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How the Bell System Missed the Internet 5

“Demonstrating the ACS system to the AT&T executives…and apparent success…” I have been discussing ACS, the Bell System version of the Internet. The BBN ARPANet was too small and couldn’t scale up into a national data network. So the Bell…

How the Bell System Missed the Internet 4

“The Bell System Advanced Communications System Fails…” So, development progressed on the AT&T ACS system. This was the system destined to become what the internet is today. It was to be a massive packet switching system able to serve tens…

How the Bell System Missed the Internet 3

“The Bell System ACS system Takes Shape…and Fails…” This series discusses the largest private R&D development project in history as of the 1980s. It was a system called Advanced Communications System, or ACS. It was destined to become what the…

How the Bell System Missed the Internet 2

“ARPANet and Scaleability” Today the ubiquitous Internet is taken for granted as being obvious and necessary. But in the 1970s things were different. There were a multitude of competing networks. Tymnet, Telenet, and Compuserve all offered nationwide networking. Later, Canadian…

How the Bell System Missed the Internet 1

Colin here. One of the more fascinating twists and turns in corporate history is how the Bell System missed developing the internet. What follows is the story of ACS in 8 parts (in 8 days). It could have owned the…

Emerging LTE and the iPad

Colin here. I have been using the new iPad with Retina display for almost a year now. It’s great. But I have noticed an interesting problem: once you use Retina resolution you simply cannot go back. Traditional LCD displays look…

Selected Video Announcements at EC13

The show that used to be called VoiceCon has rapidly turned into a show about video. Below are selected excerpts from some selected video related announcements at Enterprise Connect. Emphasis added. Vidyo Goes Virtual Enterprise Connect, Orlando, FL – March…

New Collaborative Endpoint from Cisco

Cisco has a new endpoint. On display at Enterprise Connect 2013 was the Cisco DX650. It’s the first endpoint representing the new family of DX600 series of devices optimized for a “Desktop Collaboration Experience.” The device on display was the DX650.

Avaya Expands Cloud Portfolio

Almost exactly a year ago, Avaya announced its foray into the (collaborative) cloud with its Avaya Live offering aimed at small business. Hosted services are growing rapidly and Avaya wants some of that – so here at Enterprise Connect 2013, Avaya announced an expanded cloud portfolio.

802.11ac is Almost Here

Colin here. 802.11ac will start appearing in force in products this year. It is the latest and greatest Wi-Fi standard that will replace 802.11a, b, and g. It will receive final approval this year. Now, considering how long it has taken…

First Video Infrastructure Now Endpoints Drop

Video communications has been spreading from the boardroom through conference rooms to the desktop over the past several years. But why stop there? 2013 is the year of video everywhere, just take a look here at in the Enterprise Connect exhibit hall. F…

Enterprise Connect 2013 News Preview

Enterprise Connect starts today, which means lots of news. So much, that it’s hard to keep up.  The Enterprise Connect team has put together a preview of news reprinted below. Note, it doesn’t include anything from Microsoft, Cisco, or Avaya…

AVST Introduces Atom

A lot of what you see at Enterprise Connect is various vendors playing leapfrog with various new features and capabilities, rather than a new twist on communications. One of the interesting innovations being Atom from Applied Voice and Speech Technologies (AVST). Atom is a fresh take on the personal assistant. AVST is using it to empower the primary user as well as the caller. It is effectively acting like a 24/7 office manager that understands the context of a given situation.

Mitel MCD Analysis

This is an excerpt from the 2011 TalkingPointz Research report on Mitel MCD 5.0. Mitel is an engineering driven company, which makes for interesting products that no one knows about. The company his highly innovative and can claim many industry…

The Cloud Dissipation Problem

Google has decided to kill Reader. This is not the first time a product I use and value has been discontinued. I continue to use lots of products that were discontinued, such as my TV and car. The difference is…

Vidyo Rising

It is clear we are in the midst of a major video transition. Video communications are breaking free from both traditional room systems and its group meeting paradigm into far more pervasive forms of communications. Who’s profiting from this disruptive transition? Vidyo.

Switchvox Now in the Cloud

The folks at Digium have been quite busy, in 2012 the firm released a new gateway product to ease customers into SIP and a new line of IP phones. Although the IP phones (targeted at its Switchvox users) were only released mid year, Digium reports it so…

Enterprise Connect 2013 in Surround Sound

In a special Industry Buzz podcast previewing Enterprise Connect 2013, the UCStrategies Experts use new conferencing technology that will be demonstrated at next week’s event. The partnership between Dolby and BT Conferencing aims to transform the user…

Growing Internationally

Colin here. One of the greatest opportunities any established business faces is growth internationally. Take a company like Apple. Recently, much has been made about how they have saturated the domestic marketplace wi their iPhones and iPads. The thinking is…

NEC SWOT 2011

This report is an excerpt from the original TalkingPointz Research report on NEC Sperhicall that focuses on the likely sales objections customers will encounter as well as a SWOT. In 2012, this product was rebranded 3C, and in 2013 NEC…