Was 2009 a Tipping Point for Unified Communications and Video Conferencing?

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    Jessica Davis

    | Posted 2009-12-23

Vendors eye video conferencing interoperability.
One of the big complaints about video conferencing systems is that if you invest in a system by one vendor, you can’t use it to talk to another company that has standardized on video conferencing from a different vendor. Well, there are still plenty of issues there, but progress was made in 2009 toward making things more interoperable. For example, Cisco introduced its next-generation video conferencing, which married together its telepresence and Webex technologies. Some say that Cisco acquisition of Tandberg also gained the networking giant a foot in the door of video conferencing interoperability.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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