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Harry Trott

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When call centers first came about in the 1960s, they were built over PBX systems. Private Branch Exchanges (PBX) are essentially a small-scale version of the telephone exchange and are typically handled by one of the few telephone network providers in the country. Fast forward to today, a call center software provider does not need to own even the VoIP line that is necessary to handle communication. The software can simply connect to third party VoIP services with the help of an API and get started on their service. The cloud has brought down the cost of operating a business and while this is a good thing for the consumers, it also means a rise in the number of competitors one has to deal with. Service providers in saturated industries have tried to carve a niche by launching what are now known as industry cloud applications. In short, these are niche cloud applicat... (more)

How the Cloud Is Transforming the PoS Industry | @CloudExpo #API #BigData

A number of retailers, especially small businesses, are moving away from these expensive systems to cheaper, yet a lot more sophisticated cloud alternatives. A typical cloud PoS system should cost retailers between $50 to $200 a month. Point of Sale (Pos) systems typically haven’t required an internet connection. These devices come with a cash register, a barcode scanner and a card reading machine that connects to the bank via a fixed line connection. In addition to this, the higher end PoS systems come with inventory tracking and management tools as well. All of this does not c... (more)

B2B Startups and Open Source | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security #Linux #AI

For a long time, Bill Gates and in fact the entire leadership team at Microsoft were vehemently against the open source community. Steve Ballmer had once called Linux “a malignant cancer” in reference to Linux allegedly violating nearly 235 patents that Microsoft owned. Even post-retirement, Bill Gates had once picked on open source claiming that this model creates a license that prevents anybody from improving the software. “I think if you invent drugs, you should be able to charge for them,” he had said. But Microsoft, and the entire gamut of B2B service providers, have come a... (more)

No Office Space? How To Make Your Startup Appear More Professional To Customers

When you are just starting out, every dollar counts. Among the various expenses that you can avoid as a bootstrapped startup, office rental space comes out at the top. By not going for a professional office space, businesses can often save on a few thousand dollars each month; and that’s a lot of money. The only trouble is that businesses without office space may be perceived as ‘fly by the night’ operators who may not be trusted. So how does a business save on rentals and appear professional at the same time? Here are a few tips that can help. Get A Virtual Office Address Imag... (more)

Where Is Oracle Headed in the Cloud?

Oracle has sounded extremely optimistic about their future; one that is going to be dominated by the cloud. The company has reported cloud revenue growth of anywhere between 35% and 50% over the past few quarterly financial reports. Safra Catz, the Chief Financial Officer at Oracle is noted to have said that her company is focused at increasing market share on the cloud at this point “unlike all those cloud companies” like SalesForce that are focusing on profits. So is the company seeing a paradigm shift in their revenue pie? Not really. Despite the buzz about Oracle’s focus be... (more)