UCIF President, Matt Collier’s Take on the IMTC/UCIF Merger

We were pleased to announce the merger of IMTC and UCI Forum (UCIF) this past June, to all our members and industry professionals/enthusiasts. Everyone at IMTC and UCIF is thrilled to join forces and be a part of the newly formed ‘center of excellence’ for the IP and Unified Communications community.

With that in mind, we decided to interview UCIF President and Director, Matt Collier, for his take on this exciting merger. He has held this role since the founding of UCIF four years ago. Matt is also the VP Sales and Business Development for Lifesize Communications, which is a division of Logitech. He has over 30 years’ experience heading Business Development, Sales and Product Management activities at Internet, high tech, and telecommunication companies. Over the years, Matt established key strategic partnerships, led the creation/launch of new collaboration and IP voice service offerings and headed sales teams.

1.  How would you characterize IMTC’s/UCIF’s current positions in the industry today as opposed to when they were first established?

A lot has been accomplished by UCIF since 2010. Our members have collaborated to ensure that member products, services and solutions from different manufacturers and service providers work together seamlessly. Our members have influenced the user profiles and helped shape technologies such as advanced camera codec specification, XMPP, SIP over IPv6, Software Defined Networks (SDN), H.264 SVC and HVEC.

IMTC efforts have largely focused on interoperability testing and user profile definitions between video codecs, video infrastructure, services and other collaboration products and services. Its long history of serving as the ad hoc consortia where vendors could come together to do this testing in a neutral forum has provided the industry with a platform on which future certification programs can be built.

2. How did the decision to join organizations come about?

This was a logical intersection between IMTC and UCIF, mainly because of the consolidation of the missions and goals between the two consortiums.  We aim to further enable end-to-end interoperability in the areas of unified communications, video conferencing, and overall standards implementation, as we advance our effectiveness. This is a wonderful step forward, and we hope to find other mergers of this kind in the future.

3.  What kind of affect will the IMTC/UCIF merger have on the industry?

With this merger, we look forward to serving the industry under a shared roof for video and unified communications, where we will continue to work towards the expansion of the market for all forms of IP communications – from voice, to video, to VoIP and more. The combination of interoperability and reliability with ease of deployment and ease of use will serve as the foundation for many successes to come.

4.  What is the main goal that you would like to see achieved by the merger of the two organizations?

Our goal is to enable our customers with increased choice and flexibility when selecting and deploying products, services that they need to improve their companies over all productivity. These tested and certified products and technologies will benefit the end user experience and the companies that deploy them.

It is the goal of the combined organization to provide a platform where all member companies can continue to test products and services in an open, neutral setting to ensure the future interoperability between our products and services.

This was the first of three interview posts on the IMTC/UCIF merger. Stay tuned for our next two posts, where we will interview IMTC President Anatoli Levin, and Alex Eleftheriadis, IMTC/UCIF Video Activity Group Chair.

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