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Interoperability is Freedom of Communications

Imagine a world where iPhones can only call other iPhones and Blackberries can only call other Blackberries, and where traditional land-line phones and mobile phones are separate islands of technology.  A world where you need a specific browser for specific web pages, and where you can only send emails to people using the same mail system.This would be a world without interoperability and industry standards.

How can we expect advancements in society (or humanity for that matter), if we can’t communicate with each other, or if technology can’t interoperate with each other?  To achieve this any to any vision we’ve been talking about, or to achieve that ultimate experience where technology just works together and it becomes transparent to what we do every day, we need standards based interoperability.

Technology plays a big role on how we communicate and collaborate with others today.   I believe that standards based interoperability is critical to the changing collaboration industry that is striving to provide users with a borderless experience.  Users should be able to call and communicate with whomever they want, from whatever device or system they are using, regardless of where they are.  Making a video call should be as easy as making a phone call.

Standards based interoperability enables freedom of communications and will accelerate innovation, create economic value, and increase choice for users of voice, and video communications, entertainment and services.  ZKResearch underlines that the first step to enabling pervasive video is attaining basic levels of interoperability for video calling through development and implementation of standards. Do you agree that interoperability and open standards for video calling are important?  Cast your vote in our Facebook poll, and share your voice with others!

I believe video is the next voice, and that soon everyone will be able to make a video call as easy as it is to make a voice call, however for this to become a reality vendors must agree to adopt the existing standards.

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  1. Dear OJ. Yet again a good blog addressing an issue that really ought to be put heavily on the agenda soon.
    Being in the business, I would say that the single biggest threat to the “video is the next voice” credo is the lack of choice provided to customers. Today they need to make choices about vendors and services that they really shouldn’t be forced to make.
    My basic question is therefor easy: do you feel that he biggest providers of video (Cisco included) are doing enough to address this issue? Or are they each making enough money as it is and thus “fat & happy”?

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    • OJ Winge

      There is a lot being done by many providers, but not enough. At some point it is consumers of the technology that will put pressure on the big providers in order to truly reach the “video is the next voice” phase. OJ

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  2. This is exactly what I have been telling everyone. In fact, today I was told by an exec that they are weary of upgrading old EOL equipment because things work well together now – they are concerned that new might bring new interop issues. A very valid concern.

    From a manufacturer’s point of view, I imagine that they do not want to completely become standards base because where would their technology edge be then? What would make them stand out? It has to be part of it for them.

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