Sadly, I am no longer employed by IBM, so this blog which started as a team blog for the IBM Business Partner Technical Strategy Enablement (IBPTSE) Telecom team no longer represents IBM in any shape or form. As I became the Chief Telecom Architect for IBM for the WebSphere brand worldwide, I continued to write posts. The WebSphere brand merged into the new Cloud brand in 2015 and I retained the same role working with Telcos all around the world to design software solutions to solve their business problems. I left IBM in 2017 and am now working for DGIT Systems
, a small IT company focused on helping Telcos be more agile through alignment with TMForum Frameworx - particularly for Order Management and Fulfilment solutions. My hope is to continue/resurrect this blog on Telecom business issues and technology.
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Here is the URL for this bookmark: http://www.gsm.news-mob.com/ibm-creates-sms-spam-solution-for-china-mobile-accused-of-censorship/
<edit> hmmm - seems to be a problem with the above link - try this one instead : http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/ibm-creates-sms-spam-solution-for-china-mobile-accused-of-censorship-5863/
I spotted this article this morning - I don't know much about it yet, but I will try to find out some more over the next week or so. I would however note the section of the article that states:
"... In its defense, IBM claims all its solution will do is identify and
block large sources of SPAM SMS- not scan every single message to see if
it’s in accordance with the Chinese Government’s guidelines...."
I know that some Telcos that I have worked with have what they call "Anti-SPAM" servers on their network. The key difference between those and this new one at China Mobile is that this new solution looks to be part of the mobile to mobile SMS traffic whereas other that I have seen are all about mobile originated traffic to shortcodes (for application traffic). This has become a problem for some telcos who offer unlimited (or close to unlimited) SMS plans. Existing systems that I know of simply count the number of SMS's sent by that MSISDN (phone number) to a particular shortcode - if it exceeds 50 within a 24 hour period, simply drop the messages. Those systems present an interesting conundrum for SMS voting and SMS competition entries. A subscriber thinks they have entered/voted (say) 200 times by sending 200 short messages, but the actual count that the application (the voting or the competition entry database) is only 50 for that 24 hour period. If we're talking about unlimited SMS plans, there is no real penalty to the subscriber other than their perceived votes/entries won't be as high as they thought. But for mobile plans that are paying for each SMS sent, the subscriber is not getting what they pay for... I can understand why a subscriber of a pay as you consume mobile plan would be very upset with their messages getting dropped, not that a true SPAMer would ever use a mobile phone plan like that.
I found out today that IBM has been nominated for three of the four categories for this year's TeleManagement Forum's awards. IBM is the only company to have three nominations. (Click on the image to see all of the nominees for the TM Forum awards). It makes me proud to say "I'm building a smarter planet. I'm an IBMer"
IBM has been nominated for an award in:
- Business Innovation Award
- Industry Leadership Award
- Solution Excellence Award
The other award (Operational Excellence Award) has only Telcos nominated.
Let me start by apologising. I have been very busy over the past few weeks - this week is the first at home in five weeks. That's my best excuse for not posting (other than drawing a blank when it comes to topics
) I know I have quite a few people who read my ramblings and I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, my day job keeps getting in the way. The other big news I have (big for me, not so much for almost anyone that is reading this) is that the Industry Business Partner Technical Enablement team is being disbanded and wound into the IBM channels infrastructure. That means that there will no longer be any industry speciality in the technical enablement that we provide to our business partners - of course our partners are not being left out in the cold either. The channels team will continue to provide first rate technical enablement and assistance and IBM will continue to have industry specialists. For Business Partners, it will just be a matter of engaging with (non-channels) IBMers in the industry teams as well as the channels team. I would expect that the channels team will provide the conduit to those industry specialists such as me when the specialised industry skills are needed..
By now you might be wondering if my team is going away, what is happening to yours truly? Well, I have a position with the ... wait for it.... GMU BPM Tiger Team focused on telecommunications. And I thought IBPTSE was a mouthful. I will continue to be a Telecom specialist architect in this new team. Let me break down those acronyms a bit for you.
- GMU is Growth Market Unit which equates to the whole world less North America, Japan and Western and Northern Europe.
- BPM is Business Process Management and is the layer of intelligence that sits on top of a Service Oriented Architecture; it is the business processes, the workflows, the business rules etc that for the basis for the business strategy.
- Tiger Team is a small team of the best of the best resources to chase down deals. What is unusual for this tiger team is the focus on industry - most other Tiger teams in IBM are focused on a particular brand such as Rational, Lotus, WebSphere, Tivoli or Information Management.
This move has been in the works for a few weeks for me, but it's now at a stage where I can talk about it. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with the IBPTSE team around the world, particularly Jim Toohey, my manager. Over the past three years that I have been in the team, we have accomplished a lot of things that make me feel very proud. Multiple deals, partners enabled, partners validated against our SPDE framework for Telcos. Despite me being the only team member in Australia, I have always felt a part of a team despite the geographical challenges. Thanks guys!