Cisco to buy local software company Broadsoft for $1.9 Billion

Cisco BroadsoftCisco Systems, the major Internet hardware provider, is buying Gaithersburg-based Broadsoft, Inc. for $1.9 billion; the companies made a joint announcement Oct. 23.

Broadsoft, which according to securities disclosures has about 200 employees at two locations in Gaithersburg, supplies corporations with software platforms for customer service, internal communications, and cloud migration. It has customers in 80 countries, including 25 of the 30 largest Internet service providers worldwide, ranked by revenue.

While headquartered in Gaithersburg, Broadsoft has more than 1,700 employees worldwide.

For San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco, the Broadsoft acquisition is part of a wide-ranging move in the last several years to add web and cloud applications and services to its product portfolio, explained Rowan Trollope, Cisco senior vice president, in a telephone press conference. Broadsoft also brings in many small- and medium-sized businesses to Cisco as customers, he said.


Sometimes you need a neighborhood expert

for sale sign outside houseWhen I began my real estate career, every budding agent was taught we should farm neighborhoods to become the local expert. Agents would (and many still do) farm neighborhoods by spending a small fortune on promotional marketing just to tell you how smart they are about your neighborhood. The notion only one agent is “the expert” on selling homes in your neighborhood has become antiquated. However, the long standing ritual, where agents tout themselves as the “neighborhood expert” or specialist, is still alive and well.


Verizon hosts job fair

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Verizon held three job fairs March 21 to attract beginning network technicians for its FiOS home communications system installations in the company’s busy summer season.

For persons hired, the seasonal job could lead to permanent work, or to callbacks in future summers, said Tina Saputo, a regional recruiting manager based in Basking Ridge, N.J. A manager of last year’s group echoed her statement, noting some who were hired then are still working as network techs, and some will come back to work this summer. For others, the manager said, either the individual or the company found the “fit wasn’t good for this job.”

“The guy who installed your TV and internet? Did you like him? That’s who we’re hiring,” said Nicolas Relacion, a military recruiter for the company based in Wilmington, Del. He added that Verizon has other types of jobs open, and that women were among the applicants at the fair.


In memory of ye old "Tip Line"



It was called the “Tip Line.”

Every newsroom had them and many still do. Every place I worked the tip line was attached to an answering machine which played a pre-recorded message and then recorded whatever tip the viewer or reader had to offer.

A human being, usually a younger producer, intern or desk assistant would listen to hear if the “tip” on the tip line was worth covering.

Many of the tips were not worthy of our attention. Some of the more memorable ones included the tip that Ronald Reagan and Oliver North were sitting naked on fence posts outside of an assembly hall in San Antonio.


Internet fairness - yes?


The woman was quite angry with me. She told me I had no idea what was going on in Texas, since I live in Montgomery County Maryland, and therefore Donald Trump’s idea of a “wall” across the southern border is both sound and logical.

When I informed her that she was factually inaccurate, she called me several names that I can’t reprint in a family newspaper but a lot of them rhymed with snitch, bass, luck-wad and piece-of-mitt.

Finally I was told – point blank – that my “liberal facts” will never convince her of the real truth.

Sigh. There are no “liberal facts,” just “The facts ma’am.” And there is no liberal and conservative truth. There is merely reality and the reality of the situation is the Internet is seriously skewing reality.

Ignorance may indeed be bliss, according to some who adhere to their bias no matter what facts exist. But for those who still have hopes of digging up facts and basing their opinion on those facts rather than searching for, or inventing, facts to justify your opinion – there is hope.


Anonymous internet postings and trouble

gavel2There are many websites these days that allow consumers or others to post comments or reviews about such things as restaurants, hotels, or other businesses. Even when such postings are anonymous, however, statements that may allegedly be false and defamatory may lead to efforts to find out who posted the comments so they can be sued.


The retro-future of real estate

house real estateWhen I wrote about the future of real estate brokerage seven years ago, I predicted that consumers would become increasingly reliant on the internet; while the process of selling homes would remain interpersonal.

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