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John Myers

Hey all-

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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August 2007 Archives

In San Francisco, the concept of free love was supposed to extend to the Internet. However, it appears that after nearly three years that vision may be nothing but a mirage.... Brian Caulfield's article provides details about the trials and tribulations of the San Francisco muni-wifi/wimax.

It is entirely possible that the San Francisco plan was too grand and too far reaching. On the face of it, putting muni-wifi/wimax in SFO seemed like a no-brainer. However, Caulfield points out that the political and cultural issues are preventing success. I also think that selecting a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of 7-8m people was also an issue. Picking a less aggressive target seems like an easier task.

In Western Michigan, the Grand Rapids-Muskegon MSA represents a hotbed of muni-wifi/wimax. Mark Fellows' analysis provides a good idea of how these types of initial implementations can be successful.

Technorati Tags: Telecommunications, Telecom, Mark Fellows, Brian Caulfield, Muni WiFi, WiMax, San Francisco, Muskegon

Posted August 8, 2007 8:00 AM
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Mark Long's article about the White Space initiative shows how many political... errr... technical hurdles that remain for the development of the wireless broadband in the spectrum currently being used by broadcast television.

I am sure that the technical challenges are real. But anyone who has put their cell phone next to their computer speakers or a speaker phone knows that "interference free" is a relative term and I am guessing that the TV broadcasters are looking for reasons not to release that spectrum.

NOTE - I never used to think that my cell phone could "negatively impact" the performance of a plane until I realized that my phone causes more havoc than seems reasonable... Please turn off those cell phones until the plane is safely back on the ground... ;)

Technorati Tags: Telecommunications, Telecom, Mark Long, White Space, broadcast spectrum

Posted August 6, 2007 8:00 AM
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One of the reasons that I like Keith Olbermann is the fact that he is one of the smartest people in sports/news/media. I may not like the results of his analysis, but I usually can't find fault with his thought process.

Scott Davis is the same type of guy. Everyone that I know in business intelligence has at one point or another agreed to disagree with Scott. But, they also agree that Scott is one of the smartest guys in business intelligence.

So ... with that "great" introduction, feel free to take a gander at Scott's new blog.

Technorati Tags: Scott Davis, Business Intelligence

Posted August 4, 2007 8:00 AM
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Carol Wilson reported on what is could be Richard Notebaert's last Qwest earnings call. In that report, Notebaert has a quote about Qwest's strategy regarding video services.

“Quite candidly, the team I work with here looks at those investments,” Notebaert told industry analysts. “With DirecTV, they have a new box that integrates high-speed Internet access at 20-Meg or even a 10-Meg line into broadcast model from satellite. It doesn’t matter whether it is on FiOS or the broadcast model in satellite -- why in the world would you go do that and incur all that expense when … you can still do the broadcast model with more HD than anybody else has got with DirecTV.”

With that quote, Notebaert either makes a great case for NOT putting all that fiber in the ground ( ala most developing countries who skipped over upgraded POTS for wireless coverage ) or shows exactly how far behind Qwest is in its upgraded capacity planning.

I'll let history be the judge.... ;)

NOTE - Andy Vuong is reporting that, while this might have been Notebaert's last Qwest earnings call, it may not be his last earnings call....

Technorati Tags: Telecommunications, Telecom, Richard Notebaert, Qwest, DirecTv, FiOS, Carol Wilson, Andy Vuong

Posted August 3, 2007 8:00 AM
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"It's the economy, stupid"

That was the war cry / lowest common denominator of the 1992 presidential election. Now Stephanie Mehta is trying to make:

"It's the network, stupid"

the lowest common denominator of the recent troubles of MVNOs and VoIP providers. While having network ownership may have its advantages, Mehta underplays the role of quality business plans and competitive advantage in the failures of MVNOs and VoIP providers.

In my opinion, if you provide a quality service at a quality price; consumers will beat a path to your door. Consumers will even pay more for a product/service that meets not only their "needs", but their "wants". All you have to do is look at the consumer success of .... ( warning... warning... Apple reference coming.... ) iPod and the iPhone. There are cheaper services than iTunes. There are cheaper devices than iPod. And there are certainly cheaper phones than the iPhone. But Apple has made a concerted and successful effort to build a "better mouse trap". And it wasn't always that way ( read newton and lisa ).... Apple has had to build strong business cases and competitive advantage for all of their successes.

Again, I am sure that owning the network has its advantages. However, you might ask Verizon if the FTTH that FiOS is based on is paying dividends yet. I also believe that companies and telecoms in particular, need to build strong business cases and carve out unique competitive advantages to be successful. A lowest common denominator for failure like "it's the network" is just too simplistic to be THE answer.

NOTE - Tara Seals appears to agree more with Mehta than with me.... :)

Technorati Tags: Telecommunications, Telecom, MVNO, VoIP, Competitive Advantage, Stephanie Mehta, Tara Seals

Posted August 1, 2007 8:00 AM
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