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David Byrd
David Byrd is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Raven Guru Marketing. Previously, he was the CMO and EVP of Sales for CloudRoute. Prior to CloudRoute, He was CMO at ANPI, CMO & EVP of Sales at Broadvox, VP of channels and Alliances for Telcordia and Director of eBusiness development with i2 Technologies.He has also held executive positions with Planet Hollywood Online, Hewlett-Packard, Tandem Computers, Sprint and Ericsson.
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November 2008

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November 26, 2008

Last night as I began to develop today's blog, I considered several paths for discussion, but I was distracted by the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving. I realize the time of year is both a joy and a bane.  It's a joy when your family, friends, job and life in general are going well AND you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It's a bane when any of the aforementioned things are experiencing rough times and you are reminded of your difficulty each day. Several things distracted me.

Carbonara and Changes to the Obama Transition Team

November 24, 2008

This weekend's cuisine was varied, Indian food on Saturday and Italian on Sunday. I may share the Indian recipes with you at some point. They are easy to make but require and investment in Indian spices. For the record I made Chicken Masala with carrots and peas, Beef Curry with potatoes, Scallops with green curry and mushrooms, Tandoori chicken and basmati rice cooked with a cinnamon stick and five cardamon pods.

The Final Card...

November 21, 2008

Often times I am asked for my cell phone number when traveling or if someone learns, I will not be in the office. They are quite surprised when I tell them I don't know the number.

"How can anyone in today's world not function without a call phone?" they ask.

This question has a multitude of assumptions built into it.

ROI, TCO and Bread

November 19, 2008

With the economy as it is, transitioning existing business customers and prospects to IP communications and SIP Trunking should be easy. However, it is not a no brainer. There is still the questions of whether the existing infrastructure can be leveraged, should the infrastructure be a hybrid, a mix of TDM and IP switching platforms, or should a new IP PBX be purchased? While it is true, the cost of SIP Trunking is cheaper than using POTS or PRIs, an analysis of the cost of doing nothing and having alternatives is important to the decision process.

Alligators and Crab Cakes

November 17, 2008

Alligators and Crab Cakes Wow! What a weekend. The grandkids didn't come by but that was okay. More important to me and my wife was the plumbers finally fixed our water heater.

...and who will lead us?

November 14, 2008

Most of this week I have been thinking about what actions or policies of the President-Elect's administration will influence the business strategy of Broadvox and other ITSPs. It appears that from a policy standpoint, I am mostly in agreement with the broad statements on addressing USF Reform and Net Neutrality. However, questions remain as to what the specific policies and guidelines will be and who will implement them.  Many observers of Barack Obama's current choices for advisors see a return to selecting people involved with the Clinton Administration. Since he is a Democrat looking for experienced people, that's not surprising.

USF and Net Neutrality

November 13, 2008

Today is supposed to be just on policy but my heart skipped a beat when I saw an infrared temperature gun at the office. Now what foodie isn't dying to know how hot the burners get or at what temperature the grill is cooking those steaks. However, in the sternest of words I was told, "Do not take this home."  Okay what I heard was "Not today". On to policy...

A New Administration and Cioppino

November 10, 2008

I have spent over twenty years in telecom and a similar amount cooking food from various cuisines around the world. They make up the central foci of my life. So I decided if I was going to do a blog, I would combine the two things I love; communications and cuisine. Okay, check this space out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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