19th Century Electric Centralization – Why It Won’t Happen (as much) with 21st Century Cloud

In the 19th century electricity production was highly decentralized. With neither a transmission grid nor storage infrastructure in place, factories, towns and homes were each responsible for producing their own power. Over time it became clear that the economies of scale in generation, transmission and storage warranted a highly centralized network design, with power available by plugging a wire into …

The Rise of Voice-as-a-Software-Application, The Demise of On-Premise PBX/VoIP Equipment – Lessons from Angelbeat 2013

Angelbeat has long predicted the decline of desktop handsets/telephones. Employees are increasingly using their own smartphone/tablet and bluetooth earpiece, configured with readily available unified communications software from Shoretel, Avaya, Cisco and virtually every major telecommunications supplier. (The BYOD revolution going well beyond the simple elimination of corporate-funded laptop purchases.)
So-called “softphones” have been around for many years. But even with an …

Angelbeat 2013 Clean Slate Survey Results: 71% to the Cloud, 93% Wireless

Angelbeat recently completed its annual “clean slate” survey, where our community of 200,000+ IT Professionals was asked what they would do differently if they could (re)build their entire network/data center infrastructure from scratch. 71% said that they would never buy a PC, desktop phone, server, etc. Thin clients and BYOD tablets/laptops only, with a bluetooth earpiece for telephone calls and …

Dell/Nook/Nokia/Surface: Microsoft’s Investment Strategy

Microsoft’s probable investment in Dell’s buyout reflects a broader strategy of using its vast cash reserves to fund competitors to Google, Apple and Amazon. This strategy emerged several years ago, with ten billion to acquire Skype (facing increased competition from Facetime) and billions invested in (or given to?) Nokia to support its conversion from the Symbian to Windows Phone. Its …

Patent Verdict Analysis: Apple Wins, Samsung/Google Loses, Microsoft/RIM Opening

It is impossible to underestimate the impact of the nine jurors in the Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit. These individuals have provided government/legal approval for what will possibly be an Apple-dominated smartphone ecosystem (at least in the US) for years to come. With the pending release of the iPhone5, possible reluctance by mobile carriers to promote/sell Android devices (do they want to …