Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Solaiemes "RCS-e is a platform" video.

We have explain in several posts our views about the telco messaging possibilities and how we envision RCS-e as a platform, a common experience to create person-to-solution, and ubiquitous person-to-person use cases on top. We have compiled several of the things of our RCS-e API technology is making feasible. Feedback welcome.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Solaiemes explained its RCS-e as a Platform vision in Telco 2.0 event.

Solaiemes participated in the New Digital Economy event, organized by STL partners (the original coiners of the term "Telco 2.0"), on Nov 9th. This is a "must attend" for strategists and anybody interested on, as the event name says, "Strategic Threats and Opportunities" for telco service providers.

The agenda covered many different topics and approaches, and RCS was the focus of several sections, with a very nice presentation on what RCS is, how it can complement and live along OTT offers, including a real live demo, by Dr. Rainer Deutschmann, Deutsche Telekom, and Cenk Serdar, Vodafone, and followed by a lively debate.

We were invited to present our view on how RCS-e is as much a platform as an end-user service, and showed some of the possibilities and sample use cases that could be enabled by allowing third parties to use enablers, very well received by an audience that have not been exposed to this approach before in the most part, and with encouraging tweets from the floor.

A very enlightening event, with many different point of views, and a format that encourages and makes very easy participation and exchange of ideas. "Chance Favors the Connected Mind" (Steven Johnson), don't miss the opportunity to attend the next one.

Jose Recio

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Our view from past Rich Communication 2011 event in Munich.

Last week we attended the Rich Communication 2011 event in Munich, we participated in a panel defending our view about consider and deploying RCS-e as a platform to enable use cases and not a mere only person to person messaging. We explained our view in the panel, and previously in our demo slot we showed how we are this feasible with APIs and Thin Clients. Also we presented first time the demo of our new product RCS-e Personal Manager.

The G5 representatives from Vodafone, Telefonica, Deustche Telekom, Orange and TIM explained the project and the timeline, with all of them to offer the service by the H1 2012. It seems most of device manufacturers are committed to include RCS-e natively, and GSMA will launch a RCS-e App Client to cover other mainstream platforms (IOs & Android).
There was a lot of discussions about if RCS-e is the SMS replacement or something else (our view), how to monetize, and how to get traction in a very competitive segment with several OTTs (over the top) with interesting solutions.
In our opinion, both, companies creating communication services using the data connectivity (commonly referred as OTT) and telcos may be not considered full antagonists or deadly rivals. We believe in cooperation models and innovation to delight the users. A good communication shared model will allow internet companies with focus on e(m)-commerce, location, etc perhaps try to reach the users using universal communication services rather than creating a new "messenger" only for their use case. The task for telcos is how to design their wholesale offering of API's and perhaps some mediation of API usage to create a powerful model to boost mobility and user/customer engagement.
Finally, from the demos, we may say that there are RCSe available clients from different vendors, device client SDKs, and available server side REST APIs (ours) :-)
The networking was very good with senior representatives from telcos, leading vendors and analysts with different points of view, all of them enriching the discussion.

The technology is here, and time is gold to launch and let the ecosystem work.