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.

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Do we need a pause from all this headlong progress?

Do we need a pause from all this headlong progress?

Written by on November 14, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It is not just the election of Donald Trump that gives us pause for thought (and a variety of other emotions – see Facebook for most of them). There seem to be a host of other issues that have emerged recently which add to the need to stop and reflect. Top of the list must […]

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Is Facebook facing a tipping point?

Is Facebook facing a tipping point?

Written by on November 9, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It was a case of managing expectations during the recent results round up at Facebook. While revenues whistled past analysts’ predictions by a cool 56%, CFO David Wehner poured some cold water on proceedings. He said that growth would slow “meaningfully” due to limits on “ad load,” or the number of ads that Facebook can […]

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The Great Telco Debate 2016, a status report on the digital telco

The Great Telco Debate 2016, a status report on the digital telco

Written by on November 8, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The motion that a ‘telco is irrelevant in the IoT’ was squashed by the majority of attendees at the Great Telco Debate a year ago. It was as if someone had turned the lights up. The relief was palpable. The same motion, in 2014, would have been passed, without doubt. During the year leading up […]

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With Instagram, Google and Facebook ecosystems, will we shop or drop?

With Instagram, Google and Facebook ecosystems, will we shop or drop?

Written by on November 3, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

That strange grinding sound you hear is ecosystems closing around us. As we have said before the race of the ecosystems seems to be on, and it is getting curiouser and curiouser, and more and more familiar. Google is putting ordering and payments capability into Maps. You look for a restaurant, or Maps suggests one, […]

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The FCC privacy debate reaches new levels of stupidity

The FCC privacy debate reaches new levels of stupidity

Written by on November 2, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The recent decision by the FCC to force ISPs not to harvest and share their customers’ data for profit is, some would say, a great decision (for customers). The recent decision by the FCC not to impose the same rules on digital service providers such as Facebook and Google is a ridiculous decision (also for […]

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Musk bullish, markets bearish on Tesla SolarCity deal

Musk bullish, markets bearish on Tesla SolarCity deal

Written by on November 2, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc said on Tuesday its $2.6 billion merger with SolarCity Corp would add over $500 million in cash to the electric carmaker’s balance sheet over the next three years, while contributing over $1 billion to revenue in 2017. Shares of Tesla fell another 2 percent in after-hours trade […]

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For some tech companies heading for China, you can’t get there from here

For some tech companies heading for China, you can’t get there from here

Written by on November 1, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

With news that Alibaba is launching itself into the stronghold of the ‘western’ Internet giants, an inevitable question arises. How do western companies get into China? There is, of course, no doubt that Alibaba has huge plans outside China, and is partnering with US and European companies to make their dreams reality. Verifone is a partner […]

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Finding a balance; for Facebook the censorship row rumbles on

Finding a balance; for Facebook the censorship row rumbles on

Written by on November 1, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 70 rights groups asked Facebook on Monday to clarify its policies for removing content, especially at the behest of governments, alleging the company has repeatedly censored postings that document human rights violations. In a letter sent to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, the organizations criticize the social media company for […]

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Ah, when billing was young, and the digital telco a twinkle in the eye

Ah, when billing was young, and the digital telco a twinkle in the eye

Written by on October 28, 2016 in Opinion with 1 Comment

We have written much over the years about whether billing is dead, dying or just getting on a bit. It is strange that ever since it sprang onto the conference stage in the 1990s, windswept and interesting, we have been trying to change its name. When we set up the short lived European Billing Association (lasted three […]

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The problem of deploying bots for bots’ sake

The problem of deploying bots for bots’ sake

Written by on October 26, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It seems as if we have suddenly become obsessed with bots (good definition here). Everyone with a customer service operation or a social media channel seems to be rolling out their bots like there is no tomorrow. Yet, the objective is not the bots being rolled out, in the context of an ‘AI, VR, machine […]

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