In This Issue
4G World Coming Soon
Industry Insight
Need a Laugh?
Message from Dick McFarlane
Meet Our Staff
Quick Links
4G World Coming Soon
WiMAX World and Mobile Internet World are now rolled into the 4G World conference and expo.  Join us in Chicago, Alliance's hometown, Sept 15-18 and learn about the entire landscape of next generation mobile networks: devices, devices, applications and content. Register today.
Industry Insight: Smart Phones

Read why smartphones are growing at double digit rates this year, as the overall phone market contracted at the fastest pace in history. And Forrester reports that smartphone software, not hardware is the key distinguisher as the mobile playing field evolves.
  Need a laugh?

Who doesn't need a laugh lately?  So Dilbert fans: watch an animated strip, get your daily humor dose, and vote on your favorites.  There's never been a better time for Dilbert! Check it out.
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Dick McFarlane
Alliance Telecom Solutions
Message from Dick McFarlane, President
Today, I am coming to you looking for some help.   No, not a bailout, but some advice.

We have an on-going project to leverage some of the deep experience in our consultants by producing short presentations on specific subjects.  For example, we just completed one by  Angela Nelson on writing good Functional Requirements.  These presentations will be used in our Food For Thought sessions, and will be packaged as Webinars as well.

I am seeking your input on topics you would like to see covered.  Be selfish.  If you had an experienced consultant available to provide a 30 minute interactive presentation, what would your first three choices be?  The range of topics can be as wide as our range of consultants.  This could cover areas such as the challenges of a converged billing implementation, good QA practices, Project Management principles, or tips for tuning a database.

We will provide these programs live on site for clients at no charge, and even provide the food for the Food for Thought sessions.  We will also make them available as Webinars for everyone.  Please email me your thoughts.
Meet Our Staff
lambert Featured Consultant: Charlie Lambert, PMP, Senior Project Manager,

Charlie has been a Project Manager for over 10 years, including 8 in the telecom industry.

TT: How did you get into telecom?
CL: My first position in telecom was as an IT Project Manager for Sprint.  I joined a PMO that was being established to implement Wireless Local Number Portability (WLNP).  That was in January, 2001.
TT: What is your subject matter expertise?
CL: As a PMP, my area of expertise is in Project Management.  After spending nearly five years developing, auditing and managing WLNP systems and support staff, I would say I've developed strong expertise in that area.

TT: What do you feel is the biggest contribution you've made to a client?
CL: I believe the biggest contribution a contract PM can make for a client is to be mission or project focused.  Being a contract PM allows me the freedom to be decisive for the benefit of the project and the organization, without regards to any career ambitions within that company.  In the past, I have seen employee PMs make decisions that benefited them personally at the expense of the project needs.  Being able to focus solely on organizational objectives has always helped me to be effective and efficient in my efforts.  What I bring to each client is self-confidence, ownership and accountability for those things assigned to me, and a sense of urgency that reflects the client's goals.
TT:  What is one of the most interesting projects you've worked on?
CL: I have enjoyed most of the projects I've managed, from eCommerce to infrastructure projects.  But the most interesting one was managing the consolidation of a telecommunications company's headquarters into a brand new building.  It required visits to the construction site and allowed me to work with the network and mechanical engineers, electricians, as well as multiple vendors.  I love construction, so being able to put on a hard-hat and visit a high-rise under construction was a lot of fun.

TT: What is your favorite city/country to work in?
CL: Kansas City, Kansas is home so it's always nice to work there.  If I can't work in KC, Denver is a fun choice because there are so many physically active people and plenty of outdoor things to do after hours.  Of course, having been raised in Miami, Florida, anywhere near an ocean is a welcome treat!
TT: What do you like best about working with Alliance? 
CL: What I love about working with Alliance is the way they have made me feel like family from the very first time I came into contact with them.  They have displayed at every level of the organization that I am a valued and important part of the team.  I know they sincerely care about my well-being and bend over backwards to make sure my needs are met in order for me to be successful for their clients.

TT: What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?
CL: Most of my free time is spent training for triathlons.  I love the races, but training always makes me feel like it's recess.  Triathlon is a great sport with really fun people who share a passion for fitness and well-being.  Give it a tri!
When I'm not working or tri-training, I love to write.  In fact, my first book has just been published by Corona Pass Publishing.  It is entitled, Corporate Ladder 101: How to Excel as a New Business Professional.  It is a how-to guide for the recent graduate and picks up on the practical side of the business world not covered in the formal education of colleges and universities.  From the Office Grapevine and Office Romances to How Happy to Get at Happy Hour, Corporate Ladder 101 provides a roadmap needed to create an image and reputation that will set the reader apart from his or her peers.  For those of you who know someone who will be graduating soon, this makes a perfect graduation gift.  More information can be found at

TT: Anything else you'd like to add?
CL: I have had an extraordinary life up to this point, but by far, my proudest accomplishment is raising two young men who have proudly served their country in the United States Marine Corps.  Anything I've done pales in comparison to their respective achievements.

To request Charlie for your next project or to view his full profile, visit our web site.