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Interop Collaboration Track

Enterprise communications is evolving from an emphasis on hardware and infrastructure to a focus on software, applications and integrating communications with business applications. This in turn is changing the focus from communications as standalone functionality, to an emphasis on how the enterprise enables collaboration. The Interop Collaboration track provides grounding in the infrastructure issues that enterprises are dealing with today as part of their legacy environment, along with an emphasis on the collaboration environment that enterprises are migrating toward. Sessions will look at the decisions that IT managers must make in order to ensure that the infrastructure for communications and collaboration remains rock-solid, while laying the groundwork for next-generation capabilities. Attendees will get a complete view of the challenges and opportunities around the migration from communications to collaboration in the enterprise.


Featured Collaboration Sessions

Building Networks for Real-Time Applications: What Works, What Doesn't?
Configuring your IP network to support real-time voice and video will only get more challenging as these applications spread through your user base. Network managers have a range of tools with which to tackle this challenge, from basic QoS marking to emerging integrations with SDN technologies. This session will review the fundamental best practices of network management for real-time traffic, and will then dive into some of the most critical emerging issues.
Speaker: Terry Slattery, Principal Engineer, NetCraftsmen

Microsoft vs. Cisco: Compare, Contrast--or Co-Exist?
Cisco is the current leader in IP-based telephony, but as enterprises migrate toward Unified Communications, Microsoft Lync represents a strong challenge. As network decision-makers, your choice in this area will be informed not only by the products' features/functions/costs, but also by your enterprise's existing relationships with these 2 strategic vendors. In this session, an analyst who has done extensive work comparing Microsoft and Cisco in the communications/collaboration space will provide an in-depth analysis aimed at helping your organization make the decision between Cisco and Microsoft. You'll learn about the key differences between Microsoft's Lync and Cisco's Jabber/Unified Communications Server, and you'll also get a framework for analyzing the two offerings in the context of your enterprise's unique requirementse.g., whether voice, video, or conferencing are most critical for your users; how your legacy environment might fit with the two platforms; and how to work within your organization to make the right choice.
Speaker: Brent Kelly, PhD, Principal Analyst/Consultant, KelCor, Inc.

Integrating Communications into Business Processes: Case Studies 
Where do we find the biggest demonstrated, delivered value of Unified Communications and Collaboration? Making workers more efficient and happier through IM and Presence is nice, but what you really want to do is shorten the sales cycle, speed up time to market, cut overhead with more efficient process, and more. These are benefits promised through “communications enabled business processes”, “CEBP”, but how many enterprises have achieved them? This session will offer real-world examples of enterprises that are doing CEBP today, and the benefits they have achieved.
Speaker: Don Van Doren, Principal and Co-Founder, UniComm Consulting, LLC  


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Track Chair

Eric Krapf

Program Co-Chair, Enterprise Connect/Editor, No Jitter

Eric Krapf is the Program Co-Chair of the Enterprise Connect events, helping to set program content and direction for the leading conference events in the enterprise IP-telephony/convergence/Unified Communications marketplace. In addition, Krapf serves as editor for the website No Jitter, TechWeb's online community for news and analysis of the enterprise convergence/Unified Communications industry. He is also responsible for electronic content including webcasts and e-newsletters. From 1996 to 2004, Krapf was managing editor of Business Communications Review magazine, and from 2004 to 2007, he was the magazine's editor. BCR was a highly respected journal of the business technology and communications industry. Before coming to BCR, he was managing editor and senior editor of America's Network magazine, covering the public telecommunications industry. Prior to working in high-tech journalism, he was a reporter and editor at newspapers in Connecticut and Texas.