Gary D's Take

Happy New Year ? Your Choice!

Happy New Year ? Your Choice!

Dec 23, 2015

People choose to be happy or choose not to be. The operative word being choose. We all know people that face much greater strife and challenges in their lives than we do and they are still “happy people” and we can all think of people we know who choose to be unhappy even in the face of good fortune. My best example of the latter is a conversation I had years ago with someone who sounded depressed and when I asked about it they replied. “ I am having a bad day…I can’t decide which kind of beans to cook for dinner.” This was a real conversation…I am not creative enough to make something like that up. Clearly this person had decided to define themselves on a very narrow scale.

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr
God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next.Amen.
We can’t mange all the things in our life…..they are far too many , too complex. We CAN mange our expectations. Unrealistic expectations cause more unhappiness than anything else in this world. I am not saying not to dream and not to aim high for the lofty goals in life. Just don’t decide that when the lofty goals are not achieved, that you are a failure. Failure is more defined by NOT TRYING than NOT ACHIEVING.

It is my sincere wish for you that you choose to have a happy and prosperous New Year!

Communications Check List

Communications Check List

Dec 23, 2015

Four basic communications points to review to be sure you are ready for business in 2013.
1. Look at your bill from your provider – while this may seem simple , it’s suprising how many people don’t really review their actual bill periodically. Be sure to look for things like unnecessary charges and services that you aren’t using or don’t need. This applies to both the bill for your voice services and your internet , expecially if they are two separate bills.

2. Are your customers getting busy signals or do you have an unusual amount of calls going to voicemail? This could be a sign that your voice services are under provisioned or other problems.

3. Take a long hard look at your internet bandwidth. Every company is growing more and more dependent on internet based applications and programs. Do you have sufficient bandwidth to be able to handle all the Web 2.0 and internet portal applications that are coming down the pipe?

4. Are you and your employees as mobile as you need to be? Mobility is one of the bigest pluses of the new age. Fully taking advantage of Unified Communications and Collaboration can be a huge boost to productivity.

These are just a few of the things you can and should examine to insure that your business is ready for the changes that are coming your way in 2013 and beyond.

I Saw Your Blog……..

I Saw Your Blog……..

Dec 23, 2015

Those of us who regularly post to blogs understand what a frustrating experience blogging can often be. You try to produce relevant and engaging content. You strive to not be “salesy” or “self serving”. When you share your prose with say…coworkers , the response is often “ OK?” or “And this does what…?” The blank expression on the faces when you try to answer “ Why do you do this?”  fuels the little voice in the back of your head that keeps saying “NOBODY CARES!” . Then a miracle happens! Somebody you meet says. “ I read your blog. It was very interesting.”

Years ago when I started this , I said “This is really about me having an outlet for my creative side and I don’t really care if anybody else reads I or not.” If you go back to my first post, in 2007 , I actually said that. (or words to that effect) Five years later, I am still really doing this for me…….but it is nice when someone else reads what I have to say.

When I try to answer the why do you do this question, I reference my mother’s journalistic career. Mom worked at a small weekly newspaper before she married Dad and she is the one who infected me with the journalism bug. I wrote for the school papers in high school and college and at one point thought I wanted to be a writer. As my brother once said , “ You played football in school too , but you didn’t turn pro at that either.”

If someone you know writes one of these things, take a look at it and let them know you did. Oh and ….. if you happen to read this…drop me a note in the comments section.

Business Exchange Speaking Engagement

Business Exchange Speaking Engagement

Dec 23, 2015

It was my pleasure to speak at the Business Exchange Chapter of All About Referrals this past Thursday.

The main topic was “Four basic communications points to review to be sure you are ready for business in 2013″. During the brief question and answer session following , I fielded several very good questions from the members. Thanks to everyone for allowing me to speak. For more information on the Business Exchange , visit the website http://aar-bx.com/.

AT&T Investing $14 billion in New Technology, As Long As It’s Not Copper

AT&T Investing $14 billion in New Technology, As Long As It’s Not Copper

Dec 23, 2015

From iphonehacks.com- November 2012-According to AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, AT&T is going to invest $14B in its networks over the next three years. The investments are going to focus on wireless ($8B) and wireline ($6B), but in this case it isn’t copper wire that being invested in, but IP technologies over fiber. Is the POTS line entered a death spiral? The opening paragraph of the article by Stacey Higginbotham sets the tone for what is coming for AT&T and the network:
AT&T is done with its copper telephone network and copper DSL business, according to its CEO and chairman Randall Stephenson, who spoke Wednesday at an analyst conference in New York City. The company believes that an all-IP network is the path to more profitable future. Given the millions of subscribers that are dependent on the copper telephone lines and copper DSL products, AT&T has offered a $14 billion fringe benefit for those customers and the regulators who will likely balk at the idea of AT&T stopping its investment in copper.
Via: GigaOm

Read the whole article at http://www.iphonehacks.com/2012/11/att-investing-14-billion-in-new-technology-as-long-as-its-not-copper.html.

So where does that leave the millions of customers who depend on the existing copper infrastructure , from single analog lines to traditional T-1s? Let’s just say , they are in a funny place. And not funny like HaHa.