IMCCA Wraps Up Collaboration Week Silicon Valley Event

IMCCA Collaboration Week

The IMCCA Collaboration Week Silicon Valley event just wrapped up. On Oct. 28-30, UCC professionals and end users attended events at Intuit, Poly and AWS. David Danto, Poly’s director of strategy and research and the IMCCA’s director of emerging technology, was the event chair. He provided a UCC industry overview of the hot topics up for discussion at the event. These included the battle lines between various providers, the team chat hypestorm, interoperability, security and the new look of the office.

“It was an honor to coordinate expert-curated collaboration industry information and discussions,” Danto said. “Too many of the larger industry conferences today have abandoned track chairs and just present manufacturer-submitted content that are nothing more than glorified sales pitches. The IMCCA events bring all industry players ⁠— providers and users ⁠— together under a single tent to share valuable content and thoughtful discussions. Everyone who attended left with new perspectives, new network contacts and a great view of what is happening in our industry.”

Attendees also joined the industry in honoring Bob Hagerty with The IMCCA’s Emerging Technology Fellow, Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala dinner celebration. Hagerty received this award in the presence of industry peers that he has influenced over his illustrious career.

Other highlights of the presenters and topics included:

  • Intuit’s Peter Kolak explained to those gathered how he goes about setting standards for rooms and systems
  • Pexip’s Karl Hantho and BlueJeans Robb Woods gave an overview of the state of interoperability and how users can approach that problem in the future.
  • Dr. S. Ann Earon detailed the war for users’ mindshare, and compared many of the biggest industry platforms talking points and cautions.
  • Nemertes’ Irwin Lazar explained how UC metrics are evolving from CDR to measuring business value.
  • Talking Pointz’s Dave Michels explained how “Video is not the cheese on the pizza” as our industry has changed into a video-first posture.
  • Shen, Milsom & Wilke’s Mark Peterson detailed how remote workers and societal transformations are changing how office architecture/design. 
  • AWS’ Sam Chon and Jennie Tietema laid out Amazon’s view of collaboration and the future of UC systems.

“Our Collaboration Week events are an important industry initiative that offers the opportunity for organizations and other interested parties to learn more about our industry and how the technology is being used to craft intelligent and cost-efficient UC and collaborative solutions,” said Carol Zelkin, executive director, IMCCA. “We were honored to facilitate important and educational discussions and dialog among industry participants, and we’re looking forward to doing it all again early next year in New York.”

You can download all the presentations from Collaboration Week here.