The Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA) has just wrapped up Collaboration Week Silicon Valley. From October 28 to 30, industry professionals and end users attended events at Intuit, Poly and Amazon Web Services (AWS). In addition, at a gala dinner, industry icon Bob Hagerty was presented with The IMCCA’s Emerging Technology Fellow Lifetime Achievement Award.
IT/AV Report Editor David Danto provided a unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) overview, covering hot topics. These included the battle lines between various providers, the Team Chat hype storm, interoperability, security and the new look of the office. Intuit’s Peter Kolak explained to those gathered how he goes about setting standards for rooms and systems. Pexip’s Karl Hantho and BlueJeans’ Robb Woods gave an overview on the state of interoperability and discussed how users can tackle it in the future. Dr. S. Ann Earon detailed the war for users’ mindshare and compared many of the biggest industry platforms’ talking points and cautionary notes.
In addition, Nemertes’ Irwin Lazar explained how unified communications (UC) metrics are evolving from examining call detail records (CDRs) to measuring business value. Talking Pointz’s Dave Michels explained that “video is now the cheese on the pizza,” as our industry has changed to a video-first posture. IT/AV Report columnist Josh Srago presented an eye-opening series of observations and warnings on security, malware and protecting AV and collaboration ecosystems. Shen Milsom & Wilke’s Mark Peterson detailed how remote workers and societal transformations are changing how offices are designed and built. And, finally, AWS’ Sam Chon and Jennie Tietema laid out Amazon’s view of collaboration and the future of UC systems.
The list of sponsors and organizations that participated in CWSV19 included Intel, AVI Systems, Amazon, BlueJeans, Compunetix, Crestron, Intuit, Logitech, Pexip, Poly, Rec.VC, Sennheiser, Vyopta, Yorktel and Zoom.