cVidya CEO Named 95th Most Powerful Telecoms Person; Rest of World Bemused

The credibility of industry lists took another enormous blow when Global Telecoms Business issued their 2012 list of the 100 most powerful people in telecoms. The usual suspects were at the top of the list. There were CEOs of big telcos (yawn), CEOs of big manufacturers (snooze), the usual condescending nods towards the Apples and Googles of the world (zzzzz) and deference to the bureaucrats at the ITU (what is the sound of a coma? Beep-beep-beep on the monitoring machine, I suppose). However, towards the bottom of the list, GTB just stopped trying. There are obviously more than 100 telcos in the world, and every single one will be headed by a CEO who is a lot more powerful than Alon Aginsky, who is supposed to be the 95th most powerful person in telecoms.

By extension, we can surmise that Aginsky is the most powerful person in revenue assurance, because nobody else in RA was listed in the top 100. I can tell RA is a pretty small niche because I run a wordpress blog that is the only place you get any real news on what is actually happening in RA. And I know you cannot get news anywhere else because I look for it. Hence why I am the only person outside of cVidya who would bother to repeat this ridiculous story. If Aginsky is the most powerful man in revenue assurance, that might be considered quite an achievement, given he does not run the biggest firm in revenue assurance. All I can say to Aginsky is the following: come on then, if you think you are hard enough. If you really are that powerful, then feel free to send over a Mossad agent to shoot me down, or deploy your cyberforces to block this website. Do it, if you really are the 95th most powerful person in telecoms. Which you are not. Because you are not more powerful than the 98th most powerful man, the CEO of HTC, a business that generates 200 times more revenue than cVidya. And you are not more powerful than the 100th person on the list, European Commissioner Neelie Kroes. For those who are unaware of the work of the Commissioner for Digital Agenda, her power extends to setting roaming prices and levying huge fines on Microsoft. In contrast, Alon Aginsky’s powers include coining new phrases like ‘revenue intelligence’, a meaningless term used by precisely nobody outside of cVidya, and setting up the World RA Forum, an organization that lasted about one day before being outed as a cVidya scam. For anyone interested, the URL of the World RA Forum, ra-world.com, now appears to be available. In contrast, ra-blog.org is still in use, though rarely visited.

But perhaps the real proof of Aginsky’s insignificance comes from his own company. I bet you everybody knows how to spell Ben Verwaayen’s name. And to prove the point, I just did. But cVidya’s goofballs could not even get their own boss’ name right when they issued a press release yesterday:

“We are proud to see that our clients are benefitting from our solutions and that justice is prevailing,” said Along (sic) Aginsky, CEO and president of cVidya.

I do like the new name, though. Hop-along Aginsky claims to be a serial enterpreneur and not just another cowboy. As Aginsky put it:

“I take great pride in all the accomplishments we have been able to achieve and look forward to breaking more barriers into the future.”

And, as commensurate with talkRA’s new Connectiva-inspired policy on reporting the absence of news, as well as the vendor-driven release of news, I wish Aginsky all the luck in the world in finding a buyer for cVidya. We should not forget cVidya was reportedly looking for buyers in February of this year. That means it is presumably still on sale, because nobody has bought it yet. I now understand why it must be hard for Aginsky to find a buyer for cVidya. Presumably only 94 people are powerful enough to make that kind of big purchasing decision.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.

Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a founding member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group, and is an editorial advisor to Black Swan. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.

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  • Peter

    It deserves an inquiry on how the H… he got on the list at that position, if at any position at all. Foremost: Customers should really start to think about; and I bought an RA solution (Revenue ASSURANCE) from a company with a leader like this? Is this company sustainable? Are these guys serious with me? This is my personal opinion.

  • Sahib

    Eric, I think you missed the point.
    Aginsky has been selected as one of the most powerful telecom person not because of his achievements in the RA and fraud industries, not because of his vision or due the ‘great’ products cVidya developes and surely not by the way he manages the company.
    He deserves the 95th spot because he was able to influence GTB to include his name in the list. This is not an easy think to do!

  • @ Sahib, do you mean it’s not easy, or that it’s not cheap? ;)