Monthly Archives: August 2021

Richard Alexander Prokop

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”– Mitch Albom August 28, 2021 marks the five-year anniversary of my brother’s unexpected and not so unexpected death.  I say “not so unexpected” since Richard had been neglecting his health for a long time in some very significant ways.  He was the type who either ignored a problem […]


I am always in the middle of a book.  Currently, I am reading a science fiction, time travel novel about historians and World War II.  Prior to that was JK Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy.”  I sometimes return to a book that I’ve already read.  A good book is like good music.  There are some songs that I can listen […]

Avaya Spaces / ServiceNow Integration

In Writing Applications for the Composable Enterprise, I explained how I created an integration between Avaya Spaces and Salesforce.  A fellow Avayan read the blog, watched the video of my software in action, and then asked if I could do the same thing for ServiceNow.  My answer, of course, was “yes.”  We are talking composable […]

The Four Pillars of Communications Security

I have been working with IP technology for a long time. I can’t tell you the exact year of my first exposure, but it was sometime between 1985 and 1987. I was working at Northern Telecom as a software developer and was tasked with adding a TCP/IP stack to a version of Unix that ran on a Motorola […]

Writing Applications for the Composable Enterprise

A large part of my job consists of creating proof-of-concept applications that demonstrate the power and flexibility of Avaya cloud APIs.  Customers come to me with ideas and I turn those ideas into something real.  In the video below, I show the results of a financial customer’s request for an application that integrates Avaya Spaces […]

Mirror Mirror

(second row, fifth column) Doppelganger:  The ghostly counterpart of a living person.  From the German words doppel, meaning double, and ganger, meaning goer. I saw him only one time and that was over 45 years ago.  He was tall with really long hair.  He had a mustache, an Arizona tan, looked about 18, and was as skinny as a […]

Sensory Ghosts

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” Oscar Wilde Although it is impossible for me to name a favorite song,  there are several that hold special meaning for me. These are the songs that transport me back to a very specific person, place, or time. […]