November 10, 2003

Networking Decisions notebook: IBM's case for VoIP

When it comes to IP telephony, IBM believes now is the time to act.

During a presentation Tuesday at TechTarget's Networking Decisions conference, Johnny Barnes, IBM's vice president of global IT solutions and
standards, told attendees that his company plans to migrate at least 80% of its more than 300,000 employees to voice over IP by 2008.

Though the ambitious project will replace approximately 900 PBXs around the world with regional IP installations, Barnes said the effort will not only
reduce voice costs significantly, but will improve worker productivity by enabling application convergence, as every new application going forward
will have embedded voice capabilities.


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