Hal Steger : Thinking Out Cloud
Hal Steger
Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Funambol. 20+ years of marketing & product management experience at high-growth, innovative global software companies.
| This blog is about personal cloud solutions, technology, trends and market developments. Its scope is to comment on and discuss several aspects of personal clouds.

5G Market Status

Last week, I wrote about the status and projections of LTE subscriptions. So I figured I should do a brief update...

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Are You a Good Fit?

This is a question you should be thinking about? Is this customer a good fit for Solution A? Even better Channel...

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SD-WAN: the Hype has yet to start

We aren't really at the hype stage of SD-WAN yet, but the potential for this technology is pretty amazing. Right now...

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LTE Market Status, the Tie-In to VoLTE, and the Importance of 3G Interoperability

On March 7, the GSA put out a press release confirming that 2015 ended with over 1 billion LTE subscriptions.  This is a hockey...

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What Channel Are You Watching?

One thing I have noticed: UCaaS sales overall are not accelerating. Gary Kim writes how it is becoming a commodity. The...

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A Quarter Century Intel Wound From AMD and How to Respond

Show me the horsepower! By now, anyone who follows tech news even casually knows a massive 12,000 workforce reduction is taking place...

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Daniel-Constantin Mierla and Giovanni Maruzzelli Talk Real Time Communications and Kamailio World

Ring, ring, ring. Or maybe no ring at all because of the power of WebRTC. Welcome! Kamailio might be at the border,...

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Just Sayin' - What Cloud Should You Trust With Your Digital Life?

May 4, 2016

Two articles related to cloud security caught my attention the past few days.

The first, "Here's How Much People Trust Facebook", showed poll results of 1,000 people regarding their trust in Facebook. 28% said not at all, 34% said not very much, 32% said somewhat and 3% said a lot. The article had a chart about information that adults consider to be the most sensitive and said that much of the content on Facebook lines up with this, including phone conversations, text messages and their location.

New Data Shows Operator Clouds Reduce Churn Much More Than Thought

May 3, 2016

For research professionals (and blogging the mantra is 'publish or perish'. Adapted for mobile operators, new research indicates that the mantra should be 'provide a personal cloud or perish'. It turns out that personal clouds are truly the best thing to happen to mobile operators for customer retention since 'fill-in-the-blank' (sliced bread, ice cubes or your favorite invention cliche).

In the past month, two major mobile operators have shared primary research with my company that shows that their personal cloud has reduced their churn much more than expected.

View From The Top - Personal Clouds Are Changing

April 22, 2016

Several news items in the past few days could impact personal clouds profoundly - without further ado:

1)  The EU charged Google with using Android's market dominance to stifle competition in a way that hurts consumers. The charges stemmed from Google offering favorable financial terms to providers that allowed Google's services and apps, such as Search, to dominate Android devices. The charges are reminiscent of the anti-trust action against Microsoft for favoring Internet Explorer (IE) at the expense of other browsers, which resulted in IE becoming decoupled as the de facto browser on Windows and which opened the door for other browsers (ironically, leading to the rapid rise of Google Chrome).

From Carrier App Bloat to Carrier Cloud Antidote

March 18, 2016

recent New York Times "Tech Fix" article about the new Samsung Galaxy S7, "Samsung's Smartphones Aren't the Problem (Just Prune the Bad Apps)", said the phone's hardware was excellent but it suffered from weak apps. The article started, "PITY the poor Samsung smartphone.", referring to great hardware and poor apps. The suggestion: replace the offending apps, the number one cause of which was carrier app bloat.

Although the article did not mention cloud apps, they are guilty by association.

Why Use Funambol to manage your digital life instead of other clouds?

February 10, 2016

Consider the usual consumer cloud alternatives:

  • Apple iCloud
  • Google with Drive, Photos, Gmail, etc.
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Dropbox

All consumer clouds have strengths and weaknesses. This post describes why someone would want to use Funambol OneMediaHub (OMH) as the repository for all of their digital content i.e. their digital life, instead of other clouds.

Apple iCloud. Why use a confusing cloud that mainly supports one brand of devices?

Operator Personal Cloud Disruption

December 10, 2015

The operator personal cloud imperative has shifted.

The main drivers for operators to have a personal cloud used to be revenue and user retention.

While some operators achieved these, others did not. In simple terms, it was due to a shortfall of users converting from free cloud storage to premium, as there are good free alternatives, coupled with a lack of a compelling reason to upgrade.

Operator clouds: it's all about the base

September 4, 2015

It should barely be a surprise that many consumers expect personal clouds to be free. They can often get enough free storage and there is little reason to upgrade simply for more. Many consumers view personal clouds like a free usb drive in the sky, it’s there when they need to store or get a file. If they run out of space, they can delete something in their sky drive or switch to another service.

A false sense of (cloud) security

August 26, 2015

Recently, I was home, the sun was shining, there were fluffy white clouds in a deep blue sky (really), birds were chirping, neighbor children were in backyards whooping it up and having fun, it’s a safe place. For a moment, though, I thought about how easy it would be for someone who was motivated to break in to our house or others on our block, particularly when people weren’t around. Fwiw, we have home security, we lock doors and keep windows shut, police patrol the area and neighbors look out for each other, yet break-ins are a fact of life.

Security is a state of mind, something many people take for granted.

Are You Phony or Cloudy?

July 31, 2015

This may seem like a trick question, but in a sea of clickbait and nano-attention spans where there is a raging battle for eyeballs for a split second lest your mind wander, this corny yet serious riddle hopefully does the trick.

Let’s start with explanations. A “phony” (phone-y) is a smartphone user. A “cloudy”, in contrast to being overcast and glum, is a smartphone user who improves their life via the cloud – er, what?

Best Practices to Increase Adoption of Operator Personal Cloud Services

July 16, 2015

Here is an open letter to marketers of operator personal cloud services. Although this might seem to be of interest to a limited audience, it contains insights that could be valuable to people who want to better understand the intricacies of the personal cloud market or of marketing mobile services via carriers.

Say you work for a mobile operator that offers a white-label personal cloud service. To start with, it is important to understand why your organization is doing this, and there are several reasons.

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