Whenever I go to a conference, I learn a tremendous amount from the people I meet at the show. I really enjoy the impromptu networking which takes place at events as it allows me to learn so much about what is happening in the market. Ironically, I generally learn things I didn’t think I would learn ahead of time. Quite often, I wish I would have known more about peoples’ experiences before I met with them as it would allow me to be better prepared to ask pertinent questions.
I further wish I knew who was coming to events and and moreover I wish I could get a “brain dump” from them before the event so I could have a frame of reference before our conversations take place.
Imagine how much better networking at a show would be if I had an idea what people were generally thinking about the market before I even say hello.
In less than two weeks the world with gather at ITEXPO — The World’s Communications Conference to help select products for purchase, learn about the latest events in the telecom market and network with peers.
It is this last area where this blog entry should be of maximal benefit. You see, over the past month or so I have been interviewing the telecom movers and shakers who will be coming to ITEXPO. I certainly didn’t interview every mover and shaker (exactly what is a telecom shaker anyway ;) ) but this list should give you a good idea who some of the speakers and exhibitors will be at this year’s show.
The questions each person answered below may be slightly varied but what is common is the person’s thoughts on their markets and where they think things may be going. I truly hope you find these interviews useful and I hope to see you at the show September 16-18, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
|Don Palmer||Sip Print|
|Barry Sher||IVR Technologies|
|John Doyle||CommuniGate Systems|
|Sharone Ben Levi||AudioCodes|
|Dr. David K. Schrader||Teradata|
|Mark Ricca||Intellicom Analytics|
|Xuedong Huang (XD)||Microsoft|
|Mark Lepko||Altitude Software North America|
|Brian Schwarz||RedSky Technologies, Inc.|
|John Konczal||Sterling Commerce|
|Albert Chu||ACCESS Systems|
|Bill Miller||Digium (corrected — sorry)|
|Scott Charter||WBS Connect|
|Jim Slaby||Acme Packet|
|Justin McLain||Endeavor Telecom|
|Steve Safley||VoIPConsultants||Frank Paterno||Intelliverse|
|Warren Sonnen||Epygi Technologies|
|Jim Jenkins||IQ Services|
|Mark De Clerq||Sitel Semiconductor|
|Michael Hermann||Cincinnati bell|
|Shelley Veazie||CTI Group|
|Abdul Kasim||Critical Links|
|Mike Coward||Continuous Computing|
|Ken Lowe||Sigma Designs|
|Rob McDougall||Upstream Works Software|
|Henry Danser||Aspect Software|
|Vikram Saksena||Sonus Networks|
|Alastair Westgarth||Tango Networks|