Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 vs 2010, what we did and what we want to do.

Last december we posted about our goals and just checking the accomplisments we are partially happy. We survived a very tough year, with dramatically reduced innovation budgets in telcos and big companies. The common feeling was "wait and see", both, for big companies needing technology and new services to launch and also for VC.
About ou goal of being funded from international VC, we were contacted by several VC's and also we contacted a few ones and we learnt "for A rounds, VC's invest only where they have office", then, we focused in our portfolio, trying to increase references and revenue and will come back to them again :-)
Other important goal, partnerships with big telco suppliers, we explore it, it seems our product fits someone else, and in the very next future we could offer together new mobility and UC use cases. About other listed 2009 goals, public references for our LiveServe video solutions will be disclosed Q1-2010, and we were mentioned in analyst reports from 2 important firms.
We finally become a Red Herring Top 100 Global last January.
We could not grow the staff but we managed to increase the revenue while saving costs, and increase brand awareness combining few events and the use of social media.
We invest in our new product, RCS Solution Gateway, to approach coming telco opportunity to the world of the web for CRM, Social Media and advertisment.
It was a difficult decision, as with limited resources, the RCS platform development delayed the global cloud/saas offering of our previous platforms, but, for sure, we are not forgetting our vision about communication solutions as a service and our RCS platform is including this vision (API's) from the beginning.

We are participating in the RCSdevChallenge next January, and unveiling our RCS portfolio coming Mobile World Congress. Stay tunned, also unveiling RCS client, no mobile, no desktop :-)
2009 was a hard year, and survived, and 2010 looks better, as the pic tries to describe, now we see the goal bigger, more space to score: our portfolio getting awareness and with sinergies with other suppliers, VC's needing to invest againg the new funds raised, M&A activity last months shows the big players are moving to strengthen their portfolios and most important, carriers needing to offer compelling service to compete with internet style service providers.

We strongly believe 2010 will be a very important year for Solaiemes, the long telco developement/sales cycle was completed in our first products and is being monetized, and for new "challenge/venture", the RCS, we are arriving just in time, no too soon, no too late.
Yes, we know some people think 2010 will be similar of worse than 2010, but it is better to focus in working everyday to exceed expectations during 2010, isn't it?
Let us dream !!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Start-up's marketing, Twitter helps !

I suppose it would be very nice to have full pockets to have resources for marketing and brand awareness, but being a technology "bootstrapping" start-up, resources are very limited :-)
We have to decide each brand/marketing action valuable to spend our restricted marketing budget, and our own time.
We learnt about social networks by doing, and started with Twitter shyly and being a bit skeptical, but now, our first tweet was written 18 months ago.
Today, we read in a Nurun (a global presence marketing & communication company) report (report available in spanish) that Solaiemes is the 4th spanish most "conversational" brand in Twitter. Of course we are not leading by number of followers (about 300, more or less as following but not symetrica at all) or number of tweets, mere activity, we are happy because we are well positioned just where we need, conversation.
We used Twitter to announce products, our blog posts, our slideshare keynotes, and try to generate debates. We could create conversation with analysts, other start-up's, potential partners and costumers, communication managers of very nice companies able to provide feedback, where we suppose cold door email will never work, it seems tweeter is not a cold door if used properly, with non invasive style.
Of course we are aware that we should keep posting, creating presentations to share producs ot views, shooting video-demos of our portfolio, being at Facebook & Linkedin and of course, we need to update the website (be patient), but...Twitter becomes the circle around the communication strategy, and we recommend start-up's to use it, learning slowly but avoiding the risk of being considered spammer, or just 1 way emitter and use it to announce new info available in the other social or corporate communications channels.

Thanks Twitter for your help and thanks Nurun to just seeing us in the middle of so many brands using Twitter.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What about including Push to Talk in RCS ?

When talking about RCS (Rich Communication Suite) current features are Presence, Instant Messaging, VideoShare (enriched call) and file sharing...With all of them, using a "common use" a lot of applications and services could be offered on top, and Solaiemes is also working in a platform to make really easy for 3rd parties reach their customers using RCS.
But....we still miss the Push To Talk there.
Half duplex VoIP could be a great enabler for user generated content (UGC) to social media, voice alerts, and voice updates from social media and CRM universes.
Being triggered from the enhanced phonebook, Push To Talk is the missing feature to ensure the RCS success and complete the types of media directly reaching the web world from mobiles. PTT deserves a second chance to show its potential, more focused to subscriber <-> solution use cases system rather than subscriber <-> subscriber use case.

Come on !!! GSMA people...for mobility's sake, let's include PTT in the RCS specs !!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Big fishes, small fishes, who eats who?

We are just facing the decisive time regarding the boost of mobility. Till now, carriers considered themshelves the big fishes, owners of the market,
and able to eat the small fishes at any moment. But that is becoming increasingly unclear. Once extended the mobile data, with a fixed monthly
fee for data, external service providers (basically internet-style service providers) pay more attention to mobility. Till now, in mobility they were small fishes, very limited by the walled garden carrier model, but that is changing.
Internet (and HW) companies such as Google, Skype, Apple/iTunes are seeing increasingly capable devices and affordable mobile data prices as their opportunity. In mobility they can be considered small fishes, but they are really big fishes overall, and not only big, also fast swimmers.
Application marketplaces where revenues from apps are shared between providers and the marketplace owners are constraining possible carrier value added solutions based revenue, and even in the case of "loved by users" devices, they are forced to share their data revenue with the manufacturer :-) It is clear that the big fish is not so big, the small fish is not so small, or even being smaller their strategy is better.

Could the carriers avoid becoming a mere dumb pipe, what they consider a defeat? Yes, but....
The internet-style boost of mobility has weaknesses: apps, device fragmentation, no common use model, the target of users is not the whole mobile user. Carriers can offer rich solutions based on common services, easy to learn and compatible with most devices, they can offer the next
generation of SMS model (you learn one service, and you can do very different things). Carriers still have services not properly "squeezed" to get juicy value added services, VideoCall/VideoShare, Push to Talk, and right now RCS (Rich Communication Suite) are, properly combined, an incredible framework to build mobile solutions on.
Then, the operators have not been defeated yet, but they need perhaps to be smaller but faster, in the modern world speed and time to market are more important than sheer size.

Obviously carriers can try to block protocols, but the generalized use of mobile data is changing the mind of regulators, and they are more keen on supporting mobile net neutrality.

The lessons learnt from internet says that Skype becomes long distance minutes leader, succesful VoIP providers leading the integration of voice with apps (Voxeo, Ifbyphone, Twilio, etc), Google Voice becoming a real alternative. In mobility the device fragmentation offer an opportunity to carriers, the only ones who have the capability and the goal to offer new possibilities to mid and low tier users, and monetize that.

The future of carriers still depends on themshelves, but only for a little while, they have to move faster and offer their alternative, boosting the mobility based on common mobile services being used by 3rd party ecosystem to deliver use cases based on them.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Created company profile at dotopen.com

We just created our profile in dotopen.com, a database/social network of companies, organization, ngo's, networking companies, start-ups related with mobility and communications.
Sometimes it is a bit hard to fullfill complete profiles, and in this case it takes some time but it worths. We like the profile, the info you can edit is complete, you can describe your product/service lines as projects and you can embed in the media tab your best slideshare ppt's or youtube demos.
We strongly advice start-ups to join dotopen.com and share info, we can find partners when sinergies are possible.
You can also "follow" other members activity (pure social media) and rate the companies, a good point to get some feedback :-)
And carriers, investors, journalist, don't be shy, join also and start the conversation :-)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Explaining RCS, will RCS become the killer enabler?

We just made a presentation using the minimalist Lawrence Lessig style. It's about the need of simplifying communication tools for mobile and unified communication and at the same time provide rich experience and the possibility of interaction with everybody and "everything" as your social media profiles and your providers customer care.
For us RCS, Rich Communication Suite is "THE ENABLER", we are working to enrich their potential use cases and want to help to RCS to be understood, adopted by carriers and have the people accepting and using as a "natural" rich communication method in the next future.

Friday, October 30, 2009

eComm Highlights (part II)

Keeping up with the previous two days a fantastic day at eComm at Amsterdam, ideas pouring, challenging audience. Politically incorrect but valid things said on stage, you will never hear that in other events. A bunch of quick notes summarizing the first and last days:

Martin Geddes, BT: "goodbye minutes, welcome moments"
Current voicemail (automatic messages left by IVRs, etc.) ineffective: relies on customer acting, doing + poor user experience + inefficient + unsecure (how to re-authenticate customer call back? how do I know message is from tax agency and not from a fraudster?)
What can be done to e.g. enhance voicemail:
1. use better existing channels (e.g. phweet)
2. insert/update/delete APIs (chargable events) + high definition audio + personalise interactions + smarter containers for messages + add multimodal channels

Sample revenue opportunities for new-think voicemail:
• connect: message informing or asking to contact.
• interact: avoid CRM call by using smart containers (e.g. data in the message avoids the call).
• transact: collect payment on behalf of the enterprise.

James Enck mCapital:
Future is not going to be a repeat of the past. World is not going to be the same.
So ... what do we have to say about all this? Are we a serious industry allocating capital to Kindle, iPhones, etc.?
Greatest value will be found in solving real problems (some of which we haven't found yet): Awareness + engagement + investment + reorientation.

J. Salanave, IDAE: Telecom in 2015: death or bazaar
Future scenario for telcos? Model possible outcomes as a 2x2 matrix:
• Telecom market expanding vs declining-stagnant
• Competition integration model: concentrated-vertical vs fragmented-horizontal
4 possible outocomes
• Silent death: surviving of the fattest, perhaps bailouts from governments and becoming utilities
• Market shakeout: service providers entities mixing device partnerships, spectrum, brands. Probably forced by investors.
• Clash of giants: vertical integration + optimized content + RCS + succeeds.
• Generative bazaar: open model prevails.
Bazaar means do-it-yourself connectivity? No, some entity will be needed to provide interconnection (key aspect) and other services.

Rudolf van der Berg, Logica: "almost everything in telco services is wrong"
Telcos not satisfied being an utility, they see no value being vodafone, they invest in being apple/google/etc.
All telcos offer the same, stuck in a standard value proposition. Telcos fail at innovation.
But ... other approaches are possible and successful in the real marketplace: Free.fr: everything for 30€. How? Keep back-office simple; finances and business cases are simple and transparent, not faked; offer the best product; deny competitors competition on price or capacity. 1000 total staff, 850 staff in call centres.
How to copy free.fr? Accept you work for a telco. Think cool things. Simply billing with single contract + top ups.

G. Leonhard MediaFuturist.com :
Media future: Must transition from ego-system to ecosystem, and, by the way, driven by capitalism, not by goodwill or philanthropy. Price moving from expensive to cheaper (but not cheap enough) to flat rates and bundles. Pricing logic will flip: lower prices, ubiquitous access.
But content pricing and licensing can’t be solved without engaging ISP, advertising, right holders, social networks (recommendations, trend setting). Spotify solved it, paying 0,1 cents per song, but it might become a time bomb if there are no upper caps.

After these 2 last post, we will prepare for coming week a post explaining the view of Solaiemes about the Telecom trends, and the possible scenarios of next decade telco/communication industry, stay tunned, and remember, the debate is open

Jose Recio

Thursday, October 29, 2009

eComm Highlights (part I)

I am attending the eComm Europe event in Amsterdam, just amazed by the level of the speakers and the quality and rythm of the 15 minutes keynotes schedule.
Just writting this post (and additional one after the event with final thoughts) just to share some headlines and sentences to think about :-)

There are white spaces in the enterprises: communication-enabled services may help to surface them and optimize/monetize/ save costs. An edge perspective allows to surface this data. Simple example: allowing customers to confirm just a bit earlier may have big impacts in resources.

Nauiokas Park:
There is nothing wrong with being a dump pipe, capital structures will adapt to be cash flow driven.
Platform and APIs basically selling trust, technical capabilities are a must, but not enough.
Everything as a Service is coming (including banking). Future platforms blending identity + trust + messaging may allow that.

Major disruptive driver in the last years: Telecom operators displaced to their rightful place in the eco-system: providers of the tubes. Capital models will have to change to adapt to that situation.

Peering-up is the best way to cope with climate change, peak oil, financial crisis, ...

RJ Auburn - Voxeo:
To innovators: Get passionate or get out.
Voice is coming out, text is in. Kids and next generation don’t talk on the phone unless they have to, TXT is second nature to them. Communication pace is faster than voice now, customers want instantaneous answers, not wasting time waiting for IVR answers. No money in voice, cost saving in text (permits multitasking, voice not).
Building person to person communication based on bots and mash-ups. What happens with the existing phone applications?: look at IMified. Just use text instead of bots.

Jay Phillips - Voxeo:
If open source is communism … where is the proletarian?
Voice is not the application; it’s the spice to make the soup taste better.
Innovators to build lots of little voice experimental apps to find the right soup.
Voxeo open sourcing SIPMethod !!!

Jan Linden - Global IP Solutions:
H264 SVC codec for the Internet era.

Dean Bubbley - Disruptive Analysis: “LTE hostage of voice?”
IMS is the dead parrot in the Monthy Python sketch. Dead but nailed to the perch of LTE.
Is industry using LTE as the lever to persuade operators to deploy IMS? CS fallback: 2-3 seconds longer setup times (sometimes 8-10 seg, and double that for LTE-LTE calls). Drops data connection !!!. Extra capex in network.
And SMS on LTE? SMS was completely forgotten in LTE until it was too late. Fact is: You need SMS for backoffice operations (configuration, activations, passwords, prepaid top up, etc.) even if you use LTE only for data.

Sten Tamkivi - Skype: “peace, love and pstn”.
Skype processes 100 billion calls a year. Their view is that they are not taking revenue from telecoms, most of Skype minutes would never happen without Skype. 33% Skype calls include video.
Skype is for the people I actually want to talk to (average skype contact list is a single figure number). Somebody told Skype founders it would never happen because people don't have headsets, but people invested in headset to talk with their valued contacts.

To cover global needs, you need something relevant to developed (“peace and love” way of thinking, good voice quality, video, etc.) and emerging (PSTN, bad voice quality doesn’t matter so much, no video needed). Things like a MVNO focused on price and regular quality (long call setup, not very good audio, etc.) can’t be global (may succeed in emerging, but would be niche in

Good user experience: calling a service number and directly listening what you wanted (e.g. ticket status, appointment confirmation), with no delay, no input of account, etc.
How much money wasted by couriers checking parcel delivery times, etc.?
Unlock that value !!!

Tomorrow more :-)

Jose Recio, VP Alliances

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

AVISG Tecnology for Multimodal Interaction explained

When demonstrating the AVISG tecnology for mobile multimodal web interaction (see videos here) customers tell us about how can it be possible, how to synchronize real time voice and mobile web if mobile browsers are not AJAX enabled. The others concern is about the possibility of reusing their IVR/ASR/TTS. Basically the answers are: YES, Solaiemes AVISG can synchronize real time voice and web content with only xhtml capable devices and AVISG can use whatever pre-existing IVR or using cloud IVR's. But in order to explain better our technology and advantadge we just prepared a ppt product sheet to help architects of partners and final customers understand how AVISG can be combined with their offers or cover their needs.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Solaiemes featured in the Moriana Group IMS & RCS Report 2009

Solaiemes has been featured in the vendors appendix of the Moriana Group IMS & RCS Report 2009.
Our vendor profile is included with other 13 companies profiles. We are very happy to see our company profile together big industry players as Intel, Huawei , ZTE among others, and see other 2 companies based in Spain (Almira Labs and Genaker) also listed.
We understood how difficult is entrepreneuring in technology in Spain with limited funding and it could help to boost VC operations when investors realized the important matters are vision and execution rather than company location :-)
Solaiemes aims to contribute with its vision to improve the mobility, convergence and UC, and participated in the last edicion of IMS forum, and believe IMS & RCS could have a key role, you can find our keynote here.

The Moriana Group (from it own about) specializes in the telecom service layer and next generation networks. Our focus is on: Service Delivery Platforms, Next Generation OSS/BSS, Convergent Charging and Billing, IMS, FMC, VoIP, WiMAX, IPTV, Triple Play Mobile Commerce and Advertising and other key technologies and services. Their mission is to help network operators and service providers to transform their business models, service offerings and network infrastructure to create new revenue streams and to meet the challenges of the competitive Telecom market and the growing pressure from Internet and Web 2.0 players.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Latest Solaiemes Company Profile presentation.

In this company executive summary presentation we explain: "the problem" we are trying to solve, our approach, what is different and is a real enhancement, our aimed business model, and our portfolio and real use cases applications.

If you are interested in see the demos visit http://www.youtube.com/solaiemes
Feedback, comments, suggestions, more than welcomed.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

RCS DevChallenge...carriers aiming a new paradigm?

The GSMA launched a new competition, the RCS DevChallenge trying to boost mobile and pc solutions based on RCS specifications.
Rich Communication Suite is perhaps the last chance of carriers to keep a key role (not exclusive) in the solutions based communication market and avoid to become finally a mere dumb pipe.
The idea is about combining a lot of experiences around the address book, allowing to combined voice call with additional media sharing possibilities (audio files, live videoshare, instant messaging, etc).
The powerful Presence feature (IETF, 3GPP and OMA specs) is enabling a lot of rich "use cases always on" not being intrusive. Then Social Media interaction, CRM info from your suppliers, user generated content and distribution can be "re-invented" using a common interface, the RCS client. A compatible multi-platform RCS client, backed from powerful data core and IMS, coming as a native feature even in low-mid tier handsets, with API's to create clients and extensions (as app or web based) for personal computers will make RCS as successful as SMS.
a) most of devices enabled
b) a common interface being used for a lot of different use cases (no laziness to learn how to use, little effort, lots of possibilities).
We hope carriers take RCS seriously and forget their traditional trial/deploying times and push the accelerator. Solutions based on particular apps, not always multi-platform are being launched everyday, app-stores being opened...are not the win-win-win scenario. If services are not compatible for all types of users making difficult to arrive to critical mass of users, and when most of users reject the idea of installing an application and learn it for each communication experience they want to try.

The paradigm of "only carrier owned" services was not successful, carriers can not think and flawless execute all the use cases.
The opposite paradigm based on mere dumb pipe carriers and a ecosystem of applications with no standards and compability (the current one) is not being successful, it is not including the most of users.
A new paradigm is needed. It will be relying on both approaches, openness and also standarized enablers being shared to develope use cases on the top.

Of course, Solaiemes backs RCS, we will participate in the contest, our vision from the beginning was about communication services, using standard features, considering IMS as a very good enablers and being our first product, LIVESERVE, using combination services (videoshare).

Carriers, we look forward your feedback and positive collaboration.

Monday, September 21, 2009

1 or 2 Cameras ? that's the question

Everybody knows how one of the most promising features of 3G technology, the videocall was not successful. Carriers, with initial limited 3G capacity launched low profile the videocall, it was more related to say "we have videocall" rather than "videocall is powerful, use it". Initial prices were too high and the person to person videocall is not really "the killer application".
A lot of services can be deployed using Videocall, IVVR (video IVR), user generated content for enterprise use cases, online journalism, multimedia blogging, law enforcement use cases and also social media interaction. But the initial "not correct promotion" just discouraged solution developers from innovating based on mobile video. The point is that as videocall/videoShare was not being used, right now, in order to reduce the cost of the handsets, the 3G devices are missing the front camera, not only useful for videocall/IMS_videoshare features but also for well known applications being ported to mobile.
When mobile bandwidth & stability capacity is ok, and some carriers (as 3G in UK) are welcoming 3rd Party VoIP/ToIP communication applications as Skype, now it is time to reconsider that the front camera is really a need, not only to use properly videocall and IMS videoshare, but also be used in traditional full multimedia and UC conceived applications.
In our opinions it makes no sense to add megapixels to the main camera, (not usefull when the device has not the zooming and optics of a photo-camera device) and remove from the design the front camera.
Just a mere example, when using a mobile to live broadcast a breaking new, the online journalist will need to appear him/herself during moments, and later...be streaming what is happening.

Carriers can still monetize videocall/videoshare when using them for added value use cases and other front camera based apps can help to monetize boost data plans.

Hope carriers and device suppliers reconsider this...WE WANT BOTH CAMERAS !!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Solaiemes, semi-finalist at Qprize Business Plan competition

Solaiemes has been selected as semi-finalist in the Europe/Israel region of the the global Qualcomm Ventures competition Qprize.
The competition rules set only early stage technology companies (< 1 M u$ in VC investment) could compete with their business plan to try to win convertible notes. The competition itself is a great chance to get awareness, as being shorlisted regional semifinalist means that the investment arm of one of the more innovative global companies as Qualcomm screened your business plan and consider feasible the entrepreneurs ideas and the how to convert them into a profitable business. We will be pitching in the regional semi-final next week, september, the 10th in London. Find here the list of Europe/Israel selected companies for the semi-final:

Monday, August 31, 2009

Solaiemes exhibiting at SIMO Network event

Solaiemes will have a booth during the coming edition of SIMO Network, next 22-24 September in Madrid (at IFEMA exhibition center).
This year SIMO event, with long tradition in Spanish IT market is re-invented, from a large exhibition for everybody, this year it is transformed as a smaller exhibition area, but with a parallel powerful programme of conferences and pannels, focused in professional attendants.
We thank the organization for the free of cost booth as a prize for becoming finalist in past edition of "Premio Vivero" last january.
We will be showcasing our progress in our portfolio and explaining the next step, "cloud-ifying / SaaS-ifying" our offer as we understand what the market is asking for. A good opportunity to meet with partner & customers (and potential new ones) and also investors.
Suggestions, meeting requests, questions, very welcomed.

Update: the PR associated

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Our view about trending topic: Cloud/SaaS market opportunities & challenges.

In these slides we analyze our view about how IT is being changed with the irruption of Cloud & SaaS technology trends and the opportunities and also challenges it will offer for all players.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Solaiemes adds X+V support to its AVISG product family.

X+V is a nice standard endorsed by the W3C initially developed by Opera and IBM some years ago to bring vocal functionality to web browsers. Among its nice features is to allow to embed
voice content (using VXML 2.0) on XHTML content. This allows to leverage current web applications architecture to bring also vocal and multimodal functionality to voice enabled web browsers.
The Solaiemes approach is to use the AVISG infrastructure to implement X+V using current web browsers that do not have any voice functionality and using current IVR systems. This allows bringing multimodal (web + vocal) interaction to users that just have a simple web browser and a vocal phone (POTS, mobile, SIP, VoIP, widgets enabling VoIP embeded in a webpage, etc). Then, we try to achieve the main objective of X+V standard, to leverage current web application architecture to provide both web and vocal content in a single document. This is done by means of AVISG that splits web content and pushes it to the simple web browser and vocal content and pushes it to the phone channel through a current IVR system.
This fresh approach to X+V greatly leverages current premise and cloud based IVR systems (or if you want it the other way around: leverages current self-customer care web systems) to provide multimodal interaction using simple clients already in place in most users PC Desktops, mobile phones, etc.

Soon, videos with use cases mobile and pc-browser using 3rd party cloud IVRs, stay tunned

by Saúl Labajo

Friday, July 31, 2009

Live mobile video to create Web apps using Cloud LSF. Video-tutorial.

We are introducing with this videotutorial how easy is to create a customized (social or enterprise) solutions over a cloud shared platform based in LiveServe.
The video last 7 minutes and showcases the full proccess of adding a new user, creating the channel/app configuration: mobile numbers allowed to stream, channel design, channel layout and how to include external widgets or own web applications to fit properly the use case needed.
This approach very "platform" aims to get a base of developers/designers working on offer new features to their projects for their costumers in each field.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hi carriers, do you want an innovative new "cash-cow" ?

Yeapp !!! we believe a new cash-cow can help the telco industry to find new consistent revenue stream, take the most from past capex investment and "re-invent" carriers services not being pushed properly in the past, and what is more important, monetize the social media interaction, offering an easy way communicate dual way with web 2.0 concepts. Twitter is a clear example of how web 2.0 concepts need mobility for a proper "always on".
IP services are winning, carriers aim to offer standarized services rather than specific application to be portated from mobile platform to mobile platform....IMS and PTT Servers investments were done....USE THEM.

The fear of mobile 2 way radio (push to talk) cannibalizing voice and sms markets only applies when thinking in person-to-person use cases....but on the other hand why no using PTT for

- User generated content to the web (enterprise or social media) ?
- Quick interaction with IVR for customer care not needing permanent full-duplex connection ?
- Audio based non intrusive advertisment when combining PTT and presence ?
- New user alerts customized in lots of fields ?
- Receiving audio-read of your incoming emails ?
- Standarized audio-push from web to mobile and/or mobile to web?

Even owning high tier smartphones, people can not walk in the street, or travel permanently focused on what is happening on the display....Why not using from low to high tier devices PTT enabled to offer a wide range of amazing mobile use cases for your base of customers ???

Solaiemes platform VOXSERVE is designed to interoperate with whatever OMA PoC Server vendor to deliver a full range of mobile services.
We are eager to partners with Mobile Carriers, MVNO's and service providers feeling the need of keep a role enhancing Mobility, taking the most from past CAPEX investment and offering new capabilities to keep and improve customer loyalty.

Solaiemes is looking for Carriers offering Push To Talk service to partner a mobile Voice 2.0 revolution...contact us...win win and win your customers. Maybe Solaiemes become the farmer of your cash-cows :-)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Solaiemes, now, new Facebook Page

Now, just trying to encourage to provide feedback and interactivity from customers, analysts, VC', supporters & fans, we just launch our Facebook page.
Social Media are becoming the key of communication with people, a 2 way channel when companies and people can talk about mutual needs and hoy to satisfy them, the place where companies learn about their customers, analysts and investors, and they can help companies to define the expected product/service portfolio, and improve processes.
Of course, we are going to keep active our site, this blog, and youtube , slideshare and twitter channels, and most probably Facebook page will be the melting pot to keep you fully updated and to collect your feedback.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Our Experience at HIT Telecom

We attended last week the HIT Telecom event in Barcelona.
Firstly, we could not win the Mobile Innovation Award to the most innovative consumer application or service, we congratulate the winner, Multiplied Media :-).
We will keep trying with our other platforms in next Innovation Awards calls :-).
The HIT was a very interesting event and it is one of the key actions of Barcelona Council to become "the place" chosen for start-up's to be created or established in Europe when oversees companies initiate their expansion. This area is the @22 (the innovation district), we think it is a great idea and probably they will succeed becoming a reference in Europe where many cities wants to "own" the european Sillicon Valley.
As GSMA Mobile Innovation Finalist we are awarded with 1 year of space at @22, we hope we can fund the company to have presence there also soon.
Regarding the HIT Telecom, we pitched, watched the other finalist pitches, and the interesing pannels, with leaders of the industry and succesful entrepreneurship stories as spinvox.

If you are interested in the summaries of innovators pitches you can read about them here

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Voice 2.0 matters!

The Voice is the quickest way of interaction, last years the "multimedia revolution" and internet moved the focus away from voice, but now the current scenario favouring the convergence and mash-up concepts are coming back to take again the voice and take the most of it.
Voice 2.0 are not related only with transport method and signalling (VoIP/SIP) but also the use and the combination with different solutions. You can find interesting definition here.
Voice can take profit from the "building blocks" trend, in order to build up very complex and powerful solutions. Till now...

a) Voice could be carried using legacy PSTN, VoIP, IP streaming, and 2 way Push To Talk (also IP)
b) Voice could be recognized (ASR), voice can be generated from text (TTS) and voice can be transcripted to text
c) Voice could be used for interaction (IVR) and this interaction can be designed easily using VXML & CCXML protocols.

From now on VOICE can be used as additional input/ouput source/destination in ubiquous /convergent solutions, voice mash-ups can be created to merge voice, mobility, web 2.0 creating powerful sinergies. Media task reporting, social media new concepts, personals assistant solutions, emergencies and law enforcement fields will be benefited.

Currently there are companies offering "building blocks" to be combined and interoperated with 3rd party applications easily: SpinVox (voice to text matching), Voxeo (cloud IVR), IfbyPhone, etc).
Solaiemes wants to offer new enablers to use voice combined with Web and Mobililty. Using our VoxServe and LiveServe platforms combined we can create a web based push to talk client to interact with mobiles, working as a dispatcher and also as media repository without installing external apps at pc or mobile. Watch our alfa demo.

Monday, June 1, 2009

How can IMS help launching new services?

During past IMS 2.0 World Forum, panelists pointed about IMS deployment being slower than anticipated. When convergence is a main goal, but on the other hand internet communication services are becoming more and more popular, the Telco role is being questioned mainly from internet related representatives.
In our opinion, even considering the fact that a lot of convergent communication services can be offered directly only needing connectivity from the telcos, this approach has 2 weaknesses in order to boost "mass market" services:
a) Complexity, the mobile penetration index is higher than pc-based internet penetration, then a lot of mobile users with not internet and internet-based literacy will be out of mobile advanced services revolutions if the approach is the "internet applications" one.
b) Entry costs for users, the internet/internet applications based approach to enrich mobile solutions needs powerful smartphones, and has portability costs, and most of people don't want to install hundreds of apps.

In the past we can find examples of simple enablers being the base of very different services (SMS case). Simple and common enablers, included in all the device range are easy to be massively adopted. This is the main reason to forecast that proper combination of IMS with RCS (rich comunication suite) combined with a proper and "transparent" billing scheme could be a good alternative for carriers to keep heading the mobile revolution for the masses and this is compatible with other approaches.
Find our keynote about "what final user wants and how IMS could fit the bill" :-)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Solaiemes Nominee at Global Mobile Awards EMEA tournament

We are thrilled to announce that Solaiemes is a Nominee for the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix in the EMEA Tournament to be celebrated in Barcelona next 17-19 June during the HIT World Innovation event.
There are 10 nominees, 2 nominees in each category, we are competing in the Most Innovating Consumer Application or Service, the other nominee is Multiplied Media from Canada (a public listed company).

This is the first time we submitted to Mobile Innovation Awards with our usability platform AVISG that enable multimodal interaction based on common device features (combining voice call and browsing).

We are one of the smallest and youngest companies among the nominees and we look forward the event, pitch, networking opportunties becoming an opportunity to approach to VC and potential partners, to fuel our growth :-) and who knows, perhaps companies interested in our portfolio completing theirs.

In spite of evangeling a different approach to mobility to the current trend (based on high tier smartphones) we are happy that our "vision about next mobility trend" based on simpler devices and combining common features to build powerful and rich experience have been understood.

See you in Barcelona :-) next june

our official PR here

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Solaiemes contribution to Open Source

Our R&D department in its constant work of looking for better solutions than currently available have developed a new technology for improving performance when using GStreamer invocated from Java. Available solutions like gstreamer-java which are JNA based achieve the objective of allowing that communication but a very high cost in resources. When facing use cases with low communication needs it is useful, but when processing media, which requires a lot of communication, it becomes highly resource consuming.
Our new approach, JNI based, outperforms this solutions achieving in the best case a x100 performance increase. Not all are good news, Java abstractions are lost and is necessary to use pointers in Java like plain C. We consider it a cost effective trade-off.

This kind of innovation in technology is what makes Solaiemes products be so competitive in the market and proves that innovation pays off. We believe that releasing this software to the open software community will be beneficial for both parties, as we can cooperate to have a better solution and make it available to the world.

Find the code/additional info/forum here

Miguel A. Cabrera

Friday, May 8, 2009

Yahoo! Connected TV !!! Welcome

The digital convergence is here, and come here to stay. Yahoo come back, and in our opinion with an interesting play. The Yahoo Connected TV seems a better way to integrate internet "on TV screen" than the approach of running a full browser. The TV Widgets seem "the more usable" way to make arrive interactivity and the web to the home TV's. Non-Geek people can find in this technology a low entry (complexity) barrier to finally BE DIGITAL. TV manufacturers as Samsung, Sony & LG started to integrate the platform and offer to the public, and giants of media and internet as CBS and eBay among others had developed their own widgets. Intel is also involved. Now, while in most European countries are discussing about how deploy "interactivity" with DTT, perhaps the Connected TV is the real fast track and what is more important, more open.
Solaiemes is focused in digital convergence, and we foresee interesting possibilities to make arrive communication solutions directly from communication devices to the "big screen" of non-geek people and also offer new complex and high added value combining multimedia communications between mobile and TV spaces.
Stay tunned, we will post further :-)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

We submitted our entry :-) Mobile User Experince Awards

We just submitted our entry to the MEX2009 (Mobile User Experience Awards Event).
In spite of most of entries are about mobile applications, our entry is about our AVISG platform, trying to improve usability from the network side, and make it compatible with as many devices as possible, not only for high-tier smartphone users. With AVISG whatever web/wap site become multimodal and could browsed using the voice.
You can rate our entry and comment. As usual, whatever feedback and suggestions more than welcomed.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Our first customer in the U.S.

We are glad to unveil our first customer in USA, NoteVault. NoteVault is based in San Diego, California and could be considered the leader in voice-to-text mobile reporting solutions for the construction industry. NoteVault enables superintendents to quickly and easily report project activity from the field using nothing but their voice and their mobile phone and now they will add video for live reporting and assistance (using LiveServe).
NoteVault CEO, Peter Lasensky is a serial entreprenur with an impressive background in both, construction and communication technology. For us, this agreement is not only a commercial agreement, it proves that entrepreneurs can find synergies to deliver best in class use cases for their customers.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Oracle adquiring Sun, our opinion.

Now, it is official, Oracle adquires Sun, amazing news. Both were innovating companies changing the world. The competition and the commodity HW becoming very powerful, Linux becoming highly reliable damaged the core business of Sun Microsystems but not its envision and innovative aim. From the start-up perspective, we hope JAVA and MySQL not being "frozen" or discontinued, as they are common plaforms for continous innovation :-)
Regarding the pure M&A perspective, we welcome the Oracle move. The Sun core business was progressively eroded and being the IBM-Sun merge difficult due to monopolistic control, Oracle had the chance to wait and try to adquire cheaper in a few months BUT TIME IS GOLD and they preferred to do now, congratulations. If both companies had a lot of sinergies, Oracle has a lot of cash for investment, if other players as Cisco are coming into new business (Unified Computing), then, no reason to wait.
We are sure about seeing more merges and adquisitions involving huge "flagship" companies along these economical downturn times. The lesson to be learnt by middle size companies, with positive cash, is about they have a huge ocean of opportunities, when VC funding becoming scarce, to expand their portfolio investing/merging/adquiring early stage technology or service companies. Perhaps if VC firms are being so shy for a while, time to M&A focused on SME to "upgrade" their role from supporting actor to the leading role.
Let us turn crisis into opportunity.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Solaiemes VP to speak at IMS 2.0 WorldForum

Luis Valencia, our IMS Products VP is one of the selected speakers of the 6th IMS 2.0 WorldForum next 28-30th April in Barcelona.
Luis will be introducing the keynote "What does the End User Want and How Can IMS Fit the Bill?" and later participating in the pannel "Strategies to Addressing the End User’s Needs from IMS".
Solaiemes learnt from final potential and early adopters "communication solutions" users what they need from the current and future networks. Multimedia capabilities enable a lot of added value use cases, both enterprise/government and mass market fields, eager to be adopted. The lack of compatible services (too much focused the market on device applications, with no compatibility with different mobile OS) and the unknown cost of data traffic involved with the service were two big stones in the middle of the road.
Fortunately, now, RCS initiative and the each time more extended "flat rate and/or stepped semi-flat rates" billing data traffic will help to boost IMS and got their maximum potential.
Solaiemes is one of the companies believing in the future of IMS, developing Application Servers to provide "communication solutions", premise and mobile_cloud/hosted, making real use cases of VideoShare, PTT, Presence, VoIP and VideoIP in mobile / convergence spaces with particular focused on mobile/web2.0 interaction. We are pleased to share this important forum with speakers and delegates from hugest carriers as Telefonica, France Telecom, TeliaSonera, Telenor, KPN, telecom top suppliers as Ericsson, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, and also succesful mobile start-up's colleagues.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Solaiemes signs the Open Cloud Manifesto

Solaiemes joined the Open Cloud Manifesto initiative. The ultimate goal of the Manifesto is to make the cloud as open and valuable as possible. Solaiemes believes in the cloud not only for enterprise or personal computing areas but mobility cloud based solutions.
We are happy joining the list of supporters including huge companies as Cisco, Sun, AT&T, Telefonica, IBM and also amazing start-ups.
We are glad to see spanish start-up's very focused in exploring the possibilities in the cloud as SaaS areas as EyeOS, Abiquo, Litebi and others also joining.
We strongly believe in openess as global opportunity and consider a huge step in the right way to find huge companies also supporting standards and looking for an extended community including start-up's of the ecosystem of "the cloud" that is being placed as "early stage". We think this "spirit of collaboration" will be a key point to succed both, technology and ecosystem.

To download the full manifesto in pdf here.

Monday, April 6, 2009

First time at CTIA Wireless

Solaiemes exhibited first time at CTIA Wireless (Las Vegas, NV, US, 1-3 April). We had just arrived from this experience and our feeling is very positive. Our booth, located at the spanish pavilion was very nice and located in very crowded zone of floor map.
We received visitors as potential customers, partners, investors and also analysts and media.
Our neighbours, other mobility companies based in Spain were perfect colleagues during the exhibition, and we could share some time to exchanve views about entrepreneurship, mobility trends, how the economic downturn comes as an oppotunity etc. Some of them also posted about the event, i.e: Unkasoft.
We hope to repeat next year with more amazing demos and more time to schedule meetings, and generate "buzz" about our disruptive model of mobility.
We want to thank ICEX for the nice stand they prepared for us and how helpful was their staff there :-)
A short video:

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Equality in Mobility User Experience, Is it a dream? No, it is a Right

Hi, 2 weeks ago we talk about a "mobile cloud" alternative to "mobile applications", today we want to show with a real demo how it is possible to provide very good user experience for mobile solutions in mid-tier devices, and it means to deliver "mobility value" for everybody. In this video we compare our network based solution with iPhone and a 3G device (not smartphone) and create for both the same multimodal experience based on browsing, voice call, Solaiemes AVISG usability platform and IVR/ASR/TTS SaaS capabilities from 3rd parties.

Obviously, smartphones have computing advantadges, larger display, touch, etc...but we must take in count that powerful 17" laptops are far away more capable than 9" netbooks and netbooks are beoming now (using browser as cloud based applications enabler) the perfect machine for most of use cases. This is the point we want to evangelize as new trend of mobility, common devices are enough for very rich experiences. Carriers, suppliers, content providers should work together to improve user experience for all mobile subscribers, Solaiemes in pushing for that :-)
feedback welcome

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

911 Emergencies Support Solution by Solaiemes

As previously announced LiveServe Solutions Framework was designed as horizontal infrastructure to build on the top customized vertical uses cases fitting the customer needs with little "customization effort".
We just released own vertical solutions based on LSF platform for 911 Emergencies crisis management (112 is the emergency number in other countries, i.e: Spain) improving the decision taking with live media from field and the capabilities of locating and real time sharing with 3rd parties using 3G streaming (911 Directors, all the chain management no in-situ at headquarters, etc). The solutions can be used also by Police Corps. Watch :-)

Citizens or 911 staff can report with live video (with 3G videocall or 3G videoshare, not needed on device additiona app) from the place where the emergency is being happened, 911/Police staff can see live, everything is being recorded, the records can be tagged, and located, if needed, sharing the emergency info in real time with management chain, it could be done by 3G streaming (not needed external applications).

We will keep informed of new vertical solutions based on our technologies, and we are eager to meet with 3rd parties interested in creating final vertical solutions for their customers based on LiveServe technology.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Solaiemes to exhibit at CTIA Wireless 2009

Hi, we are first time exhibiting at CTIA Wireless 2009 (Las Vegas, April 1-3rd). We are glad to participate in the US Wireless most important event. We will be located at stand 7502-K, in the Spanish Pavilion (ICEX) in the zone C3, find here the map.
We will be showcasing our demos in our both product lines:

- mobile usability, (mid tier devices multimodal interaction with now external clients), a preview here
- mobile&web multimedia (enterprise, law enforcement-emergencies and social media) use cases of videocall, videoshare and push-to-talk technologies, a preview here.

We are eager to establish partnership with local US & LATAM partners to distribute, integrate our technologies with theirs, and try to approach to US & LATAM 3G Carriers (America Móvil, AT&T Mobility, MetroPCS, T-Mobile, Movistar) CTO's and new services leads.
Hope to meet you there, if interested in scheduling a meeting in advance, contact us

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mobile cloud capabilities VS mobile applications

Lately, there is some "buzz" about 2 debates, initially independent but finally related. First one is related to the innovating capabilities around "the voice" in mobile and web services, and the other one is about the mobile application trend.
When discussing the topic of using "voice" to enhance user experience in mobile services people inmediately think in adding ASR/TTS capabilities to the handsets. This aproach in our opinion has 2 weaknesses: a) you are restricting "rich user experience" capabilities only to smartphones and it means reducing the critical mass of potential users and b) ASR/TTS capabilities as mobile app are far away less capable than server based. For navigate the mobile menu, address book, etc, could be ok, but not to be used in complex multimodal browsing by users using a "close to natural language".
The internet trend is reducing device capacities (less HD storage, slower processor, small display, RAM memory reduced) and using a common interface well known (the browser) to run most of "applications" needed in the cloud. (it took time but finally the Richard Ellison prediction comes true once the "network availability, bandwidth and prices are ok").
A lot of services can be offered as a service, using network infrastructure and making really simple launching services, because nothing to install at computer, no compatibility issues, etc. Companies with successful offering capacities or frameworks in the cloud include Amazon (EC2), SalesForce.com, Voxeo, Google, etc...
In the other hand, mobility, the trend is just the opposite, identifying "rich user experience" with high tier smartphones (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Symbian, RIM, Palm, Android) and downloadable application from mobile stores. Why ????
If the mid tier devices are capable enough, with normal mobile enablers (voice, video, sms, browsing and ptt) properly combined you can create amazing use cases, and the price plans are becoming flat rate, we think mobility trend may align the personal computing trend as soon as possible.
If you can send live video to the web from a low tier 3G device why using an external application only available for smartphones?
If you can use your voice to browse you mobile banking site or google search combining voice call + browser using cloud services (Voxeo cloud IVR/ASR/TTS in this case using CCXML/VXML), why installing a thick client only available to few smartphone devices ?
Even being aware of amazing success of Apple Store, and next to be launched by RIM and Microsoft and Android, we encourage people to think about making things easier, and providing best mobile user experience to the big masses. We believe in the Henry Ford approach, give most of people the chance of becoming drivers, we want to deliver the "rich mobile user experience and capabilities" to everybody, not depending on choosing the expensive handsets. Is that disruptive?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

LiveServe, also to create mobile TV's :-)

Till now, we were talking about LiveServe platform as the ideal framework to manage incoming media from mobile and broadcasting and posting to the WEB 2.0, this is true but LiveServe is more than that.
The LiveServe MediaServer module is designed to distribute media to mobile using videocall, videoshare or RTSP streaming. Combining both capabilities we can create even end to end mobile TV, broadcasting live video from mobile to mobile customers using streaming. LiveServe MS also provides an API for ad insertion, creating playlist and defining the live source on demand to be sent.
Our final goal is provide best in class seamless media matrix. Hope online media will understand how they can "revolutionate" their offer, as they can make arrive online video-jornalism to their web users, and also to their mobile users.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

LiveServe Solutions Framework (LS 3.0)

We are please to announce our last release of our LiveServe platform. We unveiled it at MWC 2009. New features:

  • Support of VideoCall as live mobile incoming stream (to be added to the intially VideoShare feature supported)
  • Framework designed to create "tailored" solutions based on "skin look and feel changes"
  • Timeline and Geoview Media repository. Cell ID script, GPS and carrier LBS supported to get the location.
  • Live Windows exportable as iframe to other websites
  • Tagging/edit comments on posted media
  • Connectors to personal accounts of social media sites: YouTube, Blogger, OVI...
  • The web framework is also supporting VoIP audio from our VoxServe Push to Talk platform.
  • Live mobile video not only broadcasted using WEB, LiveServe is also providing 3G streaming to mobile devices.

The LiveServe Solution Framework become the ideal platform to build mobile/convergence added value use cases for online media, socia media, law enforcement, task reporting, emergencies...

Monday, March 2, 2009

Our experience at MWC 2009

For second year we exhibited at Mobile World Congress 2009, at Innovation Zone. We are very happy, even the final number of the event this year was aproximately 5% less due to economic downturn, we received much more visitors than last year, and what is more important, very focused in understanding our products and the applications for their businesses.

We showcase our portfolio: our usability (multimodal interaction) platform (AVISG), VoxServe, the PTT platform to create compelling services using push to talk, and the LiveServe 3.0, our LiveServe Solution FrameWork to create added value use cases based on mobile video.
Carrier technologists and enterprise segments leaders, IT integrators, banking CIO's, start-ups possible partners...made impossible with their kind an positive visits to take a few minutes rest :-)
We were also visited by several VC partners and we expect we can get the funding round planned during this year to positionate Solaiemes as a mobility solutions infrastructure reference in the market.
Solaiemes booth was also visited by several IT/Telco Analysts and we were shocked this week when being mentioned in the Frost & Sullivan MWC Key Takeaways keynote (by Ronald Gruia). Update 7/March/2008. The keynote is now available at slideshare.net. It is an easy to read/understand MWC highlights and foreseeing the trends summary.

Friday, February 13, 2009

We still believe in Push to Talk as a powerful service enabler

Hi, during the MWC we will be showcasing our whole portfolio, and yes, we still are firmly believer in PoC (push over cellular) potential. There are a lot of fields, both, mass market and enterprise/government activities needing a quick audio and/or pic reporting. Those use cases are needing PTT as a easier mechanism to carry voice to server based solutions.
Fortunately, several companies are developing following OMA standards the PTT servers and even devices focused in complex application areas. One of them is Sonim Technologies, with very useful (and affordable) PTT enabled ruggedized devices XP1 and XP3 (and also their OMA PTT Server).

Solaiemes is working with their VoxServe technology to provide a solutions framework to offer as license and/or SaaS a layer to combine the PTT service and the PTT devices to build added value solutions. Mass market and enterprise/government field daily activities can take profit of reporting, recording, real time information sharing PTT can provide. A wide range of use cases for PTT are not replacing circuit switch voice calls (main fear of mobile carriers reluctant to promote PTT). Please, all we must open minds and boost Mobility.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Find our stand at MWC'09 ;-) We look forward your visit.

Just to help you to find our location at Mobile World Congress 2009, you can find how to arrive to Hall 7 and our location there in the Innovation Zone space.

The all exhibition area map where you can see how to arrive to Hall 7,

and the Hall 7 detailed map with our stand pointed :-)

Hope to see you there !!! We will be there full time showcasing our technologies, explaining our mobility vision and answering your questions, collecting your feedback...etc, if you do prefer a more formal meeting, please, let us know your schedule availablity.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Solaiemes to join GSMA's Rich Communication Suite programme (RCS)

Solaiemes is joining GSMA's Rich Communication Suite (RCS) programme, first born as a initiative launched by several big players and now opened to participants outside that circle, under the GSMA aegis (more information about GSMA's RCS programme at http://www.gsmworld.com/rcs/programme.shtml).

We hope to bring forward our marketplace vision, hopefully different and enriching, and help with our technology, specially LiveServe.

LiveServe is right in the crossroads between open enablers (VideoShare and videocall), affordable handsets and Web 2.0. It is probably the most advanced mobile video platform for social uses, enterprise and vertical markets. We are saying it aloud: we can, let us work together with you: achieving more with less. Read about our disruptive approach here: instead of rely on applications only for high-tier devices, we promote powerful and standardized enablers, common across device range and vendors.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yes, We Can... enable a new mobility path

In the following ppt Solaiemes wants to point out certain assumed myths about mobility are not so true....A wide spectrum of rich experiences are not limited to high-tier devices, and the way to create use cases is not only with external applications to be installed. Mobile classical enablers are powerful enough (voice, browser, ptt, videoshare, videocall, etc) when using it properly combined with innovative infrastructure solutions :-)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Solaiemes Awarded Red Herring Top 100 Global Company.

We visited San Diego, past week it took place the Red Herring Global Conference and we participated as finalist company. I had the opportunity to share our vision about entrepreneurship, mobility, technology with other entrepreneurs and venture capitalist from more 10 countries around the globe.

During the final phase of Red Herring Awards we have to present our company, technology achievements and new milestone with a 12 minutes pitch followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from the audience.
I also was invited to participate in a panel about the Saas and its potential in enterprise markets. This gave us the opportunity to explain our vision about Communication SaaS.
We also had time to hold meetings with potential partners also finalist and previously scheduled meetings with a US based company offering communication/reporting services for contruction industry and a business development company from México. Hope to be soon in those countries making deals :-)
During the fridays dinner the winners were announced and Solaiemes was listed. It was such a perfect moment compensating the hard task of entrepreneuring :-)
We want to congratulate all companies winners and finalists, specially to spanish start-ups also winners, Sclipo, the best e-learning social network and AquaMobile, innovating in the mobile marketing field.
The final list of winners and finally here
We will post shortly soon to summurize the key points of VC's and industry leaders keynotes there and the panels we attended.

Hope this achievement help us to acomplish the 2009 goals :-P


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Communications Solutions as a Service, our vision

Just introducing our concept about Communications Solutions as a Service. Solaiemes currently offer try and buy SaaS of their platforms. Next ambitious project once completed tested reliable & stable release of our porfolio is to be able to offer "as a Service" with full scalation, sharing platforms for different customers but allowing own customization of final solution by customers, user tracking, billing reports, exporting media repository and additional enhanced features.
This keynote (brief) is our introductory vision and its relationship with SaaS landscape.
Feedback welcomed :-)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Solaiemes finalist at Premio Vivero

Today we were named Finalist at Premio Vivero (Award) organized by Fundetec.
We congratulate the winner IncarSoft and the other 2 finalists (elected from 60 projects participating), Balzac.tv and e-Quantium.
This mention granted as a free of cost booth for next SIMO'09 (IT Exhibition in Spain).
The jury members come from public administration (Red.es) and Fundetec sponsors as Telefonica, HP, Intel etc.
The speeches during the ceremony (by Fundetec President, a member of Incarsoft and a Madrid Council representative) were clear about the key role of entrepreneurship and innovation to left behing current crisis. All the first revenues of each start-ups are generating real time new qualified employement, and both, government entities and powerful companies should trust the start-ups innovations in products and services.
We welcome the awards and mentions sponsorized by public organizations and private companies, and hope they will be more active in the role of "early adopter" of entrepreneurs innovation :-)

Friday, January 9, 2009

First snowing Solaiemes day :-) but next week California

Today we saw the snow in Madrid, the first snowing day lived as Solaiemerssss. A spanish sentece says "Año de nieves, Año de Bienes" meaning "years when you the snow fails will become succesful years" :-) Obviously we are happy and cross the fingers, this ancient sentence must be true.

We look forward the next week events. Solaiemes is finalist in an entreprenurship Awards in Spain ( Premio Vivero ) and we will be attending the Red Herring Global 100 final in San Diego meeting a lot of entrepeneurs and investors.

We will keep you updated !!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Solaiemes New Year's Goals !!!

just a quick list of our goals (10 from a longer list) for this new year 2009,

1) Improve our brand awareness with starting point the Red Herring Global 08 in San Diego.
2) Impress people/partners/investors with our demos at Mobile World Congress and CTIA.
3) Make public references some current trials in tier 1 companies.
4) Get a Series A funding round from international VC with links in mobile/it industry.
5) Increase the sales force and business development actitivity with new resources.
6) Get distribution/integrators global partnerships. Projects in several countries.
7) Become partners of big suppliers of telco infrastructure and mobile devices.
8) Convert public references in success cases / get market research analysts aware.
9) Launch our Communication SaaS line globally with enterprise/personal solutions mashables with Web 2.0 popular sites.
10) Profitability, of course :-)

if you think we should add more goals, let us know, feedback welcome
the solaiemes team