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Mazda to Bring Back the Rotary Engine

In the nineties, I leased the last generation Mazda RX-7 and it was an amazing car. The company touted it as "Lightning in...

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IoT Time is Back! Amazon, Lemonbeat, Korea and More

It's true, IoT Time was on a break for a while and even though we weren't producing videos, we certainly weren't slacking....

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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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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.

An SDN-WAN Primer for Channel Partners

September 1, 2015

I had an interesting conversation with Ken LaMere, Director of Channel Sales at Ecessa, that resulted in am email interview about SDN, software defined network, with Ken and Mike Siegler, VP Development & Technical Support. I was letting this acronym build momentum before I wrote about it. This is a good primer on SDN for channel partners.

Question 1: The Channel saw tw telecom delivering Dynamic Bandwidth prior to the Level3 acquisition.


August 31, 2015

Dany Bouchedid, CEO at COLOTRAQ, a data center and cloud master agency, joins me for a 7 minute podcast about their soon to be released "cloud based software for agents and clients" named DCI-TRAQ.

DCI-TRAQ will allow agents to get information, collateral and quotes about data center infrastructure, like PAAS, IAAS, VPS, colocation, virtualization, hybrid cloud. (Yes, every keyword I could think of.) Take a listen for yourself.

Note: I would classify it as a partner portal with a knowledge base, similar to the Microcorp"s Nautilus™, "the most advanced, accessible, back office portal for managing the sale and support of telecom and cloud solutions."

What's Up With the Data Center?

August 26, 2015

This morning there is an article that "RDG Capital Fund Management, the investment vehicle of Russell Glass and a significant shareholder of Internap, put out a public call today citing shareholder support for a sale of the company," InterNAP.

On top of that, rumors say that Verizon is shopping its data center business, formerly known as Terremark, owners and operators of the NAPs.

Windstream got a banker to shop its data center business, Hosting Solutions, which it bought in 4Q2010 for $310 Million.

Other recent deals include vXchnge buying 8 data centers from Sungard AS; and Digital Realty Trust, Inc.plunking down $1.886 Billion to private equity firms ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners for TELx.


August 26, 2015

While search slideshare (now LinkedIn slideshare), I saw this slide, which sums up customer expectations as well as a conversation I saw having with Pete Davis of Panterra.

BYOD is not just an IT PITA (pain-in-the-@ss); it is about the user choosing. That is what Netflix is - user choice (including binge watching). That is what Consumerization of IT is.

What the Studies About UC Say

August 25, 2015

WOW! In a study of 1,000 businesses by Evolve IP, "71.5% were not very familiar with what "Unified Communications" actually is". You can scratch that off your SEO key word list right now.

The stat that "40 percent of participants are already using elements of a Unified Communications (UC) solution" is misleading because UC is a garbage term for many components of voice, video and comms.

On Content for Lead Gen

August 24, 2015

There is a new CMO Council study (along with affiliate, Content ROI Center) out called "Lead Flow That Helps You Grow" focused on demand generation strategy. The report takes a deep look into the struggle companies are having in producing quality lead flow that can advance sales performance. The study was conducted from North America-based research. It features perspectives from both qualitative interviews with marketing leaders at Informatica, Thermo Fisher Scientific, OpenText, CA Technologies and IBM, and key findings from a survey of marketing leaders across many industry sectors.

Vonage Picks Up Another One

August 20, 2015

Broadsoft is losing customers steadily. Vonage bought its third Broadsoft shop today with the announcement it is acquiring iCore for $92M. "The purchase price represents approximately 1.3 times estimated 2015 iCore revenues." [pr]

"iCore sells its solutions primarily through its large, direct field sales force, adding significant scale and a national footprint to Vonage's existing sales force.

A Cloud View from AVANT

August 19, 2015

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