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Archive for January, 2008

Proto.in : Yambi

Posted by tggokul on January 21, 2008

I had a very interesting conversation with Leonard, the founder of Mundial Communications and he helped me understand the problem they were trying to address through their ‘Yambi’ platform. He has left a comment here, which gives a fair idea about what they do. I hope to test their product and post reviews of the same.

Got to give it to the man who has come all the way from South Africa ( after missing quite a few of connection flights and arriving atleast 10-12 hours delayed). You have to listen to him in person to appreciate the passion with which he goes about talking about Yambi. I was sold on it and I am sure anybody would be as well 🙂

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Proto.in : An update

Posted by tggokul on January 21, 2008

I was present for the first day of Proto.in but could not attend day two becuase of a family emergency. The general view on my talk was mostly favourable, though I did get a comment that my talk was not ‘real’. I have asked the person who left the comment for more details and if I find them to be valid, I shall post them there.

Contrary to popular belief, I am a very fair person and will provide this blog as a platform for people who want to criticize me as well. But if I don’t get valid responses from that person, I have no other choice but to rate him/her as a hollow pinhead who completely lost the plot.

Btw, if you did attend my presentation, I want to know what you thought of it.

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Proto.in Day One

Posted by tggokul on January 18, 2008

Am all set to present at Proto.in in the next couple of hours. I think the presentation has come out well but the important thing is how the audience feel about it.

If you are there at Proto.in drop over and say Hi. Would love to meet like minded people.

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Presenting at Proto.in 2008

Posted by tggokul on January 10, 2008

Regular readers of my blog would know that I have the highest regard for Proto.in and the vision it stands for.  I have had the privilege of covering both the editions so far. In fact I have very fond memories of the first one. We captured the entire event on an N91 and that shot this blog to fame. That was the first time I saw the importance on video and understood why the Peter D. Csathy’s of the world have bet big on video.

And now I have been asked to be one of the speakers in this very event. Check out the other speakers and you would know why I am thrilled to be presenting. My session is on the Future of enterprise communication. Unified Communication would sure be a part of that. I would try to answer the question as to are there really any unified communications products in the market? Cisco changing its call manager to Unified Communication Manager, is that a marketing ploy or is it relaly a UC product?

VoIP ain’t UC!!! This is my pet peeve and I will touch upon that as well.I also plan to broach a subject which might be not be taken too kindly by my audience( product companies). Products don’t sell, solutions do. System integrators are the one who bring value to the platform. Applications on the platform drive sales. Your product is just a platform. When a company like Cisco focusses on business driven applications, you should know where the value lies. They made their network their platform. What will yours be?

This is just a sample of what I plan to talk about. Vijay calls me “controversial” but trust me , he ain’t seen nothing yet 🙂 If you are planning to be at Proto.in, leave a note here and we will catch up.

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Bill Seinfeld!!!

Posted by tggokul on January 8, 2008

The man is not only rich, he is hilarious as well. Yup, I am talking about Bill Gates’ keynote presentation at CES.

His last day video is a must see. Check it out here. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for him to try out stand-up once he retires. I think Bill Gates as Wolverine was the best part of the video 🙂

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