Game Changer

David Byrd : Raven Call
David Byrd
David Byrd is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Raven Guru Marketing. Previously, he was the CMO and EVP of Sales for CloudRoute. Prior to CloudRoute, He was CMO at ANPI, CMO & EVP of Sales at Broadvox, VP of channels and Alliances for Telcordia and Director of eBusiness development with i2 Technologies.He has also held executive positions with Planet Hollywood Online, Hewlett-Packard, Tandem Computers, Sprint and Ericsson.
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Game Changer

I went into the weekend with a serious desire to fix a cheese soufflé but alas it will have to wait until Wednesday. Saturday morning I made a breakfast pizza using tortillas. Starting with a simple base of a tomato sauce, sausage, three cheeses and an egg on top, I cooked it until the egg white was set leaving the yolk still soft and creamy. It was tasty. Dinner was barbeque shrimp and fried oysters with a simple salad. But what delayed my cheese soufflé was the next request. After watching a Food Network show called Diners and Dives in which a restaurant called Grover’s showed a specialty of the house, cheeseburger soup, my wife asked me to make it. An interesting challenge, making a soup that would taste like a cheeseburger. A quick search failed to turn up Grover’s recipe. No big deal, I would make an original version. As I pulled out the basic Mirepoix (celery, carrots and onions) and red bell pepper for color, I realized that only the onion was a component of a cheeseburger. I put everything back but the onion. I focused on using only those things found in a cheeseburger. I made the soup using onion, garlic (had to add that), chopped up hamburger patties, tomatoes, green chilies, cheese, milk, salt and pepper. It was served with chopped lettuce mixed in and a squirt of yellow mustard. She was quite pleased and, I must say, it tasted like a cheeseburger. Sunday morning I prepared a vegetable omelette topped with a tablespoon or two of the cheeseburger soup. This was the game changer. Enough cheese for the weekend so no cheese soufflé.  Instead dinner was an old favorite, pork shanks with crispy skin, potatoes with sauerkraut and green peas. I think the most interesting dish was the cheeseburger soup, but since I didn’t measure anything, I can’t make that the recipe of the week. However, the potatoes with sauerkraut were very good and I did measure that. So, the recipe of the week is Potatoes with Sauerkraut. Enjoy!

Game changer - Adtran Buys Bluesocket

The Adtran/Bluesocket deal was announced last week with a modest bit of fanfare. I read where the deal may be a game changer. The question for me was for whom? The industry has already begun to position for wireless networks, rapid growth in wireless endpoints and cloud virtualization. I interpret the purchase as a very promising action by Adtran to grow their business in the enterprise space dramatically. Adtran has been a very good partner of Broadvox’s and it has been a joy watching them grow. With this acquisition, they should continue to be a very successful company.

Since Broadvox has many IAD and media gateway partners, I do my best to be agnostic when it comes to recommending products. However, next week, Broadvox and AudioCodes will be conducting a webinar “Get Started with Enterprise SIP Trunking”. It will be held on Wednesday August 24th with material presented by Alan Percy and Nancy Patterson of AudioCodes, and yours truly representing Broadvox. Migrating to SIP Trunking for a large enterprise can be an involved task. Learn how to do it without a “rip and replace” implementation. Consider this another game changer.

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