Category Archives: Announcements

What is a CPaaS? TalkingHeadz with Dave Michels and Evan Kirstel

I was fortunate to be invited to take part in a conversation with Dave Michels and Evan Kirstel, TalkingHeadz. The focus was: what is a CPaaS (Communications Platform as a Service)? I consider the term CPaaS to be as dumbass as Cloud Communications. They were both created when referring to cloud was ‘essential marketing cool’. And […]

The Enterprise Telecoms Revolution. A Potted History of Programmable Telecoms.

Before we start, do not worry about all the acronyms in this potted history of Programmable Telecoms, there is an irreverent acronym list at the end of this weblog to help you through them. And yes, this is a long weblog, at 4k words it should take about 20 minutes to read, but its easy […]

What is it that you do?

I’m asked this question surprisingly often, “Alan, what is it that you do?” My stock answer is, “I wander the world helping people.” Which generally results in a wry smile from those who know me; else a questioning or annoyed look from someone who was expecting a straightforward answer to a straightforward question. When I […]

Linkedin’s broken Copyright Infringement Process, Treating its Customers Like Criminals

UPDATE: As of today (7th February) the Claim of Copyright Infringement has been revoked. My Slideshare account is reinstated. No apology, no explanation on how this came to pass, nor consideration of how this could be avoided in the future. As a paying Linkedin customer its an extremely poor experience. This weblog spans both personal […]

Enterprise Connect, TADHack, Programmable Telecoms

In a couple of weeks we have TADHack-mini Orlando, just before Enterprise Connect. We’ve run hackathons before other events, such as TADHack-mini Japan before the big WebRTC Conference in Japan, and for several years ran TADHack-mini London before the WebRTC Global Summit. Its a great way to demonstrate what programmable telecoms means in practice. This […]

Announcing TADHack Global 2016 plus TADHack Update

We’ve changed the date for TADHack Global in response to developer feedback, its now in October 14-16 (Friday through Sunday), rather than June. Each location will run on 2 of the 3 days. Now, University students are in attendance and not worrying about exams, the warm weather is not calling the Northern Hemisphere to the […]

Chicago the Center of RTC from 3rd Oct to 8th Oct

In just over one week’s time the center of the real-time communications world will be Chicago, with TADHack-mini Chicago running over the weekend from the 3rd – 4th October, and the Illinois Institute of Technology Real Time Communications Conference from the 5th – 8th October. I’ve reviewed IIT RTC in 2014 and 2013, the event is […]

The Power of Open Source in Telecoms: Mobicents

OpenHub published a fresh report with metrics on the Mobicents open source projects. Some of the highlights include: Contributors up 85% from previous 12 months Commits up 31% from previous 12 months Code base grew 2x (to 3M lines of code) since Telestax took over in 2011 Mobicents codebase is now worth $51M at an average […]

The Network of Last Resort – What Viber Nexmo Deal Means

Nexmo recently announced a partnership with Viber for application to person communications over Viber’s messaging platform via Nexmo’s Chat App API.  I’ve been warning about the risk to telcos of becoming the communications network of last resort for many years. This deal heralds the turning point in A2P (Application to Person) communications that will lead to the […]

TADSummit 2015, 17-18 November Lisbon

TADS is a grass roots initiative that is only 2 years old. However, TADHack is now the largest telecom focused hackathon in the world, and doubled in size from last year with 1400 registrations, see the 2015 TADHack global event summary. And TADSummit has become the place to meet the leaders focused on making business success in new services […]