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Future First


We have been involved with a number of strategic think tanks and have participated in numerous strategy planning sessions. We’ve spoken a bit before about strategy but yesterday we came across an interesting blog by John Roese—its worth a read.

Plan, What Plan?


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

In our last post we talked about the activities that can assist in developing an operational budget plan. Today we look at the types of plans you may be involved with and the reasons [...]

Do You Know Where Your Budget Is?


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It’s annual budget time again for those of you who budget on the calendar. A typically painful effort for many people, though usually self inflicted. There are ways to make this difficult but necessary [...]

Company Software Use Legit?


In years of completing due diligence activities with small companies we have run into a number of situations where rapidly growing companies have spent more time on growth and less time on ensuring that they are complying with the rules of software use and licensing. It’s an expensive strategy as twelve companies recently found out.

To Twitter?


Two intersecting ideas came across my workspace yesterday. Both have significance for those of us interested in the wide world of the web and how we might present our ideas there.

One Brain Cell


While reading the April issue of Inc. I was reminded last month about a very painful period of my life in the telecom industry. It was during a period of time I worked for a complete idiot that we underlings referred to as “The Man With One Brain Cell”, (TMWOBC) or (with apologies to Alfred [...]

Decision Action Threshold Event


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Recently we were archiving some notes from a prior consulting engagement and having thumbed through the mounds of data and reports, that made up the effort, we stumbled across some statistical results that [...]

Carrier Grade Linux


Since in early 2002 we’ve followed the trials and tribulations of Linux trying to get some respect in the world of telecom. It has crept in, operationally, in various devices (think data routers, ip switches, VOIP routers and handsets—Android) but has yet to be accepted as a mainstream alternative.

Who Ya Gonna Call?


We’ve been following the growth of post Web 2.0 applications. They are web based applications that allow end users to highly customize the interaction with a third party. They’re neat, easy and extremely powerful. Most recently one of these application has received some significant funding.

Dialtone Desperados


In a recently rumored jaw dropping move it’s possible that Verizon will start offering a US$5 monthly phone line. It appears this strategy is a last ditch effort to stem the bloodletting in its landline numbers. We’re not sure why this would be important.