Tuesday, February 3, 2009

ITEXPO Keynote

The keynote session consisted of two presentations. The first was by John Frederiksen, GM of Microsoft Response Point. The second was Danny Windham, CEO of Digium (Asterisk).

John's well prepared presentation centered around Microsoft's Response Point and their software centric philosophy. No offense John, but honestly, my attention was glued to the presentation. So, I didn't manage to write down very many notes. One note of interest was how Microsoft sees the requirements of the current business climate. Identified as business requirements include:
  1. 'Save me money'
  2. 'Save me time'
  3. 'Increase productivity'
  4. 'Help us grow our business'
No debating these requirements. Budgets are tight, and there is no patience for an unstable phone system, when every call counts.

Included in John's presentation was a quote from Bill Gates in 2007. Paraphrasing, he said the power of software will transform communications. With Microsoft's R&D budget, we should see solutions that could very well do that.

Danny's presentation provided some very interesting statistics about OSS (Open Source Software) IPT.

Using a statistic from IDC, OSS is expected to be a $5.8B industry by 2010/2011. There were 10's of millions of downloads of open source software in 2009.

The IP PBX market continues to increase in market share and is expected to reach $7.9B by 2010.

There were a total of 1.75 million downloads of open source IPT software. Of that, 1.5M downloads were for Asterisk software.

It is estimated that there are over 86,000 IP PBX's with an average of 32.8 end points per system.

Another slide presented market share by PBX vendor.
  1. Open Source
  2. Nortel
  3. Cisco
  4. Avaya
  5. Mitel
  6. NEC
The list changes slightly, when looking at total number of end points by vendor.
  1. Nortel
  2. Open Source
  3. Cisco
  4. Avaya
There is no shortage of innovation in the IPT market. It will be exciting to see how products from both Microsoft and the Open Source community mature over the next couple of years.

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