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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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Ok... I'll admit it... I'm a Star Trek fan. I loved the original and I really appreciated TNG. One of all-time best 'races' in the Star Trek series is/are/were the Borg. They just kept coming. Often times the Borg would straight forward. Sometimes they would be subtle. Google is starting to act a lot like the Borg in terms of telecommunications. For example, banging on the door of the FCC and Net Neutrality is Google being straight forward. And, announcing an app that will allow developers to build robust, third party/off-deck applications for mobile devices in an optimized online/offline mode is Google being subtle.

While it’s not storming the gates of the wireless content "castle", this is definitely a way for Google to drive a wedge between the established telecoms and their ability to lock the walled garden for content and services. Imagine if you will bandwidth intensive applications attempting to use an over-utilized wireless data network. The developers can either go the "on-deck" route with the carriers to get optimization... or... the developers can go the Google route and sell the third-party apps directly to the end-user and bypass the carrier.

This is the type of thing that Google is particularly good at in business. And, I don't use a particularly good way for the established telecoms to prevent it from happening... unless they want to start blocking that Google traffic from reaching the Internet.... I believe that the FCC and the courts have already ruled on that one.

NOTE - For BI/DW applications, this will be a boon for the leap to the wireless device. Reducing the latency / headaches of high bandwidth applications to the smartphone, does that sound like any applications that we know... :)

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