A Mini Fonality Furor

A column I wrote here caused a bit of a stir over the past few days. Here's a brief recap: Andy Abramson opined that Fonality, a Southern California-based developer of PBXes built on top of the open-source Asterisk PBX, is "better poised" to move Asterisk into the large enterprise world than Digium, the Alabama-based company that developed and maintains Asterisk. I wrote that it's hard to disagree with that assessment because Fonality does "an exceptional job of marketing" and I don't … [Read more...]

Hold All My Calls, Except . . .

I got a taste of how IOTUM's Relevance Engine for personal communications works when I called IOTUM CEO Alec Saunders for an interview. I was told by a nice ladylike voice that IOTUM had decided that Saunders wasn't available to take my call. I was allowed to leave a voicemail and Saunders called me back from his car. Unfortunately, it was when my three phones were ringing simultaneously. If I had IOTUM that wouldn't have happened. The Ottawa-based company is going after the … [Read more...]

Tilting at the Windmills of VoIP

The night before starting to write the first ever item for my first ever so-called blog, an incisive Alec Saunders (http://saunderslog.com/), Founder and CEO of Iotum (iotum) and one of the deservedly more prominent members of the so-called VoIP Blogosphere, laid down the gauntlet. At a whiskey bar in Boston, where we both are attending the Fall VON show, I was yapping away (as I probably too often do, whiskey or no) about the sorry state of media coverage of VoIP and internet communications, … [Read more...]