The IP OpportunityThe IP Opportunity
Real-time communication has a bigger business role
January 31, 2004
To jaded urbanites across the bay in San Francisco, the town of Pleasanton might seem extremely square. At data-, video-, and voice-conferencing company Polycom Inc., based here, the view is quite different. Forget squares; think triangles.
IP changes everything profoundly, CEO Hagerty saysTriangles pervade Polycom, from the corporate logo to art on the walls. The motif comes from the company's triangular conferencing phones--and conveys the concept that communication has moved beyond point-to-point calling to multipoint IP networks. "When we move to IP, the world changes profoundly for us," says CEO Robert Hagerty. He foresees growth depending on Polycom delivering new features made possible by IP-based products, such as better collaboration. Listening to Hagerty from his fishbowl office, where two of the walls are floor-to-ceiling glass, it's easy to see how far the technology still needs to go to gain acceptance. Polycom has shipped 1.5 million of its triangular and traditional phones. Wainhouse Research estimates there are about 55 million conference rooms worldwide.
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