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January 2007
Volume 10 / Number 1

Some Welcome Additions

By Kay Benaroch


A magazine, like any dynamic, living thing, changes in the course of time. New topics appear, old ones fade away, and people come and go. So, as the new year begins with the January issue of Internet Telephony, we welcome three new columnists.

A new quarterly column, “Collaboration Services — Unifying Communications,” dedicated to examining various aspects of unified communications and messaging, is by David Gurlé of Reuters Messaging Services. The debut of this interesting new column is synchronized with the appearance of a special section this month devoted to unified communications, written by a number of well-known experts in the telecom field: Jim Burton, Marty Parker, Blair Pleasant, Art Rosenberg, and Don Van Doren. There’s also a related “sidebar” piece, “Unified Administration for Unified Communication — Look before You Leap,” by Andrew Hunkins, founder and CTO of Unimax Systems Corporation.

Secondly, our “The Next Wave” column, formerly written by Mike Katz, will now be penned by none other than industry legend Brough Turner, the fellow who gave us NMS Communications, MVIP, and a gazillion other interesting things. “Brough” rhymes with “rough,” by the way, but that certainly isn’t a description of his winning personality. He’s one of the nicest guys in this business — and for anyone who has seen him at parties, he holds the unofficial title of Telecom Industry’s Best Dancer!

And last but hopefully not least — after a three-year hiatus, Yours Truly gets to put on his pundit hat once again, by reviving his old Nitty Gritty column that formerly appeared in Computer Telephony and Communications Convergence magazines. It’s devoted to chips, bus & board technology, chassis & backplanes, switch fabrics, and fault resilient hardware and software strategies for telecom. This is the place to catch up on what’s happening with AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA, 10 gigabit per second Ethernet, and other related computing-fortelecom items. At last, something for engineers and developers!

As we shuffle articles and columnists about to serve up the newest, juiciest information and interpretation in the world of IP Communications, we hope you appreciate our many carefully reasoned efforts on your behalf. As a postscript to all this, there’s a good chance that your first reading of this issue is taking place at TMC’s fabulous ITEXPO East show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Exhibitors at this show will discover that many South Americans have no problem traveling as far north as Florida to take a look at interesting new products and services, which ITEXPO has in spades. Indeed, the whole TMC “tripod” of publications, expos/conferences, and Web sites continues its rapid growth into 2007. Still, no one is totally infallible, and so we appreciate any feedback that you give us.

Richard Grigonis is Executive Editor of TMC’s IP Communications Group.


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