Category Archives: Innovation

Music in the Home. HomePod, Sonos, and Amazon Echo.

Apple announced their HomePod yesterday, a $349 home speaker. The positioning is interesting as the focus is on audio performance, not all the voice control stuff. Which is there, just secondary in its positioning. Some Apple fans have been comparing the HomePod’s performance to Sonos Play 1 ($99), when Sonos Play 3 ($299) is a […]

Restconn 2017

I attended Restconn 2017, this weblog provides quick review and some context on what it means to the industry. I’ve known Ivelin, Jean and Amit since 2004/5; they are the core team behind Mobicents (the open source project now called Restcomm) and they founded Telestax which leads Restcomm. Back in 2004/5 there were lots of open […]

The Future of Programmable Telecoms

At Restconn 2017 in Prague 23-25 May I gave a presentation on the Future of Programmable Telecoms. As the first presentation of Day 2 at 8AM, I started gently as some listeners soothed their hangovers 😉 I thought it best to show most experts are wrong with most of their predictions, including me. With examples […]

What’s going to happen at MWC 2017?

I’ve not attended MWC (Mobile World Congress) for quite a few years, and I’ll not be at MWC 2017. I reviewed back in 2015 some of the reasons in this weblog, MWC is Broken. For this year, you’ll likely see most of the usual faces, but for many of the vendors there will be fewer demos […]

Summer Madness. Beware those heralding digital transformation and API business models

It must be the additional heat from global warming bringing the summer madness out early. This is just a selection of the silliness I see pass through my inbox today on the way to the deleted folder. Digital Transformation still keeps being used as if it means something. Digital was cool in the ’70s, just […]

The Peculiar State of An Industry

It sort of feels like the 1980/90s to me, or for my parent’s generation the 1950/60s. With all the marketing jabber on artificial intelligence, robots / drones, home / city automation, self-driving or flying cars, virtual reality, ‘modern’ homes, the difference today is its mashed-up up with prepositions such as cyber, digital, smart, and personal. […]

The Real Time Enterprise

The on-demand revolution continues to grow. Uber and Airbnb being leading-lights that between them have created $100B in value in just a few years. Some projections show the US on-demand economy could reach $3.1T by 2030. With $18.5 billion being the revenue estimate for 2015. There are lots of analyst reports on on-demand out there, so […]

The Joy of Telecom Democratization

Amara’s Law states, “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Another way of looking at this law is the cognitive biases of attention-bias, confirmation-bias and herd-instinct; which tend to make new ideas overly popular with fanciful claims believed on when benefits can be […]

Telecom Futures Today

I was invited to a customer event run by Flowroute, they provide SIP trucking, telecom APIs, and a range of other telecom services focused on the North American market. And were a sponsor of TADHack Chicago, their winning hack Samaritan was our second winning husband and wife team. The Flowroute customer event was a chance […]

Business As Usual Kills Most Innovation

In my travels I meet many Telco CEOs who have a common question, “How can I transform my organization to be more innovative?” My response is always the same, “You can not.” They look a little perplexed as most people tell them they can if they buy their snake-oil. Usually packaged up as digital-tripe like […]