On the Road – UC Expo
On March 10th I visited the UC Expo at London’s Kensington Olympia exhibition center in order to experience the latest technologies in Unified Communications, Collaboration and VoIP. The event, although smaller than I imagined, was well attended by both exhibitors and end users. The TANDBERG booth was demonstrating various UC flavored offerings. Most popular amongst the exhibition attendees was Microsoft OCS integration, which enables connectivity between various unified communication environments via our VCS platform.
Microsoft OCS displayed a dominance amongst the exhibitor’s offerings on show. It seemed that nearly everyone who had technology, such as: traditional phones, mobile phones, contact centers, and other VoIP paraphernalia, were all somehow linked back to Microsoft OCS. It appears Microsoft is definitely ahead in the battle to win over the hearts and minds of the UC vendors at the very least.
It was also very encouraging to see video and telepresence featured in nearly everybody’s UC scenarios. Vodafone gave a public presentation around how they use unified communications in their day-to-day activities and shared a funny story about how recently many of their staff were snowed in but they still managed to complete an important management meetings via video. They supplemented their presentation by showing screenshots of the employees sitting at home with heavy snow falling in the background! It seems the use cases for visual communications are limitless.