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Woz Looks into the Crystal Ball and Makes Enterprise IT Predictions for 2013

This week Avaya hosted its final Evolutions event of 2012 in San Mateo, California. The event was fantastic, complete with an address from our CEO Kevin Kennedy, new product announcements and a Fireside Chat between Steve Wozniak and myself. As 2012 comes to a close, we at Avaya are looking forward to 2013 with big plans for our business and bold predictions for the communications industry.

During my fireside chat with Steve we discussed his predictions for enterprise communications and technologies in 2013. It was a great discussion and spanned a wide range of topics, including flexible screens of the future and Steve’s old stomping ground Apple. We compiled the enterprise highlights into a joint bylined article and it has been posted at Forbes.com.

Steve firmly believes in the power of collaboration and has been a champion of the value of strong communication in the enterprise. Here is a short recap of Steve’s predictions:

· Businesses will look to use collaboration solutions that “just work” – for every possible need

· Data center technologies will be to 2013 what the Cloud was for 2012

· Consumer technologies believed to be years in the making will enter the workplace sooner than we expect

· Businesses will think differently about BYOD and consumerization of IT

· And finally, collaboration will transcend platforms

I encourage you to visit Forbes and read the article in its entirety. Predictions in technology are always interesting. The explosive growth and development of technology has made it increasingly important to make predictions, lest you cannot truly innovate to meet the needs of the market. Likewise, it is this rapid growth that makes predictions difficult, risky, and ultimately fun. Read through Steve’s predictions at Forbes and return to this post and give us your thoughts in the comment section below. And if you dare to be so bold, I’d love to see some predictions of your own. I look forward hearing from you.

Pierre-Paul Allard is senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Development for Avaya. Pierre-Paul directs corporatestrategy initiatives, including strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and analyst relations. Pierre-Paul has served as a Director for many technology companies in Canada and the USA and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of EXFO. He is based at Avaya headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. more

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