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Tony Poulos

Tony is a freelance writer, regular speaker, MC and chairman for the telecoms and digital services industries worldwide. He has founded and managed software and services companies, acts a market strategist and is now Editor of DisruptiveViews. In June 2011, Tony was recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in telecom software worldwide.

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You don’t know what you don’t know – or do you?

You don’t know what you don’t know – or do you?

Written by on August 26, 2016 in Opinion with 1 Comment

In the early days of revenue assurance (RA) for telecom companies a popular phrase used by software salespeople was – “you don’t know what you don’t know.”  Of course, they were talking about the fact that telcos were not aware of all the losses they were incurring due to poor billing practices, irregular audits and […]

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iGaming and virtual reality – a match made in heaven?

iGaming and virtual reality – a match made in heaven?

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Unless you live under a rock, you’ll have noticed the recent explosion of virtual reality (VR) devices and games over the last few months. Despite being a work in progress for the last few decades, VR really hit the headlines in 2015 thanks to Oculus Rift and its now owner, Facebook. Although Oculus Rift and […]

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Transforming telcos flying high, procrastinating airlines getting grounded

Transforming telcos flying high, procrastinating airlines getting grounded

Written by on August 16, 2016 in Opinion with 2 Comments

If you ever had second thoughts why so much fuss has been made of transformation in the telecoms world you only have to look at the airline industry to understand. Biting the bullet early in updating, streamlining and simplifying everything from the network to the back-office has gone a long way in saving telcos by […]

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Personal privacy plundered as SIM-tracking shows its sinister side

Personal privacy plundered as SIM-tracking shows its sinister side

Written by on August 12, 2016 in Opinion with 2 Comments

It may seem to regular readers that I am besotted with privacy and security, but I have good reason to be. And so should you for that matter. Disturbing news is emerging daily of companies tracking our every move and every action via smartphones and wearables in order to profile us and deliver to us […]

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News highlights – August 11

News highlights – August 11

Written by on August 12, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

News highlights – August 11 Keyless systems of many VW Group cars can be hacked: researchers FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Tens of millions of vehicles sold by Volkswagen AG over the past 20 years, and some current models, are vulnerable to theft because keyless entry systems can be hacked using cheap technical devices, according to European […]

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Is billing swimming for its life, treading water or simply sinking?

Is billing swimming for its life, treading water or simply sinking?

Written by on August 11, 2016 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 8 Comments

When things go quiet in any telecoms’ industry sector it’s usually a sign that something is either dying or about to undergo an extreme makeover. When it comes to BSS and billing, in particular, it is even more difficult to determine what’s really happening in the inner sanctum. Of course, the software vendors will tell […]

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What do butterflies and spaceships have to do with BSS?

What do butterflies and spaceships have to do with BSS?

Written by on August 9, 2016 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 1 Comment

“I’m usually very cautious when it comes to analyst and press briefings that involve travel and hospitality. They often leave me with a feeling that I have been compromised in some way and that I need to produce something positive to show respect and thanks to the vendor involved. I’m told this anxiety wears off […]

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Ransomware becomes a multi-level marketing activity – RaaS

Ransomware becomes a multi-level marketing activity – RaaS

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

The current obsession with collecting as much data as possible, from whatever source, for the purposes of business analysis and improving customer experience will hopefully give way to a more focused approach on data that really matters. In the meantime, the wholesale collection of data and its storage presents an enormous problem for businesses because […]

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Up next – AaaS (Analytics-as-a-Service)

Up next – AaaS (Analytics-as-a-Service)

Written by on July 28, 2016 in Opinion with 2 Comments

I, and most other industry journalists, have been harping on for years about the growing value of data – especially big data. Much of it has been sitting around for years in data bases, repositories or warehouses mainly to be taken advantage of by marketing departments and bean counters. But all that changed not so […]

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Watch out Google Street View  – SheepView is here. Bah!

Watch out Google Street View – SheepView is here. Bah!

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Features with 1 Comment

I’m still not sure if this story is for real or one of the best publicity stunts I’ve seen in years. It came about because one resident of the remote Faroe Islands stuck somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland, was peeved that they were not visible on Google Street View. […]

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