Archive for 2014

As a mainstream industry, video communications has been around for well over two decades now, and it seems that every year we hear that “this is the year that video becomes pervasive.” And then it doesn’t happen.

However, I’m here to say it again, this time with confidence – 2014 is a year of significant change and one where we finally see video become a mainstream collaboration tool.

Towards the end of last year, I ran a video deployment strategies survey and asked respondents what the usage of video would be over the next 12 months, and 90% reported there would be an increase. Of that, 27% reported an increase of over 25%, putting us well on the way to pervasive video. I also believe there are a number of technology trends that finally make it possible to make video communications a ubiquitous business resource. These shifts are:

Prescriptions for Cisco, Microsoft, Polycom, Unify, Mitel, and Huawei.

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2014! It’s time for all of us to make some New Year’s resolutions and stick to them! For example, Alex Rodriguez probably resolved to lay off the steroids. Larry Ellison, I’m sure, made a resolution to not blow off his own keynote again this year. I think if we checked in with Miley Cyrus, she’s made a resolution to twerk less…or maybe more since it seemed to have re-ignited her career. For the UC industry though, there are a number of resolutions that I would like to see vendors make:

* Cisco and Microsoft resolve to make interoperability easier. There has been no greater battle to watch in UC than Cisco and Microsoft butting heads. Sometimes though, two enemies partnering together just might create a force stronger than two individuals. Remember when Randy “Macho Man” Savage partnered with Hulk Hogan, and the “Madness met the Mania?” Has there ever been a stronger tag-team combination? Or in the recent Star Trek-Into Darkness, when Kirk and Khan teamed up to defeat Admiral Marcus, they did so because of their combined strength.

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