January 2012

Enterprise Connect 2012

March 26, 2012 to March 29, 2012

Enterprise Connect 2012

By Joylyn Tanner, UBM TechWeb

The leading conference and exposition on enterprise communications and collaboration will descend on Orlando in March. UBM TechWeb’s upcoming Enterprise Connect, formerly known as VoiceCon, will take place March 26th-29th at the Gaylord Palms, focusing on all the hot topics like wireless, video, Unified Communications, voice, SIP Trunking, and the Cloud. As a trusted conference platform, Enterprise Connects helps attendees gather the information and personal connections needed to plan, build, unify and leverage their enterprise’s next evolution in communications and collaboration.

Fred Knight, the Enterprise Connect General Manager said, “The communications and collaboration industry is undergoing massive transformation in software, systems and suppliers. Continuing the VoiceCon tradition of leadership in this dynamic market, Enterprise Connect will mark a major milestone in the evolution of this industry.”

Given the changes occurring across enterprise communications, Eric Krapf, Editor and Lead Blogger for NoJitter.com agrees that Enterprise Connect Orlando will draw a considerable amount of interest in 2012. “The show has traditionally been especially good at helping people in times of uncertainty and risk—when the decisions aren’t obvious and the technology isn’t quite proven or fully understood. We get a lot of smart people together and they try and help each other come up with answers,” Krapf said.

Enterprise Connect helps attendees garner knowledge and insight, drives technology adoption and helps corporate decision-makers achieve business success. Featuring an exhibit hall packed with the leading equipment, software and service providers showcasing the latest tools and technologies, Enterprise Connect offers a unique opportunity to see over 100 exhibitors in one place.

Enterprise Connect attracts enterprise organizations of all sizes seeking new and innovative communications solutions. As such, Innovation Showcase is returning to this year’s event and is worth checking out. Judges will review applicants based on their innovative contributions to enterprise communications and applications are being accepted through February 1, 2012. The first Innovation Showcase took place last year, and featured four promising young companies with innovative ideas and services geared towards improving enterprise communications. This program proved successful in allowing young companies the opportunity to showcase their solution from the keynote stage and receive the attention they deserve. From large scale vendors to start-ups, Enterprise Connect provides a comprehensive overview of today’s innovations across enterprise communications and collaboration systems.

As part of the conference program, Enterprise Connect features keynote presentations, open to all attendees. To date, Enterprise Connect brings together the following industry leading keynote speakers:

  • Steven J. Bandrowczak, VP & General Manager, Avaya Networking
  • OJ Winge, Senior Vice President & GM, Video & Collaboration, Cisco
  • Alistair Rennie, General Manager, Lotus Software & Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group
  • Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate VP, Office Business Group, Microsoft
  • Shadman Zafar, Senior VP of Product Development, Verizon

In addition to keynote presentations, Enterprise Connect offers a multi-track conference, a major expo show floor, workshops, and many networking opportunities. Each of these program pieces extend Enterprise Connect’s influence as the largest and most important conference and exhibition dedicated solely to the enterprise communications marketplace, providing attendees the opportunity to analyze how best to take advantage of the dramatic changes reshaping the industry and gain the insight necessary to drive business value.

Enterprise Connect will take place March 26th-29th at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information visit: http://www.enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/.