Virus in Orbit

February 24, 2009 10:18 AM

Hyperconnectivity, as we all know, has a dark side in the form of new security threats. Now a computer virus (specifically the W32.Gammima.AG worm) has gone where no virus has ever gone before.... hitting laptops on the International Space Station.

This is a level 0 gaming virus intended to gather personal information.

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UC Where You Live

February 20, 2009 1:32 PM

I met yesterday with a number of customers of the regional branch of the Nortel user association (INNUA), and talked to them about our open UC solutions and the transformational nature of communications-enabled applications and business processes.

One attendee asked about the ability to invoke UC from within dashboards, since they were always open, and included corporate directory access and business related data.

I recalled a discussion I had with a CIO of a financial institution (a computer-centric world if there is one) who said "we run Sametime, but aren't interested in the Sametime client. We want UC to live in our email client"- a dashboard of a different sort.

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The industry has been talking about Software as a Service (SaaS) for almost a decade.

Now there's CaaS- Communications as a Service. CaaS is, I believe, going to be all the buzz for the next decade!

Why do I say this?

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4B + 1M = Hyperconnectivity

February 16, 2009 8:40 AM

The number of wireless phones worldwide just crossed the 4 billion mark. Maybe 10% of these are currently connected to the Internet, but this is going to go way up, led by developments from Nortel and others.

How about another milestone?

There are now 1 million industrial robots, with the highest density in Japan with 295 robots for every 10K workers in manufacturing. Roughly, a third of these are in the automotive industry (they may be on paid leave!). The next nearest countries are Singapore, South Korea and Germany, each with between 163-169.

Two radically different forms of connectivity--- one hyperconnected world.

Nortel and Microsoft Keep On Teaming

February 11, 2009 9:12 AM

Key capabilities announced earlier this week include "the availability of new context, which will enable richer collaboration capabilities such as location and presence features." What does this mean in practical terms for OCS customers. Let me give you two examples.

We can now offer increased safety of lone workers through active tracking and application-initiated communications, by enhance Microsoft OCS by combining application-initiated communication sessions and GPS-based location information. Consent-based tracking to monitor safety of remote worker (for example social workers entering a potentially hostile environment) through periodic password based updates, failing which an alert is sent to supervisor or law enforcement agency

We also enable employee and partner communication with the right people in real-time by allowing UC initiation from any phone number or email address on any web page or web-enabled app.

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ProCurve, Now Pro-Nortel

February 9, 2009 10:44 AM

John McHugh now heads Nortel's Data Networking Division. A few years ago, he was selected as one of 50 most powerful people in networking as the head of HP's ProCurve group , winning kudos for his well-rounded enterprise strategy, which encompassed convergence, wireless LANs, WAN access and more.

John clearly has his sights on getting us ahead of the pack as the clear alternative to the gorilla in data.

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.

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Global Crossing, Nortel and Microsoft

February 5, 2009 7:22 AM

than one thing in common with Nortel..

Like Nortel, Global Crossing is a strong advocate of SIP and has developed a suite of SIP trunking services.

And like Nortel, they are working with Microsoft. Under the Innovative Communications Alliance, we are continuing to work to transform communications towards a software-centric environment, while Global Crossing is stepping up to meet the trunking needs of enterprises embracing OCS 2007.

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Dispatch from ITExpo

February 2, 2009 7:30 PM

Earlier today, I presented in an ITExpo keynote session on UC. Surprisingly good attendance and some probing questions on mobility, converged networking , CEBP and the future of the desktop phone.

The theme of my talk was on Open UC.

I started by stating that Nortel was open for business, highlighting the fact that we are on track to deliver on the $300M, 10-year IPT contract with SSA.

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No argument for me: Green IT is critical important for Profit, People and Planet..

There're three problems with Cisco's EnergyWise.

Firstly, EnergyWise is a security breach waiting to happen. Do you want your network to be powering down your call server, or contact center or security cameras?

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Vehicular Ad Hoc Mesh Networking

January 28, 2009 6:01 PM

Hyperconnectivity includes all sorts of mobility modes and networking technologies.

I recently heard a BBC interview with Giovanni Pau of UCLA. He was discussing an innovative wireless mesh networking technology that he has deployed in a number of vehicles across the UCLA campus.

What he demonstrated was car-to-car video conferencing system, though perhaps this isn't the best example of how this technology could be used.

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Triple Bottom Line: Profit, People, Planet

January 26, 2009 11:55 AM

The Triple Bottom Line (3BL) captures an expanded spectrum of CXO criteria for measuring organizational success: Profit, People and Planet".

This comes from some UN work and is being adopted by governments around the world, perhaps even in your community.

It's both an accounting principle and a general philosophy.

40% reduction in energy consumption with Nortel Ethernet campus and data center solutions is a significant step towards the Triple Bottom Line.

Hyperconnected Bridges

January 23, 2009 9:45 AM | 1 Comment

Thirteen people were killed on Aug 1 2007, when an Interstate bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. This was just another wake up call of the aging of the highway infrastructure in US and elsewhere.

But there's a plan.

Many of the 600,000 bridges in the US will be equipped with wireless sensors to monitor loads, stresses, strains and cracks, and changes in chemical and electrical properties related to deterioration (e.g., corrosion and fatigue).

This is just another example of the Hyperconnectivity mega-trend.

Contextually-aware UC

January 21, 2009 12:51 PM

Presence is an important feature of unified communications (UC), but is it really enough?

I say no. Presence is only an element of context.

Here's what I consider to be the four key dimensions of contextually enhanced UC:
> Identity/role: Knowledge of the identity and respective roles of individuals in a work flow is essential to any context-aware communications.

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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).

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