Denial Isn’t Just a River in Egypt

Feburary 11, 2018 – Winchester, VA. Having wrapped up a week in San Diego, CA attending AFCEA West, I had the opportunity to listen to senior DOD and Department of Navy (DON) Executives share their vision on how to move the Department forward. There were a lot of consistent themes such as “go fast” and…

Convergence in Name Only

Winchester, VA – October 7, 2018 : The Information Technology industry has been marketing the concept of convergence for over ten years now, however depending on who you speak with, the term “convergence” has many different meanings. For some the meaning represents the consolidation of applications. For others it is the consolidation of networks. And…

VoIP and 911

One of the issues being wrestled with by the FCC is how to govern 911 requirements in a Voice over IP (VoIP) environment. Recently, the FCC conceded that VoIP end instruments were not reliable enough to guarantee a 911 call, and then elected to focus on the reliability requirements of Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP)…

DOD UC Summit 2017

On January 11th, we had the pleasure of holding a DOD UC Summit meeting at Shenadoah University for a full day of presentations given by speakers representing their company. We had 18 guests show up to listen to the presentations and it was a great experience for everyone. We were pleased to have Mr. Richard…

Department of Defense UC 2.0

In response to the large number of requests received to publish a follow-up on my last post, I am posting this in response. With my last post I hit on the multiple issues that represent real world roadblocks to seeing Unified Communications (voice, video and collaboration) being successfully rolled out within the Department of Defense…

TDM Telephony vs. VoIP

As many vendors of legacy TDM telephony technology end their support for classic End Office and PBX solutions, customers are faced with the challenge of deciding what their transition strategy is going to be and how much is it going to cost. With flagship TDM companies like Nortel and Lucent no longer in the voice…

Security Considerations for UC

When engineering a Unified Communications solution for any enterprise, the issue of security has to be baked in from the beginning. Many commercial users of Unified Communications are not aware that their telecommunications experience is often being carried over the public internet in the clear for any hacker to tap into. Spoofing SIP packets is…

UC; DoD’s Red Headed Step-Child

It amazes me how DOD leadership continues to ignore the growing crisis stemming from aging telephony technology and infrastructure. No, it’s not as sexy as C4I technology and applications, and it doesn’t have a bayonet lug; but the need for highly reliable telecommunications in support of the warfighter is as important today as it was…