Enterprise Connect Is Just Around the Corner – Will You Be There?

It’s that time of the year again – spring trade show season, and Enterprise Connect 2013 kicks off next week! Sadly, I won’t be in attendance this year, but I’m really looking forward to Avaya’s participation. We’re well represented at the event with several speaking opportunities as well as showcasing live, hands-on demos of our latest products and services from the exhibit floor. If you’re there, please be sure to stop by our booth (no. 1005).

A few highlights at this year’s conference include Avaya president and CEO Kevin Kennedy’s keynote speech and fireside chat on Tuesday morning. Heading into the event, Eric Krapf caught up with Kevin and posted the following on NoJitter.com: Avaya CEO Kevin Kennedy: Bringing Transitions to Fruition. Also, Radvision’s very own Bob Romano will provide insight into leveraging WebRTC for video conferencing, UC as a platform for videoconferencing, and mobile video for the enterprise. For a schedule of several Avaya-related activities, see the press release here.

I’ve always found the show extremely useful and a unique opportunity to meet with some of the industry’s key thought leaders as well as with many of our customers. I’m sure this year’s show will be another great opportunity to hear about mobility, unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), cloud-based services, and of course, video conferencing within the context of all these topics.

Speaking of collaboration (which for me, is almost exclusively remote), I suspect the recent memo from Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, will have this group all abuzz about how UC&C technologies can help the issues that may give telecommuting a bad rap. Avaya’s Eric Lai recently wrote a great blog about his experience working remotely, “Telecommuting used to suck. Today’s technology makes it awesome,” where he explains that with the right collaboration tools, employees can nearly recreate the intimate office experience while reducing personal and financial costs. I see Eric regularly on Scopia calls, so I know video conferencing is a big part of that story for him.

And while I’m on the topic, personal video conferencing has been a huge hit at Avaya. In fact, I learned earlier this week that our internal Scopia deployment, which started out with 4,500 virtual rooms last June, has more than doubled. We’re working on a white paper about this massive deployment, and I look forward to sharing the findings. More to come on that…

For those of you attending, have fun! I’ll be following activities real-time on Twitter from industry vets @imlazar, @DaveMichels, @blairplez, @hwdewing, @rob_arnold_ucc, @roopamjain, @rcostelloIDC, @McGeeSmith, @whaskins, and many, many more.

Will you be in Orlando? If you’re tweeting from the show, please let me know. I’ll be sure to follow your updates.

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