Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert) 2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.
Interop 2010 presented an exciting opportunity for those in the technology and telecommunications space as it brought multiple players together in one location to provide informative presentation on new offerings, next-generation technologies and opportunities for the coming year.
TMCnet took advantage of this event to speak with a number of key industry players at Interop this year, including Polycom (News - Alert). John Antanaitis, VP of Product Marketing with Polycom,visited the TMCnet media booth for an interview captured in this video .
When asked what the company has been up to, Antanaitis was quick to highlight the company's recent positive earnings.
"We had a killer first quarter and a great start to a new year and record earnings for Polycom," he said. "But, more significant, I think, is the fact that it indicates strong things about the whole space."
Antanaitis noted that the fourth quarter of a year tends to be strong, while the first quarter will often be soft. Polycom did not see this trend emerge this year and has instead enjoyed growth quarter-over-quarter. Moving forward, the company will focus on extending UC, speeding ROI and enhancing the user experience.
When asked about partnerships in this space, Antanaitis noted that from Polycom's perspective, they are trying to be part of the solution for their customers. It is important for us to focus on our core competencies.
As a result, the company launched the Polycom Open Collaboration Network that allows Polycom to work with partners such as Avaya and Microsoft (News - Alert) to develop the best possible solutions for end users. This network provides customers with greater flexibility, better long-term investments and flexibility to choose best of breed components to ensure end-to-end solutions.
Antanaitis is excited about the acquisitions in the this space as he feels they validate video as part of mission-critical core of communications. You can either try to acquire to complete end to end solution or partner with leaders to provide greatest total solution. "These acquisitions are raising the water for all boats," he said.
As for what to expect from Polycom in a few years, Antanaitis pointed to more growth as a result of the collaboration network; deeper integration and native integration as Polycom gains the ability to co-develop with leading solutions provider. The market will see voice and video natively integrated.
For more on Polycom and how their solutions help to drive productivity, check out this video in full.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri