In more evidence that the world of “collaborative” technologies is undergoing significant transformation – Video teleconferencing powerhouse Polycom announced today that their CEO Andy Miller resigned after an earnings call.  Although seemingly abrupt, the change might be an indication of a bigger trend.

A quiet revolution began a few years ago among many of the world’s top companies who began to wonder – how can technology support interaction, creativity and communication across the enterprise? Legacy video telepresence limited to dedicated rooms goes against the grain of the flat hierarchical cultures that are the holy grail of most large enterprises. This trend has grown into a mandate for new forms of collaborative technology that support BYOD, ad hoc, human-centered interaction through software that is not restricted by hardware limitations, and focused on sharing visual data as opposed to sharing a video feed of coworker’s heads.

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Companies are either energized by or fearful of the growing demand for change from enlightened end users. Polycom seems to understand this and is making changes accordingly.  The folks over at Wainhouse Research have their own take on Andy Miller’s departure, but I am impressed Polycom seems to be making changes of its own without the usual handwringing of a large company.

I’ve met some really smart, thoughtful folks over at Polycom, and I can tell you that they are definitely exploring some exciting new ways to enable voice, video and data collaboration in the way we have always envisioned. Perhaps with this change the strategic direction of the company can shift to align with some of these activities and embrace new forms of collaboration beyond video conferencing solutions.


About Christopher Jaynes

Jaynes received his doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he worked on camera calibration and aerial image interpretation technologies now in use by the federal government. Jaynes received his BS degree with honors from the School of Computer Science at the University of Utah. In 2004, he founded Mersive and today serves as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Mersive, Jaynes founded the Metaverse Lab at the University of Kentucky, recognized as one of the leading laboratories for computer vision and interactive media and dedicated to research related to video surveillance, human-computer interaction, and display technologies.

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