2009-03-04 I'm in Paris at the Alcatel-Lucent Enter ...
I'm in Paris at the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum. Lots of presentations about the future of IP telephony, how to save money with IP telephony in the current financial climate and lots of future visions involving UC (Unified Communications). Even realistic ones where people want to look at the organization first before deciding wheather UC is a good idea to spend money on.
Last year I was at the 2008 edition and an analyst told that TDM (digital intracompany telephony) had no future left. This year it isn't even mentioned anymore. IP telephony is the future and there is a move from proprietary protocols to SIP. One standard, pick the SIP PBX that does best what you want and pick the SIP phones that do what you want. For standard features (calling and being called) any standard SIP phone is good enough.
The conference center has wireless network for the forum guests with limited access: only port 80 and 443 seem to work. Good thing xs4all runs sshd on port 80 on the shell servers so I can still get somewhere and use my screens. My tip now for Internet access for road-warriors: bring a 2 meter UTP cable too. Wifi may be everywhere, but our hotel (Hotel California in Paris, makes me wonder how hard it will be to leave) offers free Internet access when you bring your own utp cable.