I am currently in the process of compiling three to four lists summarizing the top people and companies in HD voice in 2009, plus a list of the top known HD voice deployment endpoints for 2009. The first list should show up within the next day or two.
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the end-of-year “Top” picks, since they are used as A) filler for the end-of-year news vacuum along with the traditional “Predictions for Next Year” bookend piece and B) As an engineered SEO/web page pumping device — and you wondered why you paid per click all these years.
The purpose of the forthcoming set of 2009 HD voice lists is not for a herd-like “Me too” project, but to start a dialog and debate on the issues surrounding HD voice and get people and companies discussing where they are now in the wideband universe and what they need to do to grow the space. There is s a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on that I don’t think the “mainstream” IP communications media has fully tuned into and there’s some knee-jerk nay-saying around HD voice proliferation that needs to be challenged.
I have no doubt that I will make some people and companies unhappy because they didn’t make a list or that so-and-so is on the list because they paid me. To the latter point, HD Voice News has two (2) paid sponsors at this point in time and I have been — and will be — very careful to note those relationships when said sponsors come up in news pieces.
In 2010, I hope to establish an informal sounding/advisory board when it comes to the more interesting editorial issues I may come across, with a structure and organization loosly based upon the one-time “2008 VON Innovator awards.” This year, I just have to do the best I can with the resources available.
– Doug Mohney