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VoIP Going Vertical

I was on the website for Square (the point-of-sale system) when I noticed that they have a page for many verticals.

Then I saw these 2 press releases:

Pick a VoIP Provider for your Restaurant.

Introducing the Best in Florist Business Owner VoIP Communications Tools, Thanks to Industry Leader, TieTechnology

Vertical markets. That’s where the profit margin is!

____ Peter Radizeski is a telecommunications consultant and analyst with RAD-INFO INC. Service Providers have called on RAD-INFO INC for assistance improving sales, managing online marketing efforts, channel sales enablement and overall company strategy. Contact RAD-INFO INC at 813-963-5884 or http://rad-info.net

Voice Assist for VoIP

In the last couple of weeks, Ihave seen how voice assistants are coming to the VoIP ecosystem.

SkySwitch, who uses the Netsapiens softswitch, has integrated Amazon Alexa to the platform. They provide executives with an Alexa device to play with — and most like it.

Evatel for Mobile Workforce is powered by a virtual assistant that manages calls like an executive assistant to make communications smarter, more mobile and safer on the road.”

At Enterprise Connect nextweek, I wonder how much voice assistant noise there will be.

UPDATE:

“Amazon is an extraordinary company. The former bookseller accounts for more than half of every new dollar spent online in America. It is the world’s leading provider of cloud computing. This year Amazon will probably spend twice as much on television as HBO, a cable channel. Its own-brand physical products include batteries, almonds, suits and speakers linked to a virtual voice-activated assistant that can control, among other things, your lamps and sprinkler.” And one of the company’s big advantages is that investors are willing to let it get bigger and bigger without worrying too much about profits. The Economist

____ Peter Radizeski is a telecommunications consultant and analyst with RAD-INFO INC. Service Providers have called on RAD-INFO INC for assistance improving sales, managing online marketing efforts, channel sales enablement and overall company strategy. Contact RAD-INFO INC at 813-963-5884 or http://rad-info.net

Windstream on CenturyLink and Level3

Smartest thing Tony Thomas, Windstream’s president and CEO, said, “CenturyLink’s planned acquisition of Level 3 Communications presents both an opportunity and a threat to Windstream…. I think near-term it could be disruptive,” he said. “Anytime you have M&A, people who bought networks that are carrier diverse suddenly they aren’t carrier diverse, so we have that opportunity. But at the same time, you know that you’re going to have that same company that over time will have resources, but we’re very much committed near-term to capturing the opportunity that comes through this integration work.” [CPonline]

On another note, “Windstream is concerned that CenturyLink’s pending acquisition of Level 3 could create a larger carrier that will use its broader market power to engage in unfair billing and payment practices that could hinder Windstream’s rural broadband expansion efforts.” This is funny coming from a carrier with their own issues in implementation and billing.

I will be sad to see Level3 go. They are one of my biggest carriers. The history of Level3 starts in Omaha with coal mining. Read it HERE.

____ Peter Radizeski is a telecommunications consultant and analyst with RAD-INFO INC. Service Providers have called on RAD-INFO INC for assistance improving sales, managing online marketing efforts, channel sales enablement and overall company strategy. Contact RAD-INFO INC at 813-963-5884 or http://rad-info.net

Telecom Conferences coming soon

There is at least one conference per week but some weeks there are a couple.

Enterprise Connect in Orlando is the next show I attend on 3/27-3/20.

Then I am off to WAN Summit in NYC on April 3-4. This is my first time attending but the agenda is relevant (pretty much SD-WAN all day) with GTT, Tata, GC and others. One topic dear to everyone’s heart: Getting to the WAN – Challenges and Strategies in the Last Mile.

Channel Partners Expo in Vegas is April 10-13.

Cloud Comm Alliance has a Money Matters half-day in NYC on 4/27.

____ Peter Radizeski is a telecommunications consultant and analyst with RAD-INFO INC. Service Providers have called on RAD-INFO INC for assistance improving sales, managing online marketing efforts, channel sales enablement and overall company strategy. Contact RAD-INFO INC at 813-963-5884 or http://rad-info.net

6 Good Reads

So Amazon opened a store to sell triple play bundles from Frontier and cable. They closed that store. The headline is great.

Why does a company with 50+ people need an HR office? Read Tech: It’s Time To Grow Up About HR.

Why do so many entrepreneurs hate their lives? Not many people know that Entrepreneurs suffer from depression and a high suicide rate (not as high as military veterans though). Good read.

The ROI of thanking your customers.

There is a high cost of disruption from running Slack and other IM/chat all day. This article does the math. We live in a world that thinks multi-tasking is awesome. It isn’t. We don’t really multi-task so much as work on but not complete a number of tasks through out the day.

Sales is Hard

____ Peter Radizeski is a telecommunications consultant and analyst with RAD-INFO INC. Service Providers have called on RAD-INFO INC for assistance improving sales, managing online marketing efforts, channel sales enablement and overall company strategy. Contact RAD-INFO INC at 813-963-5884 or http://rad-info.net