A Tale of Three Conferences

A Tale of Three Conferences

Conference season is in full swing, and in the past two weeks I attended three analyst summits – RingCentral, 8x8, and Five9. All three were in beautiful and unique venues, with fun activities and time for networking and socializing. There was no shortage of content, with tons of new announcements, roadmap insights, and customer testimonials.

2023 Recap – A Busy Year in the Business Communications World

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Oxford’s Word of the Year for 2023 may be “rizz,” but for those of us in the business communications world, the word of the year was definitely “artificial intelligence” (okay, that’s two words) or “generative AI” (three words?). Looking back on 2023, anything having to do with AI was hot, and anything related to generative AI was even hotter.

Cisco WebexOne – Innovation on Display

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Cisco held its WebexOne customer event in Anaheim, CA, and also provided analysts with a day and a half of deep dives to some of the announcements, in addition to Q&A time with the Cisco execs. During WebexOne, the company made a number of announcements that demonstrate its commitment to the overall communications and collaboration space – and of course, AI innovations.

Jeetu Patel, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Security and Collaboration, kicked off the event and set the stage by discussing three key customer challenges:

My Perspective on Zoom Perspectives 2023

Zoom Perspectives 2023

At Zoom’s industry analyst conference, Zoom Perspectives, the company laid out its priorities and roadmap, while demonstrating how to do hybrid events the right way. With a mix of in-person and remote attendees, Zoom showcased how its various technologies can create an engaging hybrid event for all attendees.

There were sessions on Zoom events, collaboration, meetings, the Zoom ecosystem, go to market, and much more. For me, the highlights were the discussions around contact center/CX, AI, and of course, hearing from Zoom Founder and CEO Eric Yuan.

A Recap of Spring Analyst Events

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Conferences are back – with a vengeance. During May and June, I attended five conferences/analyst events:

  • Zoho Zoholics in Austin, Texas
  • Five9 Analyst Summit in Porto, Portugal
  • NICE Interactions in NYC
  • Verint Engage in Las Vegas
  • Avaya Engage in Orlando

Now that I can catch my breath, here’s a recap of the event highlights.

Viva Las Verint!

Verint Engage 2023

“The Art of Innovation” was the theme at Verint’s Engage customer event held in Las Vegas, with over 1,000 customers, partners, and analysts in attendance. While the theme was innovation, the Verint presentations and sessions were all about using AI to deliver CX automation. The buzzword of the event was “open” – open CCaaS, open data, open platform – you get the idea.