A History of Secrecy in Communications

Colin here. In light of the recent PRISM scandal where the NSA has been revealed of intercepting and recording most communications on the internet, it is interesting to take an historical perspective. Here are some milestones: 1928: Supreme Court rules that…

The Mobile Revolution is Over

Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted. The can’t stop growth of smartphones stopped. Mobility is an important part of the conversation, but it has been a distraction. Now that support for mobile devices is basic table stakes it’s time to move-on.

Siemens Enterprise and Ansible

Siemens Enterprise Communications hosted analysts and consultants for a few days in Denver (#Eworld13) to discuss its accomplishments and to provide a sneak peek at a future product codenamed Ansible. Ansible Ansible was unveiled on day two. Day one was…

Shift Happens for ALU-E

Last month, Alcatel-Lucent’s (ALU) new CEO Michel Combes announced details how he intends to return the beleaguered firm to profitability. He calls it the “Shift Plan,” and that’s what it better do. In 2012, under CEO Verwaayen, ALU reported a net loss of $1.81 billion, and since the 2006 merger of Alcatel and Lucent the company has lost about $13.4 billion.

Take My Phone, Really

The modern IP phone could be much more than it is, like a smartphone accessory. It’s an always-on IP device with a large speaker. It needs to be adapted to the modern workplace and become cell friendly (including charging, bluetooth, and more protection against interference). It also needs to become a desktop computer multimedia peripheral.

Does SSL Equate to Privacy?

Colin here. Perhaps the most frequent question I get asked recently is whether SSL/TLS security certificates protect the privacy of communications. Should we all switch to using SSL/TLS for our electronic communications? The short answer is that it depends upon…

Betting on XMPP

I recently got caught-up in a conversation with some other analysts about Google’s bone-head move killing-off XMPP. I contend it was a mistake, and bet that Google will undo it. By October (on Apps, not Gmail). The other folks agreed on the first part, but disagreed that Google would reverse its course. That’s my position; the other two feel the story is over and XMPP and Google have parted ways indefinitely.