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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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December 2008 Archives

I am intrigued by the speculation that Julius Genachowski may become a nominee for the next head of the FCC.  In particular, I found the following statement/’quote’ to be of interest:

“Obama has highlighted his goal to bring universal broadband Internet access to all Americans and promote "net neutrality," which would prevent network operators from blocking or slowing content on their networks.”

It seems to me that this goal is a good one.  But the implementation of such of goal seems to be problematic.  Getting the private sector to expand broadband Internet without the some type of carrot (ie the ability to increase speeds for certain types of content for a price) seems to be wanting to have the best of both worlds.

Also, I’m concerned about having a lawyer, like Julius Genachowski, in charge of either the Federal “CTO” or FCC posts.  Yes, it is good for regulatory issues, but I want technologists and/or telecom professionals in those positions.

What say the people? Post your comments below or send me an email to JohnLMyers@msn.com.

NOTE – Don’t get me started on the near-useless concept of a federal CTO… :)

Posted December 19, 2008 8:00 AM
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Long time readers of my blog know that I’m not a fan of the necessary evil of the public equity markets.  I believe that the private equity offers certain advantages when organizations need to make long-term adjustments to business models or when a longer-term view of the business model is required.

With several large moves in the telecommunications industry stalled due to the slowdown (… ok HARD FREEZE… ) in the private equity markets, some might be asking if I have changed my mind…. Actually no. :)

Viral Acharya, Conor Kehoe, and Michael Reyner provide an analysis of the pros and cons of the public vs private equity.  In particular, I liked the nearly 20% perceived performance jump in private equity firms over public firms:


While not a perfect study, it does provide some evidence that while public equity is a preferred exit strategy for vulture…err.. venture capital and a good way to make your stock available to the masses it may not be the best way to run a company.

Posted December 16, 2008 8:00 AM
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CapEx spending is going to be an issue in 2009.  Here’s a look at a 2008 CapEx Spending Report from Randy Myers.


It should be noted that the Communications/Telecom Industry was one of four that showed a higher CapEx spend than the previous two years.  Unless the business model(s) associated with IPTV, Fiber to the Home and 3G/4G networks can still be profitable in the current/upcoming recession; I look for those numbers to change… and not for the better.

What do you think of the CapEx Spending Report?

What do you think of the future of Telecom CapEx spending?

Posted December 12, 2008 8:00 AM
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‘You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”  — Abraham Lincoln

While I don’t think that most job candidates try to “fool” their employers, I do like to use a couple of “proof in the pudding” questions to evaluate certain position candidates.

Chris Kanaracus has a good one relating to data modelers.  Check it out and let me know if you think his “elimination round” question is as effective as I think it is…



Posted December 10, 2008 8:00 AM
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So I am in fact continuing a rumor that I found while on vacation this week…. iPhone at Walmart for $99.


I can’t believe that AT&T who is probably still smarting from the roll-out of iPhone outside of their IT infrastructure at the Apple Stores is willing to allow iPhone to be sold at Walmart… presumably with the same requirement that the phone be activated before you leave the store…

This strategy appears to be heading in the opposite direction as other carriers who want less customer activation issues than more…

In my humble opinion, ATT will deal with many more headaches from customers and “implementation” partners than they will from “quality” customers from the distribution point.

Posted December 9, 2008 8:00 AM
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