Who’s Doing It, and Why
by Steven Taylor, Distributed Networking Associates, Inc
In the spring and early summer of 2002,Network World held a series of eight full-day seminars on Voice over IP (VoIP). During the course of the seminars, we distributed a questionnaire asking the attendees about themselves, their opinions and their plans. We received about 450 responses, and the composite view these responses provided gives us a unique insight into the companies that are planning to implement VoIP and why they are making these plans.
It's only fair to admit that this sample group is not representative of the entire industry. The attendees self-selected themselves by their willingness to spend a day learning about the state of VoIP. This would indicate that they are in evaluation mode. If they had no interest, they wouldn't attend. Nevertheless, there did seem to be a contingent that attended as a defensive move - to make sure they weren't missing something even though they were not yet ready to begin an implementation.
Overall, the tremendous response to this seminar (about 200 attendees per city) and their responses to the questionnaire give a critical view into the plans, concerns and impediments to implementing VoIP.
About the Author:
Steven Taylor is president of Distributed Networking Associates and publisher of Webtorials.com, a Web site dedicated exclusively to technology tutorials in the broadband packet areas of frame relay, ATM and IP. Taylor also is a columnist for Network World and coauthor of Network World's "Wide Area Networking" and "Convergence" newsletters. Taylor can be reached at email@example.com.
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