Recently announced is the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF).
According to their website:
The UCIF’s vision is to enable interoperability of UC hardware and software across enterprises, service providers, and consumer clouds, as a means of protecting customer’s existing investments, simplifying their transition to more extended UC networks, and generating incremental business opportunity for all stakeholders in the ecosystem.
This is a very good thing, as interoperability is a key issue for customers looking to adopt Unified Communications in their organizations.
Customers are asking:
- How can they leverage existing investments?
- How can they communicate effectively with business partners and customers?
- How can they ensure their architecture and product selections don’t paint themselves into any corners?
The members of UCIF “will collaborate to ensure products and solutions from different manufacturers and service providers will work together, enabling more choice in the supply chain and better user experiences.”
I can’t wait to see where this goes, and how quickly we start to see everybody playing nicely for the greater good.