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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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January 2010 Archives

GroundTruthIn the world of business intelligence, there is nothing more valuable than the raw data that is the foundation of the end-state analysis.  In the world of telecommunications, there is nothing more valuable than the data on the activities of customers for network management, customer care and marketing activities.

It now appears that an organization has bridged the long-standing barriers between carriers to share their data with anyone.  Kevin Fitchard reviews the announcement from Ground Truth and how they hope to make an impact on mobile web usage.

For my part, I look forward to the developments from Ground Truth and to see if they can leverage the “Switzerland of Data” arrangement that they have carved for themselves… Also to stay out of the news for any leakage of data or mis-use. ( See the NSA and call detail records… )

  • Do you think that Ground Truth will succeed as an independent company?
  • Be acquired by an organization that will threaten the ‘truce’ among carriers (ie Google?)?
  • Fail to capture a strong business position?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (@JohnLMyers44) me directly.


Posted January 26, 2010 8:48 AM
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TivoI am not a favorite of organizations that spend a disproportionate amount of their time and corporate resources in litigation.  My best example is/was the the open source patent company that found it was easier to make money by suing those who infringed on their patents rather than actually implementing them.

HOWEVER…. ( and who didn’t see that coming…) I am enjoying the news that Tivo is once again fighting the good fight against those who would dilute the Tivo “concept” with their own DVR offerings.  This time Jeff Baumgartner looks at recent legal action between Tivo, AT&T and Microsoft.

Tivo… You go girl… boy… tv with antenna! Go on fighting for your patents and putting together quality products ( …like an HD DirecTv DVR… hint hint… )

NOTE – My favorite quote from Baumgartner’s piece was the fact that Tivo has already collected $400m in judgments, final and in progress, from other folks who thought that Tivo might not fight it…. Reminds me of the story in the movie “A Flash of Genius”.


Posted January 21, 2010 9:36 AM
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ComcastAnother Tuesday… Another comment on the guys from Philly…

This time I am intrigued by the continuing efforts by Comcast and others to implement metered billing for data access.  Karl Bode’s piece talks about how Comcast is offering test versions of usage metering software for their data plans.

While I agree that ISPs have a business case for metered usage of data… I also think that North American’s consumer market has had “all you can eat” data access plans for so long that they will be resistant to moving back to a metered billing model.

How do you think that the revenue opportunities outweigh the poor PR aspects of metered usage?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (@JohnLMyers44) me directly.

 


Posted January 19, 2010 12:25 PM
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Espn-devil-copyI found a recent piece from Monica Alleven to have an interesting component to it.  The piece focused on the performance of the various ESPN mobile content offerings since the demise of the Mobile ESPN MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) a few years ago.  In the piece, Alleven says the following:

“Shelving its MVNO doesn’t seem to have hurt ESPN Mobile.”

This seemed curious to me since I didn’t particular view the MVNO play to be part of ESPN’s core competencies, but rather a distraction.

While price was the main reason I didn’t embrace Mobile ESPN, I found the fact that I had plenty of relatively free substitutes to Mobile ESPN content via equivalents (ie mobile web browser, desktop access).  To this day I continue to ( …and according the Alleven’s piece many others as well… ) access the ESPN website via iPhone provide just as much value to ESPN as they attempted to gain with their MVNO (ie eyeballs and clicks).

NOTE – The ESPN “Devil/Angel” logo was just too good to resist… ;)


Posted January 14, 2010 3:56 PM
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I have to say that I always appreciated the concept of “leaving sleeping dogs lie” or its rough equivalent in the western states… “if you mess with the bull, you will get the horns…”. FCC

In its case against the FCC, I fear that Comcast may awaken the legislative process and/or get an unwanted dose of the “horns” of the FCC.

In a very good piece by Jolelle Tessler, Comcast appears to have a bent on getting a ruling that states the FCC does not have the ability to enforce Net Neutrality rules.  My favorite part of Tessler’s piece is the following:

“An appeals court ruling that rejects this argument could draw Congress into the matter to give the FCC the power to regulate broadband as an information service. Several key lawmakers have already drafted legislation to mandate network neutrality. Or it could force the agency to consider reclassifying broadband as a more heavily regulated telecommunications service that would be subject to non-discrimination rules.”

By putting this case into the legal process, Comcast could very well close out any wiggle room associated with the FCC on the definitions of Net Neutrality and even make the world of Internet access even more regulated rather than less…

How do you view the wisdom of the Comcast legal strategy?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (@JohnLMyers44) me directly.

 


Posted January 12, 2010 8:31 AM
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