Avaya Offers Sneak Peek of 2012 Technology Roadmap
That thump you may have heard a few days ago was The VAR Guy hitting the wall. After three days at the 2012 Avaya U.S/Gov Sales Leadership and Partner Conference chock full of presentations, meetings and conversations with execs and channel partners alike, our resident blogger quite literally dropped.
But now that he’s met gravity head on and lived to tell about it, he’s back with a sneak peek into what Avaya has planned in the way of new product offerings for 2012. Caveat: These offerings were mentioned during the plenary sessions, and the expected timing — and features — of each could change.
Here’s what Avaya is readying:
- Flare Experience for iPad: Avaya VP and GM for UC Infrastructure Anthony Bartolo noted Flare Experience was never positioned to be its own tablet offering. “Flare is the software behind the glass because we always planned it to be device-agnostic,” he said. And Avaya is making good on that vision by offering the Flare Experience on the iPad. The app should be available in the Apple App Store in a few weeks (barring any testing issues with Apple) and will be a free download through the end of the year for users of Aura 6.x.
- Avaya Aura Conferencing 7.x: Coming in 2012, the next version of Aura Conferencing will support voice, video and web conferencing, as well as the full suite of collaboration capabilities. The VAR Guy promised not to get too detailed, but there are oodles of other features included in Aura Conferencing 7.x, so keep your eyes peeled.
- IP Office enhancements: Expected in the first half of 2012, some of the enhancements noted for IP Office include federated IM and conference control for Android smartphones and iPhones, availability of the Avaya Flare Communicator for use with IP Office, and enhanced Avaya one-X mobile for Android devices and iPhones. Major scalability also will be part of the new offerings, but again, The VAR Guy doesn’t want to give too much away. Stay tuned.
It looks like Avaya’s gonna have a busy year ahead of it. If its momentum in 2011 is any indication (the company released 60 new products in the past 18 months — more than it had in the entire decade previous), channel partners better buckle up and hang on tight.