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Alcatel-Lucent Helps You Add a 'Phone' to Salesforce

A funny thing happened on Alcatel-Lucent’s way to breaking ground on its Rapport Communications-as-a-Service platform.

To the surprise of many, even within the organization, it completed its under-the-radar negotiations with Nokia, in a deal which may bring the caretaker of Bell Labs under the wing of a newly empowered management team with a score to settle with the world.

Rapport is now available today, and for the first time is being offered directly to enterprises as a kind of application in itself — not an end-to-end, single-vendor, locked-down solution. It’s not just the telephone as software, but the entire network.

And Then Alcatel-Lucent Said, 'Hello, Nokia'

If a buyout deal was truly in the works between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia for a while now, as certain folks have retroactively predicted in recent hours, then the timing of yesterday’s deal announcement came as a shock at least to some at Alcatel-Lucent. 

The French global telecommunications equipment company had every intention of launching a new communications-as-a-service cloud platform called Rapport, speaking about it with CMSWire in depth.

Now the word CMSWire has been given to describe this launch is “delayed.” 

Not “cancelled,” which is a positive signal for A-L employees who may very well still be in shock over yesterday’s merger news.

Alcatel-Lucent Invites You to Get on Its Cloud

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Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent introduced a new Communications-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform called Rapport today. 

Like other IP-based communication networks, Rapport uses cloud platforms to pool network resources. This way, voice and video communications and conferencing can be managed using the same principles as any other type of traffic on an IP network.

The critical difference is this: Rapport exists entirely in A-L’s cloud, not on customer premises.

“A lot of enterprises have looked at Amazon, Google, Facebook and the like, and said, ‘They’ve become good at scaling and launching new apps and services quickly.  Why can’t I scale like that?’” remarked Brendan Ziolo, A-L’s head of large enterprise marketing, in an interview with CMSWire.

Social Ideation Finds Ideas Worth Pursuing

2014-03-June-sticky-notes.jpgKnowledge-based companies have been driving much of the economy, especially in the United States and Europe. Information technology, media, biotech and pharmaceutical, financial services companies and many more are based on the ability to generate good ideas, turn them into technology and, eventually, products. The “business” of these companies is intellectual property (IP) -- basically an idea that has value. Even companies that don’t make money directly on IP have to worry about it.

IP is not only a product idea. It may also be a better way of doing business, a price model that offers a competitive advantage, or a way to achieve operational efficiencies.

Microsoft, Facebook Announce $550 Million Patent Deal

In a half-billion dollar cash deal between two technology titans, Microsoft agreed to sell up to 70% of the patents it recently acquired from storied AOL just two weeks earlier for about twice that sum (US$ 1.056 billion) in cash. Terms of the Microsoft/ Facebook deal include ownership of 650 AOL patents and patent applications, plus access (via license) to the patents and filings that Microsoft will retain. 

IPv4 Out of Stock! Will IPv6 Finally Make it Mainstream?

IPv4 addresses are almost out of stock. This isn't the first time somebody rang a bell about it, but now the situation is getting desperate. According to reputable institutions and individuals, within the first quarter of 2011, we could run completely out of IPv4 addresses.

Web CMS: MODx Revolution Targets Drupal, Joomla Markets

MODx Revolution 2.0 is availableThis past March we saw a hint of what was coming from the open source Web CMS project called MODx (newssite). Now their latest release, MODx Revolution v2.0, has officially arrived. This is the future of the MODx project. Let's take a peek.

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