Author Archives: Andrew Prokop

IBM and Avaya and Cisco, Oh My!

On a recent episode of the public radio program, Marketplace, the host, Kai Ryssdal, asked his guest to describe her job in five words or less.  I can’t remember what her response was, but it made me think about what mine might be.  My first reaction was something akin to “Waiting until retirement day,” but […]

SIP Certificates for Avaya Endpoints

As busy as I am these days, I have a hard time saying “no” when asked to write something for what I deem to be a worthy publication.  Case in point is the article on SIP Certificates that I wrote for IAUG Insights.  “Flip” to page 22 to find me. IAUG Insights  

Cisco, Meet Avaya. Avaya, Meet Cisco

Come together, right now over me Lennon and McCartney   If you are as old as I am, you have almost certainly been asked this question at least once in your life: “Beatles or Stones?” While that is an easy answer for some folks, I happen to really like both bands.  No single Beatle had […]

Avaya CPaaS – A Communications Platform for Today and Tomorrow

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now… Joni Mitchell It wasn’t that long ago that ownership was everything.   I bought CDs for music and DVDs for movies.  I went to bookstores for the hottest summer reading.  I filled a filing cabinet drawer with disks to install TurboTax, Photoshop, Windows and Mac operating systems, and […]

IoT and Emergency Services

Avaya put out a really nice video that does a great job demonstrating the power of my IoT software for Breeze.  Cool stuff!

The ABCs of an IoT Architecture

It’s easy to learn how to drive a car without understanding how an internal combustion engine works.  The same can be said about many of the machines and devices that we take for granted.  Who among us can explain how an air conditioner cools a room?  I expect that most people cannot.  We typically learn […]

Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping, Slipping…

Every spring for the past 55 years, the homeowners on both sides of my block have gotten together to clean our alley from one end to the other.   With our brooms, rakes, shovels, clippers, and trash cans, we work as a team to find and dispose of every last scrap of debris and yard waste.  […]

Cops and Robbers IoT

Once again, my friends at Avaya have done really cool things with my IoT software!

Blockchain for Simple People (Like Me)

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Be careful of the company you keep.”  This is true for both people and technology.  Consider blockchain.  For many Americans, the immediate word association is “Bit Coin.”  In fact, I would venture to guess that quite a few people think that they are one and the same.  While this […]

Visualizing IoT

Those of you who know me from my technical, nerdy life know that I love protocols.  It’s true.  I simply adore bits, bytes, request messages, responses, ACKs, and message bodies.  I take great pleasure from looking through a complicated Wireshark trace and knowing exactly what a particular header value means and why it was used. […]