Alan Percy : The SIP Invite
Alan Percy
| Observations by Alan D. Percy on VoIP enabling technology, industry and our personal reach for success.

VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

Full Story »

These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

Full Story »

Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

Full Story »

How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

Full Story »

HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

Full Story »

Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

Full Story »

Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Call Recording and UC - the missing Lync

November 29, 2011

Many vertical markets have requirements to record and retain their interactions with customers and clients.  Financial service brokers and agents need to take telephone orders from their clients and keep a record of the call to resolve any potential disputes.  Medical staff need to record doctors orders, protecting both the doctor and the hospital staff.  This type of recording a not an option, but a mandated compliance issue that has blocked potential deployment of Unified Communications in these markets. 

A Tour of the ScanSource Distribution Center

October 7, 2011

This week I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the ScanSource Communications Partner Conference, held in Memphis, TN.  The event brings together the strategic reseller and vendor partners that work with ScanSource Communications to create leading communications solutions.

Since the event was hosted in Memphis, the attendees had the unique opportunity to visit the ScanSource Distribution Center, located just outside the city limits.  Being a big fan of "How It's Made" programming on TV, I was sure to attend and soak up the noise and mass movement in the 600,000 square feet facility.

Housing close to $30M in inventory with an order fulfillment accuracy rate of 99.9% is no small task.

While at the facility, we were lucky to see a truck-load of AudioCodes media gateways in the receiving area.

The facility features a technologically advanced “picking, packing and shipping” conveyor system with 40 lanes. 







"Not so fast" - T-Mobile and AT&T merger hits the brakes

September 1, 2011

Image via CrunchBase


It seems that many of the market watchers were surprised with yesterday's announcement that the US Justice department filed suit to block the planned merger of t-Mobile and AT&T.  Honestly, I was not surprised that the merger is going to court. 

With the US down to four national mobile carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile), competition is at risk.  Outside the major metro areas, not all four carriers are ubiquitous, meaning that choice often falls between two or three carriers.  


Getting Started with SIP Trunking

August 22, 2011

The First Step Toward Unified Communications If you've been following me over the last few years, you know that the transition of communications to SIP Trunking is something that I've been tracking/advocating.  It seems a natural next step in the evolution of business communications and only one part of an migration to Unified Communications.

However, taking the step can be a challenge for many businesses - especially in a shaky economic environment.  A major swap out of a corporate PBX can be very disruptive, requiring retraining of already over-worked employees.  A flash cut to new technology can be risky. 

Contact Centers - Expanding and Saving with SIP Trunking

August 8, 2011

Say you manage a global contact center business - offering valuable customer contact services to a range of companies.  One of those companies offers you an opportunity to dramatically expand your business with them, but where do you find the educated and hard working employees to staff your expanded contact center?
 
We just wrapped up publishing a very intriguing customer case study with VXI Global Solutions, a business process outsourcing firm based in Los Angeles that was facing that exact challenge.  How did they expand their workforce in a cost effective way?  Their plan calls for opening new facilities in Nevada, Texas and Ohio giving them access to the staffing, but how do you connect these new employees to the contact center in a cost effective manner? 

8 Steps to Unified Communications - Step 8

July 22, 2011

Going mobile

So far, we’ve unlocked the power of Microsoft Lync for unified communications in your customer’s head office and branch offices – now there’s only one frontier left to tackle before we can call this solution complete: mobility.

While many businesses today leverage mobility to provide access, communications and connectivity to their highly-mobile employees, many of them do so without integrating it into their unified communications environment. That means that mobile workers are missing out on the many advantages enjoyed by their office-bound counterparts, including presence and instant messaging. Not only are they working blind, they’re paying more for the ability to do so – using up minutes from their expensive monthly allotment and almost inevitably being driven into fees for overages.

8 Steps to Unified Communications - Step 7

July 22, 2011

Survivable Branch Appliances

So far, we’ve brought your entire customer’s organization into the unified communications world.

But what about businesses that have many branch or remote offices – retail locations, bank, insurance companies and others that are spread out over the country or even the world?

In this penultimate step, we bring those remote offices into the scope of the solution. What these remote locations need is the ability to get through to Lync and use SIP phones and trunking, but with some back-up survivable trunking to make sure they’re not taken down by outages.

8 Steps to Unified Communications - Step 6

July 14, 2011

Moving to SIP Trunking

Over the last few step in our eight-step guide to unified communications, we’ve introduce da lot of new capabilities and functionality that will not only make sure the deployment is a success, it will drive end users to demand access to the new tools.

Now it’s time to start making this deployment just as exciting to management – and if there’s one thing the C-suite can behind, it’s the idea of saving serious money. To make that happen, it’s time to introduce SIP trunking and downsizing or eliminating traditional PSTN trunks. In reality, this is a step you can take at an earlier point, should you choose to do so, or should getting those cost savings on the table earlier be of prime importance for customers.


8 Steps to Unified Communications - Step 5

July 14, 2011

Moving off the PBX

In any big project – and let’s face it, going from a traditional telephony system to a fully-integrated unified communications system is a big project! – there’s a step at which the point of no return is past – where the hardest work is done, the old system is just about retired, and everything you do from there on in will add more and more value to the overall solution.

In step five, we cross that Rubicon. It’s time to get rid of the PBX.

8 Steps to Unified Communications - Step 4

July 14, 2011

Adding SIP Phones

At this point, we’ve addressed voicemail via Exchange, IM, presence and collaboration and voice and video, and structured your client’s network for the new converged workload through the first three steps of our journey towards complete unified communications.

You may notice that we haven’t touched phones yet. Now, with the trunk line connected to the AudioCodes Mediant media gateway, it’s a good time to think about phones. Because although the hype around unified communications is all about communicating via softphones and using just about any device an end user wants to use to stay connected --- there are still are a lot of people that want to or have to use a phone, whether it’s some of the time or all of the time.



Featured Events