Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Enterprises Take Center Stage at VoiceCon Fall 2006

Executives from Coca-Cola, NASA, Barclays Bank, Southern Company and XM Radio to Share Experiences With IP Telephony Deployment

SAN FRANCISCO/PRNewswire/ -- VoiceCon(R), produced by CMP Technology, will once again feature an impressive lineup of enterprise executives who will be sharing experiences from their migration to IP Telephony and converged networks at VoiceCon Fall 2006 (, taking place August 21-24 at the Moscone North Convention Center in San Francisco.

"We're far enough along on the migration to IP Telephony and converged networks where there are real-life case studies of how these new technologies are changing the way enterprises communicate with their customers and suppliers," said Fred Knight, VoiceCon General Manager. "I'm proud of VoiceCon's track record in presenting many senior IS/telecom enterprise executives who share their migration strategies, decision criteria, the lessons learned and their plans for the future with IP Telephony and converged networking systems."

At VoiceCon Fall 2006, the list of keynotes, summits and forums that will feature IT executives includes:

-- Opening Keynote (Tuesday, Aug 22): The conference kicks off with an address from Ray Repic, Chief Technical Architect, Technology Planning at Coca-Cola Enterprises. Ray will describe how Coca-Cola Enterprises' global network is being redesigned and built to leverage IP Telephony and an MPLS network. More than 50 locations were cut over in 2005, and many more will be implemented in 2006.

-- VoiceCon Enterprise Executive Summit (Wednesday, Aug 23): A spontaneous round-table discussion in which four IT decision-makers share their perspectives and experiences with IP Telephony and converged networks. The panel features John Irizarry, VoIP Project Manager, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center; Kevin McPhee, Telecom Director, First Health Coventry; Patricia A. Green, Principal Telecommunications Manager, Barclays Bank; Joseph Schuldhaus, VP IT, West Edmonton Mall.

-- VoiceCon User Forum (Thursday, Aug 24): Structured presentations based on real-world IP Telephony roll-outs. The panelists will explain what they've done, their decision-making process, offer advice and field your questions. The speakers are: Tanya Callaway, Director, Technical Operations, XM Radio; Arnold Solomon, Senior IT Architect, Southern Company; Christopher Lappi, Executive Vice President, ResMAE Mortgage Corporation.

In addition to the enterprise executives, industry leaders like Anoop Gupta, Corporate Vice President, Unified Communications Group, Microsoft, will present at VoiceCon Fall 2006, along with senior executives from Avaya, Cisco, Nortel, Siemens, NEC Unified Solutions, Nokia, 3Com, Aastra Intecom, AT&T, Ericsson, RIM, ShoreTel and Motorola.

VoiceCon is also proud to continue its status as the only venue to feature all of the leading vendors and suppliers in enterprise IP Telephony and converged communications, providing attendees with an unmatched opportunity to see and experience a wide range of IP Telephony solutions. Among the companies exhibiting at VoiceCon Fall 2006 include: 3Com, Aastra Intecom, Adomo, AT&T, Avaya, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, Extreme Networks, Foundry Networks, IBM, Inter-Tel, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC Unified Solutions, Nortel, SecureLogix, ShoreTel Siemens, Sprint and Toshiba.

About VoiceCon(R)

VoiceCon(R), now in its 16th year, is the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise voice, IP Telephony and convergence in North America. VoiceCon(R) brings decision makers together with the industry's pioneering end users, vendors, and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise voice networks and the migration to IP telephony and convergence. As the momentum toward IP telephony and convergence has grown, VoiceCon has expanded to include two yearly shows: VoiceCon Fall 2006, taking place August 21-24 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, and VoiceCon Spring 2007, taking place March 5-8 in Orlando. The VoiceCon portfolio also includes the VoiceCon Implementation Tour, which take place in Fall 2006. VoiceCon also serves the community with a weekly email newsletter that is circulated to approximately 28,000 subscribers -- VoiceCon eNews (; VoIP Loop (, a news, information and opinion site that features thought leaders in VoIP and enterprise IP Telephony and convergence; and the VoiceCon Webinar Series. For more information, visit

About CMP Technology (

CMP Technology is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

VoIP takes root in home offices

The number of US households with income-generating or corporate home offices are more than twice as likely to implement VoIP in the next 12 months compared with households in general, a newly published study has revealed.

Currently, almost 40 per cent of corporate home offices and 23.7 per cent of home-based businesses are interested in or using VoIP. In contrast, only 10.8 per cent of households without home offices are VoIP aware, IDC reported.

"Home offices will adopt VoIP communications at a faster rate than US households overall," said Chris Hazelton, senior analyst, SMB research at IDC.

"Although cost savings are important, features such as convergence with mobile phones will be increasingly important to home offices in the long run."

The report, Home Office Households Set the Stage for Consumer VoIP Adoption, also noted that, although VoIP has moved beyond the very earliest adoption stage, many home office households are reluctant to use VoIP as their only telephone service, and would rather add it as a second method of communication.

Savings on long distance calls continue to be the key driver of initial interest in VoIP by home offices, according to the study.