Lippis Report Issue 73: Mega Industry Trends for 2007

December 18th, 2006

2006 was a transitional year for our industry as key technologies matured to the point of being ready for prime time. It was a year of big acquisitions and mergers as the industry restructures to a smaller number of equipment suppliers and service providers. As the world moves to wireless and triple-play services the service providers consolidated down to a smaller number of large providers. The consolidation of AT&T/SBC & BellSouth, Verizon and MCI, Sprint and Nextel, etc., drove equipment supplier consolidation of Lucent and Alcatel, Siemens and Nokia, Ericsson and Marconi, et al. In the enterprise market lots of smaller acquisitions marked the year without any large mega deals. The big deals will happen in 2007 as Siemens Communications is looking for a new partner, Nortel pins its hopes on its Microsoft ICA initiative, Juniper is rumored to be looking to buy into the enterprise market and consolidation occurs in the switching and network appliance markets.

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Data Encryption is Going to be Everywhere

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December 18th, 2006

Ron WillisProtecting data in “motion” has become top of mind for most IT executives as they look to close network security vulnerabilities and protect communications. Being able to meet regulatory compliance requirements is also driving encryption sales. Encryption has come a long way as users would pay the encryption penalty of delaying traffic as data passed through encryption devices. But thanks to faster ASCIS this penalty has been all but eliminated. Ron Willis, CEO of CipherOptics joins the program to discuss the encryption market. Enjoy, Nick

New OpenStage™ SIP phones

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December 18th, 2006

The presentation outlines the new line of SIP phones from Siemens Communications. There are great market trends and data in the beginning followed by the new Siemens offer. In the podcast interview below I quiz Al Baker, US Vice President Product and Service Management and Martin Northend, Director of Portfolio Marketing for Small and Medium enterprise, both from Siemens Communications, on their SIP phone introduction.

SIP Phones From Siemens

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December 11th, 2006

Martin NorthendAl Baker, US Vice President Product and Service Management and Martin Northend, Director of Portfolio Marketing for Small and Medium enterprise, both from Siemens Communications joined me on the Lippis Report to discuss SIP phones. Siemens just launched its OpenStage SIP phones which interoperate with BroadSoft and Cilantro Softswitches. These SIP phones allow Service Providers to offer hosted IP services based upon their existing softswitch investments to the small to Al Bakermedium sized business market. The phones are sleek with i-pod like control, mobile phone directory services, large screen size and XML development environment. You can download the Siemens presentation here. This is the first SIP phone offering that is not linked to an equipment supplier’s SIP proxy allowing a degree of freedom we have not seen in the industry thus far. Enjoy, Nick

Lippis Report Issue 72: Mobile Networking: Its Time Has Come

December 4th, 2006

Mobile wireless technologies are enhancing personal and professional lives. Let me give you a hard example. Someone in my family was recently hospitalized. For anyone this is a traumatic event filled with fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, hope, compassion and love. In between these emotions I started to notice how the hospital staff, patients and parents were connected. Yes, there were lots of direct face-to-face communications with hospital staff. But the loudspeaker paging systems that used to broadcast the usual ?¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ?√¨Calling Dr. —— ?¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ?√¨ have been replaced with a hospital staff equipped with mobile end-points reducing overhead noise and increasing communications as one-on-one connections replace broadcasts. For patients and parents, WLANs permeated this facility, allowing them internet access for communication with remote family members, checking e-mail, keeping colleagues and clients informed, researching medical journals or even allowing the patient to play a game of internet checkers with a remote family member. Mobile phones served the purpose to keep family members connected while traveling to and from the hospital and provide status and updates. It´s this kind of professional and personal value that mobile networking is adding to every industry sector. Mobile networking and communications value is huge.

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Lippis and Kerravala Define Unified Communications Value

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December 4th, 2006

Zeus KerravalaNick Lippis, of the Lippis Report and Zeus Kerravala, Senior Vice President of The Yankee Group´s Enterprise Research join the Lippis Report podcast to discuss the state of Unified Communications. This term has received a renaissance with many companies using it to describe their approach to IP telephony applications. Kerravala and Lippis define unified communications, discuss the problems it solves and its associated benefits to both end-user and corporate productivity.

Are You Ready for the All-Wireless Enterprise?

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December 4th, 2006

by Meru Networks

Enterprises of all types, including universities, K-12, hospitals, utilities, manufacturers, and government agencies are finding the need to deploy an All-Wireless Enterprise ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú a network with wireless as a primary infrastructure. There are compelling business reasons for such an architecture including: 1) increased business pressures to enhance competitiveness while reducing IT costs; 2) a growing dependence on mobile devices that increase productivity; and 3) technological advances that are improving price/performance of broadband wireless communications.

To find out if an All-Wireless Enterprise is right for your company download this paper.

Future-Proofing Your WLAN for Next-Generation Voice, Video and Data Applications

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December 4th, 2006

by Colubris Networks

Enterprises need their wireless infrastructure to be future-proof, similar to their wired Ethernet network. Unfortunately, as they try to add voice and other multimedia applications to the wireless local area network (WLAN), many enterprises today are discovering that their wireless infrastructure is anything but future-proof. To support the next-generation of wireless enterprise applications, WLANs need to be able to accommodate voice, video and data.

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Mobile Workforce for Dummies
by Allen Wyatt

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December 4th, 2006

I am happy to offer our subscribers a book for the first time. Your workforce is changing, and you need to come up with a strategy for meeting their communications needs : one that reflects well on your leadership and the competitive posture of your organization. This book will provide you with solid information to create your own mobile communications strategy : or help you through the befuddlement caused by all the jargon and hype surrounding mobile technology. Regardless of where you stand, this book can provide the answers you need to make confident decisions, helping to steer your organization through this rapidly changing world of mobile communications.

To get started, download the Mobile Workforce for Dummies book by clicking the link above.

Top 10 Predictions for 2010

December 1st, 2006

  1. “Number of network endpoints hits one trillion, up from over a billion today.”
  2. “Cross continental and country gigabit WAN links are the norm for global 2000.”
  3. “50% of Internet services will be accessed by mobile devices.”
  4. “Nearly 300 million Smartphones ship this year alone, up from ˜ 80M today.
    50% in last 18 months.
  5. “Softphones available on 100% of desktops/laptops shipped.”
  6. “Fixed phone usage drops by 80%.”
  7. “Location, communication, security, mobility et al network services replace connectivity as network’s primary value.”
  8. “Number of communications software developers grow to millions from thousands writing to Network “Programmable Interfaces (NPI). A boom in networked applications erupts.”
  9. “Communications enabled business process is a contributor to corporate annual productivity increases, on the order of 1.5 to 3%.”
  10. “The networked business value by extracting human and system delay in workflow; is widely recognized.”