The unified communications push is on, with various network operators and equipment/solution vendors jockeying for better position. The VoiceCon event in San Francisco this week already featured a new offering from Verizon. Meanwhile, IBM said yesterday it would acquire Web conferencing player WebDialogs to strengthen its unified communications strategy. Oracle also said it's very interested in the service trend.
Unified communications is one of those areas where big vendors like IBM would seem to have the potential to compete with telcos who also are their customers or partners. WebDialogs works with several telcos to support their own conferencing services, so we're interested to see how the IBM acquisition affects those arrangements, if at all.