txtNation launches the public beta of MytxtNation’s new ‘Insights’ feature

Insights Screenshot of Mobile Billing

A responsive web feature that provides txtNation’s customers real-time insights into Mobile Billing services

txtNation’s ‘Insights’ allows clients to view all Mobile Billing activity across Direct Billing and Premium SMS services in much more detail than ever before.

Insights Screenshot of Mobile Billing

‘Insights’ is available from the MytxtNation web panel and is accessible from every (mobile) web browser. It is unique in its kind as it provides real time information into all types of Mobile Billing, is transparent and presents trends in performance.

Key data allows customers to forecast future payment trends and deliver the best customer growth and revenue performance. The ‘Insights’ analytics tool provides a unified view of Mobile Billing performance, customers, what they are buying and how much they are spending.

The new monitoring and analytics feature saves clients time and using at a glance it shows which countries and, or operators have trouble processing worldwide messaging services.

Marketing can build stronger services by being optimised and targeted to generate maximum customer engagement across incremental or subscription revenues.

txtNation ‘Insights’ saves time, provides unparalleled information on user spend, allows clients to adapt marketing strategy directly. It provides views into the status and performance of billing campaigns including direct recognition of technical or billing flow bottlenecks, general overviews for billing rates and end user spend.

txtNation ‘Insights’ is so powerful and easy-to-use, even other large worldwide Mobile Billing aggregators use this to look at their results. And the best of it all: it’s completely free of charge for txtNation clients.

Try ‘Insights’ using the MytxtNation web panel; http://my.txtnation.com.


INNOVATION INSIGHTS: Here’s an inside look at the platform that made Atlassian famous

Photo: Atlassian/ Facebook.

Atlassian is one of Australia’s biggest tech success stories. JIRA, its signature project management platform, is used by countless teams around the world from NASA to Tinder. The company has grown from a small office in Sydney, funded with a credit card, to over a thousand employees and a multi-billion dollar IPO last year.

Like many successful products, JIRA grew out of a need faced by the founders, Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar. Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar needed a way to stay on top of all the work their consulting company was receiving, across numerous clients. Not able to find a user-friendly solution that fit their needs, they built one instead.

As it exists now, JIRA provides a centralised platform tracking bugs and issues as well as breaking down projects. Initially beloved by developers, its project management functions have seen its usecases expand and its strength in agile development employed across industries.

Being user-friendly was key from the beginning. It was the reason the product was created, the company started, and the strategy to winning new customers.

“Mike and Scott’s consulting clients were impressed with their ability to track projects, and soon JIRA grew as a tool to help teams across multiple companies more effectively manage their work,” says Jason Wong, principal product manager at Atlassian.

“The alternatives to JIRA at the time were not that user-friendly. We invested a lot in building JIRA to be user-friendly. Lustworthy was the actual word we used to describe the kind of user experience we strived for.”

Cannon-Brookes confirmed user-friendliness as a sales strategy in 2008, explaining the “Atlassian model” meant creating a product that sold itself. JIRA would be a product customers bought, not one Atlassian sold.

A March 2008 presentation on ‘Scaling Atlassian’ by Mike Cannon-Brookes.

In this respect, Atlassian was at the forefront of the dramatic shift in enterprise software — designed with users in mind, rather than technical officers. Over the years, it has seen Apple displace Blackberry, Google launch business apps, including Atlassian-competitor Slack, which has become a multi-billion dollar startup. These are all products and companies that captured consumer imagination, filtering into businesses from the bottom up.

And not having to invest in sales and marketing — relying instead on user evangelism — Atlassian was able to plow the proceeds into research and development. This kicked off a virtuous cycle for the company.

“Without a traditional sales team we are able to invest significantly more in R&D. That investment drives product advancements that in turn deliver customer value and fuels the word-of-mouth evangelism,” says Wong.

JIRA’s rise was textbook disruption as Atlassian targeted segments of the market incumbent productivity products neglected. After establishing a beachhead at the low-end, functionality steadily increased as a marketplace was created with thousands of plugins adding to its appeal. Soon, competitors were scrambling to buy the company.

And according to Wong, the company always knew its collaboration software — which includes group messenger Hipchat — had a huge potential market. Analysts are starting to catch up, withIDC research recently forecasting the enterprise-social market will reach $US 3.5 billion by 2019, up from $US 1.46 billion in 2014.

“At the very basic level, we always believed the market was bigger than others believed it to be. We knew project tracking, particularly in context of software projects, was broken. The products that existed were cumbersome and expensive and the alternative was tracking issues in Excel or Word,” says Wong.

“It was a disaster, but it was thought to be a small, or tolerable, problem. By doubling down and building a high value product that was easy to buy and easy to implement we found ourselves quickly becoming mission control for thousands of teams across organizations in every industry.”

JIRA has evolved significantly from the software Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar needed to keep track of their projects. The JIRA marketplace has added innumerable functions, from customer relations to feedback generation. From what was initially a self-hosted product — something customers had to download and run themselves, Atlassian has since added cloud-hosting, lowering the barrier for smaller and less-technical teams.

Lowering barriers has been a consistent theme, as the company introduced agile software development in 2009, supporting popular agile methodologies like Scrum and Kanban. JIRA is now a platform supporting three distinct usecases; software, IT and business.

“With the release of JIRA 7.0 in October, 2015, JIRA matured into a platform product with unique offerings that are purpose-built for software teams, IT teams, and business teams,” says Wong.

“This is how we landed at today’s product lineup of JIRA Core, JIRA Software and JIRA Service Desk, and because the products are interconnected, they are all being used by a lot more teams.”


US companies have 54% of IC market, says IC Insights

US companies have 54% of IC market, says IC Insights

American companies held a 54% share of the total worldwide IC market in 2015, which includes sales from IDMs and fabless IC companies, reports IC Insights.

The total does not include foundry sales.

South Korean companies captured a 20% share of total IC sales and Japanese companies placed third with only an 8% share. Chinese companies accounted for 3% of total IC sales last year.

The Taiwanese companies, on the strength of their fabless company IC sales, first surpassed the European companies in total IC sales share in 2013. However, although the European companies had about $1.4 billion less in total IC sales as compared to the Taiwanese companies last year, the European companies could surpass the Taiwanese companies in IC sales this year as Europe-headquartered NXP absorbs Freescale’s $3.7 billion in IC sales as a result of their merger in December 2015.


Korean and Japanese companies are extremely weak in the fabless IC segment with the Taiwanese and Chinese companies displaying a noticeable lack of presence in the IDM (i.e., companies with IC fabrication facilities) portion of the IC market. Overall, US-headquartered companies show the most balance with regard to IDM, fabless, and total IC industry marketshare.

At 62%, US companies held the dominant share of fabless IC sales last year, although this share was down from 69% in 2010. Since 2010, the largest increase in fabless IC marketshare has come from the Chinese suppliers, which held a 10% share last year as compared to only 5% in 2010.

In contrast to the situation in the IDM segment, in which the European companies are expected to gain marketshare through acquisitions, the European fabless IC companies lost marketshare in 2015.

The reason for this loss was the acquisition of UK-based CSR, the second largest European fabless IC supplier, by Qualcomm and the purchase of Germany-based Lantiq, the third largest European fabless IC supplier, by Intel in early 2015.

These acquisitions left Dialog as the only Europe-headquartered fabless IC supplier in the top 50-company ranking and subtracted about $1.2 billion from the total European-headquartered fabless IC sales total, dropping their share to only 2% last year.


Telekom Romania financial insights

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Telekom Romania’s operating profit for its fixed communications operations fell by 33% in local currency terms in 2014.

Quoting a report by the group following an obligation imposed by the regulator ANCOM and audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, ZF adds that it amounted to RON39.6 million (€8.9 million).

It also says that the turnover generated by the telco’s fixed communications operations, which included the former Romtelecom and cable company Nextgen Communications, increased by 4% in 2014 to RON2.89 billion.

Sources at Telekom Romania told ZF that the figures contained in the report were calculated according to International Financial Reporting Standards.

They also said that financial statements for 2014 prepared in accordance with Romanian standards are still awaiting the approval of the company’s shareholders.