“…a year has passed since I wrote my note
But I should have known this right from the start…”
30 years ago, The Police released “Message in a Bottle” as a single from their second album, Reggate de Blanc. The song tells the story of an island castaway (long before Tom Hanks or Lost), sending out a message in a bottle to seek help, only to realize later that there are many people like him out there, “a hundred billion bottles” on the shore.
1 year ago I wrote my first post here, about video killing the radio and taking the center stage in our lives. In the past year I’ve written many more posts (more than 70, but who’s counting?), and even though the topics have varied, the main theme has not – video is here, and it can enhance our lives.
Just like the castaway in The Police song, I found out that there are many people dealing with, reading about and writing on video, as it is after all more than “a hundred billion” dollar market.
As can be easily seen from the tag cloud for my blog above (updated February 2009), the main trends this year were (surprise, surprise!) High Definition and Telepresence. I covered both in my Clash of the Titans series.
Other favorites were Cisco, which brought video to everyone’s minds this year, Desktop Video Conferencing, which this year became the object of everyone’s desire and RADVISION was in the center of attention, and of course Unified Communications, which everyone is looking for (and for a reason) but don’t know it’s already out there.
Making prediction regarding 2009 is a probably a waste of time. I personally will be glad to see decision makers continue to buy video conferencing technology in 2009, cutting travel and improving everyone’s life.