VoIP's Prognosis - Depends Who You Ask/What Sources Work For You?

When I published my latest Service Provider Views article on TMCnet on Monday - "I'm Not Dead" - I didn't give it much thought once it went live. My articles get comments here and there, but nothing like this.

Andy Abramson and Alec Saunders picked up on it first, and from there, it sure has hit a nerve. Over the past couple of days, the premise as to whether VoIP is dead or alive has taken a life of its own in the blogosphere, and there are clearly fans on both sides. Alec has done a great job keeping this dialog going, and I'll point you to his post from Wednesday night that has a very helpful roundup of links to the most noteable commentary, including Jeff Pulver (yes!), Om Malik, Ken Camp, Ted Wallingford, Andy Abramson, Garrett Smith, Lee Dryburgh, as well as our posts - his and mine - that ran on Circle ID.

Since then, I'd like to add a few other voices to the mix - Stuart Henshall, Lee's more extensive comments on the eComm blog, Jazinga's Shidan Gouran (on his brand new blog - welcome!), and Israeli colleague Moshe Maeir from Flat Planet Phone Company.

Lots to think about there, and with this post being a day or two removed from most of the recent commentary, I'm not so sure there's much connection any more with my article. I find it really interesting how these conversations evolve in the blogosphere, and that everyone has an opinion, and people take sides very quickly. From what I can tell, I'm the only person in this mix whose views were presented in the form of a published article. Everything else has been blog posts, and it sure is interesting to see how organically and virally conversations evolve in this medium.

Before moving on, I just want to pass a hat tip on to Andy Abramson. He was the first to cite my article, and that's when this whole thing started to pick up momentum. My blog is not as widely followed as others cited above, and more importantly, I don't think bloggers follow the industry media all that much any more. So, if not for Andy, I'm not so sure any of these conversations would be happening.

So, for me, this is an interesting sidebar to whether you think VoIP is dead or alive. Most bloggers I follow are much better informed about our space than the media, and all the threads I've read on this topic have valid points of view. But they're not getting published in the mainstream, and I see two problems stemming from that.

First, the mainstream is missing out on some valuable insights from people who are really in the know. Of course there are tons of journalistic issues around this, but that's another conversation.

Second, the blogosphere can be insular and self-selecting, so we're often just talking amongst ourselves. Am not sure if there's an indifference towards the trade press from bloggers, but I do wonder if there's an unhealthy disconnect out there between these two camps. Yes, there are journalists/editors who blog, but most bloggers are not from this world.

By the way, I'm not taking sides here - am reflecting more on how the process of getting and staying informed is changing in the Internet world, and how it's different for everyone. I don't have the answers at hand for these issues, but I think they're important, and probably warrant a forum for separate conversation. That's another thread I'd like to keep going in 2009.

Blog Transition Coming Along

Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who has picked up on my new blog home so quickly, and for those who have posted about it, Twittered about it, and updated their blog rolls. I've had a nice spike in traffic since Monday, so I know the word is getting out.

I have LOTS more outreach to do, and with so many lists and touchpoints, you may hear from me more than once - so apologies in advance. All I ask is that if you come across any citings or links to my blog that still have the old link, please let me know. I'm doing my best to update the ones I know about, but am sure I won't get them all. Thanks.

Bloggus Interruptus - I've Moved - Welcome!

For those of you who know me, I've been blogging steadily since March 2005 from the same location. It's been a good home, but since launching the IP Communications Insights portal with Marc Robins earlier this year, I've felt it necessary to have my blog hosted here, in a 100% neutral location. After all, the vision behind our portal has been to give a voice to the indie analyst community, so this is really the natural home for my blog.

It has been my intention to gradually migrate over to this location for some time, but projects and travel seems to keep getting in the way. That was the plan, but my hand was forced on Friday when I learned that my blog had gone 404. It appears to have been abruptly shut down without notice by my host.

As such, I have not had the chance to let my readers know in advance, so things are going to be out of sorts for a while. I'll be sending out a variety of email notifications over the next few days to fellow bloggers and my industry contacts, and hope to rebuild my readership as quickly as possible. I was hoping my host would provide an automatic re-direct, so people wouldn't lose me out of the blue, but that's not in the cards. Apologies for that, but I have no control over the administration of my traffic. Until now.

For now, all I can say is thanks for finding me, and please update your files and links for my blog, and pass this along to anyone else you know who is wondering what happened.

I'll be blogging here full time now, so this is the only address you'll need.

As you can see, it's a different platform, and I've done my best to replicate the look and feel of what I had before. I'd love to hear your thoughts, as well as any suggestions for other things you'd like to see here.

November Media Roundup

Fairly modest on the media front in November, but I did interviews for a bunch of stories that should run later this month.


For the business press, I was cited in a few articles...

Dallas Business Journal - Capex outlook

Computer Dealer News - Microsoft and Unified Communications

IT Business.ca - Avaya Canada's new CEO

CIO/Strategy Center - Collaboration solutions for global teams (if link does not work, soft copy available on request)


Toronto-based colleague Michael O'Neil runs the ITinCanada portal, which includes several microsites on various IT/communications topics. I contributed a guest post to their Unified Communications site about Avaya...

Avaya - Putting the Unified in Unified Communications


I also wrote two Service Provider Views columns last month, one of which ran yesterday - it got delayed due to the long weekend.

Microsoft and Service Providers - Why They Need Each Other, Part 1

Managing in a Down Economy, Part 2


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TMC's Blog Aid - blogging for a better good

In times of trouble, we often see some form of an "Aid" program pop up. Well, telecom is having its share of trouble, and I'm sure we all know people who have recently been put out of work. Nobody likes being in this position and if you've been there, then any and all forms of support are welcome.

TMC recently launched one such initiative, and I just came across it. They call it Blog Aid, and basically TMC is making its huge web reach available to out of work industry people. For those who are willing to blog, and showcase their expertise to the industry at large, TMCnet offers a pretty big stage to get their ideas across.

Sounds like a win-win to me. Telecom people looking for work have a place to be heard and perhaps network, and TMCnet gains some unique content to make their web presence that much more interesting. You can read more about it here on Rich Tehrani's blog.


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