Digium Asterisk: Rising In the Fall
When fall 2009 arrives in North America, Digium hopes to stage an Asterisk uprising. Digium is planning at least two major training and education events for the open source IP PBX. Here’s the scoop, from The VAR Guy.
First up, Digium in September will host a series of Asterisk training courses at ITExpo in Los Angeles. Then, Digium will play an encore at the Astricon conference, scheduled for Oct. 13-15 in Glendale, Ariz. Heck, even The VAR Guy is drinking some of the Asterisk Kool Aid. During Astricon, our resident blogger will lead a session on Asterisk in the IT channel. Resellers welcome.
Calling In the Channel
Astricon typically attracts “hundreds” of people who work with phone systems, unified communications and Voice over IP (VoIP), according to a prepared Digium statement.
On the channel front, Digium has signed up distributors across the globe. Prime examples in North America include ABP Technology, Interlink Communication Systems, NetXUSA, Westcon Group and Williams Telecommunications Group. Eager resellers include The Fulcrum Group, a North Texas provider of voice and data solutions.
According to a prepared statement:
The Fulcrum Group has deployed and supported Asterisk-based telephony systems since 2007. The company’s current clients include nationally recognized law firms, health care providers, financial services firms, banks, real estate companies, government agencies, manufacturers, performance centers, nonprofits, and research centers.
No doubt, Digium Director of Global Channel Sales Jim Butler is striving to push Asterisk deeper into the channel. And company insiders are working the blogosphere, assuring readers that privately held Digium is profitable and growing.
So far, so good. But let’s keep it all in perspective. Even as Asterisk gains momentum, Cisco Systems continues to employ roughly 67,000 people and generates roughly $40 billion in annual revenues. Meanwhile, Digium is privately held and certainly isn’t in the $1 billion neighborhood yet.