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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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Back at the Telematics Update 2011 show in Detroit.  Just left a presentation from Ericsson and Cybercom on making the car social via telematics.

The packed room heard how Ericsson and Cybercom are attempting to bridge the gap between the telecom industry and the auto/telematics industry. It appears that the telematics/auto industry is attempting to re-invent the wheel (pardon the pun) that Apple and Google have been building quite effectively recently.

In particular, Apple's recent iCloud announcement seems to put many of the content delivery aspects of the telematics industry to rest....or at least in my humble opinion.

There are still significant issues associated with distracted driving and bandwidth to deliver this content. However, these are issues that auto industry appears to be tackling with vigor and great interest.

What do you think of iCloud as an infotainment platform?

Can a car truly be a social platform?

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

Posted June 8, 2011 3:22 PM
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Infotainment… Infotainment… Personally, I thought that David Letterman made that word up… I guess I am late to the party…


But in all seriousness, an infotainment system is a fancy term for mobile video and the other informational aspects available on a smartphone.  Specifically IVI or “in-vehicle” infotainment systems are those that reside in cars. Instat estimates Dollar-sign-thumbnail that 35 million in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems are expected to ship in 2015.

This is the continuing push of content from the desktop to the mobile platform.  Wireless carriers will find this situation both an opportunity and a challenge.  There are dollar signs attached with the wonderful world of infotainment.  Just like IPTV and other content delivery avenues.

However, as mobile connectivity and general video quality issues associated with the infotainment concept, wireless carriers will be more and more responsible for the customer care aspects of that content delivery, but with less control.  Also, wireless providers will have cost issues with the delivered content.  As I have said before, Warner Brothers, Disney, etc will want their cut of the revenues to provide that premium content.

Are your telecom organization executives ready for marketing and customer care aspects of deploying in-vehicle infotainment systems?

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

Posted March 3, 2011 3:14 PM
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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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In an era where the movie Avatar is making significant amounts of money, buzz and accolades because of the new fashion it presents its content – 3D, IMAX, blue…; there is a new way to look at content presentation – the small screen of the smart phone and/or the net book.

In this, many are consuming content ( …music, short-video, movies, gaming… ) on something not bound by a cable or a set of walls.  These content consumers have a huge appetite for both the content and the bandwidth that allows them to access that content anywhere.  Below shows some of the avenues for content access and their growth rates between now and 2013 compliments of Morgan Stanley via eMarketer.


NOTE – Even as telecom organizations promote the usage of their wireless data networks via new subscribers and up-sell opportunities to existing customers with the message of “unlimited data plans”; many telecoms are currently looking for ways to ‘curb’ their customers usage of the data network to prevent an “AOL-esqe” situation when AOL opened their network to unlimited usage in the 1990s.

Posted January 7, 2010 11:40 AM
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Product substitution is all around us.  Landline voice is being replaced by wireless voice offerings.  VoIP in the form of Skype is rapidly degrading the Long-Distance marketplace.  Telecom Service Providers have been challenging the dominance of Cablecos with video offerings via IPTV. Well the Cablecos are pushing back and gaining some success.

Recent articles highlight the fact that the Cableco marketing machine is not only interested in selling into the small and medium sized business (SMB) market, but the data and video infrastructure is capable of providing the bundled services that many of these organizations require.

The key aspect of these continued Cableco moves into areas where Telcos may have felt comfortable in is that a lot of these SMB businesses aren't "that" small to medium sized.  Cox is currently projecting significant revenues from healthcare related commercial customers.  And as anyone who has followed the recently healthcare debate knows, this is not an insignificant industry...

Posted December 21, 2009 9:51 AM
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