Video collaboration: is it a cultural thing?

This blog post is sponsored by the CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya.

Believe it or not, video communications systems have been around for a long time. And ever since the invention of the telephone, people have conjured up ideas of merging pictures with voices. Obviously there were many technological obstacles to overcome back then, but our desire to see a face along with hearing a voice has never diminished.

Here in the United States, the AT&T Picturephone debuted in the 1960s and the company installed its first commercial videophone booths in New York, Washington, D.C, and Chicago, in 1964. Some tech firms also put in Picturephones in its offices, but the cost of buying and using the service really limited its adoption.

AT&T would try again in the 1990s with the color VideoPhone 2500. Here’s somebody showing off this wonderful piece of 1990s tech:

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Observing Genesys G-Force 2012 Americas from afar

Genesys’ annual G-Force conference is akin to the SuperBowl of CTI in terms of planning, coordination, and publicity. Also, the company holds three G-Forces each year: in the Americas, APAC, and EMEA. For 2012 the venues are in Seattle, Sydney, and Barcelona, respectively.

G-Force Seattle 2012 marks the first G-Force since Genesys’ separation from Alcatel-Lucent. In terms of sponsorship, Echopass stood out as the sole premium sponsor — this is like paying millions for a commercial during SuperBowl. I anticipate Echopass making more waves throughout the year in the Genesys ecosystem. Also notable are the two special sponsors: BearPaw (a past sponsor) and ethosIQ. Both are relatively small integrators, and being able to get on the G-Force sponsorship page is always a plus.

As with any G-Force coverage, most folks are interested in the exciting new products and customer stories. What…? No? You want to learn more about the parties first? Well then, here are some tweeted photos (BTW, official event hashtag is #GForceAmer)…

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