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IBM's Unified Communications Predictions

March 20, 2008

I have had over two dozen meetings with companies in the communications space these past two weeks and it is my sincere goal to be able to share the most important parts of each meeting with you. In the mean time, I am happy to say that in many cases, there are other TMC writers who are covering some of the news I plan to cover but from their own point of view.

What did catch my eye today was an article from Greg Galitzine about IBM's Mike Rhodin's predictions regarding UC trends. Rhodin thinks the virtual workplace will become the rule and real-time collaboration tools will soon bypass e-mail in importance. In the same article there is a reference to an IDC report which says the unified communications market will reach $17 billion in 2011, growing 38% compounded since 2007.

Although I haven't read this report I have to wonder if this includes the consulting/SI side of the business.



Dan Miller New TMCnet Columnist

March 19, 2008

As I mentioned a while back, TMC is experiencing record growth and I promised we would maintain our high levels of quality as we grow. TMCnet currently has just under 50 worldwide columnists and most of them write daily or even more often.

TMC continues to look for the absolute brightest thought leaders to keep you up to date and help you make informed purchasing decisions in the communications and technology space.

To that end, TMC's latest columnist is Dan Miller, an analyst at Opus Research who will write a column titled "Communications in Context."

Miller has over 25 years experience in marketing, business development and corporate strategy for telecom service providers, computer manufacturers and application software developers. He founded the highly respected analyst firm, Opus Research in 1985 and helped define the conversational access technologies marketplace by authoring scores of reports, advisories and newsletters addressing business opportunities that reside where automated speech leverages web services, mobility and enterprise software infrastructure.

More recently he oversaw the launch of research practices covering voice biometrics and local mobile search.

I am thrilled to have such a high quality writer as part of the TMCnet editorial mix and thanks again to all of our readers and sponsors who have made TMCnet so popular over these past years.

Dan's first article is titled Beyond UC: Contextual Communications and you are welcome to bookmark his columnist page so you don't miss any of the important things he has to say.











Tech Data Carries Cbeyond

March 19, 2008

3COM Deal Off the Table

March 19, 2008

Dialogic to Support Asterisk

March 18, 2008

Dialogic has announced that the company's Diva media processing boards will support Asterisk. These boards will help Asterisk systems scale and moreover increase reliability while reducing strain on the CPU. The functions handled by the Diva board include DTMF recognition/generation, PULSE detection, tone detection/generation, fax, echo cancellation, and multi-party conferencing.

In addition the Diva board can conference up to 120 active callers without causing load on the CPU.

Some of the media features of Diva boards include echo cancellation (up to 256ms), DTMF detection/clamping and modem or fax support.



Tandberg Integrates Unified Communications and Telepresence

March 18, 2008

As more and more customers deploy Microsoft's OCS, they are asking videoconferencing companies to help interconnect their products with their shiny new unified communications systems. But it isn't just video integration these companies want… These clients also want interconnection with telepresence.

Many large multinational companies in financial and manufacturing are asking for this integration according to Tandberg CTO Hakon Dahle.

The company started embracing OCS this past January and it is seeing traction now and is a shipping product according to Dahle.

He went on to tell me that the telepresence market is also doing well - both personal and room-based. To differentiate themselves in this space, the company is not just focusing on quality but interoperability via standard protocols and codecs. Tandberg is allowing telepresence connectivity to OCS clients and executive desktops in order to allow broader use of this high-quality videoconferencing technology.

Dahle predicts that in the next few years, HD will be everywhere and UC will be tightly integrated with video.







Where is the TMC Team?

March 17, 2008

IBM's Big Unified Communications News

March 16, 2008

Recently I spent a good number of hours at the sprawling Somers, NY campus of IBM where the company announced to the media their intention to spend a billion dollars in unified communications development over the next three years. IBM is a major player in the UC space but the company has been getting beaten up in the marketing department by Microsoft. Microsoft is late to the UC game in fact and some of their products are behind IBM. You wouldn't know any of this from the blitz of a campaign Microsoft is running however.

Simply stated, while spending on R&D is essential, the company will likely have to soon respond to the Microsoft PR and marketing onslaught.

Hot News: Ixia, VPI, Wyde Voice, Google, Spirent, Sangoma, LifeSize, Aculab and more

March 16, 2008

I try not to play favorites with the news and instead of giving you my picks of the week, I defer to TMC editors who picked the following stories as some of the week's best. This week, we have a truly diverse group of stories that range from the economy to open source and even SIP trunking.

Hopefully you will find them interesting as well and if you don't - please don't get mad  at me as I am just the messenger.

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  • Ixia Intros Quality of Experience and Service Validation Platform for Triple Play
  • The Right Tools for Making Bandwidth Management Work for You
  • VPI's Activ! Voice Recording Solution Rated Avaya Compliant
  • Ethernet Extenders: Key Benefits and What to Look For
  • WYDE Voice Launches Wideband Audio Conferencing Appliances
  • BT Partners with RingCentral to Launch Small Business Hosted Phone Service
  • Converging Networks, Converging Channels
  • Hosted PBX: The Next Step in Voice Communications
  • Google Completes Acquisition of DoubleClick
  • Atlas Telecom Leading the IP PBX Charge
  • Broadvox Achieves Interoperability Certification with AdvanceIP
  • LifeSize Software Version 3.5
  • VoIP Usage Pattern Differs from Legacy Telephony
  • Analyst: CEOs Should Remain Steadfast in the Face of Economic Downturn
  • Spirent Picks Telchemy's VQmon for IPTV Analysis
  • VanillaSoft Adds New Features to its Web-based Lead Management System.
  • When Will Telcos Deploy VoIP?
  • Getting the Most Out of Mobile Device Management
  • Sangoma Expands its Presence in Europe and the Middle East through New Partnership with The IP Company
  • Phone System Choices: The Importance of End-User Feedback
  • A Primer on SIP and VoIP CODECs
  • Two BlueNote Networks SOA Products Win 2007 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award
  • Telecom Expense Management Solutions Provider Tangoe Wins UC Product of the Year Award
  • Esnatech Intros Telephony Office-LinX 7.1 with Disaster Recovery Enhancements
  • MOBIVOX's New Say It and Save It Feature
  • Massey University Picks Network Equipment Technologies' VX Series Intelligent Media Gateway
  • Brasil Telecom GlobeNet Hires Nokia Siemens Networks to Expand in North America
  • AOTMP's 2008 Wireless Mobility Market Landscape Now Available
  • Webcasting Helps Companies Save Money, Be Green
  • What the ApplianX Gateway from Aculab Has to Do With Pizza

 







Russell Shaw and Frank Macari will be Missed

March 16, 2008

This morning I woke to horrible news as I just learned Russell Shaw has passed away. Apparently he died in his hotel room on a business trip. I cannot be sadder. Russell was a fantastic guy… And he seemed to enjoy his work more than just about anyone I know.
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