Yes, the Icelandic devil that is Eyjafjallajokul has been spewing its guts again over north-west Europe, hampering air travel and leaving a number of folk with Management World plans (mostly Brits) either stuck at home or stranded mid-journey.
But it takes more than some volcanic ash to halt the marketing and communications plans of the Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor community, which has been storing up some announcements for the show. Here's a selection of the vendor news buzz from Nice.
Its new OSS tools tackle the issues of customer experience management, data consolidation, and the management of converged IP, IT, and telecom networks.
Orange France is initially using the product to identify "out-of-contract use," in particular the use of mobile devices as wireless modems in violation of their service agreements. Openet notes that identifying and preventing such use will help to limit bandwidth congestion, a major issue for mobile operators as data service usage continues to ramp, and to reduce revenue loss. The operator is also deploying Openet's parental and content controls capabilities.
Other news from the show includes:
For all the SPIT news from Nice -- plus reports from the show floor, updates from the conference halls, and gossip from the darkest, dingiest bars on the Côte d'Azur -- keep an eye on our special Management World 2010 Show Site.
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading