Edward Finegold

Edward Finegold

Ed Finegold is CSO for Validas, a company that specializes in personalized user experiences that leverage analytics-as-a-service to simplify mobile buying, selling, pricing & billing. Ed has been a regular contributor to BillingViews.

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Who’s Buying Cloud Billing, or BaaS, Anyway?

Who’s Buying Cloud Billing, or BaaS, Anyway?

Written by on April 19, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

We’ve been trying to define Cloud-based billing terminology better, but we also need to look at who’s using some of the solutions. Cloud-billing, or really BaaS (because I happen to think that reflects something more sophisticated than lightweight billing for recurring subscriptions) isn’t just for telcos. Now, if a telco adopts a BaaS solution, that […]

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The Telecom Industry: Stupid and Getting Stupider

The Telecom Industry: Stupid and Getting Stupider

Written by on April 11, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

The telecom industry often seems like a bunch of kids arguing over who sits where at the lunch table. The teacher shouts at them to sit where they’re told while kids from another school sneak in and steal their lunch. After a brief period of united outrage, they go back to arguing. The failure to […]

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Break Apple’s Monopoly: Open App Payments Now

Break Apple’s Monopoly: Open App Payments Now

Written by on April 9, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

I wanted to buy a cake for my little girl and Apple wouldn’t let me. Its failure left my daughter disappointed, me cursing Apple, and cost Apple’s ecosystem partner – the app developer – an in-app sale. Apple’s monopolistic choke hold over the mobile ecosystem needs to be seen as a brewing anti-trust issue and […]

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What the Heck is Cloud Billing Anyway?

What the Heck is Cloud Billing Anyway?

Written by on April 8, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 3 Comments

A few weeks ago, we began trying to define all of the different terms that revolve around the concept of “cloud billing.” Several experts chimed in on the discussion. In some cases, we’ve made progress on drawing out better definitions. In others, we’ve uncovered more areas that need definition. There isn’t much agreement on what […]

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Another Look at Oracle’s Acquisitions of Acme Packet and Tekelec

Another Look at Oracle’s Acquisitions of Acme Packet and Tekelec

Written by on April 4, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 4 Comments

I’ve made the argument twice now that Oracle’s acquisitions of Acme Packet and Tekelec are Big Data plays. I stand by that argument, but I also think these buys are a sign of how intelligence is moving out of the network and into a sort of new layer that pulls together things like diameter signalling and session border […]

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BillingViews Finds 15% of US Mobile Users Ready to Adopt Direct-to-Bill Mobile Payment

BillingViews Finds 15% of US Mobile Users Ready to Adopt Direct-to-Bill Mobile Payment

Written by on April 3, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 3 Comments

Direct-to-bill Mobile Payment is subtly different from Direct-operator-billing. Its a form of consumer behavior where the mobile phone is used as a payment instrument and charges are placed directly on a mobile bill, thus displacing debit or credit card purchases. BillingViews has conducted a preliminary survey of 500 US mobile users – all AT&T Wireless, […]

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Direct-Operator-Billing vs Direct-to-Bill Mobile Payments

Direct-Operator-Billing vs Direct-to-Bill Mobile Payments

Written by on April 3, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Direct operator billing and direct-to-bill mobile payments are two different animals. Here’s a look at the subtle differences between the two models, why they matter, and a look at the initial results of our survey on U.S. mobile users’ readiness to adopt direct-to-bill mobile payments in lieu of credit and debit cards. Direct-Operator-Billing Is For […]

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Venture Beat Mobile Summit Insults AT&T

Written by on April 2, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

When I read things like this article from Venture Beat it makes me wonder whether all of us in the OSS/BSS sector are speaking loudly in a crowded room where no one is listening. It also gets me entertainingly irritated. If you just scan the article, you’ll notice an overt plug at the bottom for Venture […]

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Tip Jar Conspiracy Promotes NFC for Mobile Payments

Tip Jar Conspiracy Promotes NFC for Mobile Payments

Written by on March 29, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

I’ve been obsessing over mobile payments and why NFC is allowed to remain a hurdle to their adoption. But now I think I’m onto something – it’s a conspiracy fomented by an army of devalued tip jars. No seriously, think about it. If you pay electronically, you receive no change, so you are less likely […]

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What Oracle’s Acquisition of Tekelec Means

What Oracle’s Acquisition of Tekelec Means

Written by on March 25, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 3 Comments

Oracle announced today that it will acquire network signalling control and policy management vendor Tekelec for an undisclosed amount. This follows on the heels of Oracle’s acquisition of Acme Packet, which fills a related and overlapping space in what one might loosely call the network intelligence domain. Keep in mind that Oracle has also been very active […]

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