Faster is Not Always Better: The Search for Value (Part 1)

August 14, 2013 by Nigel Back

Early stage marketing of technology products often focuses on the technology itself. When PCs were cool and young, marketing led with the CPU… 286, 386, 486, Pentium. They even put a flashy sticker on the box! Same with displays – LCD/LED/PLASMA, how many pixels? And video recorders – “Really, you can program 100,000 different programs a century in advance, mine only does 1000”. And printers…and…

Real-Time Upside!

July 19, 2013 by Dave Labuda

We’ve speculated on more than one occasion that all billing ultimately will move to real time. It makes sense when you consider factors like pre-paid/post-paid convergence; increasing demand for account and spend controls; more on-demand services that utilize real-time triggers and transaction capabilities; and expanding applications for real-time notification. While from a certain perspective...

Sharing 3.0 – Real-time and the Rise of Social Everything

April 24, 2013 by Nigel Back

Business organizations are becoming flatter, more fluid and increasingly dependent on the rapid capture, sharing, analysis and response to huge amounts of information. In many respects they share characteristics of highly collaborative social networks. Their organizational and communication models must evolve accordingly to ensure creativity and value, rather than chaos, is unleashed.

Is Data Sharing the Straw That Breaks Legacy Billing’s Back?

April 24, 2013 by Dave Labuda

When Verizon Wireless, followed closely by AT&T Wireless, launched data sharing last year, it changed the landscape for wireless plans and billing schemes. Almost immediately, Sprint began to attack shared data plans with fear and doubt regarding the pitfalls of sharing freely in a group. After all, its adverts suggested, won’t the kids devour all of Mom and Dad’s data anyway? Despite the fact...