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Between the NSA and the Courts, US Cloud is Dead

After all the Snowden revelations about PRISM and other programs that the NSA and other government agencies amass personal information about every person on the planet, the US Cloud Providers took a hit, especially in Europe, where the privacy...

Selling Storage in a Free For All Market

I say consumer storage market because for small business with less than 15 employees, consumer apps are used. Earlier this week, Microsoft offered 1TB of storage on OneDrive to Office365 customers. (Thx Pete Davis for the heads-up.) Today, at...

Tidbits and Things Part 134

On December 16, 2013, Littlejohn & Co., LLC, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, announced the acquisition of Hostway Corp. a leading provider of hosted information technology solutions to over 500,000 small and medium-size businesses and enterprise...

Channel Programs Have Changed

Many companies are adding channel programs. Most look at the success that Microsoft and Cisco via their channels. The thing is most companies don't treat their channel the same way that these two giants did. Microsoft knew that if...

A Laborious Weekend for Bankers

A weekend of labor by bankers and telecom execs resulted in two purchases. Verizon finally was able to rest full control of VZW out of Vodafone. However, it cost VZ $130 Billion to do that. Vodafone's 45% ownership of...

Everything is Changing, No One is Happy

Belkin is buying Linksys from Cisco, who is exiting the consumer business. What are they doing with the Scientific Atlantic set-top boxes?Logitech is dumping some of its product lines as it re-vamps. Andy says that Yahoo Voice is shutting down....

Predictions for 2013

CenturyLink Biz has an ebook out with predictions for 2013 and beyond. M2M, mobility, cloud - all just mind blowing stuff . It's prediction time obviously. Let me say that 2013 can go a couple of ways - DC gets...

Microsoft Lync in my Opinion

Have you been hearing buzz about Microsoft Lync? Microsoft is spending millions on marketing it - and I hear that the Fortune 100 have deployed it but in limited roles. My brother works for a Microsoft integrator who has 135K...

Casting a Wide Net

When I read that VZ and Sprint signed of to offer Office 365, I thought, "More me-too for this industry." Then I read further down where 42,000 Microsoft partners are also going to be reselling Office 365 and I about...

Can You Beat the iPad?

As tablet after tablet fail to make it - I am talking to you HP, Blackberry Playbook, Dell Streak, MOTO Xoom, Asus and even Creative - does it make it even harder for another one to launch?We have three new...

The Cloudy Race to Zero

There has been an discussion about the Transactional Agent - and his demise. I beg to differ. I think The Cloud will end up being transactional as well.A couple of months ago, Microsoft lowered its pricing on Office 365 in...

Microsoft Buys Yammer for $1.2B

Microsoft bought Yammer for $1.2 Billion. Yammer is supposed to add Social Media to Sharepoint." Yammer now has more than 5 million corporate users, including employees at 85 percent of the Fortune 500. The service allows employees to join a...

Crazy News Today

Nokia To Slash 10,000 Jobs, Shut Several Manufacturing Sites. Report: Microsoft Negotiating To Buy Yammer For $1 Billion-Plus! Can you say Bubble? Yammer is a private social network for business execs. I get invited to a private social network for...

Tidbits About the GC-L3 Combo

I sat through a 65 slide presentation from Level3 about the integration of Global Crossing. The stats are nice for trivia night. Maybe someday CVX will hold a Telecom Jeopardy so I can use this trivia to win prizes. Level3...

A Brief View of Integra Telecom

I interviewed Integra in Austin last year. Like quite a few interviews I do, I just can't find the time to write up the blog. It may seem like I do this blogging thing full time, but my bills...

Too Much Going On

PowerNet Global (PNG) signed a wholesale agreement with LightSquared. This will be PNG’s second attempt at cellular. Back in 2005, PNG Mobile was launched as a Sprint MVNO. It didn’t pan out. Most MVNO’s failed around that time. I still...

Are VAR's the New Agent?

The Channel seems to be turning their back on the traditional telecom agent. All eyes are on the VAR space. Even Master Agents are out chasing the VAR's. (For example, Telephony Partners has a white paper out to explain why...

Call Us Customer Experience

During our second conversation with Dean Parker, CEO of Callis, we talk about the exciting things happening at this Mobile, Alabama based Cloud Communications company, including the hiring of a new CTO from Deltacom and the release of a new cloud...

Novell?

After a long tenure as a chemist for such companies as Oil of Olay, BIC Corp., Bayer and Glaxo, my shift into IT was through a friend who owned a Novell VAR. At the time, Novell 3.12 was as rock...

Who Will Own the Home Gateway?

In the article about the Intel-McAfee merger, I mentioned that Cisco's acquisitions have not actually resulted in any great innovation. The Flip is still the same old camera. The cable box is certainly cheaper, but less reliable. (I have gone...

Never Vote Incumbent

As long as I am ranting, I figured I would hit on Incumbents. I don't mean the ILEC's, although most of them don't care a wit about their customers. I'm talking about career politicians. We breed them in the US...

IT versus PBX

If a business is moving to UC, how does the decision get made on the platform?In many cases, the IT Administrator has some responsibility for the phone system (even if that means he calls the PBX vendor). When the IT...

Top 3 Reasons its Hard to Sell SAAS

Software-as-a-service (SAAS) is the new buzz in 2009. Salesforce.com hit a $1B in sales so its the poster child. Google is the other golden child of SAAS pushing is Apps and Gmail to businesses. For me, even hosted email is...

Hot off the Twitter Press

It's amazing the news feed you can get from Twitter. Broadband Stimulus Plan: High-Speed Access coming to Rural America Ask our CIO about our UC implementation at Aspect on a Frost & Sullivan webinar tomorrow: Telefonica, Microsoft Offer Windows Live...

OCS in the Sandbox

TechRepublic has a great review of Microsoft OCS. "The verdict: For most organizations, Microsoft's current unified communications product will supplement-not supplant-traditional telephony systems." OCS has 3 main weaknesses. One is 911.OCS does not support enhanced 911 location information and not...
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