Convergence's Ripple Effects

July 2005
Business Communications Review;Jul2005, Vol. 35 Issue 7, p2
Trade Publication
The article informs that research conducted last fall with attendees at Medialive International's conferences--VoiceCon, Comdex and Interop--and Business Communications Review subscribers drives home the point that the barriers between voice and data are coming down fast. In fact, to a large extent, the barriers are already gone: Just 10 percent of the respondents claim to work only on data, and about 1 percent said that they worked only on voice. The remaining 89 percent split their time, not equally, but enough so that it's probably not uncommon for someone who's working on a data project at 10 a.m. to be working on voice at 2 p.m. This trend has been under way for a long, long time. Stand-alone telecom staffs started to shrink in the late 1980s, when voice VPNs first came into vogue. As VPNs replaced dedicated circuits, the need for folks dedicated to long-haul began to diminish. Adding to the pressure on telecom headcount was the growing requirement for more investment in data personnel, as LANs exploded on the scene and as datacom began to extend into the wide area.


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