Alex Leslie

Alex Leslie

Alex was Founder and CEO of the Global Billing Association (GBA), a trade body focused on the communications sector. He is a sought after speaker and chairman at leading industry conferences, and is widely published in communications magazines around the world. Until it closed, he was Contributing Editor, OSS/BSS for Connected Planet. He is publisher of DisruptiveViews and previously BillingViews.

Will the Internet of Things become a practical commerce platform?

Will the Internet of Things become a practical commerce platform?

Written by on February 21, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It is inevitable, ahead of MWC, that there is a flurry of announcements and activity. From 5G to payments, from AR to security, the place is awash. The Internet of Things is no exception, and IBM has done more than most to bang the drum (toot its horn and blow its trumpet). The company sees pretty much […]

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Is Snap betting the farm on beating Facebook with hardware?

Is Snap betting the farm on beating Facebook with hardware?

Written by on February 20, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Snap Inc takes to the road in London on Monday to promote its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook. No longer just a purveyor of a smartphone app for disappearing […]

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PayPal is established but still making waves in the world of payments

PayPal is established but still making waves in the world of payments

Written by on February 20, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The world of digital – particularly mobile – payments is fast-moving and complex. And unlikely to get simpler any time soon. The question for players that are not called Apple, Samsung or Wal-Mart is ‘how do you keep up, how do you differentiate yourself?’ The answer, for PayPal at least, is to extend the functionality […]

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What do Her Majesty the Queen and hoovers have in common?

What do Her Majesty the Queen and hoovers have in common?

Written by on February 17, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You would be forgiven for wondering why Her Majesty the Queen would be interested in hoovers. It is not easy to visualise our monarch wielding the Dyson (although she most certainly does). Actually, the answer in this case is to do with security. The Queen recently opened the National Cyber Security Centre, a public/private initiative […]

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The future of money is not cash, nor cards, it is the device itself

The future of money is not cash, nor cards, it is the device itself

Written by on February 14, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Some years ago a mother was explaining to a five year old daughter why Daddy had to go away during the week. “He has to go to get money,” said the mother. After a pause, the five year old said, “but why can’t Daddy go to the hole in the wall like everyone else”. At […]

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Why social media companies should stop being ‘all things to all men’

Why social media companies should stop being ‘all things to all men’

Written by on February 10, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

With the bizarre terms surrounding the Snap IPO, the focus this week seems to be firmly back on social media. To be frank, you have to wonder whether there is a grand plan behind some of the trends, directions and announcements coming out of social media companies or whether they are beginning to flail around for […]

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When companies have to reveal security breaches, will it be carnage out there?

When companies have to reveal security breaches, will it be carnage out there?

Written by on February 8, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

According to John Chambers, now Executive Chairman of Cisco, there are two types of companies: ‘those that have been hacked, and those who don’t know they have been hacked’. He actually said this some time ago, and it is becoming more and more relevant. With impending regulation that will force companies to reveal security breaches – at […]

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The end of data roaming charges – what was the fuss about?

The end of data roaming charges – what was the fuss about?

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The long, rocky and sometimes amusing road towards the abolition of roaming charges across Europe is nearing its end. Or so it seems. It has been nearing its end for some time. We reported, back when Neelie Kroes was in charge, the comings and goings, the skirmishes between her, her department and Vodafone. It was […]

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Snap – a very private company goes public

Snap – a very private company goes public

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Did you know that Snap is a hardware company? Nor did we until we started seeing the analysis and reports about the company’s impending IPO. They have launched Snap Spectacles as a cooler version of Google Glass (no, it would not be difficult to be cooler than Google Glass) and they say that this is […]

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Are we entering an era where human interaction is a luxury?

Are we entering an era where human interaction is a luxury?

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

That constant background rumble you hear is the continuing debate about automation. Increasingly, human interaction is something that we are trying to replace. In fact it is becoming a luxury. Across almost every sector, whether we like it or not, machines are replacing human jobs. ‘Robo advisers’ in the banking and financial arenas are replacing humans […]

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