Coupled with convergence is the environmental movement for "greening" IT, sustainability and zero carbon arguments. UC is very powerful in that it can deliver key benefits to move us ahead by doing what businesses demand and doing it better, faster, cheaper and simpler. I see a huge migration path of opportunities and they won't be purely economic. The social and environmental impacts will, I think, be revolutionary.
As for the vendors, they are all now scrambling, building and partnering in an effort to "get there first" in terms of UC innovation, and only the test of time will determine who's in the running and who's failing. UC is a menu item for many vendors whether it's an OEM solution or not. The common denominators are Cisco, IBM and Microsoft. Keep an eye on them and then watch closely for open source solutions.
As far as the future of technology in general is concerned, I read recently that a target goal for some in IT is to eliminate the computer keyboard. Let me get you to ponder this: What if that actually happens?
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