RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Charley Bratton, one of the founders of Internet Service Provider Interpath, and Craig Chapman, a veteran sales executive with BellSouth, have launched an information technology consulting firm with an emphasis on voice and data solutions.

The new firm is called Telumenous. It is based in Raleigh.

The company’s name is based on three words: Tele, the Greek word for distance and the first part of the word telecommunications; Lumen, the Latin word for light; and Nous, the Greek word for intelligence and expertise.

The company has already secured a number of clients both in the private and government sectors.

“We’ve had an interesting mix of engagements right out of the chute,” Chapman tells Local Tech Wire. He cites working with schools as one example. “By introducing wireless networking and unified messaging services, Telumenous enhanced the lives of teachers in two different school districts that had been struggling with their voice and data communications.”

The Rock Hill, SC school district has provided a testimonial for Telumenous:

“As the business of telephony and associated services has become infinitely more complex over the years, and lacking in the expertise to effectively communicate our needs, (Rock Hill School District No. 3) utilized the services of Telumenous to analyze our telecommunications service and needs,” said John Hair, the district’s associate superintendent. “The in-depth evaluation led to the development of an RFP for services that ultimately provided increased features at a significant cost savings. The initial groundwork and continued assistance throughout the implementation phase have proved invaluable to our district in bringing this effort to fruition.”

Telumenous has also worked with firms migrate wide area networks to new standards.

“Sometimes we help clients see the big picture, other times we have to roll up our sleeves and reconfigure the routers,” Chapman says.

Telumenous offers consulting and services for network design and engineering, writing and evaluating requests for proposals, network analysis and management of telecommunications services.

Saving costs is not the sole objective of the firm, Chapman adds.

“Too many consulting firms try to wedge their way into accounts by promising to cut telecom expenses,” he says. “What clients really need is guidance on how to keep IT services focused on their business objectives.”

Their focus will be small and large enterprises, particularly those who want to integrate newer technology.

“Companies with modest networks struggle with how to take advantage of emerging technologies, such as Voice over Internet Protocol,” Chapman explains. “Large corporations may have a well-schooled staff but they’re often stretched too thin to project manage a big implementation.”

Bratton was a driving force for the launch of Interpath while working for Capitol Broadcasting in Raleigh. He went on to work with other ventures, including NewSouth Communications.

Chapman worked with BellSouth for more than 20 years, and numbered many high-tech firms among his clients. Chapman also is an author, having written about a North Carolina regiment’s experiences in the Civil War, and also served in the North Carolina National Guard.

Telumenous: www.telumenous.com
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Report: BellSouth moving to offer video

BellSouth is preparing to upgrade its network for the delivery of high-speed video services, according to Reuters.

The wire service, quoting industry sources, says BellSouth will begin upgrades next year, working with Alcatel to upgrade the capabilities of its copper networks. The system would include fiber running to neighborhood nodes, which would support 300 to 500 homes each.

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Wachovia picks Alabama for technology park

Wachovia will build a new data center as part of a technology park in Birmingham, AL, the Birmingham News reported on Sunday.

The $400 million project will cover 210,000 square feet and employ 40 people to start, the paper said.

Wachovia, which is based in Charlotte, acquired Birmingham-based SouthTrust Corp. earlier this year.