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10 More Wonderful Days

David ByrdThis is my last blog of the year and rather than throw more statistics at you, I decided to offer some end-of-year thoughts. I considered writing about the benefits of working from home, or the growth experienced by MagicJack, or the end of the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, but none of them seem to be year ending types of stories. Instead, I will offer some brief musings.

Broadvox began the year by acquiring Cypress Communications and ended the year integrating most of its organizational business units. It has been an interesting time as the two cultures mix. However, we are not alone in addressing growth through acquisition. Our industry has seen moves by large and small players with most results still uncertain. MegaPath, Windstream, CenturyLink and Level 3 each made moves to either expand their product offerings, customer base or network footprint. Googles acquisition of Motorola Wireless is perhaps the least understood. If the acquisition was purely defensive, with Google wanting the Motorola patents, then what becomes of the tens of thousands of people and an anemic product line? Similarly, what will Microsoft do with Skype?

The telecom industry will also face the new rules established by the FCC for funding the USF and intercarrier compensation. This will be challenging for many service providers as most will see a negative impact on revenues. On the positive side, we should an improvement in the delivery of VoIP from third parties as a result of the new rules regarding Net neutrality. These rule changes did not meet the high standard Julius Genachowski set forth when he assumed the role of FCC chairman. However, it was good to finally get beyond the talking which only led to uncertainty.

Interestingly, search interest for SIP trunks, SIP trunking and unified communications fell while sales rose. The same held true for video conferencing, which was more surprising given the renewed interest in the technology. After all, this may be the year when video conferencing is considered to have arrived by many CIOs and analysts.

The top business story of the year (for me) was a tie between the worlds financial crisis and the rise of Apple. And one cannot think of Apple without being reminded of the death of Steve Jobs. He will be missed. Although Apples dominance of certain consumer products is the lead story for most, I find their acceptance into major enterprise IT shops most interesting.

Thanks to all you who enjoy reading this blog. Thanks to all of our customers, partners and friends.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Holidays and best wishes to all! See you next year!

David Byrd is vice president of marketing and sales for

Broadvox

, and is responsible for marketing and channel sales programs to SMBs, enterprises and carriers as well as defining the product offering. Prior to joining Broadvox, David was the vice president of Channels and Alliances for Eftia and Telcordia. As director of eBusiness Development with i2 Technologies, he developed major partnerships with many of the leaders in Internet eCommerce and supply chain management. As CEO of Planet Hollywood Online he was a pioneer in using early Internet technologies to build a branded entertainment and eCommerce website company partnered with Planet Hollywood. Having over 20 years of telecom sales and marketing experience, he has held executive positions with Hewlett-Packard, Sprint and Ericsson.


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