I have for quite some time wanted to write more specifically about TIP (TelePresence Interoperability Protocol) from a standards point of view. Polycom's recent announcement on putting TIP on specific products has generated additional interest in the topic, so I think the timing is good :-) First, let me just emphasize what is in general true for this blog and also in … [Read more...] about TIP – TelePresence Interoperability Protocol from a standards-perspective
We all know that most customers hate vendor lock-in. They want the freedom to switch vendors whenever they want. But still, they also want all the features and functionality that vendors can offer them. And if the value is high enough, customers accept being locked in. The iPhone is a good example, the applications you buy on the iPhone cannot be moved to a new Android phone. … [Read more...] about Is “standards-based” just a marketing buzzword?
Another long inward gazing period, this time in my professional life: Cisco buying Tandberg... I seem to have these long periods of silence where I don't get time enough to reflect to hash out something of a quality that can go into a post. It's been an interesting year, with product and technology integrations, and learning to be effective in a much larger organization! … [Read more...] about Is video conferencing vendors in the PBX industry or in the mobile industry?
How do we get to a shared global communications infrastructure where the basic forms of communication (voice, video, messaging, and maybe presence?) can be expected?First: where are we today? Business incentivesEach enterprise or service provider has the freedom to implement any kind of rich communication service (mostly based on SIP with non-standardized extensions like … [Read more...] about Rich SIP peering: a push for interoperability
One of the next things I wanted to post about was the concept of "call anywhere" from an interoperability perspective. Quite a few things have happened the last year or so, but as new ways of communicating evolves, we are still far from a new, unified, world communication platform.The basic idea of call anywhere is this: Regardless of which service/network you are on and … [Read more...] about SIP interoperability: call anywhere? do you really want to do that?