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clrmoney
clrmoney
9/25/2017 2:49:41 PM
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NFV Organizational Buy Ins
That is interesting for NFV organizing buy ins they should have it all becasue NFV/Network Functions Virtualizations has a lot to offer in terms of the internet/ethernet etc.

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DHagar
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9/25/2017 7:05:59 PM
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Re: NFV Organizational Buy Ins
@clrmoney, this is an excellent interview.  And it truly does require total organization adoption or you will not develop and reap the value of NFV.  It will just be another application of technology.

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Ariella
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9/25/2017 8:02:02 PM
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<What BT did before we even started down the road of NFV and SD-WAN is that we actually started a widespread enablement of our sales and specialist teams across the globe. We took time to actually upskill them so that they understood, essentially, why customers want it to begin with.>

That's a very smart approach. Instead of just throwing tech at the people who have to use it, they get them on board in advance.

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JohnBarnes
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9/25/2017 8:54:19 PM
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Ariella,

It's even better than getting it into the hands of those who have to use it -- it's getting it clear in the minds of those who have to SELL it.

Sometime back during the late Cretaceous, when Toshiba was sending out some of the first "true" laptops (if you had a lap like an NFL linebacker's, and didn't mind less than an hour of battery life), they hit on a great solution (or rather the consulting group I was working for guided them to it): Require all salescritters to do everything, calendar, scheduling, order taking, reporting, etc., on laptop. (In those dark days that meant mailing a floppy every day, btw).  The result was that when a customer said, "What would I use it for?" the sales answer was "Well, I use mine for ..." -- and very often that question didn't even have to be asked. They saw the Toshiba salesperson using it and started to imagine having one of their own.

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Ariella
Ariella
9/25/2017 9:46:12 PM
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@JohnBarnes That was a more subtle take on the old store displays in which people would demonstrate products like small appliances. It was still being done in some Sears stores at least as late as a couple of years ago. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
9/26/2017 6:15:26 AM
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@JohnBarnes - My huband had one of those laptops you mention, that he had received from his father, who had used it for work initially. And we took it out into the middle of the Arizona desert and used it for target practice for a few good hours. It was quite a bit of fun. Especially after all of the headache it gave him trying to use it at a time where no one was using technology that dated anymore. 

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Ariella
Ariella
9/26/2017 10:17:33 AM
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@elizabethv we have a few really old laptops lying around. We never thought of using them for target practice, which sounds like fun. Of course, we'd have to get a gun first, not a simple matter in NY.

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JohnBarnes
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9/26/2017 6:41:57 PM
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Ariella,

To dispose of an old laptop in a big city,

1. Do a secure erase of all files

2. Create three four files of random noise, titled Client Credit Card Numbers, Client Bank Accounts, Secure Password Decrypts, and Nude Celebrities.

3. Put icons for the four big files on your desktop.

4. Go to a coffee house, open the laptop, and leave it on a table out of line of sight from the counter. Get in line for coffee.

5. Buy coffee to go and leave with it.

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Ariella
Ariella
9/26/2017 7:26:54 PM
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@JohnBarnes More fun than just doing step one and finding a proper disposal for electronics.

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freehe
freehe
9/26/2017 9:52:13 PM
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@JohnBarnes, That is a good point. Great insight as always, thanks for sharing. That is probably the single best way to get new customers and to retain customers. It always reduces churn especially in the telco industry.

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afwriter
afwriter
9/26/2017 11:13:13 PM
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That is still what is happening in every Apple Store and AT&T in America (obviously iPad not Toshiba).

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freehe
freehe
9/26/2017 9:49:52 PM
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@Ariella, I agree. Collaboration is a key element in ensuring the success of any new technology implementation. Bring customers along in the process is smart. Why don't more companies follow the same path?

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JohnBarnes
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9/25/2017 9:15:23 PM
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The app store model is more brilliant than it first appears
Consumers have so quickly gotten used to the idea of "add a function, add an app" that it now seems like the most obvious thing in the world, but the ability to buy small chunks of funcitonality and deploy them really fast has often been revolutionary in business history. There are a lot more small startup contractors around nowadays because there are places where you can rent all the specialty gear you need right now and right off the floor. The whole world of freelance event planning, at which some people have gotten very rich, was built around the idea that if you had a well-stocked vendor list and the customer had money, all you needed was your experience and flair.

An app store structure smashes a lot of entry barriers -- and low entry barriers make for booming, innovative markets. BT has come up with a really excellent metaphor that may take them a long way.

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afwriter
afwriter
9/26/2017 11:19:22 PM
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Re: The app store model is more brilliant than it first appears
This is a great point! A lot of my work follows the same kind of structure, I often think about how I would have a completely different life and career if it wasn't for the invention of the smartphone. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
9/27/2017 8:11:55 AM
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@afwriter - that's a really fair question - how would all of our lives be different without technology. While I am a Millenial, and there's this misconception that as such I've been around technology my whole life, that just isn't true. I very much remember my life before technology. Though I do have the uncommon scenario of having my Mom who actually teaches all things technology at the high school she works at - and has since I was 7. So I've also been around technology for the majority of my life. So what would my life have been like if my Mom hadn't involved in technology for such a good chunk of my life? Such a good thought!

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dcawrey
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9/27/2017 12:04:00 PM
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Re: The app store model is more brilliant than it first appears
I remember pay phones and fax machines too!

And no cable. 

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afwriter
afwriter
9/27/2017 12:26:52 PM
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My kids are 7 and 4 and anytime we come by a piece of antiquated technology I enjoy being able to regale them with stories about what life was like before we had computers in my pockets. My favorite was when my 7-year-old could not wrap her head around the fact that Facetime wasn't always a thing. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
9/28/2017 8:06:31 AM
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@afwriter - kids with antiquated technology are a hillarious mix, no doubt. I showed my oldest (5) a rotary phone about six months ago. I tried teaching him out to use it. We got half way through a phone number and he said, "Can we be done now?" Lol, not even enough patience to get through calling a phone number - I guess he wouldn't have called anyone back in the day. Lol

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Joe Stanganelli
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9/29/2017 10:57:45 PM
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Re: The app store model is more brilliant than it first appears
@elizabethv: There is a "Kids React To" and "Teens React To" series on YouTube that is similarly hilarious, where kids and teens are exposed to older tech.

There's also the opposite -- an "Elders React To" series -- which is even funnier.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
9/30/2017 11:53:24 AM
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@Joe - I've seen the kids react too, the one where they talk about the rotary phone is quite humorous. I have not at seen the "Elders React To" and that has been instantly added to my "things to watch at work" list....... I know every time we go visit my grandparents we try to bring some kind of technology to boggle my grandpa's mind. Last time my husband brought his drone and "flew him around the neighborhood" while my grandpa watched the video. Entertainment for hours, for all....

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/30/2017 12:57:34 PM
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Re: The app store model is more brilliant than it first appears
@elizabethv: My favorites are the elders trying out newer video games.

The GTA V one is great.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
9/30/2017 4:50:45 PM
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@Jpe. S:

I have similar feeling. I noticed many elderly people playing games on their phones. Some times i notice that those folks make use of smart phone features way more than i do. I am not a phone buff though.

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Joe Stanganelli
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9/29/2017 11:00:34 PM
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@afwriter: At a certain point, it becomes depressing.

The other day I was on a train next to an 8-year-old girl who had a more advanced phone than I did.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
9/30/2017 4:48:52 PM
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@Joe.S:

True, that's so common these days. I believe it kind of became a norm with these payment plans for devices. Some times providers come up with BOGO deals and couple with 2 kids buy 2 devices on paymnet plan, BINGO they get 4 phones in total. All latest and greatest models. At that time they don't care if 8 year old uses or whoever. I personally saw such cases. 

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elizabethv
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9/28/2017 8:04:19 AM
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@dcawrey - I feel like those of us that grew up without cable should get a badge to wear, so we can identify each other and commiserate when we realize we aren't alone anymore. :'-)  

The last pay phone I saw was outside a closed restaurant and it looked like it was part of the sketchy looking ensemble. 

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afwriter
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9/28/2017 11:13:36 AM
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I saw a cartoon (I can't remember where for the life of me) the other day where a youngster was telling a store clerk how much she liked the museum while pointing toward a pay phone. 

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dcawrey
dcawrey
9/28/2017 6:08:55 PM
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Re: The app store model is more brilliant than it first appears
What's a pay phone?

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/29/2017 10:56:01 PM
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@dcawrey @afwriter: And what's a store clerk?

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elizabethv
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9/30/2017 11:59:46 AM
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@Joe - while I hate to be a part of the transition that makes phyiscal grocery stores obsolete, doing my grocery shopping via Prime Now has changed my life. I no longer have to drag 3 kids under the age of 6 into a grocery store and listen to all of their new demands for surviving their cold hard lives. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/30/2017 12:54:47 PM
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@elizabethv: I've thought about doing Prime Now. I forget why I decided against it but it might be worth looking at again.

I briefly tried out Google Express. Very limited, though, and I got tired of the subscription fees.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
9/30/2017 4:41:42 PM
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Re: The app store model is more brilliant than it first appears
@elizabethV:

Wow, that is good to know. I never shopped grcoery online. Never know, that may chnage if i keep hearing such news often.

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afwriter
afwriter
10/5/2017 11:17:04 PM
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Walmart is actually trying out a service that would allow people to bring the groceries into your home and put them in your fridge when you're not there. That is taking convenience to a whole new level that I'm not sure many people are asking for. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
9/30/2017 11:57:43 AM
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On the flip side of this pay phone humor, have you seen that several places have started turning old pay phones into hot spots? Throw a few charging cables on those bad boys and suddenly they'll be just as popular as ever!

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/30/2017 12:56:39 PM
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Re: The app store model is more brilliant than it first appears
@elizabethv: I've heard of this but have not seen it myself in the wild.

I saw a payphone just a few days ago, but it was just a regular ol' payphone. It's good that there are still some around in case of an emergency. People do forget/lose/get robbed of their phones, people do run out of battery power, and there are still dead zones. A few people don't even have phones, period.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
9/30/2017 4:44:34 PM
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@Joe. S:

What a coincidence. I saw a pay phone last week randomly and was exactly thinking the same. I believe that we do have several out there still. I am sure they will come handy at times.

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afwriter
afwriter
10/5/2017 11:18:24 PM
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I wrote about them doing this in New York a while back; it's an ingenious idea that will hopefully continue to catch on especially in metro areas. 

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Joe Stanganelli
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9/29/2017 10:58:56 PM
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@dcawrey: I remember when I started my law practice years ago, fretting over the fact that I didn't have and couldn't afford a fax machine.

LOL now.

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afwriter
afwriter
9/27/2017 12:30:13 PM
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Re: The app store model is more brilliant than it first appears
I didn't get my first smartphone until I was in my mid-20s but I have pretty much made a career off of using and writing about mobile technology since then. Before that my family didn't even have a cordless phone, in fact, we still had a rotary phone in one room. 

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freehe
freehe
9/26/2017 9:42:32 PM
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Buy Ins
"We've succeeded when we actually took time to educate and inform everyone about the technology, what it is and what it does. That's when you get buy in from multiple organizations."

That seems like a no-brainer. However, so many corporations function in silos and departments don't talk to each other. Many purchase different solutions to perform the same tasks that are conducted by every department throughout the entire organization.

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freehe
freehe
9/26/2017 9:46:04 PM
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BT NFV Approach
BT is showing that they are a leader in the industry. Creating their own app store and allowing customers to download functions to a blade or router is amazing. I am excited to see what else they develop.

 

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freehe
freehe
9/26/2017 9:47:35 PM
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Standards
Standards are so important to the implementation and viability of a new technology. It amazes me how no one ever thinks about developing standards until years after a technology has been developed.

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