Ok, we’re back in the office from last week’s quick trip out to the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. I was lucky enough to travel out to Santa Clara with my SVP, Jerry Pompa as well as our China Region sales executive Sonia Soo and VSD’s Eric Murphy. The four of us were on hand for the Wainhouse Research UC&C Summit, this year held at the Hyatt Regency off the Great American Parkway.
This annual event is hosted by Wainhouse and sponsored by a collection of conferencing and communication vendor companies – including Compunetix. And I, as a member of a Silver sponsor company, was also tapped to host a Birds-of-a-Feather table at the luncheon held on the first day.
This year’s event may have been the most successful yet. Attendance was up, possibly due to the great location, and the quality of speakers and presentation was as high as I can recall.
Peter Stewart of PGi got the party started with a keynote that tied together services, mobility and evolution of corporate collaboration. The first morning also included Jeffery Siegel of Plantronics and Alan Greensberg of WR.
The afternoon luncheon format was a bit new, with are event participants having signed up for a topic of interest. Like-minded individual were then seated at a table with a topic host who made introductions and kept the conversation flowing on the stated topic. I heard many comments that this unstructured conversation was key component to breaking the ice and getting into intense and sometimes heated debates on current topics.
The first day’s afternoon continued with excellent presentations by some significant end-users, and the day concluded with a panel session of industry leaders and veterans. Our Compunetix SVP Jerry Pompa was on this panel where he added a new characteristic for providers to consider – scalability.
Day two got off to a rousing start with video segment update from Andrew Davis of Wainhouse, followed by a fascinating discussion of the collaboration environment in remote Alaska. This last presentation was an end-user discussion presented by Dr. Pamela Lloyd and John Barnhardt of GCI about how requirements are not the same across all regions; and that elements like weather and location can have a serious impact on the solutions and equipment needed to provide robust remote e-learning, e-medicine and remote collaboration.
Day two also finished off with a panel session – this time for end users – who wasted no time in thanking their hosts and for putting the industry veterans on the hot seat to come up with new and innovative ways to better meet and communicate across vast distances.
All in all, a wonderful trip to the left coast. We were not only educated, but had the opportunity to meet with old friends from Brazil, Mexico and from across the US. We look forward to sponsoring and participating in next year’s event.
Compunetix Director of Marketing, CSD