Podcast: Much Rides on UCIF's Success

by Carl Weinschenk

The UC segment is great at generating news. Perhaps the most important item during the past year was one of the least dramatic: The formation of the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum. Forrester Senior Analyst Henry Dewing tells Site Editor Carl Weinschenk that the jury is still out on the group's efforts, which are vital to the segment's future.

Forrester's Henry Dewing on UC news and moves towards interoperability: [swf file="http://vid.itbe.com/ctoedge/dewingsept22x.mp3"]

There has been no shortage of news in the world of unified communications. During the past year or so, The Unified Communications Interoperability Forum was formed, Logitech bought LifeSize, Cisco bought Tandberg -- and later unveiled the Cius -- Avaya introduced the Flare, Microsoft rebranded under the Lync label, and Polycom realigned its operations and brought in Cisco's Joseph Burton and other talent.

I spoke this week to Forrester Research Senior Analyst Henry Dewing about these events. An overriding theme is how the industry gets to standards – standards that are internal and reach to outside companies as well. The world of UC is in a far better place if meaningful standards take hold and, Dewing said, the next few months are vital.

This article was originally published on Thursday Sep 23rd 2010