Cradlepoint, a Global Leader in Cloud-Based Network Solutions to Keynote at IoT Evolution Expo

Cradlepoint CEO George Mulhern is a key note speaker for IoT Evolution Conference and Expo scheduled Jan. 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. He will discuss the need for an Elastic EdgeSM and network solutions to address this need for elasticity in IoT in the age of digital transformation

Trumbull, CT – December 2017 – TMC and Crossfire Media today announced George Mulhern, CEO at Cradlepoint will present a keynote at IoT Evolution Conference and Expo being held January 22-25, 2018 at Disney’s Contemporary Hotel in Orlando, Florida. IoT Evolution Expo is the leading educational and networking forum for the enterprise looking to understand how to develop and implement IoT solutions that drive measurable results and business transformation. The event will feature a robust exhibit floor, powerful keynotes, case studies, live demos, unique sessions, special events, networking opportunities and much more. Mulhern will deliver his keynote on Tuesday, January 23rd at 11:00AM.

“Cradlepoint serves thousands of enterprise and government organizations from around the world giving the company a unique prospective the future of networking,” said Carl Ford, CEO, Crossfire Media, executive director of content, IoT Evolution. “We are thrilled to welcome CEO, George Mulhern back as a keynote speaker and look forward to the invaluable insight he will share with attendees.”

“The benefits of IoT are already quite compelling, and those benefits will increase exponentially as we provide greater interoperability, security and simplicity in incorporating the islands of IoT in to the mainstream enterprise edge network, said George Mulhern, CEO of Cradlepoint. “There are things that we can do now to make that vision a reality.”

Mulhern will be a speaking about the need for an Elastic EdgeSM and network solutions to address this need for elasticity in IoT in the age of digital transformation.

Cradlepoint is the global leader in cloud-managed 4G LTE networking solutions. With Cradlepoint, customers leverage the speed and economics of combining wired and wireless Internet broadband for branch, mobile, and IoT networks while maintaining end-to-end visibility, security and control. More than 17,000 enterprise and government organizations around the world — including 75 percent of the world’s top retailers, 50 percent of the Fortune 100, and 25 of the largest U.S. cities — rely on Cradlepoint to keep critical sites, workforces, vehicles, and devices always connected and protected.

To view the full IoT Evolution Expo agenda, click here. Speakers, sessions and events are updated daily.

Cradlepoint is a Diamond sponsor at IoT Evolution Expo which is also supported by platinum sponsors Verizon, Numerex, Gold Sponsors IBM, Ingenu, KORE, ServiceMax and SIMCom and Corporate sponsor Tellient.

Registration for IoT Evolution Expo is now open. For more information, contact Scott Kargman. For media registration, contact Jessica Seabrook. Companies interested in exhibiting, sponsorship or advertising packages should contact Dave Rodriguez at 203.852.6800 ext. 146 or Maureen Gambino 203-852-6800 x 109.

For the latest IoT Evolution Expo news, updates and information, follow the event on Twitter at @IoTEvolution.

Mergers and Acquisitions – M&A … An Exciting Business Model for UCaaS, FinTech and VoIP

The communications and financial industries, especially UCaaS (unified communications as a service), FinTech (financial technology) and VoIP (voice over Internet) evolve so quickly that it requires highly effective marketing and manpower as well as investment just to halfway compete. Eunified communications and collaborationntrepreneurs who begin by bootstrapping a new product, service or idea cannot keep going unless they can attract a powerhouse to invest in them, acquire them or merge with them. The big guys have enough clout, connections, presence and money to fine tune the new but highly practical and attractive product, service or idea. Some entrepreneurs and small companies operate with this as part of their business plan: mergers and acquisitions. Those in the UCaaS, FinTech and VoIP industry are prime to attract such a windfall.

Recent examples of these type of acquisitions in communications and financial industries include:

 

nexVortex acquisition of Northwest Vox

Due to multiple acquisitions, Vonage now is second in hosted IP telephony revenue.

Cisco acquisition of BroadSoft

Magna5 Acquires NetServe365Fourth

There are many types of mergers and acquisitions.

Congeneric mergers: Two businesses serve the same market and customer-base but in unique ways. An example is a wholesale DID marketplace and hosted PBX who both provide these different services for entities that offer or use a lot of IP communications services and products.

Conglomeration: Two businesses have practically zero intersections of business products or services. For example, one business may purchase another business for no other reason than for the tax break. On the other hand, a new business can be formed. Then they merge, again, resulting in a tax break.

Horizontal merger: Two businesses are absolute competitors. They provide the same products, services and markets. They merge in order to tap into the best of each.

Market-extension merger: Two businesses that sell the same products or services in uniques markets. An example of two businesses that sell the same but to different markets may include Technology Marketing Company who serve mostly the Americas and ConnecTechAsia who serve mostly Asia.

Product-extension merger: Two businesses that sell unique products that have something to do with each other for the same market. An example might be VoIP Supply who provide communications equipment and Nextiva who provide hosted PBX solutions.

Vertical merger: A vendor of a business and the business OR a customer of a business and the business.  An example is an MVNO and DIDX or a VoIP company or international contact center and DIDX.

Some mergers and most acquisitions involve one business buying another business with cash, stock or both, or one business all the other company’s assets. The company whose assets are bought may then go out of business or start a new set of service and/or product provision. There is also the reverse merger (similar in style to a reverse mortgage). A private business has a chance to quickly go public. The private business buys a publicly-listed inactive business. This inactive business is literally not conducting business, and it has no limited assets. By doing this, the private business can become a new publicly listed business with shares that it can trade.

This is by no means a completely comprehensive list of types of mergers and acquisitions. Our goal in sharing this article is to inspire our DIDX customers, vendors and industry friends to understand mergers and acquisitions and perhaps include M & A in its business plan as a method of success.

One of the best ways to meet M&A-bound entities is at US and international conferences and exhibitions. These events offer meeting tables, booth meetups, receptions and many other extracurricular business opportunities. Channel Online keeps a list of communications events available including TelcoDays Las Vegas scheduled Jan. 7 – 8, 2018 and ITEXPO Fort Lauderdale Feb. 14 – 16, 2018 and FinTech Weekly keeps a list of fintech events where those interested in mergers and acquisitions in these industries can meet in person and finalize the deal! For the first time, ITEXPO offers a new collocated event The BlockChain Event. Reach to us at DIDX by contacting sales @ didx.net to meet you at industry events to discuss your wholesale direct inward dialing phone number needs and exciting trends of now and future.

 

May the Disruptive Startup Force Be with You

It is no secret that cloud communications companies attract investors and acquisition-hungry entities. Recent examples include the acquisitions of Broadsoft by Cisco, XO Communications by Verizon, Clearlogin by Evolve IP, CenturyLink of Level 3, Ideamine Technologies by Chicago-based Netrix LLC, Xavient Information Systems by TELUS International and Sydney-based Cisco partner VPN Solutions by Over the Wire. Cloud communications and direct inward dialing help to increase revenue, customer retention and likelihood of investment and acquisition. In each of these acquisitions, at least one company provides cloud communications and direct inward dialing services. Both help to achieve a larger customer base that stays with you while meeting the most important requirements of present-day business.

Startup friendly –

A startup may have an awesome service or method of providing that service, but veteran powerhouses with tons of investment and market may have the industry faithful in their corner. Innovative newcomer businesses often need to bootstrap and have little investment. They need to keep cost down while not sacrificing quality. They stand a big choice of going out of business within three years because they do not have a highly effective but affordable voice, video and data service. Cloud communications services such as DIDX.net’s direct inward dialing marketplace and other companies’ hosted PBX and total CRM system can save the day. Every incoming sale inquiry and customer service request can more quickly, more reliably and more effectively be handled than on in-house setup. Cloud communications offer, normally expensive features in traditionally offered systems, features such as data analysis, process changes and recordings less expensively. Customers get what they need when they need it which equals more customer sales and satisfaction, loyalty and revenue.

Cloud communications and direct inward dialing – Bottom line saving

A traditional PBX needs costly continual, local maintenance and upgrades. Traditional phone numbering purchases demand huge NRC and MRC quotas where one actually has that high of a requirement or not. With cloud-based communications servers and wholesale DID marketplaces like DIDX, customers pay only for the services and DIDs as needed. Both are super cost-effective. Cloud-based service providers like Grasshopper, DIDX, Amazon, Message Bird, Callision, Telinta and Enswitch are new or veteran successes that show a pattern of incurring minimal cost while expanding global market and top efficiency.

Dependability –

Cloud providers and direct inward dialing marketplace service level agreements can more easily offer a guarantee 24/7 support around the clock at a fraction of the cost of hiring in-house analysts and trouble shooters. Customer of IP communications companies can more efficiently scale up and down as is needed to keep operations running smoothly. Now, the money and manpower cost can be transferred to more necessary processes and more focus on sales and customer happiness.

Flexible work life –

Human resources can make agreements with the businesses that employ them to be available flexibly anytime anywhere. They always have access to get the information needed to handle any project or issue because the data is available anytime and anywhere. There is an increased ability for businesses to enable their employees to spend the quality time they need on other parts of their lives and to be available as needed and agreed.

Increased uptime

Thank goodness that the clunky, non-scalable, on the premises hardware of the past will no longer hamper business from maximum uptime and from business continuity. Cloud communications can easily be backed up in other locations also.

Simple-to-manage, flexible, scalable processes are a few taps away on a keyboard or even speech to text no matter where the customer and the employees are. The price of precious resources is decreased. No up front investment is necessary. No onsite upkeep. Competition is not so much the strong woman now.

May your startup take advantage of cloud-based communications and direct inward dialing marketplaces such as DIDX.net and be the next star business acquisition of the minute soon!

100s of VoIP Acquisitions in 2017 Enable Bigger and Better; Let it Be You Next

VoIP is so not dead, and if you own a company that provides voIP services, now is the best chance you will ever have of getting acquired. And how and where can “VoIP” companies have the best chance to develop these business relationships? At the most highly respected telecom, IP communications, and IP technologies conferences and exhibitions! **

Check the list of seven of the 100s of telecom and communications related acquisitions in 2017 to date:

Australian telecom, tech and cloud computing company Field Solutions Group acquired enterprise wireless network services provider BMS Network Solutions.

New Zealand’s Voyager Internet acquired broadband, VDSL and naked broadband service provider Actrix Networks and Internet and phone service company Conversant.

Enterprise telephony (UCaaS) specialist company VoIP Telecom acquired French IP solutions company Norman company NormHost. VoIP Telecom had already acquired Egyption vehicle tracking fleet management system company Etit in early 2017.

Verizon’s XO Communications acquisition made it the third largest Ethernet provider in the U.S, which resulted in a gain of 1.2 million fiber miles.

Popular IP communications hardware and software components provider Sangoma Technologies Corporation acquired IP communications hardware online store VoIP Supply LLC mid summer 2017.

Wholesale VoIP company VoIP Innovations acquired French programmable communications API platform company Apidaze. Apidaze enables VoIP Innovations customers to pull real-time messaging, video and/or voice into mobile, web and VoIP applications. In turn, VoIP Innovations is not a CPaaS provider, enabling its customers to innovate their own communication applications.

Atlanta-based web conferencing company PGi acquired Denver-based cloud communications provider ReadyTalk at the beginning of 2017. ReadyTalk services include audio, web and video conferencing, and self-service and managed webinar solutions.

The exciting momentum just needs more readers and their companies to join the discussion and action of smart, lucrative acquisitions that enable more users to reach their business and personal goals and achieve a better quality of life. Meet the Techistan and DIDX.net teams and 1000s of other companies to do exactly that at:

** Gitex Technology Week Dubai Oct. 8 – 12, 2017; TelcoDays Las Vegas Jan. 7 – 8, 2018; ITEXPO East Fort Lauderdale Feb. 14 – 16, 2018. We choose these three because of their strategic, fun, beautiful locations AND the versatile types of people, companies and services to connect with and expand business so easily. Visit http://www.didx.net/events to sign up and surpass competition.

 

DIDX VP Interviews Anthony Minessale II and Brian West of the FreeSWITCH Project

Thousands of customers and vendors that participate in DIDX wholesale direct inward dialing marketplace use open source communications solutions like FreeSWITCH, OpenSIPS, Kamailio and Asterisk. Anthony Minessale and Brian West, co-founder and General Operations Director, respectively, staff and huge worldwide developer community played and still play crucial parts in why and how DIDX enables the globe with wholesale direct inward dialing.

iMiller Public Relations’ Ilissa Miller, Kamailio’s Daniel Constantin-Mierla, TMCnet’s Rich Tehrani and Peter Dunkley contributed the questions and topics that DIDX discusses with Brian West and Anthony Minessalle.

lissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations
1) OpenSource and OpenCompute projects are changing the way companies develop solutions (such as FreeSWITCH) –
what is a key driver for the development of your platform?  What problems does it solve?
2) How are you leveraging the open compute initiatives to develop the platform capabilities?
Asipto and Kamailio’s Daniel Constantin-Mierla
1) It’s now more than 10 years since the start of the project — with the experience accumulated now, but going back when you started the project, would you do something different?
2) What are the biggest challenges you faced or still face as an open source application that tries to disrupt the rigid and somehow walled garden market of telecommunications?
3) Freeswitch has outstanding support for video conferencing and webrtc. Are these technologies going to change radically the way we communicate? How do you see their impact to residential users as well as enterprises?
4) Can you give some numbers regarding the performances of Freeswitch as a video conference system on a commodity server these days (e.g., price range 2-5000USD, 2-4 CPUs, 8-16GB memory)?
5) How is the performance affected when running on virtualized systems, what are the characteristics of the virtual machine that impact the most?
Rich Tehrani, TMCNet CEO and director of the popular ITEXPO, AllAbouttheAPI, and IoT Evolution and other tech conferences asks:
1)      How did you come up with the idea to launch FreeSwitch?
2)      As the product has evolved – what accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
3)      Are there any specific geographies or markets most suited to FreeSwitch?
Peter Dunkley, Director of Product Management – Telephony at NewVoiceMedia
1) For the features that are the same as they were as many as ten years ago at the beginning, why have those survived the test of time?
2) A few years ago WebRTC was a hot topic, now people talk about RTC (encompassing more than just audio and video), where does Freeswitch fit with this new (beyond next-generation) technology?
3) Traditionally Freeswitch would have been installed in the “owners” data centre or machine room.  Today everyone is moving to the cloud.  How well does Freeswitch fit into this new deployment model?
4) More and more enterprises and individuals are using technologies like Skype, Skype for Business, Slack, etc.  A lot of these technologies do not require organisations to deploy or own anything, some push a lot of (what used to be network) functions into the client.  What benefits does Freeswitch bring to organisations using these technologies?
5) More generally, what are the biggest three industry developments or changes you’ve observed in the past 10 years? Which industry initiatives and technologies have proved to be over-hyped?