The next step for IMS

I'm working from home in Chicago these days, but I do get out once in a while and this week I cochaired, along with FierceWireless editor-in-chief Sue Marek, the FierceMarkets IMS Executive Summit in Washington, D.C.

I had been starting to worry about IMS, feeling that maybe the critics were right--that it was something people were talking about, but not doing anything about. To my pleasant surprise, our carrier keynote speakers came prepared to talk about their progress developing IMS architectures and testing IMS-based applications. It's clear that real work is going on behind the doors of service providers.

So what's the next step for IMS? I'd like to hear what you think. Does there need to be more industry collaboration between wireless 3GPP and wireline TISPAN camps to iron out further architectural details? Does the industry need a greater focus on IMS applications, including programs that encourage even individual or small-time developers? Do we need some sort of killer IMS device that really promotes the blended services ideals for which IMS stands?

E-mail me and let me know your thoughts on where the gaps still lie in the evolution of IMS, and what need to be done to encourage the broad adoption our summit attendees are hoping to see within the next two years. - Dan