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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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Ruthie Ackerman recently wrote an article about the continued consolidation of the telecom market. It included the following quote:

...the big three [AT&T, Verizon, Sprint] have the capital to be innovators, while U.S. Cellular has to follow.

While I don't disagree that with the concept that the larger a telecom provider is the larger their "war chest" is for investment in research and development can be. But, I do disagree with the concept that the established telecoms are innovators and that smaller players are followers. Smaller telecoms have the ability to be more flexible in making adjustments to their business plans and have the ability to move to products and services that consumers are looking for. These are things that the established telecoms have a very difficult time doing.

I see ESPN Mobile taking risks ( and failing…) and then migrating to "second movers" like Verizon. I see Apple taking the risk of developing a killer app/device for mobile usage and AT&T taking abuse for “killing trees” to get the billing statements out. Yes, the larger telecom providers have the potential to be innovators, but I rarely see them exercising that initiative.

Technorati Tags: Telecommunications, Telecom, Ruthie Ackerman, innovation

Posted September 14, 2007 8:00 AM
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