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# 41636 21-Sep-2009 09:31
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Just got an email from Cecil Alexander, WxC and Sulaco founder. It sounds good - and it seems this may be available for VFX users in the future:


New Zealand Software start up Sulaco Technology takes out top award at Broadsoft XCv2 Developers Challenge

Broadsoft co-sponsored the event with Polycom. Developers were invited to create innovative, new application mashups using BroadSoft’s Xtended Web Services and other open application program Interfaces (APIs). This year’s contest drew ten times the number of submissions from around the world as the previous year and was judged by a panel of industry experts.  Sulaco Technology is so new that most readers will not have heard of them until now but based on the products under development, there is no doubt that the communications industry will soon become very familiar with this energetic bunch who focus on building web based, convergent Unified Communications IP transactors. Sulaco solutions bring together next generation networks, VoIP and Internet services to desk top and mobile devices for both the  commercial and consumer market sectors. “This competition was Sulaco’s first at bat,” says non executive director Paul Clarkin. “ and we hit a home run. We have been excited about the potential of myZazu since Grant McLaren (Sulaco developer) first presented his concept.”

myZazu is a fun and functional portal where customers of carriers who have deployed Broadsoft soft switches can initiate phone calls, SMS, email and text to voice transactions from any web enabled device. Fans of Twitter, Face book and other social networking sites are able to customize myZazu to track activity and notify subscribers when someone in their pool of friends has made an update and they can read the Twitters that they track in the same window their phone notifications and other informational transactions are presented. myZazu lets the user customize news feeds so that they receive only the information in which they have interest and can pull Google alerts into the interface as well. The application interfaces with Google apps to pull address book and contact details into their profile and offers contact options as soon as the user starts typing.

For customers of carriers such as WorldxChange/Xnet, myZazu gives communications control a whole new meaning. A person can be anywhere in the world and initiate a phone call that will call their chosen number and then connect them to the number that they have called and charge them as if they were still in their home back in New Zealand. They can control call forwarding features on their Xnet VFX account from the portal without having to log into their account.

myZazu will become available to the public by November this year and will be free to the user. Broadsoft enabled carriers other than WorldxChange, here in NZ and around the world will be able to have their credentials loaded on the myZazu servers so that their clients can use the product as well.

Sulaco Technology was founded by WorldxChange directors Paul Clarkin and Cecil Alexander. Having deployed a full IP Next Generation network here in New Zealand, the pair decided to capitalise on what they have learned converging communications transmission with user driven applications. Sulaco Technology will release products over the next year such as IP billing, CRM and provisioning engines and Automated Response Targeted Information Communicator (ARTIC) that will take cost and people time out of everything from credit control to product marketing.


This is the description I found in the Broadsoft website:


Developer: WorldxChange Communications/Sulaco Technology (Auckland, New Zealand)/App: MyZazu
Description: an online portal in which individuals can broadcast events and notices via text to speech, e-mail, SMS and twitter, to their contacts. MyZazu integrates telephony, social networking and Google to empower users to take advantage of the many communication methods and customize them to suit their particular needs. With the move to cloud computing and communications, MyZazu is a one-stop shop UC communications portal



There's a myZazu holding page already and a myZazu Twitter.




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  # 257291 21-Sep-2009 09:41
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Nice! I'm a VFX Customer too.. anything for free is good!




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  # 257296 21-Sep-2009 09:51
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freitasm: I don't see anywhere saying it will be free...


It says here: http://myzazu.com/user/login that Zazu would be free.

For what concerns Wxc, as an additional service I can't see why it should be free either



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  # 257299 21-Sep-2009 09:54
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Well, good to see it will be free.

Bad to see it will close soon then. "Free" is really hard. Monetising an offering is one of the hardest things to do. How will they keep things running, with all the bandwidth requirements, professionals, development team, etc?

Unless of course they also have it as a white label and sell to operators - in which case there it's the solution...




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  # 257302 21-Sep-2009 10:02
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I like the fact they integrate with Google Apps, I wonder if you'll need the Google Apps professional license.
I think Wxc with this latest addition is a step away from bringing something like Google Voice to us.
(I wish they started providing the transcript of phone conversations directly to Gmail!)

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  # 257396 21-Sep-2009 18:07
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freitasm: I don't see anywhere saying it will be free...



Yeah i just checked the link you provided and it announces it will be free.. although it probably won't be when WXC offers it.. but lets keep out eyes and ears open - it may be announced in the next month or two..




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  # 257458 21-Sep-2009 21:51
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freitasm: Cecil confirmed the service itself is free. Standard SMS rates will apply though.


Thanks alot for confirming that Mauricio. Will be great to learn more about it in due course.




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