Recently in Business aspects Category

Sunacle Bucks The Trend

April 22, 2009 7:01 AM

Let's take a look at the Oracle acquisition of Sun. Big news, that came out of nowhere after IBM tried to do the same. Big bucks for sure ($5.6B). But does it make sense?

Continue Reading...

1980-style Cloud Computing

April 8, 2009 11:10 AM

Bo Gowan wrote a nice piece on yours truly, but the picture (vintage 1980) needs some explaining.


I'm thinking particularly of the device covering a good part of my desk. This was a VuCom 1 made by Control Data Corp. It was basically a CRT screen and a keyboard. It was a very heavy and very thin client connected by a 1200 bit/s async circuit to the cloud, actually a Nortel packet network.

Continue Reading...

Geoffrey Moore Perspectives

March 23, 2009 3:26 PM

I'm behind in my podcasts, but here's an interesting one I just listened to including an interview with Geoffrey Moore, of Crossing the Chasm fame. It comes from OCRIRadio and is over a year old, but still insightful.

Crossing the Chasm.jpg

Some interesting quotes (my paraphrasing):

His top 3 venture capital opportunities:

#1: "Clean technologies.... Green is no longer a cause, it's a market".

Continue Reading...

Nortel's Enterprise Surprise

March 12, 2009 10:42 AM

This is the title of an article by Tara Seals of Xchange, based on an interview she did with yours truly.

Thought you might be interested. If you're wondering about our partnership with Intel, this was in error in the article.

Nortel Customer Perspectives

February 6, 2009 8:36 AM

After ITExpo, I took the opportunity, while I was in Miami, to meet with three customers, two Nortel voice shops and one "very happy" Nortel data shop.

Let me share with you some sound bytes from the two CIOs and an IT Director, with whom I spoke.

"I now better understand Nortel's filing is a solution to a problem".
"Nortel is well positioned in these economic times with their investment protection story".
Striking an alliance with Microsoft was "Nortel's best move", and should really help us.
"I am interested in web.alive for e-learning environments", web.alive being a proof point of our continued focus on innovation

I came away understanding that these customers will be sticking with Nortel. Thank you.

Continue Reading...

Nortel Open For Business

January 19, 2009 11:26 AM | 1 Comment

It's old news now. Last week, Nortel filed for creditor protection to undertake a business and financial restructuring. This process will put Nortel on sound financial footing once and for all, and represents the fastest and most effective means to do this.

Some people confuse what's going on (seeking creditor protection), with going out of business or liquidation as is happening, for example, with Circuit City.

Brian Riggs of Current Analysis does a good job distinguishing, between US Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (what Nortel is undertaking), and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (what is happening to Circuit City).

Continue Reading...

Sam Palmisano, IBM Chairman and CEO. recently spoke on the reality of global integration. While he didn't explicitly mention Hyperconnectivity, he did say that "we are all now connected--economically, technically and socially."

Hyperconnectivity not only brings together people, but also the physical and digital worlds. This transformation can help us manage assets better, whether these assets are energy, or fresh water, or a supply chain or the delivery of healthcare.

Continue Reading...

Nortel web.alive Makes Virtual Splash

December 15, 2008 12:29 PM

"In the area of B2B virtual worlds ..., Nortel is the company to watch." So ends a report by Rich Tehrani. What excites Rich is a recent demo we gave him of Nortel's web.alive, a collaborative, browser-based virtual world application for enterprise use that provides an immersive, interactive and web integrated world with 3D voice and graphics.

I have covered web.alive (known as project chainsaw) in previous postings, but here I want to expand on where I see web.alive resonating with enterprises.

There are 3 areas, all of which fit with the participation culture of new millennials, whether customers or employees:

1) e-Commerce: Significant reduction in abandoned shopping carts resulting in increased sales, and higher customer satisfaction, all through a seamless migration from a company's portal into a 3D virtual store front.

Continue Reading...

Today's Wall Street Journal article on Nortel raised some eyebrows and a formal response that "no bankruptcy filing is imminent" and a reminder that there are other, more positive, views in the industry.

My personal reaction was a little bit like that of Mark Twain who it is reported to have responded to a gratuitous obituary, "The report of my demise has been seriously exaggerated".

Just under a month ago, I wrote up a blog posting on another headline- "Nortel-Aggressive Measures to Weather The Storm"- that likewise greeted my morning coffee.

You may be interested in my thoughts then and still now, in which I concluded that "I think Nortel is better prepared than it was even a few weeks ago to come out stronger in the end".

Continue Reading...


December 8, 2008 4:12 PM

I have got to agree with Forester on their perspective on IT in these economic times. They say "execs will clamour more and more for IT projects that reap real value". Absolutely- CIOs need to align their investments with the business needs... and develop metrics that illustrate progress towards this objective.

Continue Reading...
Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next

Recent Comments

  • cliej7865880: "Hello, lets discuss about ecommerce usa.In the U.S, every city, read more
  • Jeff Martin: Does Sipex have billing solution to provide multi-tenet application. TonyRyb: read more
  • debt reduction: hahaha funny pic read more
  • EyePOD: The Current product being marketed under that name, The EyePOD read more
  • Joshua Parker: Would an internal social network for small businesses fit into read more
  • Bo Gowan: Very cool Tony. I just saw a local story last read more
  • mike: Hey, I like your site. I was wondering if Nortel read more
  • Nortel Non-Advocate: Nortel has some good technology - the most detrimental problem read more
  • It Does really matter: Okay, and now Mr. Twain, are you dead yet? read more
  • Marc N: You can check out for more used cisco products read more