Open Source at Enterprise Connect 2011

By Lisa King
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Does Asterisk have any future in the Enterprise Market?  Digium’s Kevin Fleming will speak at the Enterprise Connect conference in Orlando tomorrow, March 2nd at 3:45 pm in the Sarasota room at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center on this very topic.

Digium claims there are now some Asterisk deployments in the tens of thousands of seats; so are we reaching the point where open source communications systems really can scale to compete with proprietary systems? And if Asterisk can’t scale, does it have any future at all in the enterprise? In this session, members of the open source community will discuss the future of Asterisk and other open source communications software, and whether it really has a role to play in the large user base. You’ll come away from this session with a better idea of whether open source communications has peaked, or whether it still has a future that you should take part in.
* Is Asterisk moving up-market from the SMB market where it traditionally has had its best success?
* What function can open source communications software serve for the large enterprise—if it’s not your core platform, does it have any other role to play?
* What communications applications have open source software implemented “under the covers”? How can you use open source communications software to develop internal communications applications?
* How important are intellectual property considerations like the ability to customize open source software (an ability you may not have with proprietary systems), as you consider its possible role in your enterprise?

Have more questions?  See Digium on the exhibit floor at booth #1328.

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