With a lot of Humility and some general fun, I want to compliment TMC and Digium on Astricon.
The event was very nicely attended and represented a growing trend in their market.
The overall trend I saw was the number of distributors that were in the booths. They represented a rich eco system of products available that matched nicely to the marketplace’s diversity.
The second trend I want to point out is the diversity in applications. Digium made a big announcement about their developing an application environment, but lots of friends were telling me about specific markets they were now serving with dedicated applications in healthcare and energy.
Other interesting observations,
- no one started a conversation with me “In this economy”.
- National Harbor is a pleasure to get to in comparison to other venues around Washington, DC
-Communities that are cohesive are the best.
I had lunch with friends in Jersey who told me it was time to move on. At that time we did not realize I would have no choice. The bottom line is this is a one year review of the activities since then.
1) Scott Kargman and I have formed an LLC with Crossfire Consulting called Crossfire Media
2) Crossfire Media has a joint venture with TMC on the 4G Wireless Evolution website and event and is posting biweekly newsletter
3) I write for Fierce Markets
4) We have two other events we are looking to launch.
5) I have been asked to contribute to the GSMA community site
6) We are in the process of supporting an association.
I also want to note that Incharge Systems, which is a company I consult is making good progress.
Moderating conferences for the last decade has been a wonderful experience and I have grown in the process.
Last night we announced a 4G event that is being organized with TMC. The team at TMC has been wonderful and I am looking forward to working with them.
Looking at the infrastructure they have put in as an organization they have a great many abilities that were left undone in my previous experience.
The most fascinating thing to me is there ability to embrace the industry and help deliver the message. The editorial staff is dedicated and they are very good at gathering all the data.
So where do we fit in? Crossfire Consulting is a trusted name in the IT industry that often develops and delivers projects that are either critical to our customers or are adopting new concepts that need to be proven. We worked with telcos on their Internet strategies and did technical due diligence on many acquistions. Crossfire Consulting success has helped in other industries as well.
So we are in a position with TMC to not only deliver the news, but put together the appropriate people in the industry.
In my favorite book, “Fifth Business” the character in opera is explained as neither protagonist nor antagonist, but the keeper of the secrets. While publicly moderating I have been very good, (though it would be hard for you to know) in keeping company council and progressing the story.
Crossfire Media is dedicated to progressing the story of what happens next for telcos and the wireless Internet. That is the story behind the 4GWE conference and it’s the story we will follow on the portal.
As 3GPP progresses there are several issues that make Long Term Evolution uncertain. Remember the Internet was built to overcome any one network’s weakness and we are seeing these same concerns expand the applications providers network. So high speed services are going to be a continuously evolving mixture of applications being implemented in new ways, consumers adopting them virally and access providers (telcos) trying to profitably connect them.
I want to thank TMCNET for hosting me. It was a very interesting event and I enjoyed my time there. It has alot of merit as an event and I recommend it to alot of the community.
For me personally, I was a bit out of my element, with many companies. While I find the migration to IP of actual squawk boxes interesting, I don’t see a path to partnership with those kind of companies.
However if I was a part of the buying food chain for businesses these folks are essential.
I did get to do some of my normal things as well. Shockey reminded me, I was a bell-head trying to live in an Internet World. The SIP Forum had their meeting at the end of the event and they are making good progress. I was happy to see their plans for next year.