Avaya, Siemens, Polycom Make UC, Video Moves at Enterprise Connect
Other companies, including Vidyo, 8x8 and Yorktel, also announced news about UC, video collaboration and the cloud at the three-day event.Unified communications, video collaboration and cloud computing were all key topics at the recently concluded three-day Enterprise Connect 2013 show in Orlando, Fla. Attendees heard from such keynote speakers as Kevin Kennedy, president and CEO of Avaya, who talked about how enterprises and end users can take advantage of the increasing connectedness in the business world, while Robert Lloyd, Cisco Systems' president of development and sales, showed off a retail collaboration platform designed to make the shopping experience easier for consumers and more lucrative for businesses. Meanwhile, Derek Burney, corporate vice president of Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Office Data, touted the growing array of communication and collaboration offerings from the software giant. Another topic making the rounds at the show was the new but fast-growing WebRTC, an open industry project designed to bring real-time communications capabilities—such as voice and video—to Web browsers, and to work across browsers and platforms. It's currently available in some versions of Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox browsers. There also was no lack of vendors announcing new and enhanced products and services, including Cisco, which unveiled a number of new software solutions designed to drive collaboration adoption in enterprises. Cisco's efforts come at a time when software is playing a greater role in bringing more collaboration capabilities to more devices. At the same time, Hewlett-Packard officials announced new networking gear aimed at creating a better infrastructure platform for unified communications (UC).