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Monday, February 11, 2008

A call to report: VoIP 'geek-talk' blogs

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Update: I have now created a sidebar widget titled "Tech Blogs I read" instead of updating this post. Please continue sending me quality tech blogs (with more focus on concepts and less on marketing) as you come across them and refer to the sidebar for updates and not this post - thx.

Total number of 'market reporting' VoIP blogs = k+1

where k=number of times you can blink in a day.

However, there are very few blogs that talk about more technology & architecture details and less market details for all things VoIP, SIP, IMS, web 2.0 (with focus on telecom).

So here is a call to unite!

We need a list of what I call 'geek-talk' - those that provide more technical insight into how things are.

Here is my list so far. Please update me /comment here with more tech-blogs and I will update this list

Many of these blogs are a mix of techno-marketing, but are written by people who are neck-deep in actually developing/architecting many of the talked about solutions themselves, and hence offer a more detailed insight.

last updated: Apr-30-2008

  1. TurnGeek - focus on P2P, SBC, etc.

  2. IMS Lantern - IMS architecture related

  3. Voice of VoIPSA - VoIP Security

  4. IMS Quality - Testing and Monitoring with focus on IMS

  5. VoIP Survivor - general voip, with significant focus on their company products

  6. TelCAB - IMS B/OSS

  7. iConverged - this blog

Friday, February 8, 2008

Concept: telcoAJAX - making AJAX libraries telco aware

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I recently wrote a paper that investigates how SDP vendors can provide AJAX based telco-aware libraries and mechanisms to interface these libraries with existing telecom application servers. I personally believe that this is a gaping hole in the market. While AJAX libraries have evolved significantly, no one is currently working on adding functionality that makes it telecom aware (in terms of understanding what UI, actions, events are typically associated with telco services) thereby making t he job much harder on developers who are trying to grapple with what it really means to "web 2.0" their SIP call control app.

Abstract:

With the increasing acceptance of AJAX as a mechanism to deliver real-time user experiences without the need of proprietary local clients and the increasing demand from consumers to have a better user experience with more features, both the Telecom and the Internet world are looking at means to be able to converge their offerings. However, being able to provide converged services is a challenge largely due to the fact that Telecom players already have existing applications they would like to monetize in addition to having limited know-how of Web 2.0 related technologies, whereas the Internet players, while proficient in Web 2.0 technologies have limited understanding of wireline and wireless networks to be able to offer ubiquitous service access. The author believes that middleware SDP providers can help bridge this gap and provide “convergence” building blocks that would allow developers on both sides of the world develop functionality, or integrate existing functionality with ease. Specifically, this paper, proposes the concept of “TelcoAJAX” – a set of building blocks that are aware of telecom primitives and how to represent and interact with users using a browser interface which developers can implement on top of SIP/Presence based applications.

You can download it from here.

(Search for paper titled "A Concept Approach at bringing Legacy Telecom Application Servers to Web 2.0")

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Unconferencing Conferences

unconf.jpgIn one of my conversations with Carl Ford, I was told that VON is now actively trying to create an "unconference" in their next shows. For those who know unconference, it is a pretty old concept, often used in hard-core geek gettogethers. The concept here is to set up an "ad-hoc" speaking environment, where a 'leader' stands up, talks about a topic and attendees interact. The interesting part about unconferencing is that there is no 'one-leader', like traditional speaking slots. You don't get to talk 1-way while your viewers listen, snore or just ignore. You are all peers. If you can defend your idea, so be it, or you may just be hissed (sort of like how the IETF meetings work).

The problem with un-conferences, however, is that without some moderation, it can go nuts with personal agendas, general confusion and so-forth. Furthermore, generally, for companies to fund you to travel, they want to gain some marketing mileage from it. Which is why most main-stream conferences avoid un-conferencing.

This is where is looks like VON is likely bridging best of both worlds. They have set up a wiki called "VONCamp" where you can suggest your own topics. But to keep some sanity, it is moderated, and limited to 12 or so slots. Futher, they also ensured that unconferencing does not conflict with any other panel, so people are encouraged to attend. In addition, they are also looking at being able to advertise the unconference topic leaders, just as they would be advertising conference speakers (I hope they carry this thought through to execution!)

So naturally, with all things "2.0 and social networking" I am in. I am likely going to talk about connecting Social Networks and IMS (a topic which I've done a lot of work on). I will also be speaking at a regular panel in VON amsterdam, so between the two I'll get a good idea of which works and is better!

So anyway, head on to VONCamp and support these folks!