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May 16, 2007

Aculab's Colville Addresses Developer Community

By Greg Galitzine, Group Editorial Director

Ian Colville, product manager at Aculab (News - Alert) with responsibility for the company’s SS7 and GroomerII solutions, gave a presentation entitled “Communication Breakdown” during day 2 of the Communications Developer Conference.

The key theme of the presentation was the breakdown of the old order of the communications industry. Accordingly, he kicked off his presentation with a clip of the classic Led Zeppelin song - and promised that he would pepper his presentation with Led Zeppelin references throughout.

Addressing the assertion that the network of tomorrow will be a “dumb” one, Colville - whose role includes support for Aculab’s global sales force - had his own take. While he agrees that lower-level infrastructure is indeed better off dumb, he maintained that there still needs to be some intelligence in the network.

To support that, Colville spoke about the growing trend where services are increasingly being provided from within the cloud, including desktop business/productivity apps. He referenced the success of (News - Alert) and other software-as-a-service vendors, as well as alternatives to Microsoft Office, such as Google, who recently announced the availability of business productivity applications available from the cloud.

The key attribute, of course, is the ability for users to be able to access their services from wherever they are, from any computer.

Colville gave several examples of applications that are being accessed in this manner, including:

--Conferencing – an increasingly network based offering
--Information services – have always been a network-based offering, currently being enhanced with the latest speech solutions such as text to Speech and Automatic Speech recognition
--Contact centers – increasingly deploying distributed, remote workforces utilizing hosted technologies
--Virtual Office – service offering lots of features, delivered over SIP trunking, accessible from anywhere in the world

Indeed, Colville provided a long list of benefits of network based, intelligent applications that are increasing productivity across a variety of markets and industries.

Addressing the developers directly, Colville said that there are many new ways of developing applications, and there are myriad new opportunities, however, there is still money to be made transitioning old services to new architectures.

The real opportunity, he said, is the potential to deliver more cost effective and increasingly feature rich services.

“All developers,” he said, “will have the opportunity to deliver services to users at one point in the network from service delivery platforms from another point in the network.”

So it appears the network might not necessarily be as stupid as once previously thought.

Now, a quick return to the Led Zeppelin references: I’m sure Ian will correct me if I missed any, but my colleague and I were paying close attention for mentions of rock classics and this is the list we came up with:

Communications Breakdown
In Through The Out Door
Houses Of The Holy
Fool In The Rain
Over The Hills And Far Away
Good Times Bad Times
Ten Years Gone
Gallows Pole
Dazed And Confused
Trampled Under Foot
That’s The Way
Rock And Roll
Celebration Day
How Many More Times
Bring it on Home
The Song Remains the Same
Ramble On

I would just like to say that I’m pretty sure I heard #19, when Ian, as he was leaving the stage, simply said, “Thank You.”


Greg Galitzine is group editorial director for TMC (News - Alert). To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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