Opinion

Cars will go a Roaming

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Once you start putting SIM cards in cars you are going to start to roam. Not only will M2M roaming produce almost as many puns as the cloud does, but it too will require serious consideration by many different parties. The most obvious ‘roaming’ issue is when a car, for instance, is made in one country and […]

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Give a Thief a Wallet….

Give a Thief a Wallet….

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

A thought-provoking article in Forbes caught my eye. It looked at the security of the cloud from a different perspective and is about the dangers of centralizing data. Essentially the thinking is this: if someone steals your wallet – whether physical or digital – the guy remains a thief. If a guy can steal hundreds, thousands […]

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Personalise – don’t Target – advertising

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

As tablets become ubiquitous, which they will, customers will expect to use them for everything. From shopping, to exploring, to booking, paying and watching, the world will revolve around our tablets. The most compelling, focus pulling content is video. Video will also become the de-facto form of communication. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, […]

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There is a Recovery going on

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

According to research house Ovum, revenues and capex rose last year as the recovery in telecoms continued. Service provider revenues went beyond $1.91 trillion, compared to $1.79 trillion in 2010, and capex increased although uncertainty towards the end of the year put a damper on the growth. “Economic worries caused budget cuts late in the year, […]

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NFC gets Bypass Surgery

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

The mobile money wave sweeps on – and NFC is in danger of being left floating in the backwash. The recentKPMG report estimates the mobile payments transactions market will be worth $591 million by 2015, others think a trillion, but who’s counting. It is going to be big. It is PayPal, not an established financial institution who is calling […]

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Billing Built in

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

There is a “swirl of things going on in payments” observed David Porter, GM for JP Morgan Chase and then showed us the way forward by saying the industry “will settle on the next universally updated payment methodology in the US, …which we still don’t know at this time.” Amongst this swirl of wallets and widgets […]

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Let’s rename e-commerce

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Here is a quick question: what does the ‘e’ stand for? If you immediately said ‘electronic’ a) well done, and b) how old are you? If you took a couple seconds and your mind went, ‘er, – electric, no, – election, no, stupid, um, – electronic, a) not so well done and b) how old […]

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Finance World realises payments not about Money

Finance World realises payments not about Money

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Culture takes a while to change. Now financial institutions seem to be grasping the fact that money is not an end in itself, it is part of the process of life. American Express has opened a store in New York to showcase its ‘Serve’ product – launched as part of its acquisition of Florida based Revolution Money. […]

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IT Department without an IT Budget

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

In 1999, just about the height of the first billing gold rush someone said ‘of course IT departments shouldn’t have their own budgets.’ It was during a billing conference and the announcement was followed by silence. Afterwards it became clear that the silence was caused not just by shock at the sacrilege itself but also […]

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Policy Management is a customer service tool. Discuss

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

The global sales of policy management software rose 41% during 2011 to reach $589 million, with the majority of the investment coming from the mobile market. This is according to research house, Infonetics, who predict that the market will reach $1.9 billion by 2016. Whilst the current boom is fuelled to a large extent by ‘push’ […]

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