Category Archives: Innovation

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 […]

Enterprises are Now Driving the Bulk of Telecoms Innovation

Apidaze, Nexmo, Flowroute, Telestax, Tropo, Twilio and many more are leading the way in telecoms innovation. That is easily embeddable in applications, services and business processes. We’ve seen many early adopters of this trend achieve phenomenal success, for example: Leaders of the on-demand services movement like Uber and Airbnb in connecting customers to their back-end […]

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 Growing Importance of the Phone Number Beyond the Call

The phone number is quite a useful identity, most internet-based communication services like Whatsapp use the telephone number identity today because it also provides a handy multi factor authentication capability. Put simply, you possess something (e.g. a mobile phone #), you know something (e.g. a password), and the emerging one of inherence (unique things of […]