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John Myers

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Welcome to my blog. The fine folks at the BeyeNETWORK™ have provided me with this forum to offer opinion and insight into the worlds of telcommunications (telecom) and business activity monitoring (BAM). But as with any blog, I am sure that we (yes we... since blogging is a "team sport"...) will explore other tangents that intersect the concepts of telecom and BAM.

In this world of "Crossfire" intellectual engagement (i.e. I yell louder therefore I win the argument), I will try to offer my opinion in a constructive manner. If I truly dislike a concept, I will do my best to offer an alternative as opposed to simply attempting to prove my point by disproving someone else's. I ask that people who post to this blog follow in my lead.

Let the games begin....

About the author >

John Myers, a senior analyst in the business intelligence (BI) practice at  Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). In this role, John delivers comprehensive coverage of the business intelligence and data warehouse industry with a focus on database management, data integration, data visualization, and process management solutions. Prior to joining EMA, John spent over ten years working with business analytics implementations associated with the telecommunications industry.

John may be contacted by email at JMyers@enterprisemanagement.com.

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March 2007 Archives

When I was in grad school in the late 1990's, I co-wrote and interesting little research paper on how M-Commerce was going to put an end to the cash society. Using mobile phones to purchase everything from vending machine candy to movie tickets was going to be the future in America.

Now, while I'm not doubting that some day this will be the case, a recent article from the Economist shows that m-commerce is still searching for the traction to move into the mainstream.

BTW - I believe that the reason that m-commerce hasn't taken off in the US in the same way that it has in Japan and Europe is the same reason that Americans still have printed currency that looks like it did 50 years ago. Americans are inherently slow adoptors of "money" change.

Technorati Tags: M Commerce, Economist


Posted March 28, 2007 8:00 AM
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In one of the more interesting developments from the re-branding of Cingular to ATT, NASCAR has been dragged into a legal battle over paint jobs. Sprint Nextel claims that Cingular can either leave the #31 car of Jeff Burton as is or they can end their sponsorship.

In the end, I'm guessing that the #31 will be sporting new ATT colors next season, but not before Burton performs several donuts on the Sprint Nextel finish line logo at a prominent event like Dayton.

Technorati Tags: Sprint Nextel, Cingular, NASCAR, Jeff Burton


Posted March 20, 2007 8:00 AM
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A recent court ruling is giving Google the ability to have their cake and eat it too. In terms of Net Neutrality, Google likes the concept of the open Internet and not allowing ISPs to limit what is transferred over Internet "pipes". However in February, a federal judge decided that Google does not have to post anything they do not feel is appropriate.

Pointing this out is somewhat like pointing out discrepancies for "state's rights" federal court judges who make the occasional vote to override the ability of a state to govern as they see fit. However, Google likes to paint itself as the "do no evil" defender of the little guy on the Internet and I do not necessarily see how their position on advertising matches with their Net Neutrality position.

Technorati Tags: Google, Net Neutrality


Posted March 15, 2007 8:00 AM
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This week the TeleStrategies Revenue and Fraud Management conference is taking place in the New Orleans. This is the first event for the addition of fraud management to the twice yearly revenue assurance conference and I think it is for the better.

Long have revenue assurance and fraud management been separated by responsibility, but VERY closely related by function and the data (xDRs) used by each function. It is good to see that the walls between these two disciplines have are starting to come down and that the practitioners of fraud management and revenue assurance have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences.

Let's hope that TeleStrategies continues the move toward innovative and value-added programs for education and networking in these areas.

NOTE - MONSTER PROPS.... errr.... High praise goes to TeleStrategies for returning to New Orleans with their annual spring conference. The City of New Orleans has done a good job of recovering from Katrina, but they still have a lot of work to do. One of the best things to do for New Orleans is follow the example of TeleStrategies and Anheuser Busch, who are also here this week, and bring an event to and/or attend a conference in the Crescent City. Building the economy via tourism is a great way to have a great time and rebuild one of the nation's great cities.


Posted March 14, 2007 8:00 AM
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Personally, I liked Steve Hargreaves article about the concept of charging extra for electrical power at peak hours of the day. Anyone who has see rolling blackouts during the summer in California or New York can appreciate the efforts to "help people" understand how much their decisions can impact the greater electrical grid.

However, his analogy about this rating scheme being like current wireless call rating seems a little out of date. I have no knowledge of Hargreaves wireless bill, but my wireless plan hasn't charged me more for using my cell during peak hours for several years. Roaming during peak? Yes. International calls during peak? Yep. However in network calling during peak hours just costs me the price of $0.0x per minute from my "all you can eat" calling bucket. This is just like my current electrical billing. Perhaps Hargreaves is hoping to go "back to the future..." :)

Technorati Tags: Utility Billing, Wireless Billing


Posted March 13, 2007 8:00 AM
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