After years of getting bombarded with the question:
"What's your focus?" I finally decided to take a
closer look at the word "focus." As luck would
have it, I was just putting the finishing touches on
the conference program that my colleagues and I had
developed for Internet Telephony Conference and
when it hit me. This show is the epitome of focus. To
- A point at which rays of light or other radiation
Let's break it down: Rays of light = optical; Other
radiation must mean broadband wireless (or maybe
802.11?); Converge? Well that's what gets me up
every morning -- that and coffee.
- The distinctness or clarity of an image rendered
by an optical system.
Again, the reference to optical positively reeks of
next-generation telecom solutions for service
providers and enterprises alike (all of which can be
discovered at the show).
- A center of interest or activity.
In this particular case, referring to Internet
Telephony Conference and EXPO at the fabulous Hotel
del Coronado. (Can sometimes also refer to that "other"
industry-leading event: Internet Telephony Conference
& EXPO in Miami, in February.)
- A condition in which something can be clearly
apprehended or perceived.
This speaks right to the heart of our conference
program. We bring together the industry's best and
brightest to share their expertise on a diverse array
of subjects that you absolutely need to know about.
There's just no other conference program as complete
as this one. None.
- In the study of geology, the point of origin of an
Ok, ok... IP telephony doesn't fall neatly into the
realm of geology. But it is true that our industry is
shaking the foundations of the legacy circuit-switched
So there you have it. Internet Telephony Conference
& EXPO is by far the most focused event the
industry has to offer. And together with some of the
longest running attractions at any event, this show is
one you just can't afford to miss.
Conceived and developed by the editors of TMC's
industry-leading publications -- Internet
Telephony, Communications Solutions,
Communications ASP, and Customer
Solutions -- with help from the engineers of
TMC Labs, the conference program at this year's
Telephony Conference and EXPO is truly the most
comprehensive, most complete learning experience being
offered in the industry today.
Just look at the sessions being offered across a
multitude of tracks: Enterprise, Service Provider,
Developer, General & Special Interest, Contact
Center, Standards, International... the conference has
something for everyone, and yet we delve deep into the
technology so that no matter what your level of
expertise is, you can rest assured that you'll walk
away knowing more about the technologies that drive
our industry than when you came in.
Our laser focus extends to the Exhibit Hall at
Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO as well. With
such a vast array of all the right vendors
vendors you want to see -- exhibiting at this year's
event, we're presenting all the right products and
services for you to check out. There's simply no
better place to come "kick the tires" or just
learn about the wealth of new offerings from the
industry's leading vendors such as Cisco, Intel,
Dialpad, Ericsson, Marconi, Adir Technologies, ICS
Advent, Motorola, Aravox... and that's just
scratching the surface! The list goes on and on.
Once again, we have lined up a fascinating group to
deliver the keynote addresses at the show. Following
introductions and opening comments by Rich Tehrani,
TMC's President, Conference Chairman, and group
Editor in Chief, on Wednesday; and Marc Robins, VP of
Publications and Trade Shows, and Associate group
Publisher of TMC publications on Thursday, attendees
will have the opportunity to hear visionary keynotes
from: David Greenblatt, President and Chief Operating
Officer, ADIR Technologies, Inc.; Christopher J.
Rezendes, Vice President, General Manager Of Marketing
& Business Development, ICS Advent; and Brad
Garlinghouse, Chief Executive Officer, Dialpad
In fact, we've got a little preview of what you
might hope to hear from these leaders of our industry.
Check out the interview with David Greenblatt.
Making its return to the Internet Telephony Conference
and EXPO lineup is ConvergeNET, the industry's first
and largest multi-vendor interoperability proving
ConvergeNET is a live, on-site network, which
participants connect to, showcasing their IP telephony
standards compliance. It consists of a TCP/IP-based
network that brings IP telephony clients, gateways,
etc... together in a proof-of-concept environment -- right on the Exhibit Hall floor. TMC's ConvergeNET
allows each exhibitor to connect their products with
the products of other exhibitors to prove that their
Internet telephony products do in fact interoperate.
Currently the longest-running IP telephony
interoperability event in the industry, ConvergeNET
promises even greater interoperability success this year at
Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO. Don't miss
this unique opportunity!
What can be a more fitting end to a day of conferences
and exhibits than an oceanfront, poolside networking
reception at this majestic locale? Each day at
Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO concludes with
a focused networking reception held outside on the
exquisite grounds of the Hotel del Coronado (Wednesday
10/3 at 6:30pm; Thursday 10/4 at 7:00pm). These
receptions are the ideal setting for cementing
existing relationships -- and generating profitable
new ones with new partners or new vendors. The
receptions at Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO
are forever distinguished by the partnerships spawned
there overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
FOCUS PEOPLE, FOCUS!
If you haven't yet done so, please register now for
the fastest growing Conference and EXPO in this
dynamic industry. Visit our Web site
or call (800-243-6002 x0) for more details. Don't
miss this wonderful opportunity to experience a
world-class conference, explore an unparalleled trade
show Exhibit Hall, and network with the industry's
best and brightest -- all at one of America's
premiere resort locations. Trust me. It's good. It's
focused. It's right on target. It's everything you
want a conference to be. I'll see you there.
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