Phil Aronson's December column in Security Magazine called The Corner Office can be fully viewed and read by following the link here. We have provided a preview of the column below As well, you can review all the columns from 2017 by clicking through to the Security Magazine Corner Office library here.
The Corner Office
Recently, Microsoft announced their definition of intelligent communications: “Highly scalable, functionally rich, enterprise grade communications and collaboration solutions that adapt to changing business conditions with the ultimate goal of providing clear directional communication at the time of need.”
Our Strategic Advisor recently attended a global technology conference held by a leader in intelligent communications. Their CTO provided some insights on how our expectations of technology have changed throughout the years.
In 1995, we were led to believe that our scorecard for communications was limited to silos of excellence. In 2002, the age of IPBX, we witnessed a change in the PBX world. Servers and devices began to be connected within an IP/IT infrastructure.In 2012, we were introduced to a new term, Unified Communications. Suddenly we had a service platform connecting mobile, PBX and Intercom with their associated devices connected through an IP/IT infrastructure backbone. Public Address and Radio systems began to provide servers with connected devices on the same network.
And now we are in 2017, moving toward an Intelligent Communications world that will connect all the communication silos together. Business models will adapt to take advantage of this new world, with systems integrators investing in the development of business solutions across multiple vertical markets to add more value to an increasingly commoditized device market.