VoiceCon 2010: It’s a wrap
Early in my career I attended dozens of trade shows, when the test of a “good” show was more about how big and theatrical the booths were versus how relevant the technology was. Too often, the exhibitors spent more time talking with each other and playing with whatever gadget was being given away than engaging in real dialogue with real prospects.
I didn’t know what to expect at the VoiceCon Conference & Expo held last week in Orlando, Florida, but much to my delight the excitement in the air was impossible to ignore. This show reminded me that there are still “good” shows that are relevant and attract people you want to talk to. I felt like the show attendees were on a mission of sorts to see the latest in unified communications (UC) and collaboration.
VoiceCon is known to be the source for the latest UC solutions and it didn’t disappoint. There was lots of talk about new subscription-based hosted services and Microsoft OCS integration capabilities, but it was the enthusiasm around video conferencing and telepresence that was really exciting. I spoke with some people who were looking to leverage video as a part of their UC strategy and some who just wanted to find a sleek endpoint for their office. Many were impressed by new desktop telepresence offerings. It was really refreshing to meet people at the exhibits who knew what they wanted to see and were genuinely awed by what exhibitors had to show them. It was really cool to see them get energized about the possibilities for video conferencing and telepresence in their lives.
Video communications have been an integral part of my life, both professional and personal. During this trip, video allowed me to connect with my family at home. After being away from home for 2 days, my 11-month old daughter was really excited to see me when I called home using the TANDBERG EX90 from the exhibit floor. She kept reaching out to give me a hug – something that wouldn’t have had the same heart-touching effect on a plain old voice phone.
I am already looking forward to VoiceCon next year to see the latest technology advancements, and with video, my time away from my family will be more bearable.