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VOSS Solutions Joins UCIF to Advance Unified Communications Interoperability

September 02, 2010

VOSS Solutions has announced its adopter level membership in the recently formed Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) – a non-profit alliance of worldwide technology leaders dedicated to realize the potential of unified communications.

The UCIF is focused on enabling standards-based, cross-vendor interoperability of UC hardware and software across enterprises, service providers and consumer clouds.

It was also recently announced that UCIF is having its first all-member meeting at ITEXPO.

The UCIF will hold its inaugural all-member, face-to-face event in Los Angeles, Oct. 4 – 6 in conjunction with ITEXPO West.

At the event:

The UCIF will host a social event to generate awareness, promote the alliance and recruit new members.

They will meet with members of the press and industry analysts to update them on the UCIF’s progress.

They will also hold an in-person member meeting.

If interested in participating, please contact robin.raulf-sager@polycom.com.

When commenting on UCIF, Mike Frayne, CEO at VOSS Solutions, said that, “We are delighted to become part of this important industry organization. VOSS prides itself in its open architectural approach that inherently supports UC interoperability. Today VOSS offers a fulfillment management system that provides a ‘single pane of glass’ view of the multi-vendor UC environment. VOSS orchestrates the provisioning and activation of UC services across a range of UC vendors and network vendors, maintaining multiple data stores and the linkage between User-Device-Service-Network, all in real-time. VOSS eases migration and the rapid rollout of new services, and radically reduces operational expenditure and IT support costs.”

“Interoperability is not only critical to customer success for deploying unified communications but intrinsic to the delivery of legacy, current and next-generation UC services and infrastructure from multiple vendors. Until now, efforts to achieve interoperability have appeared ad-hoc, which has given customers little assurance that their existing and planned investments are protected and will deliver the value promised,” said Jonathan Edwards, research analyst, Unified Communications, IDC. “I’m delighted to see VOSS Solutions take a leading role by joining the UCIF. Together, these companies will help drive industry-wide adoption of open standards and develop programs that put accountability on the vendors, and provide peace of mind and investment protection for end customers – something that will surely accelerate adoption of UC technologies.”

Founding members of the UCIF include HP, Juniper Networks, Logitech / LifeSize Communications, Microsoft and Polycom.

Recognizing that seamless interoperability based on open standards is one of the key requirements to drive UC further, UCIF members will collaborate to overcome existing interoperability barriers to widespread UC adoption and deliver a reliable and rich UC experience, with the goal of propelling worldwide enterprise UC adoption.

The UCIF will work with existing industry standards, identifying and filling the gaps between current protocols and interoperability issues that have stalled broad adoption and deployment of valuable communications methods.

UCIF membership is open to hardware and software solution providers, service providers and network operators.

Ed Silverstein is a contributing editor for unified communications's InfoTech Spotlight. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein

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