VoIP, Video and Collaboration - Andy Abramson's Take

Andy Abramson's VoIP Watch blog has long been one of the best out there, and we've been helping each other as long as I've been an analyst. He's got both wide and deep perspectives, and is as well connected as anyone I know in this space. You can - and should - also follow Andy on Twitter: @andyabramson.

The other day he pinged me about a news roundup post of his from the weekend which focuses on current VoIP, video and collaboration items worth following. It's a great recap, along with Andy's personal views on where things are going - and more often than not, he's right. The post may be a couple of days old, but it's still  very timely, and you really should give it a read

He's considering doing this on a more regular basis, and I think that's a great idea. After you read this, I'm sure you'll agree, and by all means, let him know - he'd love to hear from you. There's a lot going on in these rapidly converging spaces, and Andy has it covered pretty well.  If there's anything else you'd like to see covered this way, let both of us know, and maybe we can take this to another level.

Up for air

Been about 2 weeks since my last post - decided to take a break from blogging and catch up on a million little things that have been building up the past few months. Being an indie isn't easy, and after having my busiest and best month in May, things eased up in June. Two trips, though, kept me on the road, but since then it's been a more manageable pace. I'm not one for sharing my personal life online, but the upside of being an indie is getting all this catching up done once all the deliverables have been fulfilled.

Blogging doesn't pay the bills, though, so I've been in active business development mode lately, and now things are getting busy again. No business travel on my calendar probably til October, and that's fine by me. Looks like I'll have a full plate with new projects/clients through the fall, and that helps provide fodder for blogging and tweeting.

That's it - just popping up to say I haven't gone away. When my blog goes quiet, it's usually for a good reason! Go figure, I pick July 4 to start posting again, and maybe 5 people will see this today. That's ok - I know my market and I'll be back with new posts soon enough. Until then, Happy 4th and a belated Happy Canada Day!

Oh, and if you think Canadians don't have fun with their holidays, check out this ode to Canada, hoser-style. This is the most fun you can have with empty beer cans, eh!

Rethinking Communications - my new column for Internet Telephony Magazine

If you've followed me for a while, you'll know I've had a long history with TMC on several fronts. I've written for them wearing different hats, mainly via my Service Provider Views column, along with my ongoing thought leadership for the Smart Grid portal. I'm not writing those currently, but I also participate regularly in their long-running ITExpo conference - will you be coming to the next one in Austin, October 2-5? Finally, switching back to my smart grid hat, I also co-produced the highly successful Smart Grid Summit with TMC for two years, so I've had a stint being a hands-on show producer as well.

With that preamble out of the way, my latest partnership with TMC went live yesterday. I've started a new monthly column with them, and I'm calling it Rethinking Communications. As the title implies, I'll be writing about current trends that should give us all pause to consider what we're doing in this space. We live with disruption around us 24/7, and nobody has all the answers. I certainly don't either, but I see a lot of things, and this is my soapbox to create some fresh dialog.

The column runs in the print edition of their widely-read Internet Telephony magazine, and made its debut in the May issue. I haven't received my copy yet, but the online edition was posted yesterday. So, you don't have to be a print subscriber to read my column - you just have to wait a couple of weeks until it goes online. I'm sure TMC will be happy to get their content to you both ways, and signing up for a print sub is easy - here's the form. Otherwise, I'd love you to read my column right now, so here it is online. As you'll see, the title "Is Dial Tone Done?" is self-explanatory, and as always, your comments are welcome.

Canadian Blog Awards - don't forget to vote!

Just a quick shout-out to keep the Canadian Blog Awards on your radar. You can view the full list of nominees across several categories here. If you scroll down towards the end, you'll find the Science and Technology category, and my blog is in that group.

I'm not sure when voting closes, but hey, just head on over the site and exercise your right to vote, eh!

Canadian Blog Awards - will ya vote for me? :-)

Bet you didn't know there was such a thing, but voting is underway now for the 2011 Canadian Blog Awards. Whoo hoo!

My blog in on the finalist list for the Science & Technology category, and if you think I'm worthy, here's the ballot page, and I'll leave the rest to you. In the borderless world of the Web, it doesn't matter where you live, so vote wherever you are, and by all means, pass it along - thanks!