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News Tidbits Part 2923

A lot of lit tidbits popping up. If you follow me on twitter, then you may have seen some of this...

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Realizing The Benefits

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Significant investments require significant returns. How do companies ensure their benefits are measured, tracked and realized during IP Transformation Programs? 

Success Is Not Guaranteed

Think about the hardest project you have ever delivered. Just think back… that one ‘special project’, the one that spiraled out of control, the one where the requirements kept changing, the one where the objectives kept moving, the one project that would not de-scope, where the tsunami of work was towering over the team, and impossible deadlines were looming. Yes, that one.

Most of us have experienced THAT project. And we probably sat with our colleagues, asking ourselves how a project under such pressure could even exist. Why would the sponsors not revise the scope, refocus the team, or even reinvest the budget elsewhere?

We all know that technical projects can go awry. IT, Networking and Engineering projects – famously 50% overrun on budget, and many are cancelled altogether.

So, what are the figures for complex Transformation Programs?  For Programs where IT, Network, Operations and Engineering are undergoing change simultaneously. With an objective eye, it’s easy to question how any of them actually deliver results. But indeed they do.

But, how, and what can we measure to be certain we are achieving the desired results?

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WebRTC Customer Service Benefits Retailers and Shoppers - Video Demo

"If you're shopping and need information about a specific product, and you can't find a salesperson around, scan the bar code [of...

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Buck the Trend Be Cool at Convergence India and ITEXPO East January 2016

Investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, early adopters and evangelists want to be a part of every best thing, and much of that is coming...

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What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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Is There Any Telecom Disruption?

September 22, 2015

Today, was featured on ProductHunt. In the discussion, was mentioned.

Despite consolidation and analyst predictions of 20+% CAGR, we haven't really seen any real disruption in the space.

Low price by itself is not disruption.

The Cable Dominance Push

September 19, 2015

From USA Today, "Altice Group, a European telecom company controlled by French cable entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, has agreed to buy U.S. cable operator Cablevision (CVC) in a deal valued at $17.7 billion."

Altice already is buying smaller cableco Suddenlink for $9B. That makes for a big stake in the US market.

The Show Wrap-up

September 18, 2015

At the channel show in Boston, one thing seemed to be missing: the channel partners. The usual players were there but for the most part, everyone was asking where the agents were.

The East coast show is all cloud with many booths of with unknown logos. Granite, Bullseye, AT&T, Verizon, Windstream and, ooh, Sprint were the only telcos boothing it.


September 15, 2015

GTT has been a on an acquisition binge since 2009, when they bought WBS Connect. Then in 2011 they bought UK's PacketExchange to complement the business. Next, they added nLayer to the mix for just $18m.

They bought the old Tinet from the old Neutral Tandem (Inteliquent) for $54m, before listing on the NY Stock Exchange.

FCC Moves on Frontier and the Internet

September 14, 2015

So the FCC set the clock on the Charter-TWC merger. Part of the order explains how confidential information will be handled. (This is not the first merger with confidential company info.) The two Republican Commissioners on the FCC are complaining loudly -- as they have over every order passed by this Commission. FCC Commish Ajit Pai is often belittling the FCC CHair and his decisions publicly.

The Velocity of Change

September 11, 2015

 I edited this message from President of the TCA, Jeff Ponts (also President of CloudMSP and COO/EVP of master agency Datatel Solutions). Much of what he says is poignant. The Velocity of Change is very striking to me.

The Velocity of Change and the Customer Experience

Next week many of you will be filling the tradeshow hall at the Cloud Partner Conference and Expo at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston September 16-18th. Channel Managers will be lined up to scan your badge, hand you tchotchkes, and updated flyers of their product offerings.

The Decline of TV

September 10, 2015

DSLReports writes that the Average Cable Bill is now $99, Up 39% Since 2010! Up 9% from last year!

Most of that increase is due to about 5 companies charging a premium for content -- and packaging channels that no one wants with the 1 channel viewers do want. [That is why a la carte channels will just not work.

The Tech is Everywhere

September 9, 2015

Watching the US Open quarterfinal match between Azarenko and Halep today, I got a view of how much technology is used for a tennis event. The cameras are everywhere, including the cameras used for the Chase Review. There was a challenge by Halep in game 3, when it took a very long time for the review to start. The umpire eventually said move on without the review.

My SIP Product Wish List

September 8, 2015

Star2Star announced StarSIP which is a SIP trunking service with some enhanced features. It made me start to think about what I would like to see in a SIP Trunk product.

It is all me-too service today: some form of dial-tone either OTT (over the top riding on the existing Internet bandwidth) or on a dedicated circuit. Small business like the straight up POTS replacement, right?

What Happened to Alteva?

September 4, 2015

Alteva was one of the pure play Broadsoft ITSPs. The exit strategy was to be acquired (as it was for almost all the CCA members). An RLEC, WVT, bought them in 2011 for $17m. Today, Momemtum, a wholesale Broadsoft shop, acquired Alteva (and will take them private) for $28.7m.

Alteva had a number of management change since 2011.

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