June 2009 Archives

A Plug from HP, but not for them

June 29, 2009 9:03 AM

At first I thought this was neat, but then I thought about it some more.

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This fits into a standard wall junction and includes
> four 10/100 Ethernet ports (why so many?)
> a pass-through standard phone jack and
> a WiFi access point.

All I would ever want is good WiFi access.

But HP's WiFi offer has no 802.11n, just a/b.

At US$349, you might want something with longer life.

That was Coke's slogan back in the 70s.

With 1.6B consumer servings per day, Coca-Cola is always looking for new ways to serve their customers.

Enter Freestyle Coke, a hyperconnected vending machine that can give you 100 drink choices, while giving Coke better on-line inventory control and first hand market research.

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How? By embedding 30 flavor cartridges (example that come to mind: caffiene, sugar, fruits) that network back to HQ.

Is a hamburger dispenser next?

The Nortel User Association held its annual conference, Global Connect, in Pittsburgh earlier this month, just before the 7th and final game for the Stanley Cup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings in Detroit

Henry Dewing of Forrester Research provided a well-balanced view on this event on his blog.

Henry observed that "customers wanted to compare them (Nortel) to the Pittsburgh Penguins wondering whether they could pull off one more win to take the Cup."

Ánd they did!

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Blackberry is Tops

June 22, 2009 6:37 AM

Blackberry is tops in 3 of the top 5 smartphone categories.

Why such success in the enterprise hyperconnected world?

Three reasons why it beat out the iPhone:

1) Enterprise fit, apps and security- R3 of iPhone will narrow the gap.
2) Carrier support: Blackberry is available from all top 4 US carriers, while iPhone is only available from AT&T. Remember that many enterprises have a preferred wireless provider, so this is a big deal for those that aren't with AT&T.
3) Blackberry is a more mature product in a market that they have created (at least in enterprise).

As the smartphone market matures, driven by consumers, expect to see more competition in the enterprise segment.

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Zafirovski Comes To Ottawa

June 19, 2009 3:44 PM

I attended a Canadian Parliamentary Finance Committee yesterday at which Mike Zafirovski, the CEO of Nortel, defended bonuses for execs, and Nortel Pensioners presented their case. One headline read "Zafirovski faces MPs, angry Nortel pensioners".

You can read Zafirovski's opening remarks yourself.

The stated perception from Nortel Pensioners was that all of Nortel will be sold off.

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UC Enhances Your IQ

June 17, 2009 6:41 AM

A few years back, a psychiatrist at King's College London University, monitored the IQ of workers in 80 clinical trials.

What he found is that workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana or losing a nights sleep. That's the down side of hyperconnectivity.

The upside exists in unified communications.

In simplifying and integrated a person's communications environment, UC can be viewed as an IQ enhancer, as compared to today's environment where employees need to juggle messages and work.

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The CEO of Siemens Enterprise Networks has left Siemens. The new interim CEO is from Gores Group, the private equity firm that owns SEN..

No reason has been given, but could it be due to a disagreement on details associated with potentially acquiring Nortel's enterprise business?

And if that happened, would this open the door for Joel Hackney, Nortel Enterprise's current President, to head the combined business?

I have already suggested this might be an interesting marriage.

Five months have passed without a word from Nortel.

Maybe Nortel is waiting the full nine months to announce who the father will be for its Enterprise business? I hope not.

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Nortel just released Release 2 of their Agile Communication Environment, communications integration middleware that can help create communications enabled applications across multivendor communications environments. In my mind ACE represents one of the crown jewels of Nortel technology.


Multivendor Hotdesking is highlighted as a key new capability, which had been developed for HSBC as a lead user.

Of course, single vendor hot desking is a feature of most IP Telephony systems, allowing users to walk up to any IP phone.

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Cisco Too Will Fall

June 8, 2009 7:05 AM

Who would have predicted a year ago that GM would be in Chapter 11? Nothing is forever.

Cisco too will fall... someday.

What might bring it to this state?

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GM vs Nortel

June 4, 2009 7:27 AM

Both GM and Nortel are in Chapter 11, but what else can we observe.

Firstly, GM has many manufacturing facilities and ecosystem suppliers in North America; Nortel out-sourced manufacturing years ago.This has attracted political action on behalf of GM.

Secondly, both have been spread too thin, in terms of brands for GM and products for Nortel. This has contributed to lower competitiveness.

Thirdly, Nortel has been, in general, better aligned with customer needs. This customer focus is a plus for Nortel, while changing the Detroit culture is a major challenge for GM.

Finally, in both cases, company executives have their hands full and are not in full control of their destiny.

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The Flying Carrot

June 2, 2009 4:34 PM

That's the name of what is the most technologically advanced row boat ever built.

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"For what purpose?" you might ask.

Last January, Oliver Hicks, a Brit, set off solo from Tasmania on his 18,000 mile (29,000 km) journey around the world. If completed (Oliver is now in New Zealand!), this will be a world first and take between 18 and 22 months to complete.

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