013

A look at the results from a few companies.

EarthLink announced 2Q2013 Results: Revenues for 2Q2013 is $313.4 million, "which is net of $1.9 million of revenues reclassified to Discontinued Operations." CFO speak. Besides good revenue numbers, EarthLink made the Talking Cloud 100 list, as one of the fastest growing MSPs!

"EarthLink's Retail growth business, which includes MPLS, Hosted VoIP and IT Services, reached an approximate $157 million annualized revenue run rate in the second quarter of 2013." They now look at Wholesale of MPLS, VoIP and IT as Growth Products.

The 5 Things That make a Conference Great

August 2, 2013

I am a co-organizer for two big events per year in Tampa - BarCamp Tampa Bay and IGNITE Tampa. I attend at least 10 conferences per year. There are 5 things that are required to make a conference great.

The Venue.

Sales Fools

July 31, 2013

Tuesday night I was asked about what I teach when I am doing sales training. I said that the one foundation to sales is emotion. People buy to get rid of pain most of the time. A small portion of the time they buy for pleasure.

Linky Links

July 31, 2013

Here are a bunch of stories that I just can't get to write about but are interesting.

Google has flip-flopped on Net Neutrality now that it is an ISP in 3 markets.

How peering arrangements mean that YouTube and Netflix will always buffer.

Verizon Launches Mobile Telehealth Clinics in Miami

How Many VARs Are There Anyway

July 31, 2013

This is a LONG post. Kind of rambling. Sorry about that. But it does have some really good nuggets of info. Thanks for reading.

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