News from VOICECON FALL; ACUTA; VOICES FROM IT ROADMAP CONFERENCE

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* NEWS FROM VOICECON FALL

VoiceCon Roll Up, 08/24/07: Not being at VoiceCon Fall this year it was interesting to see what has changed from VoiceCon Spring in Orlando so here is a round up.

Managing voice, 08/28/07: At Voicecon last week, there was much hoopla around IP telephony management, led by EMC’s announcement to play in the space following a partnership deal inked with Integrated Research. Finally… IT decision-makers are paying at least some attention to how they will manage their voice (and ultimately unified) communication infrastructure.

Unified communications the talk of VoiceCon Fall, 08/27/07: With so many announcements coming out last week from VoiceCon Fall 2007 in San Francisco, today we’ll share just some of the highlights.

Microsoft has a ways to go with VoIP but competitors beware, 08/29/07: As we disclosed last time in our VoiceCon 2007 highlights, Microsoft has announced the addition of voice “quality of experience” monitoring to its unified communications and VoIP feature set. The timing of Microsoft’s announcement was somewhat ironic since it came in the same week that Cisco’s CEO John Chambers and Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer held a major press event that discussed how the two companies’ relationship is formed around both cooperation and competition.

IBM buys WebDialogs and expands Sametime lineup, 08/22/07: IBM Wednesday shook up its Web conferencing strategy adding a hosted option by acquiring WebDialogs and expanding its on-premise presence and conferencing platform Sametime.

IBM to turn Sametime IM into a family of products, 08/21/07: IBM is hoping to broaden the appeal of its Sametime enterprise IM software by expanding the current stand-alone offering into a family of products in a bid to better compete with other unified communications players like Microsoft and Cisco.

Oracle sees gold in unified communications, 08/22/07: Oracle has almost three years of experience with unified communications technology that some enterprises are just starting to consider, and it says the deployment has been well worth the time and expense.

Microsoft says Cisco's CallManager 5.0 is inferior, 08/21/07: One day after Ballmer, Chambers detail collaboration, Microsoft singles out Cisco CallManager as inferior to new Office Communications Server 2007 designed to monitor network performance.

Ballmer parries discussion of Yahoo buy, 08/20/07: Try as he might, not even veteran U.S. television interviewer Charlie Rose could get Microsoft's Chairman and CEO Steve Ballmer to disclose whether the company continues to mull an acquisition of Yahoo.

Microsoft: Skype outage shows work to be done, 08/21/07: A Microsoft executive on Tuesday addressed the recent Skype outage by comparing VoIP to early automobiles in a horse-drawn world.

Avaya upgrades software for interactive voice response, 08/21/07: Avaya announces software upgrades for its voice response products Voice Portal, Interactive Response and Dialog Designer.

Lotus ships Notes/Domino 8, 08/20/07: New managed client, social networking integration added; Domino includes new user management, message recall and directory integrity features.

* NEWS FROM ACUTA

Higher education IT spending shifts in wake of campus slayings, 08/28/07: Shootings at colleges and universities have shifted IT spending priorities, with institutions investing heavily in upgrading their emergency communications systems, according to a new report from a higher education IT group.

* NEWS FROM THE VOICES FROM IT ROADMAP CONFERENCE

Podcast: Panasonic speeds up trans-Pacific file transfers, 08/27/07: With development teams in the U.S. and Japan, Panasonic needed a more efficient way to move very large files between the two locations. Iben Rodriguez, IT consultant for Panasonic R&D, explains how a storage-area network and virtual server technology helped speed up WAN performance on this edition of Voices from IT Roadmap. (17:36)

TiVo records big savings in compliance, 08/21/07: TiVo, the DVR maker and service provider, discusses its strategy for dealing with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Payment Card Industry data security standard.

TiVo’s disaster recovery plan, 08/21/07: TiVo, a company with more than 600 employees, 700 servers and 100TB of data, is based in Alviso, Calif., an area prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters. With that in mind, the company recently set up a disaster recovery site in Las Vegas, co-located with the service provider Switch Communications. Richard Rothschild, director of IT at the DVR maker and service provider, says TiVo chose Las Vegas for three main reasons.

* 2007 TRADE SHOWS:

Interop

New York, Oct. 22-26

Berlin, Germany, Nov. 6-8

Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO West 2007here.

Los Angeles Convention Center: Sept. 10-12

Register

itSMF USA – Fusion 07 Conference and Exposition

Charlotte, NC, Conference/Exposition: Sept. 16-19

Charlotte, NC, Post Conference Training: Sept. 20-22

ChicagoCon 2007: White Hats Come Together in Defense of the Digital Frontier

Sept. 17-23

VISION 2007 Embedded Linux Conference

Santa Clara, Calif.: October 8-10

Fall 2007 VON

Boston, Oct. 29 – Nov. 1

* INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOWS 2007

CeBIT Hannover

Germany, March 15 – 21

ITU Telecom World

Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 5 – 9, 2009

* FREE NETWORK WORLD SEMINARS 2007:

IT Roadmap: Conference & Expo

Chicago: April 2007

Santa Clara: June 26, 2007

Dallas: September 2007

Washington: November 2007

The Security Standard

Sept. 10-11, 2007

DEMOfall '07

San Diego: September 2007

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