Top Coverage Highlights from VoiceCon San Francisco 2007

News from VoiceCon is covered by several publications in the world of technology media. Check out the links below to see VoiceCon in the news.

August 22, 2007

VoiceCon: Microsoft's presence unifies IBM, Siemens on communication
By Eric Lai | ComputerWorld
IBM executives were not available for comment before the announcement, expected to be made by IBM Lotus General Manager Mike Rhodin during a keynote at the VoiceCon show in San Francisco this afternoon


August 22, 2007

Avaya, Cisco, Nortel tech chiefs on enterprise IP telephony apps in the oven
By Russell Shaw | ZDNet
I'm sitting here in the audience at VoiceCon in San Francisco, checking out the CTO Roundtable. Line-up: Mun Yuen Leong, CTO of Avaya; Phil Edholm, CTO & VP, Enterprise Network Architecture, Nortel, and Hank Lambert, CTO, Cisco. Each are talking about network management-related IP data and voice R&D, what's in the labs, etc.


August 22, 2007

Siemens, Verizon Business Expand Their Unified Communications Offerings
By W. David Gardner | InformationWeek
The Siemens and Verizon announcements were made at the VoiceCon show in San Francisco, which runs through Thursday.


August 22, 2007

Oracle sees gold in unified communications
By Stephen Lawson (IDG News) | ComputerWorld
Standardizing and centralizing its communications systems has helped the software giant integrate the more than 30 acquisitions it' has made over the past three years, including Siebel Systems Inc. and PeopleSoft Inc., said CIO Mark Sunday in a keynote speech at VoiceCon here.


August 22, 2007

Microsoft: Skype outage shows work to be done
By Stephen Lawson (IDG News) | InfoWorld
At the VoiceCon conference, the vice president of Microsoft's Unified Communications Group claimed that VoIP is an automobile in a horse-drawn buggy world


August 22, 2007

VoIP performance management abounds at VoiceCon
By Andrew Hickey | SearchVoiP
At this week's VoiceCon Fall in San Francisco ... vendors announced tools that help network managers gauge the performance of their VoIP networks and troubleshoot any potential performance issues as they arise.


August 22, 2007

New call center solution unveiled for Skype
By Russell Shaw | ZDNet
Here at VoiceCon there?s a related, and interesting exhibit from enterprise-level contact management solutions provider OnState Communications. They are announcing and promoting athird-party Skype application called OnState CallCenter for Skype.


August 22, 2007

Verizon Adds To Its Hosted IP Centrex Service
By Michael Singer | InformationWeek
At VoiceCon, the company announced its new Integrated Communications Package, which lets employees push incoming office calls to a mobile phone or voice mail. As the service evolves, future plans include integrating it with Verizon Business' portfolio of advanced audio, Net and videoconferencing services, and contact center services, Verizon said. The news was well received at the VoiceCon show in San Francisco, which runs through Thursday.


August 22, 2007

Analyst Predicts Short-Term Chaos In Unified Communications Market
By Antone Gonsalves | InformationWeek
During a presentation Monday at VoiceCon in San Francisco, Blair Pleasant, analyst for COMMfusion, told attendees that deployment of unified communication technology, which enables the real-time redirection of voice, text, or e-mail to the device closest to the user at any given time, is likely to progress from early adopters this year to the mainstream between 2010 and 2012.


August 22, 2007

Sipera introduces new enterprise VoIP security toolset
By Russell Shaw | ZDNet
Most major VoIP-centered conferences see a fair amount of announcements for new products and services. An exhibit floor walk also helps clarify and reinforce what?s interesting. The VoiceCon show I am now attending here in San Francisco is heavily oriented toward enterprise (as opposed to consumer) VoIP. Natural, then, that what I?m finding might be of key interest to enterprise readers. In one of the more important unveilings here, Sipera Systems announced a security and analysis toolset called Sipera VIPER Services.


August 22, 2007

Microsoft Crafts Communications Service
By Stephen Lawson (IDG News) | PC World
Microsoft Corp. is working on a "service in the sky" for unified communications, an executive said Tuesday at the VoiceCon conference in San Francisco.


August 22, 2007

Microsoft Envisions Unified Communications as a Service
By Barry Levine | NewsFactor Network
Imagine a future in which your incoming phone calls, e-mail, and other communications are routed to the device nearest you. This vision of obedient communications is part of a larger unified messaging system that Microsoft will offer as a "service in the sky," a company executive said on Tuesday at the VoiceCon conference in San Francisco. Also mentions other announcements made at VoiceCon


August 22, 2007

IBM Buys WebDialogs To Bolster Its UC Middleware Client
By Antone Gonsalves | InformationWeek
IBM on Wednesday said it had acquired Web-conferencing company WebDialogs, and introduced a new version of its unified communications client Sametime. In addition, IBM said it would launch in beta early next year middleware for integrating multiple PBX telephone systems. Mike Rhodin, Lotus general manager for IBM, made the announcements at the VoiceCon show conference in San Francisco.


August 22, 2007

Microsoft Finds Big Partners For Voice Compression
By Larry Bennett | Internet News
Microsoft announced six companies, ... are now licensing its voice software for audio conferencing, video, wireless over IP and gaming devices. The licensing agreements, which were announced Tuesday at the VoiceCon San Francisco 2007 conference, could help put Microsoft in the catbird's seat as it extends its tentacles to the emerging unified communications market.


August 22, 2007

Simple VoIP shifting to unified communications
By Michael Singer | iTNews
Allan Sulkin, an industry analyst and long-time contributor to Business Communications Review, notes that the voice networking software business has definitely shifted in the last 10 years. Sulkin is one of several experts in the field advising attendees on VoIP trends at this week's VoiceCon show in San Francisco.


August 22, 2007

Microsoft plans unified communications as a service
By Stephen Lawson (IDG News) | ComputerWorld (IDG News)
Microsoft is working on a "service in the sky" for unified communications, an executive said Tuesday at the VoiceCon conference in San Francisco.


August 22, 2007

VOICECON - IBM to turn Sametime IM into a family of products
By China Martens (IDG News) | ARN (IDG News Service)
Mike Rhodin, general manager of IBM's Lotus division, will announce plans for three new Sametime products on Wednesday during a keynote address at the VoiceCon conference in San Francisco.


August 21, 2007

The Software Headache at Voicecon Fall
By Gary Audin | VoipLoop
The telecom manager is now hit with the frequent software changes that are occurring in the IP Telephony system. I created a survey on software management and sent it to 12 vendors. Seven replied. I discussed the results of this survey on Tuesday morning, ...at the Voiceon Fall conference in San Francisco.


August 21, 2007

Microsoft announcement at VoiceCon fuels Cisco rivalry
By Barbara Darrow | ChannelMarker
Never one to let an event go by without putting in its two cents, Microsoft said at VoiceCon today that six companies, including Intel, LG-Nortel, Polycom and Texas Instruments, are licensing its RT Audio Codec for use in their audio conferencing, gaming and wireless-over-IP wares.


August 21, 2007

Gurdeep Pall Keynote at VoiceCon San Francisco
By Moz | Moz@work
Eric Krapf from VoiceCon wrote up a great summary of Gurdeeps keynote at VoiceCon earlier today. There has already been some great demos of the user experience and deployment scenarios for Office Communications Server 2007, but we have not as yet addressed a few of the hot buttons for telecoms managers. Gurdeep remedied this today by looking at one specific hot button - monitoring quality of voice calls.


August 21, 2007

Microsoft, others scramble for spotlight at VoiceCon
By Stephen Lawson (IDG News) | InfoWorld
Vendors use VoiceCon as a showcase for IP telephony advancements, including Microsoft announcing the Oct. 16 launch of Office Communications Server 2007


August 21, 2007

Microsoft Begins Licensing New Voice Codec Software
By Tim Gray | TMCnet
Microsoft is lining up an impressive roster of companies to license its new voice codec software, the company said today at the VoiceCon San Francisco 2007 Conference.


August 21, 2007

A Power Tool Approach To Unified Communications
By Michael Singer | Information Week
Karen Dean, director of global telecommunications for Black & Decker, said her company's evolution from time division multiplexing (TDM) systems to a server-gateway communications infrastructure was a reality experiment that ended up in the company's favor. "Before the RFI [request for information], we went through a laborious process where we made two lists comparing current costs and future costs," Dean said during her keynote at the VoiceCon show in San Francisco.


August 21, 2007

Voicecon: Microsoft VoIP Exec Jabs At Cisco
By Kevin McLaughlin | CRN
The head honchos from Microsoft and Cisco spent Monday playing up the collaborative nature of their relationship, particularly as it relates to unified communications.... But in a Tuesday keynote at VoiceCon Fall 2007 in San Francisco, Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president for Microsoft's Realtime Collaboration Group, dispensed with the niceties and said Microsoft is clearly better positioned in the market.


August 21, 2007

VoiceCon: Make Your RFP Future Proof
By Michael Singer | Information Week
Introduced at the VoiceCon show in San Francisco, which runs through Thursday, the wiki tries to get into the details of what you'd specify if you were going out to bid with the aim of providing unified communications functionality for your users.


August 21, 2007

Microsoft Moves UC Ball Forward
By Paula Musich | eWeek
Microsoft, here at VoiceCon, acknowledged the need to provide more fine-tuned monitoring of call quality on VOIP (voice over IP) calls when it launched its new Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Quality of Experience Monitoring Server. In his keynote address at VoiceCon, Gurdeep Singh Pall, ? gave attendees an early look at the new tool, intended to help telecom managers better monitor voice and video call quality.


August 21, 2007

Microsoft announces Quality of Experience (IP voice) Monitoring Server
By Russell Shaw | ZdNet
Today at VoiceCon, Microsoft Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Unified Communications Group, has just announced a new Quality of Experience Monitoring Server.


August 21, 2007

Microsoft LCS chief: voice-enabled OCS enterprise testers represented eight million users
By Russell Shaw | ZdNet
I’m here in San Francisco attending the enterprise telephony-oriented VoiceCon 2007 conference. This morning’s keynote you may be most interested in is being delivered right now by Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Unified Communications Group. They’re the folks responsible for MSFT’s recently shipped, VoIP-enabled Office Communications Server 2007.


August 21, 2007

Simple VoIP Shifting To Unified Communications
By Michael Singer | Information Week
At the VoiceCon show this week, new Internet telephony players like Microsoft may upset the competitive equilibrium, according to one analyst.


August 20, 2007

VoiceCon opens in San Francisco, focuses on entreprise communication
By Uberpulse | Uberpulse
I just talked this morning with Fred Knight, the general manager for VoiceCon. The 17th edition of the conference is starting this week in San Francisco. It focuses on the corporate buyers (Fortune 1000 companies, State or local governments, universities...) of communications products and services unlike VON, "more telecommunication operators and developers."


August 20, 2007

VoiceCon: "SIP Security" by Cullen Jennings and Eric Rescorla
By Eric Rescorla | Voice of Voipsa
This afternoon at VoiceCon in San Francisco, Cullen Jennings (of Cisco and Area Director for the Real-time Applications and Infrastructure area of IETF) and Eric Rescorla (Network Resonance, security advisor to IETF RAI area and involved with TLS spec) gave a 3 hour tutorial on "SIP Security." Both Cullen and Eric (also known as "ekr") are extremely involved with IETF efforts on securing SIP, so they were definitely the ones to do this presentation.


August 20, 2007

VoiceCon: Dave Endler & Mark Collier's "IP Telephony Security Threats and Countermeasures"
By Dan York | Voice of Voipsa
Today here at VoiceCon in San Francisco, Dave Endler and Mark Collier (both of whom are involved with VOIPSA) gave a 3-hour tutorial on "IP Telephony Security Threats and Countermeasures."


August 18, 2007

Polycom, IBM Deliver Click-to-Video Conference
By Paula Musich | eWeek
At VoiceCon in San Francisco, Polycom will introduce the Polycom Unified Collaboration for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes offering, which allows Sametime and Notes users to initiate point-to-point and multi-point video conferences as well as voice conferences from within those IBM programs.


August 17, 2007

NetQOS Monitors VOIP Performance on the Network
By Paula Musich | eWeek
At VoiceCon on August 20 NetQOS will step up to the plate to deliver visibility into the performance of VOIP (voice over IP) systems for network operators when it launches its new NetQOS VOIP Monitor appliance.


August 14, 2007

UPDATED: Calendar of U.S. technology conferences in the second half of 2007
By Jason Hiner | Tech Sanity Check
Hiner lists VoiceCon San Francisco 2007 as one of the top 5 IT events to attend in August.


August 13, 2007

VoiceCon S.F. Products Pre-Announced
By Michael Singer | InformationWeek
If you're going to San Francisco -- as the song goes -- be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. But you may also want to bring your appetite for enterprise-class IP telephony and software that converges all of those communication devices. Yes, it's VoiceCon time again.


August 13, 2007

Mobility could hold the key to broader UC adoption
By Zeus Kerravala | ComputerWeekly.com
The latest wave to hit UC is mobility. There were many mobile UC demonstrations at the last VoiceCon and Interop tradeshows, and I'm expecting to see more in the upcoming VoiceCon in the fall.



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