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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Want to control your data? Get a HAT

Want to control your data? Get a HAT

Written by on February 17, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

There is an assumption, thrust upon us by digital service providers, that our data is not our own to use. Indeed, we willingly (and blindly, because we click ‘agree’ without reading T&Cs) agree that the trade-off for using a service is the provider having access to our data. Which is why you need a HAT, according to […]

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Tesco shows the way in the, er, Internet of Retail

Tesco shows the way in the, er, Internet of Retail

Written by on February 15, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Telcos can learn a lot from the retail environment and particularly from supermarket giants like Tesco. This is especially true in the analytics arena, where their Club Card is seen as a stand-out example of how to ‘do’ loyalty. It is, for instance, extraordinary to think that of the millions of Tesco customers that have […]

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Love logistics – the most popular Valentine’s gifts

Love logistics – the most popular Valentine’s gifts

Written by on February 12, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

As part of its romantic #senditwithlove campaign, soft-hearted international courier ParcelHero.com has released 14 Valentine’’s Day secrets that reveal why everyone likes to send gifts to the person they love on February 14th. You won’’t guess the most popular Valentine gift they delivered last year nor what kind of Valentine’’s delivery even experts ParcelHero certainly won’’t […]

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Securing the IoT – madness or huge opportunity?

Securing the IoT – madness or huge opportunity?

Written by on February 12, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Pronouncements like this from the GSMA make us smile. The IoT, they say, needs to be secured. And here are some guidelines. Not standards, mind, guidelines. Really? And there were we thinking we could carry on connecting toasters, coffee makers, safes (that’s just stupid, Ed) and a range of other Silly Things, without fear that […]

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Is cloud based BSS ready for primetime?

Is cloud based BSS ready for primetime?

Written by on February 11, 2016 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

In a bold move, AsiaInfo has announced that their complete BSS offering is available in the cloud, via Amazon Web Services. It is bold, in the sense that – ultimately – this is where the market is going and someone had to kick start the discussion. This is “not a dumbed down version,” according to Dr Andy […]

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Do wearables have a future or they wearing thin?

Do wearables have a future or they wearing thin?

Written by on February 10, 2016 in Opinion with 1 Comment

The hype has certainly disappeared from the wearables arena. From where they were a year ago, the market seems to have turned its back on them. From the well known watches to the thread that was going to be your next smart suit, there now seems to be an echoing silence. The flood of common […]

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CEO Interview – Dave Labuda, MATRIXX and why the Tier 1s?

CEO Interview – Dave Labuda, MATRIXX and why the Tier 1s?

Written by on February 8, 2016 in Billing & Payments, Features with 0 Comments

Running a fast-growing software company makes for busy people, but DisruptiveViews (DV) was able to catch up with co-founder, CTO and CEO of MATRIXX Software Dave Labuda (DL) for an update. DV: Dave, many thanks for making time for us to have a chat. Let’s start, perhaps, with some background. Where did MATRIXX come from […]

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Will big data help the CIO balance your life?

Will big data help the CIO balance your life?

Written by on February 6, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time with family and friends and less time checking emails, you’re not alone. Studies show a growing number of people worldwide feel it’s more difficult than ever to achieve that mythical work-life balance. We all carry smartphones, tablets wearables that connect us to our […]

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Is the blockchain the solution to the advertising backlash?

Is the blockchain the solution to the advertising backlash?

Written by on February 5, 2016 in Opinion with 2 Comments

The blockchain is becoming such a widely used word that you would be forgiven for thinking that we would use it simply to attract attention (Shurely not, Ed). It is a technology that is rapidly spreading through every aspect of our lives. Governments are considering it for a wide range of governance issues, banks and […]

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Charging is changing – what about time to market?

Charging is changing – what about time to market?

Written by on February 3, 2016 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

Time to market should be measured in days, not months. If you had read that sentence, buried in an everyday article, your reaction would be ‘of course’ and you would move on. What makes it interesting is that it was the reaction of operators to a survey by Openet last year (the discussion paper is available […]

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