Top Coverage Highlights from VoiceCon Orlando 2009


April 14, 2009

ROI Reigns at VoiceCon
By Jessica Gdowski | The Voice Report
Pinpoint emerging IP telephony trends – and the ways vendors are pushing to demonstrate immediate ROI in today’s market – as the Junkies recap 3 days of VoiceCon in less than 15 minutes. VoiceCon head honcho Fred Knight joins Voice Report’s Jessica Gdowski on this episode.


April 8, 2009

Caught My Eye at VoiceCon
By pETER rADIZESKI | TMC
At VoiceCon, Grandstream had some new SIP-based gadgets including the video telephony units that VidTel is using and video surveillance gear.


April 7, 2009

Nortel employees respond to VoiceCon coverage
By Shamus McGillacuddy | TechTarget
Last week I wrote a story about a special VoiceCon session for Nortel customers, entitled “I’m a Nortel Customer. What do I do now?” It was one of the more widely read articles I’ve written for SearchUnifiedCommunications. Nortel customers are very passionate about the company. They love Nortel’s products. But it’s clear that many of them are disappointed in the leadership of the company. Now it’s clear that some Nortel employees share that disappointment.


April 7, 2009

Voicecon = Videocon?
By Scott Wharton | IP Business
I attended the Voicecon conference last week in Orlando. For those of you who have never attended, it is the premier show for enterprise voice.


April 7, 2009

The iPhone: Enterprise Allusions and Delusions
By Michael Finneran | No Jitter
There was plenty of talk about the iPhone at VoiceCon last week, but that may be due to the fact that the vendors had so little else of substance to talk about in terms of mobility.


April 7, 2009

Unified communications applications coming to the cloud
By Tim Greene | ComputerWorld
Expect more communications services from cloud computing providers such as IBM's LotusLive Engage that becomes available tomorrow, according to makers of unified communications gear and providers at the recent VoiceCon Orlando show.


April 6, 2009

VoiceCon 2009 - Now that the dust has settled...
By Alex | European Contact Center
There didn't seem to be the major announcements that we got in 2008 (see: "VoiceCon 2008 - IBM, Microsoft & Aspect ") but in some ways I think we saw events of more significance.


April 6, 2009

VoiceCon Themes
By Blair Pleasant | No Jitter
Another VoiceCon has come and gone – with lots of news around unified communications--of course. Several themes became apparent at VoiceCon--here are a few that I believe are of most interest (to me, anyway).


April 6, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: Seeing is Believing
By Tsahi Levent-Levi | RadVision Blog
If I was to pick the two main topics that were shown and discussed at VoiceCon Orlando, they would be Web 2.0 everywhere and video.


April 6, 2009

Avaya looks to simplify communications
By Larry Hettick | Network World
This week we'll continue discussing news from last week's CTIA and VoiceCon conferences. There were announcements from GENBAND on its Converged Gateway upgrades; from Avaya on its new Aura platform (and a related contact center solution); and from Acme Packet about a right-sized SBC for the smaller enterprise. In addition, Shoretel released mobile and desktop enhancements; and 8x8 introduced a new enterprise version of its hosted IP-PBX.


April 6, 2009

The Real UC Message From VoiceCon – Prepare For Enterprise Desktop Telephony “End-of-Life”
By Art Rosenberg | UC Strategies
Unfortunately, a fractured in my foot kept me from attending the Spring VoiceCon show as planned, but that didn’t mean that I couldn’t see and hear the important messages that were delivered there.


April 6, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: What was hot?
By Doug Mahoney | FierceVoip
The eternal question, usually asked 5 minutes after hitting the exhibit floor and repeated every half hour thereafter until I'm in a cab to the airport (And sometimes in the cab, if I'm sharing a ride): "What have you seen that's hot at the show?"


April 6, 2009

snom’s New SIP Conference Phone
By NA | VoIP-News
snom technology AG, developer and manufacturer of Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephones, today introduced the snom MeetingPoint a SIP-based conference phone for the North American enterprise and small and medium-sized business (SMB) markets at VoiceCon Orlando 2009.


April 6, 2009

Unified communications applications coming to the cloud
By Tim Greene | Network World
Expect more communications services from cloud-computing providers such as IBM's LotusLive Engage that becomes available tomorrow, according to makers of unified communications gear and providers at the recent VoiceCon Orlando show.


April 5, 2009

Solid Evidence of Communications Transformation
By Don Van Doren, | UC Strategies
VoiceCon Orlando provided a lot of evidence that we have transitioned into a new era of communications.


April 5, 2009

It’s All About the Users
By Blair Pleasant | UC Strategies
I had lots of great briefings from vendors while at VoiceCon, but hearing from the end users is always the most enlightening. During a Microsoft customer panel lunch, analysts heard from several end users, all at different stages of deployment.


April 5, 2009

Four events, four points to think about
By Doug Mahoney | Phone+
Last week was hectic, made all the more crazy by three major events -- CTIA, The Cable Show, VoiceCon - happening in parallel. When the smoke clears, one piece from each show sticks inside of my head, as does the potential of MetaSwitch Form this week.


April 5, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: Microsoft's big words, sliding commitment?
By Doug Mahoney | FierceVoIP
While Microsoft Corporate Vice President Gurdeep Singh Pall took swipes at Cisco, PBX vendors, and "business as usual," in his April 1 keynote at VoiceCon, some attendees wondered about the company's commitment relative to past years at the show.


April 5, 2009

VoiceCon East 2009 (in pictures)
By Doug Mahoney | FierceVoIp
Like all tourists who go to Orlando, FierceVoIP took pictures of the items and people we met during our travels at VoiceCon East 2009 in Orlando. We have grouped them into three categories:


April 3, 2009

Who's An FMC Vendor?
By Michael Finneran | No Jitter
My pal Zeus Kerravala from the Yankee Group had a go at my FMC/Mobile UC Vendor Positioning Matrix. If someone as astute as Zeus missed the point, I want to make sure I've stated it clearly.


April 3, 2009

VoiceCon Orlando 2009 Day Four
By Eri Krapf | No Jitter
Thursday at VoiceCon Orlando 2009 was summit day, a series of panel discussions on Cloud Computing, Unified Communications and an end user forum. A few highlights from the final day:


April 3, 2009

Q&A with Avaya's Chris McGugan
By Brendan B. Read | TMC
In keeping with the trends noted above, we are accommodating a simple shift in how we deploy next generation communications architectures to further accommodate and integrate all of the traditional channels of communications, as well as the new ones as noted by our recent announcements at Voicecon.


April 3, 2009

BT shows off new technology
By David Allen | Techwatch UK
BT has been showing off some of its technology plans for the future, including the new unified communications (UC) application, at the VoiceCon Orlando 2009 conference this week.


April 2, 2009

Microsoft's VoiceCon Keynote
By Sorell Slaymaker | No Jitter
While Microsoft's keynote made a compelling argument to adopt their all software based IPT voice solution, they did not address how they would guarantee service levels.


April 2, 2009

VOICECON: IBM To Launch UC Suite, Finally
By Richard Martin | VON
Setting a date for the release of its delayed unified communications suite, IBM (IBM) said at VoiceCon, in Orlando, that it will debut its Sametime Unified Telephony system in July. Delivering a keynote presentation, IGM general manager for software, Bob Picciano, also announced an interoperability program that will help enterprise IT directors integrate Sametime with a set of prominent vendors.


April 2, 2009

Major Leap in UC Applications at VoiceCon Orlando 2009
By Marty Parker | No Jitter
There's a major shift in the Unified Communications visible here at VoiceCon Orlando 2009. Yes, the UC sessions have been very well attended. And, yes, the suppliers and the customers are reporting great UC progress. But the big news is that in almost all cases, the reports are highlighting the business improvements that came from the UC deployments, in addition to the successful rollout of the technology and the essential cost savings.


April 2, 2009

Cisco Showcases Telepresence Recording Studio at VoiceCon 2009
By Zeus Kerravala | No Jitter
Video as a theme has been growing at each VoiceCon over the past few years and this year was no different. Polycom had their immersive room and video phones, AT&T showcased multiclient Telepresence (how about multiclient - multioperator?!), Cisco announced some Telepresence extensions and there were many other video related announcements. The one that I found the most interesting though was the Telepresence recording studio that Cisco had set up on the show floor.


April 2, 2009

VOICECON: Nortel Customers Wonder What Lies Ahead
By NA | Phone+
Nortel (NT) customers got a chance to express their thoughts and concerns to company leadership this week at VoiceCon in Orlando.


April 2, 2009

BT demonstrates new UC app at VoiceCon
By Pete Wylie | FierceVoIP
BT has demonstrated a new unified communications application called Finder for Microsoft OCS 2007 that lets users determine how and when to receive essential messages. BT said it uses the application internally already, and it has increased employee operating efficiency and effectiveness.


April 2, 2009

VoiceCon 2009 se mantém estável em relação ao ano anterior
By Henrique Martin | IP News


April 2, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: BoT (Best of Twitter)
By Doug Mahoney | Fierce VoIP
* ShoreTel gets VoiceCon hat trick- Wins "Best of VoiceCon" award for third time in row. (Vendors were serious about winning this award...) * NEC uses "back to pat" (single point of contact) rather than Verizon's more visceral "Throat to choke" * NEC -- advising companies to be "cloud ready"; disaster recovery looking to be The App for cloud computing. * Broadvox and Panasonic have a deal (not yet announced). Broadvox will reach out to/work with about 1,000 Panasonic phone dealers


April 2, 2009

Siemens Channel Partners: Testing Unified Communications In Amazon’s Cloud
By The VAR Guy | The VAR Guy
Over the next six months or so, Siemens will work with selected channel partners to test unified communications in Amazon’s cloud, according Paul McMillan (pictured), Siemens’ director of unified communications technical vision and strategy. Here’s the scoop from McMillan, who spoke with The VAR Guy during VoiceCon Orlando 2009.


April 2, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: Cisco extends telepresence capabilities - FierceVoIP
By Doug Mahoney | Fierce VoIP
If there was any recent doubt that Cisco is gung-ho on video, all should be erased with the release of its latest slew of telepresence products and applications today. The company added an entry-level telepresence system, support for telepresence over T1/E1 connections, and some apps for user collaboration beyond meetings.


April 2, 2009

Greyhawk's Meanderings :: Sametime Unified Communications at VoiceCon
By John Roling | Greyhawk's Meanderings
Just got off a phonecall with Alistair Rennie, Bruce Morse, Marisa Viveros and Erica Topolski from IBM Lotus. Erica arranged a blogger Q&A session for the announcements surrounding VoiceCon. I've put the entire press release in the permalink link below, but here's what you need to get out of it in short form:


April 2, 2009

Opus Research » Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud Hovers Over VoiceCon
By Dan Miller | Opus Research
In a brief story in the back of its “Open Dialog” newsletter, Siemens Enterprise Communications’ analyst relations folks mention a “UC in the Cloud” proof of concept showcase at the company’s booth at VoiceCon 2009.


April 2, 2009

VoiceCon Update
By Andy Green | Avaya Blog
In the whirlwind of VoiceCon, I found the eye of the storm. I reached my calm place after listening to yesterday’s keynote by Kevin Kennedy and then drawing connections to a few ideas that I’ve been writing about in this blog.


April 2, 2009

Avaya bets big on SIP with its vision for Aura Session Manager
By Shamus McGillacuddy | Search Unified Communications
The future of voice and unified communications lies with sessions, not packets, according to Avaya. While competitors like Cisco Systems tout their deep integration with the network, Avaya plans to use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to tie business users directly to the communications applications they need, regardless of the devices they are using and the networks they are on.


April 2, 2009

SLIDESHOW VoIP, UC, Gators & More: 20 Scenes From VoiceCon Orlando 2009
By Andrew Hickey | ChannelWeb
What do a gator, a U.S. hockey legend, fire eaters, VoIP and unified communications have in common? They all made appearances at VoiceCon Orlando 2009 this week. For four days, VoiceCon descended on the Gaylord Palms Resort, bringing with it thousands of attendees to learn almost all there is to know about IP telephony, whether it's voice, video, unified communications or one of the many other productivity-boosting applications.


April 2, 2009

IBM lining up run at telephony, VoIP integration
By John Fontana | Network World
IBM Lotus Wednesday introduced a slew of partners to help with its efforts to integrate traditional telephony and VoIP with collaboration software via Sametime Unified Telephony Server, which the company said will ship in July.


April 2, 2009

VOICECON: NEC Adds Vertical Apps to IP Phones
Phone+NEC Unified Solutions Inc. introduced Wednesday at VoiceCon its Interactive Terminal Suite (ITS), a group of applications for NEC’s UNIVERGE IP phones designed to help enhance user productivity and streamline business processes for both horizontal and vertical industry markets.


April 2, 2009

At VoiceCon, Nortel customers uneasy about vendor's future
By Shamus McGillicuddy | Search Unified Communications
The session was in a rather small conference room with seating for 20 or 25 people. But as the room continued to fill with Nortel customers, conference organizers cancelled a neighboring session and removed the temporary wall separating two conference rooms in order to make room for the standing-room-only crowd.


April 2, 2009

IBM Sametime Unified Telephony Coming Soon
By Andrew Hickey | ChannelWeb
IBM on Wednesday said its long-awaited VoIP application will be available in roughly three months. During his keynote presentation at VoiceCon Orlando, Bob Picciano, IBM software general manager, said IBM Sametime Unified Telephony will be available sometime in July 2009.


April 2, 2009

VOICECON: Siemens Peers Into Amazon’s Cloud
By Richard Martin | VON Magazine
It’s just a proof-of-concept trial for the moment, but Siemens (SI) is offering its OpenScape unified communications software, including voice over IP, on Amazon's (AMZN) EC2 cloud-computing platform, said new CEO Jim O'Neill


April 2, 2009

Siemens launches cloud experiment at VoiceCon
By Tim Greene | Network World
Siemens is announcing at VoiceCon Orlando a unified-communications-in-the-cloud experiment with Amazon.com, which could result in services that avoid capital costs and provide an easy exit plan if customers decide to bail out of individual service elements.


April 2, 2009

VOICECON: BT’s Finder OCS App is a Keeper
Telephone IssuesBT demonstrated a new unified communications application it has developed on Microsoft’s unified communications platform during the keynote address Wednesday at VoiceCon.


April 1, 2009

VoiceCon: Troubleshooting Converged Networks Session
By Matt Brunk | No Jitter
Again, VoiceCon had a Doctor in the house and this was Dr. Mike Hollier, CTO of Psytechnics along with John Dunne of Prognosis and Brian Gollaher of Empirix presenting the need for network management and monitoring for the forgotten about--VOICE.


April 1, 2009

Microsoft UC Strategy: Telephones Will Die, Long Live Soft Phones
By The VAR Guy | The VAR Guy
During a keynote speech at VoiceCon Orlando 2009, Microsoft proclaimed unified communications and soft phones will ultimately kill traditional desktop business phones. Here are The VAR Guy’s top 10 highlights from the keynote, delivered by Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate VP for Microsoft Unified Communications Group.


April 1, 2009

VOICECON: Polycom Expands HD Lineup
By Rick Wagner | VON Magazine
Expanding its range of videoconferencing offerings to the highest-definition levels, Polycom (PLCM) said it will offer HD video systems at 1080p and 720p. 720p is considered broadcast quality, and along with the 1080p format has become standard across the industry’s high-end videoconferencing providers including Cisco (CSCO) and TANDBERG.


April 1, 2009

Reflecting on the Communications Renaissance at VoiceCon 2009
By Joe Schurman | Network World
Starting off with my presentation Monday morning and carried through Gurdeep Singh Pall's Wednesday morning, VoiceCon sponsors, attendees, and media have now been briefed with what we call the Communications Renaissance. What does this actually mean?


April 1, 2009

IBM Sametime Unified Telephony Coming Soon
By Andrew Hickey | ChannelWeb
During his keynote presentation at VoiceCon Orlando, Bob Picciano, IBM software general manager, said IBM Sametime Unified Telephony will be available sometime in July 2009.


April 1, 2009

Microsoft says phones are bad
By Tim Greene | Network Wworld
Microsoft used its VoiceCon Orlando keynote today to attack the desk phone and traditional telephony vendors in general as a hindrance to cost savings that businesses need to realize in order to deal effectively with the bad economy.


April 1, 2009

VOICECON: Verizon Business Enhances Hosted IP Centrex
Phone+Verizon Business has unveiled several enhancements to Hosted IP Centrex – its premier "in-the-cloud" voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) service. The changes are designed to make it easier for businesses to leverage IP networks and applications into effective telework solutions. The enhancements were announced at the VoiceCon Show.


April 1, 2009

VOICECON: Hotels Get NEC’s UNIVERGE System
By Rick Martin | VON
Systems integrator NEC Unified Solutions Inc. at VoiceCon this week is showcasing its new, all-software IP communications systems for hotels.


April 1, 2009

Microsoft Calls For Death Of Desk Phone
By Andrew Hickey | ChannelWweb
Essentially calling desktop telephones useless antiques, Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)'s Gurdeep Singh Pall on Wednesday called on VoiceCon attendees to ditch the desk phone in favor of a software-based VoIP system.


April 1, 2009

VoiceCon keynote: Kraft Foods UC vision includes Avaya and the iPhone
By Shamus McGillicuddy | TechTarget
Kraft Foods sounds like a fun place to work. During his keynote, Tom Behnke, manager of network services, global architecture and strategy for Kraft, gave VoiceCon attendees a glimpse of the future for information workers at his company. He offered details of a unified communications pilot program at Kraft’s Chicago facility.


April 1, 2009

VoiceCon Orlando 2009
By The VAR Guy | The VAR Guy
Time for The VAR Guy to eat a little crow. A few days ago our resident blogger reported that open source IP PBXes — and Asterisk — would have a low profile at the VoiceCon Orlando conference this week in Orlando. But Digium and Fonality sent a wake-up call to The VAR Guy. Here’s a scoop.


April 1, 2009

Does the iphone belong in corporate networks?
By Tim Greene | Network World
The right mobile handset for business use depends greatly on the organization that's deploying them, according to participants in a peer-group session at VoiceCon Orlando.


April 1, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: Verizon Business boosts hosted IP Centrex
By Doug Mahoney | Fierce VoIP
Verizon Business has announced significant enhancements to its hosted IP Centrex service, including expansion of its burstable shared trunks capability, softphone support, easier E-911 provisioning, and local number provisioning.


April 1, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: Psytechnics scores IBM Sametime QoE win
By Doug Mahoney | FierceVoIP
Psytechnics announced today that its Experience Manager solution now supports IBM Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony (SUT) users. The Quality of Service/Quality of Experience (QoE/QoS) software gives SUT operations and support staff the ability to proactively manage and monitor voice call quality and deliver rapid, accurate diagnosis for any call quality issues.


April 1, 2009

What is Brocade doing at VoiceCon? - The Network Hub
By Shamus McGillicuddy | IT Knowledge Exchange
As I was walking the floor of VoiceCon’s exhibition hall today I noticed that Brocade had a rather large booth at the show, with quite a few sales guys patrolling the perimeter.


April 1, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: IBM puts Sametime Unified Telephony front and center
By Doug Mahoney | FierceVoIP
IBM has put its Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony (SUT) solution front and center as the enterprise solution for unified communications. The company announced an interoperability testing program and a new consulting service for UC and SUT implementation.


April 1, 2009

Siemens launches cloud experiment at VoiceCon
By Tim Greene | Network World
Siemens is announcing at VoiceCon Orlando a unified-communications-in-the-cloud experiment with Amazon.com, which could result in services that avoid capital costs and provide an easy exit plan if customers decide to bail out of individual service elements.


April 1, 2009

snom Joins ADTRAN Alliance Program
By Tim Gray | TMC
As TMCnet reported this week, ADTRAN announced its new IP Communications Alliance Program designed to bring the company together with other “best-in-breed” technology and service providers at the VoiceCON Orlando 2009 conference.


April 1, 2009

Microsoft decides it shouldn’t be in the video conference phone business
By Shamus McGillicuddy | TechTarget
When Microsoft introduced its Roundtable phone 2007, it was pretty clear to me that they had a cool device on their hands. The phone has a ring of video cameras on a small turret. It is meant ti sit in a conference room, where it offers a 360-degree view of meeting participants.


April 1, 2009

Polycom enhances its telepresence support
By Larry Hettick | Network World
Today, we'll continue with VoiceCon Orlando highlights with announcements from Global IP Solutions and CommuniGate Systems, along with news from Polycom and Microsoft. Global IP Solutions (GIPS) announced that CommuniGate Systems has embedded GIPS VoiceEngine to power voice communications in its Pronto! client unified communications framework.


April 1, 2009

VoiceCon Orlando 2009 Day 2
VoIP Store BlogOn our second day of walking the floor we picked out a few more products that really stood out as unique new and innovative.


April 1, 2009

VoiceCon Orlando 2009 Coverage: Day Two
By Eric Krapf | No Jitter
For today's keynote, Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's CTO, brought video greetings from Al Gore, last year's Cisco VoiceCon keynoter, but the bigger hit was probably Dr. Wong-even though he spoke in a language most of the audience probably didn't understand.


March 31, 2009

VoiceCon: Avaya Rolls Out New VoIP Platform
By Andrew Hickey | ChannelWeb
Avaya (NYSE:AV) is going straight to the point at VoiceCon Orlando 2009: Unified communications needs to be easier if companies are going to see any benefits.


March 31, 2009

VoiceCon Avaya keynote: SIP has come of age
By Shamus McGillicuddy | TechTarget
Avaya’s CEO Kevin Kennedy delivered the first keynote at this year’s VoiceCon Orlando, and he took the opportunity to introduce Avaya Aura, a new SIP-based session manager that ties together all of the company’s other technologies, including its IP PBX, its presence server, its messaging server, etc. Avaya also claims it will tie other vendor’s technology into a single system.


March 31, 2009

Aura illuminates Avaya’s UC strategy
By Maribel Lopez | UC Strategies
On March 30th announced a new unified communications architecture called Avaya Aura, which is part of Avaya’s VoiceCon keynote today.


March 31, 2009

Cisco Expands Telepresence Targets
By Ainsley Jones | IT Business Edge
At VoiceCon Orlando 2009, Cisco announced an entry-level telepresence system. The CTS 1300 targets small- to medium-sized businesses, branch offices and large enterprises with multiple conference rooms. The low-end telepresence system is designed for use in existing teleconference spaces, according to Network World.


March 31, 2009

VoiceCon Cisco Keynote: Cisco goes vertical
By Shamus McGillicuddy | TechTarget
During her keynote this morning, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior emphasized the importance of collaboration in enterprise communications, with technologies that allow users to work in the way that they want to. In this vein, she talked about the importance of delivering a consistent user experience regardless of the endpoint device.


March 31, 2009

Siemens launches cloud experiment at VoiceCon
By Tim Greene | NetworkWorld
Siemens is announcing at VoiceCon Orlando a unified-communications-in-the-cloud experiment with Amazon.com, which could result in services that avoid capital costs and provide an easy exit plan if customers decide to bail out of individual service elements.


March 31, 2009

VOICECON: ADTRAN Launches IP Alliance Program
VOhttp://cmap.medialiveinternational.com.bpsandbox.com/in-the-news/vco_09.phpNADTRAN Inc. (ADTN) has unveiled the ADTRAN Alliance Program, a collaboration between ADTRAN and service providers that complement the NetVanta 7000 converged IP PBX Series. This will enable solutions providers to deliver interoperable enterprise-class IP communications solutions to meet the needs of SMBs in a number of vertical markets.


March 31, 2009

VoiceCon: Cisco Brings TelePresence Downstream, Enhances UC Portfolio
By Andrew Hickey | ChannelWweb
Cisco Systems (NSDQ:CSCO) Tuesday at VoiceCon 2009 expanded its TelePresence high-definition videoconferencing lineup with a new lower-end model and added a host of enhancements to its unified communications platform.


March 31, 2009

VoiceCon 2009 – News of Note for March 30
By Doug Mohney | FierceVoip
Plenty of new product and service announcements are being made at VoiceCon East 2009, and we're taking a moment to highlight the more interesting ones.


March 31, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: Cisco extends telepresence capabilities
By Doug Mahoney | FierceVoip
If there was any recent doubt that Cisco is gung-ho on video, all should be erased with the release of its latest slew of telepresence products and applications today.


March 31, 2009

Cisco rolls out low-end ($89K) telepresence system
By Tim Greene | Network World
Cisco is announcing at VoiceCon Orlando a lower cost telepresence system designed for deployment in existing teleconference rooms without upgrading them to accommodate top-of-the-line telepresence gear.


March 31, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: Avaya announces Aura SIP architecture, new contact center solution
By Doug Mohney | FierceVoip
Avaya has announced the launch of Aura, a SIP-based architecture to easily integrate communications across multi-vendor, multi-location and multi-modal businesses.


March 31, 2009

Avaya announces server to unify communications via SIP
By Tim Greene | Network World
Avaya is announcing at VoiceCon Orlando a new server that connects disparate SIP-enabled PBXs into a single system with global dial plans and call routing - a cost-saving first step toward rolling out corporate-wide unified communications.


March 31, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: ADTRAN Launches Alliance Program for its IP PBX
By Doug Mahoney | FierceVoip
ADTRAN has rolled out an Alliance Program for the NetVanta 7000 IP PBX. The program brings best-in-breed technology and services to complement the NetVanta 7000 to provide fully interoperable solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.


March 31, 2009

VOICECON: Global IP Solutions Demos Real-Time Video
By Rick Wagner | VON
Global IP Solutions, a provider of IP multimedia processing solutions, has announced its plans to demonstrate real-time video, from the desktop to mobile devices. The company has a booth at this week’s VoiceCon show in Orlando.


March 31, 2009

snom announces wideband VoIP conference phone
By Pete Wylie | FierceVoip
German VoIP phone manufacturer snom announced Monday at VoiceCon that its new VoIP conference speaker phone MeetingPoint will now be available in North America.


March 31, 2009

snom Unveils New VoIP Conference Speaker Phone snom MeetingPoint
By Tim Gray | TMC
After spending much of the spring rolling out new products including its first conference phone and an environmentally friendly touch screen phone, voice over IP telephone developer and manufacturer snom technology AG this week introduced the snom MeetingPoint.


March 31, 2009

snom Introduces New VoIP Conference Speaker Phone
Voip Monitorsnom introduces the snom MeetingPoint a SIP-based conference phone for the North American enterprise and small and medium-sized business markets at VoiceCon Orlando 2009.


March 31, 2009

Amazon-Based Unified Communications Demoed By Siemens
By Nick J Hoover | InformationWeek
For its demonstration at VoiceCon, Siemens ported much of its unified communications software, including VoIP, unified messaging, presence, and management apps to run on EC2. It has also ported contact center apps to EC2, but isn't currently demonstrating those.


March 31, 2009

Cisco CTO: Collaboration Is Saving Us Millions
By Sean Michael Kerner: | InternetNews
Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior took the stage today at the VoiceCon conference for a keynote in which she detailed how Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) uses collaboration tools and social media technologies like Twitter and wikis to cut costs and get business done.


March 31, 2009

VoiceCon 2009 - First Day!
By Joe Schurman | Network World
Post flight and now registered at the largest voice and unified communications event on the planet, I walk into the exhibit hall where every major player in this marketplace begins to configure their booths and demonstrations on the eve of tomorrow's demo central.


March 31, 2009

VOICECON: Cisco TelePresence Goes Downmarket
By Khali Henderson | XChange Magazine
Cisco Systems Inc. announced a slew of TelePresence products and applications at VoiceCon this week, but the one that’s getting the headlines is a “low-end” system. At a reported $89,000, it’s not exactly slumming it, but in comparison to Cisco’s flagship TelePresence 3000 at more than three times that, it’s considered a bargain.


March 31, 2009

VOICECON: Cisco TelePresence Goes Downmarket
By Khali Henderson | XChange Magazine
Cisco Systems Inc. announced a slew of TelePresence products and applications at VoiceCon this week, but the one that’s getting the headlines is a “low-end” system. At a reported $89,000, it’s not exactly slumming it, but in comparison to Cisco’s flagship TelePresence 3000 at more than three times that, it’s considered a bargain.


March 31, 2009

Where On Earth is Rich Tehrani?
By Rich Tehrani | TMC
I have been in 30 minute meetings throughout the two days I have been at VoiceCon and will be doing the same at CTIA which I travel to tomorrow.


March 31, 2009

Where On Earth is Rich Tehrani?
By Rich Tehrani | TMC
I have been in 30 minute meetings throughout the two days I have been at VoiceCon and will be doing the same at CTIA which I travel to tomorrow.


March 31, 2009

Where On Earth is Rich Tehrani?
By Rich Tehrani | TMC
I have been in 30 minute meetings throughout the two days I have been at VoiceCon and will be doing the same at CTIA which I travel to tomorrow.


March 30, 2009

VOICECON: Avaya Routes Customers Intelligently
By NA | xChange Magazine
Avaya has announced a new contact center solution that uses SIP technology to help businesses enhance customer experiences and improve efficiencies.


March 30, 2009

VOICECON: snom Intros VoIP Conferencing Speaker Phone
By N/A | Phone+
snom technology AG has introduced snom MeetingPoint, an SIP-based conference phone for the North American enterprise and SMB markets, at VoiceCon Orlando 2009. Designed for both medium and large meeting rooms, snom MeetingPoint features Konftel’s OmniSound 2.0 audio conferencing technology with advanced noise suppression and high-fidelity wideband audio. Featuring snom’s fourth-generation SIP technology, snom MeetingPoint provides enterprise businesses and SMBs with the same SIP calling features and broad compatibility with standards-based IP PBX, hosted VoIP and unified communications solutions as snom’s 820 and 3XX series desktop VoIP phones.


March 30, 2009

VoiceCon and Other Trips This Month
By Peter Radizeski | TMC
VoiceCon is in Orlando this week. I will be driving over on April 1 on my way to another conference in Deerfield Beach.


March 30, 2009

Siemens Boosts its UC Value Proposition
By Elka Popova | Frost & Sullivan
Siemens’ media alert and demo at its VoiceCon booth of a potential deployment of the OpenScape application suite at the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) seem to be pointing to one of the most powerful UC developments this year.


March 30, 2009

March madness, telecom style
By Doug Mahoney | FierceVoip
By 10 a.m. this morning, my mailbox was stuffed full of news rolling out of VoiceCon, along with relevant releases from CTIA and The Cable Show


March 30, 2009

Answer The Call: 20 Must-See Products At VoiceCon 2009
By Andrew Hickey | ChannelWeb
VoiceCon Orlando 2009 kicks off on Monday. As in past years, the event has evolved beyond just the dial tone to include everything from video, conferencing, unified communications, presence and virtually every other collaborative form of communication the IP network can facilitate. As such, a host of vendors are set to unleash their latest wares as VoiceCon, now in its 19th year, storms the Gaylord Palms resort from March 30 to April 2. Here are 20 hot products that are sure to catch your eye. It's about time to pick up the phone, because VoiceCon is calling.


March 30, 2009

VoiceCon Talks Interoperability, Integration
By Alex Goldman | InternetNews.com
While the IP telephony industry may be coming together today at the VoiceCon conference in Orlando, Florida, it's still wrangling with fundamental issues that keep it fractured and too expensive.


March 30, 2009

VoiceCon Orlando 2009 Coverage: Day One
By Eric Krapf | No Jitter
There's always an element of tea-leaf-reading to the first morning of VoiceCon: What does tutorial attendance say about where the crowd--and thus the industry--is at?


March 30, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: 8x8 launches enterprise version of hosted IP PBX phone service
By Doug Mahoney | FierceVoIP
Continuing its march across the business VoIP market, 8x8 announced Virtual Office Enterprise, the latest version of its hosted IP PBX business phone solution.


March 30, 2009

8x8 Introduces Enterprise Hosted VoIP Service
By Matthew Nickasch | Network World
The news from VoiceCon 2009 continues to pour in this Monday morning, perhaps fueled by sunny Orlando skies and a forecast high of 80 degrees.


March 30, 2009

VoiceCon Interview: Joel Hackney of Nortel
By Eric Krapf | No Jitter
One of the biggest question marks at this VoiceCon is the future of Nortel--and, therefore, the future of its customers. Rivals from Avaya to ShoreTel are aggressively trying to poach Nortel customers and channel partners while Nortel remains in Chapter 11, while those same customers and channel partners are looking for answers and a way forward.


March 30, 2009

Avaya's new CEO sets three top goals for company
By Tim Greene | Network World
Avaya's freshly minted CEO Kevin Kennedy will deliver a keynote at VoiceCon Orlando next week, during which he is expected to announce a major addition to its unified communications platform architecture and the promise of cost savings.


March 30, 2009

VoiceCon 2009: Acme Packet announces low-end SBC for enterprises
By Doug Mahoney | Fierce Voip
On Monday, Acme Packet officially announced its new Net-Net 3800, a "low-end" session border controller (SBC) targeted at small enterprise sites, contact centers and service providers


March 30, 2009

Cisco CTO Predicts Future Of Collaboration
By Andrew Hickey | ChannelWeb
Cisco Systems (NSDQ:CSCO) CTO Padmasree Warrior on Tuesday made five bold predictions for the future of collaboration and communications and how the blurring of consumer and enterprise communications will foster a new level of productivity


March 30, 2009

Videoconferência é cara, mas atraente
By Henrique Martin | IP News
Entre os usuários de videoconferência, os serviços usados em sala e de telepresença são melhores avaliados pelos clientes; o uso no desktop, apesar de alto (51%), é considerado “caro demais” por conta da banda utilizada, por problemas de controle.


March 26, 2009

Why VoiceCon matters
By Doug Mohney | FierceVoIP
"What's the excitement around VoiceCon?" The question came at the end of a pre-briefing for news to be delivered at That Other Show next week (CTIA) and it is a good one.


March 26, 2009

VoiceCon Orlando: Seven Questions About Unified Communications
By n/a | The VAR Guy
When The VAR Guy descends April 1 on VoiceCon Orlando 2009, he’ll meet multiple unified communications (UC) thought leaders. Our resident blogger has plenty of questions, and he’ll be seeking answers during meetings with Avaya, Cisco Systems, IBM and Siemens Enterprise Communications. Here are the top 7 questions The VAR Guy will be asking.


March 24, 2009

VoiceCon GM talks projected attendance, hot enterprise topics
By Doug Mohney | FierceVoIP
Speaking to Fierce last week, Fred Knight, general manager of VoiceCon, was cautiously optimistic that the enterprise-focused communications show would have the same number of attendees as it did last year. "We've been at it for a long time and we hope everyone who is signed up can come," said Knight. "In this economic climate, you never know."


March 24, 2009

RJ Auburn speaking at VoiceCon 2009 on “Voice Mashups”
By Dan York | Voxeo Talks
We’re very pleased to note that Voxeo CTO RJ Auburn will be speaking early next Tuesday morning at VoiceCon Orlando 2009 on the subject of voice mashups. His panel session is “Voice Mashups - Tool or Toy?” and is from 8:00-8:45am on Tuesday, March 31st.


March 23, 2009

First look: New product announcements from VoiceCon 2009
By Doug Mohney | FierceVoIP
Today, VoiceCon presented more than 20 new products that will be showcased at the enterprise-focused event next week in Orlando - with more announcements expected later this week and throughout next week.


March 9, 2009

Of VoiceCon, CTIA and Twitter
By Doug Mohney | FierceVoIP
VoiceCon: As stated earlier, I'll be at the show on Tuesday afternoon, March 31, and during the day until about 3:30 PM on Wednesday, April 1. If you are seeking to chat, there are some available times on Wednesday for in-person briefing.


March 5, 2009

Cloud Computing on Agenda for VoiceCon Orlando
By n/a | IT Management blog
Enterprise communications systems, services and applications are the hot topic on deck for VoiceCon Orlando, which is scheduled for March 30-April 2 at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando.


February 26, 2009

UC Integration, ROI, And Direction
By Eric Krapf | InformationWeek
I've been reviewing slides for VoiceCon Orlando, which is always intense. One that's just loaded with great information is the Nemertes Research tutorial on business cases for IP telephony and UC.


February 11, 2009

So What Is The Value Of Video?
By Eric Krapf | InformationWeek
Video has been on the VoiceCon program for years, and has found an audience but never really a home. In this way, it's a lot like video as an application on the enterprise network. But now as enterprises look for ways to save on travel and to do business internationally in a more effective and cost-efficient manner, video is poised to take off. But it will take off, in the enterprise, within the context of the communications architecture that the enterprise is in the process of creating. So it's a natural fit for VoiceCon.


February 9, 2009

Making sense of good news
By Doug Mohney | FierceVoIP
If my dead-VON theory is correct, there should be a modest bump in attendance at VoiceCon in Orlando next month. It will be modest because VoiceCon figured out the enterprise market a lot faster than pulvermedia did and quickly locked in a lot of vendors with a good targeted story, rather than trying to be all things to all people.