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Delisting Notices to Vonage, Circuit City

November 3, 2008

Neither campaign is discussing how important technology is to the US economy. Two companies received delisting notices from the stock exchange. The NYSE sent Vonage notice. That should be a fun discussion at the shareholder meeting today.

2008 Florida New Economy Index

December 1, 2008

Here's an excerpt, reprinted from the State Science and Technology Institute, or SSTI, was worth sharing to give you a sense of what two very respected institutions, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation, are recommending regarding how states approach technology-based economic development going forward. 

While which states top the list in the 2008 edition of the State New Economy Index will capture the attention of the media and therefore the majority of decision makers, the most important contribution of the 2008 Index in the current fiscal environment is its overview and final chapter. The Index, released Nov. 18 by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation, goes beneath and well beyond the results of the 29 indicators to explain the need for fundamental change to how states and regions approach economic development. The final chapter goes a step farther and identifies key strategic shifts required to address the challenges of the New Economy.

As state budgets reel from the fallout of the financial crisis, the authors warn:  "If states are going to meet the economic challenges of the future, they will need to make the promotion of innovation a larger part of their economic development policy framework." 

Based on the report, state legislators would seem well advised to avoid deep budgets cuts affecting those areas required to support and encourage innovation - the fundamental elements of tech-based economic development.

The Index does not mean, however, that the status quo should be maintained for most state economic development strategies - particularly given the current fiscal malaise. That applies as well to current TBED approaches before we get too smug.







Microcorp Insite is Insightful Now

December 8, 2008

December 8, 2008 - In its annual twelve day count down of hot telecom and data services that their members should watch in the next year, Telecom Association ("TA") choose MicroCorp's telecom inventory management tool "Insite" on the first day.

"In 2009, because of the economy, business owners and managers will focus on getting more out of the telecom and data services they already have", stated TA Founder Dan Baldwin.

MicroCorp's Insite is a contract and carrier agnostic telecom inventory management tool that helps telecom consultants, agents, and their business clients answer the obvious question, "What are the telecom and data services I already have?"

IT Folks Chatting About Communications

December 9, 2008

During a discussion online, some interesting items popped up.

Companies ban Instant Message. One IT Security Consultant looks at the irony of it here. Tele-Presence is all about improved efficiency in communicating -- no more phone tag, less voicemail, that kind of thing -- but how will that be implemented in a corporate environment that locks it down?

Social networking like LinkedIn and Twitter are becoming commonplace among the marketing set.



The Nortel Tale

December 11, 2008

Nortel is in the news as it weighs bankruptcy. Rich Tehrani has an historic view of Nortel here, as he makes an excellent point:
Sadly, we are learning now (as we do in every downturn) that branding, marketing and "perception augmentation" is something that needs to be done constantly. In good times and especially in bad.
Nortel is experiencing what the VoIP hardware market is feeling: not enough money for everyone to live off. If Cisco is reaping the most benefits, the rest of the hardware companies have to learn to live with a diet of scraps as consolidation and trimmed CAPEX hits the industry.  How many Class 5 or Session Border Controllers do you need before you have maxed out?

Nortel suffers from what many companies do: You cannot be everything to everyone.  You need an Identity that Differentiates you from the pack.

Aastra's New Line of Phones

January 5, 2009

 Aastra has a new line of SIP phones out. They sent me one to test. The Aastra 9480i CT (35i CT) offers advanced features, mobility and security in
a standards-based, carrier-grade IP screen telephone. Utilizing the very popular
Aastra 480i CT design, this powerful includes an integrated WDCT cordless mobility handset.

Sutus Delivers a Stimulus Plan of its own

January 28, 2009

Small Business wins as Sutus announces new lower pricing for  'Office in a box' technology

All-in-one Telephony and Data Communications vendor announces SOHO-grade pricing for award-winning Business Central device


January 27th, 2009, Vancouver, B.C. Sutus Inc., the company behind the Sutus Business Centralâ„¢, a unique all-in-one device that combines all the Telephony, data and networking features required to run a modern-day office, today announced pricing that dramatically reduces the TCO (total cost of ownership) for small businesses.

Video Crosses the Chasm

January 29, 2009

Video hasn't really hit mainstream yet, except as consumer entertainment in the form of pirated movies, Hulu and YouTube. As a communications medium such as video email, video phone and video conferencing (including tele-presence), it has not taken off yet.

When talking with consultants, coaches, and other work-at-home types, not a one of them wants to do video calling. They don't want to get dressed for it. The office space is too cluttered to be in the background. It isn't as easy as it sounds.

Video Calling Coming

February 8, 2009

8x8 tried the Granny Vid-Phone for a while. (Demo is here). At dinner at IT Expo, we were talking about Video Calling and Scott Wharton's name came up because he is rolling out video calling with VidTel.

A name that didn't come up was Nathan Stratton who is at BlinkMind.

Is Broadband No. 1 in America?

February 23, 2009

CircleID takes a look at America's Broadband Score

"Leonard Waverman, the dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, describe a measure he developed called the 'Connectivity Scorecard.' It's meant to compare countries on the extent that consumers, businesses and government put communication technology to economically productive use. Even after deducting the untold unproductive hours spent on Facebook and YouTube, the United States comes out on top..."

What's interesting to me is the comments. How no one can find the US Broadband score is funny. (Heard of Google much?) It isn't so much the score as what the score represents.

We have a few problems to fix:

(1) ISP Competition for one.







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