Next week, the Olympia exhibition centre in London will be heaving with people attending the newly-renamed Connected Business Expo. Read on to learn more about some of the exhibitors you can expect to see there.
People expecting a repeat of last year's UC Expo show at Olympia in a fortnight should be delighted - it's grown. Now renamed and refocused, the event will have a broader focus than before and address the bigger picture of holding all elements of a business together.
Let's consider the returning exhibitors - unified communications remains a crucial element of every connected business. Organisations such as 8x8 and Blue Jeans Networks will be there and sponsors such as HP, AT&T, Microsoft, Cisco, Jabra and many others will have their latest wares on display.
UC professionals will have an opportunity to look at the latest solutions from the likes of Mitel, Polycom and Plantronics. Exhibition space and keynote/seminar theatres will be themed so that people will find it easy to make the best use of their time at what promises to be a very busy couple of days.
The other major thing to look out for is growth into new areas. Unified communications is vital but no longer the show's only focus. In addition, there will be a mobile communications and applications focus. Learn about shifting business and managing a dispersed workforce, some of which will have no fixed location. There will also be areas dedicated to visual technologies and applications, including video conferencing.
Cloud has developed into an important factor in communications strategy over the past several years, and 2014 will be no different. Another branch of technology that's made its presence felt in the UC and connectivity arena over the last couple of years is social technology.
When the first UC Expo event launched, this was seen as a completely different area but now it's central to many organisations' communications. It has become one of the main themes of the new show, along with customer management and contact centre.