More Momentum for Consumerization of IT


Logitech’s LifeSize video-conferencing products division and privately held Skype announced plans to enable corporate users of Lifesize’s Passport video systems to conduct video conferences with Skype clients. LifeSize’s move builds on previously announced voice integration between Passport and Skype to enable Passport users to call out to Skype users.

Consumer technologies are rapidly reshaping enterprise IT with 46% of IT leaders saying personal technology impacts their business technology decisions. LifeSize’s moves, along with recently announced plans from Cisco to integrate Umi home telepresence and its enterprise video-conferencing products and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to integrate Lync and Xbox, add to the growing momentum behind integration of consumer and corporate IT. Unfortunately, all these solutions rely on proprietary standards, limiting connectivity options. Meanwhile, consumer connectivity raises concerns related to policy, security, and performance management.

Enterprises IT buyers should plan for integration with consumer technologies such as Apple’s Facetime, Cisco Umi, Sprint Qik, and Skype. Pressure your vendors to increase reliance on open standards to enable easier integration. Also evaluate technologies such as session border control to address security, management, and policy enforcement requirements.

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