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Lately, I’ve been reading about what some people are calling ‘no stack’ start-ups. What on earth is that, you might ask.

Interestingly, the label seems to mean that instead of an emerging company trying to build everything it needs from the ground up, it should focus on its core competence and use third party services for the underlying functions and technologies it needs. It seems to fit very well with the popularity of entrepreneurship and the “faster, ever faster” time to market demands of the 21st century.

Since my blog post triggered by the announcement of the acquisition of Tropo by Cisco (completed in May), comes a fresh endorsement of the legitimacy of cloud-based telecommunications platforms.

Media servers have played an important role in enabling many of the real-time – and non-real-time – telecommunications applications with which we are all familiar. Those interactive applications include many things we take for granted. They include network announcements (e.g., the ‘speaking clock’), voicemail, IVR, unified messaging (which has morphed into unified communications), and outbound diallers (think campaigns and collections).

A couple of months ago, I wrote this blog about the demise of the PSTN. I wrote that people have been forecasting such an event for many years now; well over a decade.

That post was prompted by lots of pertinent news activity in Europe over the last 12 months or so. The newswires reported several telecom operators, including Deutsche Telekom, announcing their intention to terminate ISDN access.

Whatever else you might think about Cisco’s announcement1 of its intent to acquire Tropo, one thing is clear. And it is that suddenly, real-time communications cloud APIs have been given a seal of approval.

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