Burton Group's annual "Catalyst" conference takes place the week of July 11th at the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego. This will be my sixth Catalyst event, and each year the conference has grown in both size and scope.
I will be teaching a half-day tutorial on SIP on the morning of July 11th, then hosting an enterprise "Birds of A Feather" on VoIP experiences the afternoon of the 12th. On Thursday July 13th I will be presenting a session on communications convergence, which will explore trends toward integration of VoIP with other real-time and collaborative applications in the enterprise. Finally, I'll moderate what should be a great round-table with representatives of Cisco, Avaya, Microsoft and Siemens as we discuss "The End of Telephony", exploring if traditional telephony systems will be replaced by converged communications clients as well as communications interfaces embedded into enterprise applications.
This year will feature our first "cross-cutting" sessions on application and network security, which will include one of the sessions I'm looking forward to most, Cullen Jennings' presentation of "VoIP Security: Fear or FUD", a topic which has received a lot of coverage in the past few months.
Catalyst is an amazing time for us here at Burton Group, there is no time that is more grueling, yet more professionally rewarding for all of us. For me the thing I look most forward to is the ability to meet face to face with so many of our clients, and discuss their issues in a casual setting. As a virtual company, it's also the one time we get to meet each other in person.
Catalyst is open to non-Burton Group clients as well, registration information can be found here. I look forward to the opportunity to see many of you at the event.