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No iSuit After All...

February 22, 2007

Looks like Apple and Cisco are NOT going to sue each other. Lawyers for both sides were seen kicking themselves for letting “the big one slip away;” some were even overheard muttering to themselves, despondent over the legal fees that will not be generated by a protracted lawsuit.   According to a Reuters report this morning, Apple and Cisco have issue a joint statement, which in effect says that “…both companies are free to use the "iPhone" trademark on their products throughout the world, and each side will dismiss any pending actions regarding the trademark…”   In a further blow to litigators, the companies actually made some noise to the effect that they may look for opportunities to “work together in the areas of security, and consumer and institutional communications.”    

Quick Update from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum

February 14, 2007

What a whirlwind! Lots and lots of information to digest and disseminate once I get a free moment… I’m thinking that might be on the plane ride home…   The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum has so far served as a wonderful source of information that I wish to share with my readers. I have just a few moments between meetings right now, but over the next few days I will expand on some of what has been going on here in Paris.   Suffice it to say, there is lots to talk about. Just today I have heard from or spoken with Alcatel-Lucent CEO Pat Russo; Hubert de Pesquidoux, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Enterprise Business Group; President of the Enterprise Solutions Division Tom Burns; Wes Hayden, President and CEO of Genesys; innovation expert Robert Tucker; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CIO Dan Drawbaugh; Jose Gonzales Pueyo of Telefonica… I'm such a shameless name dropper....

Greetings From Paris

February 13, 2007

Paris, France…   Dateline Paris… sounds romantic and worldly, and yet I find myself here in the French capital on assignment, covering the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2007.   This event is much larger than I had expected, with over 125 colleagues of mine from the world media here to learn what Alcatel-Lucent is up to on the enterprise front, as well as an expected 7,000 attendees, business partners, users, and potential customers.   This evening we met in the press room, which is decked out quite nicely I might say, with excellent WiFi access, helpful staff, and now that our solutions demo walk through is over, with Taittinger and hors’doeuvres mixed in among the printers and workstations.   One can hear several languages at once – right now I hear French, English, Greek, Russian, Italian, and several dialects I can’t quite place.   Back to the walk through…   Our guide for this evening — they broke us up in to small groups based presumably on language — was David Buckley, Product Line Director for Alcatel-Lucent’s Large and Medium Enterprise Group.   I don’t have time now to go into all the details of everything we saw, but we got an excellent overview of all the solutions that Alcatel-Lucent will have on offer to the market in 2007, including solutions targeted at the following constituencies: large enterprise, SMB, and Contact Center.   While this is the enterprise side of the house, one can still see some of Lucent’s influence in the products on offer. Lucent’s Vital suite and Brick suite are featured among several of the solutions.   The general theme for 2007 is TRANSFORMATION. Network transformation. Services transformation.

The Difference Between Active and Passive

February 9, 2007

Scott Coleman has another blog post today on the difference between ACTIVE and PASSIVE when discussing Lawful Intercept (LI) and the monitoring of IP-based networks.   Check out Scott’s latest entry here.

Shhh... Don't Tell Google

February 5, 2007

I guess some secrets are meant to be more secret than others.   Yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph reported on “secret, high-level talks” between the likes of Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and Cingular.   The telecom giants are apparently adopting the “Let’s-hide-in-plain-sight” strategy as this “secret, high-level” summit will take place at — shhhh… don’t tell anyone — 3GSM. Yes that’s right. 3GSM, the wireless industry’s largest gathering.   Oh yeah… the reason these giants are allegedly getting together is to waylay Google and Yahoo!, who by the way, should not be told of this meeting.
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