One of the questions that I am asked most frequently about the VoIP industry is “What’s next?”
It’s was with that in mind, that I have decided to run a month long interview series with many of the industry’s thought leaders about the near future of VoIP. The thought leaders, comprised of CEO, VP and product managers, from various verticals of the marketplace were all asked the same eight questions (see below) about the future, opportunities and hurdles that they see for the industry in 2009.
While no one has a crystal ball, in interviewing over 30 folks (yes, you will see an interview almost every day), there are many recurring themes – and even some new ones that I hope will help you better navigate the market during 2009 and beyond.
- Mobile VoIP was one sector of the industry that really took off in 2008, what sector(s) do you think will take off or see tremendous growth in 2009?
- Who are the VoIP companies to watch over the next six to twelve months? Who will have the hottest products and or will be releasing the most innovative or game changing services?
- What consumer and or business market segments or verticals are the looking the most attractive for VoIP companies over the next six months to a year?
- Do foresee any sizeable shifts in the type of businesses that will be potentially migrating to VoIP in the next six months to a year? Are they the same as this year or will they be different?
- Some feel the VoIP industry will actually benefit from a recession, since consumers and businesses will be looking for low cost alternatives, while some feel that the industry will feel pain as well since many will look to put off technology and infrastructure improvements until more certain times, what’s your take?
- Based on your answer to number 5, what advice you offer to companies in the VoIP industry for the next year? What are you doing to make sure that your company continues to grow?
- With the number of open source telephony platforms continuing to grow each month it seems, will open source telephony continue to grow in importance and prominence during 2009?
- Will 2009 finally be the year that Unified Communications see a big “adoption rate” increase? If so or not, please explain.
- Number 9 is open to any thoughts, predictions or ideas that you may have about the near future of VoIP