Hats off to Andy Abramson. He’s spent a bunch of time over the last day or so conversing with Jeff Pulver and Doug Renert about Tello, and has posted a very clear explanation titled Tello Explained. He’s got the history, understands the issues, and explains Tello in very neat and succinct terms.
Tello provides a hosted Instant Communications and Collaboration service, with complementary client applications, that allows users to instantly locate, contact, and connect with others across their business communities over the different systems, devices and applications they already use.
Any application running on the Tello service, including their own clients, can show at a glance the availability of contacts at any time anywhere in the world and initiate multi-modal communications with the click of a mouse or push of a button.
He also wades into how Tello and Iotum are different. Tello is about locate, contact, connect — linking up disparate networks in a federation between enterprises to enable collaboration and communication. Iotum is about attention management. In a world where everyone is vying for my attention, how do I make sure that I am making the best use of my time? Where Tello is focused on where and how a communication can take place, Iotum is focused on why and whether that conversation is relevant right now. These are two different, but very complementary solutions.
Good job, Andy. Well done!