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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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What to Do About Barnes & Noble?

July 9, 2013

Barnes & Noble is in decline. Best Buy and JC Penney's and Sears/K-Mart too. I don't think that it is just about brick-and-mortar. I think it is about strategy and pivots.

1099 vs w2 is Value Versus Time

July 8, 2013

First, I want to say that there is a big difference between a 1099 contractor and a W-2 employee. That I will explain here with help from the IRS publications. Then I will posit that today, when we hire skills, we are hiring not for time but for the value or the outcome. Management just hasn't caught up yet.

Cellco Networks Congested

July 8, 2013

You know how everyone makes fun of ATT's congested cellular network? Well, according to Bloomberg, VZW is having the same issue.

Verizon Wireless is America's most heavily used mobile-phone carrier, with 93 million monthly subscribers (second-place AT&T (T) has 71 million). The telecom has continued to attract more new customers than its biggest rivals in recent quarters with ad campaigns that boast about its network's speed.

Different Channel Partners Means Varying Obstacles

June 30, 2013

Whether I am working with an ITSP (Hosted VoIP provider) or a cloud video conferencing company, the one thing I can count on is that the channel partners will all have different business models.

You can put them in buckets generally, but the fact is that each business model is a different problem or obstacle.

The telecom channel is based on the agent model. Sell our stuff, we pay you a commission, we bill and support the client.

1K of Space

June 30, 2013

A Brand is a 1K memory slot in a brain. It is the accumulation of everything they know, heard, experienced, think about your company, product, services, employees.

Sometimes that 1K is empty. Sometimes that 1K is full.

Channel Sales Enablement: Part 2

June 30, 2013

Every channel wants a lot of feet on the street. I just saw a master agent in New England with 160 providers in its catalog. It isn't unusual for a master agent (pick any of the big ones) to have 100 providers on its roster. Let's examine that.

What's the Deal with WebRTC?

June 27, 2013

Day 3 at WebRTC Expo and for the most part everyone is still asking the monetization question. How will we monetize WebRTC? Well, you won't.

WebRTC is just a tool; it is a programming package like HTML5.

So You Want an A Team

June 24, 2013

Lots of talk about hiring A Players. Companies have extensive lists of requirements now for every position - to the point that the candidate doesn't exist in real life.

Let's try to remember that many of the talents, skills and even positions available today did not exist even 7 years ago!

That said, you realize that to build an A Team, you have to become a coach and manager?

Musical Chairs Won't Ungum the Works

June 24, 2013

There are always personnel changes but lately it looks like it has accelerated.

Level3 and its channel head, Mike Jerich, parted company.

MegaPath and its channel head, Eric Beller, parted company. Beller is at Sandler Partners.

Sheldon's Robot is Available for Purchase

June 20, 2013

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