The proliferation of mobile devices and social technologies, and how they change the way employees do work, will be on the agenda at Interop, as will concerns about the new security risks raised by these technologies. Interop will offer a mobile application for the first time, designed for the iPhone.
There will be about 350 exhibitors, from big names like Cisco and Microsoft to smaller vendors you may never have heard of. Although startups will always be there to help drive the industry forward, Heymann says the pendulum of innovation seems to have swung back toward the incumbents. One example is Cisco's Unified Computing System, which was developed organically within Cisco rather than simply acquired from a smaller vendor," Heymann says.
"I would guess that you'd have to acknowledge that the bigger companies have to do more innovation these days because the pipeline isn't there in terms of the numbers of startups," Heymann says. "The pendulum has moved, and incumbents are doing more of the innovation within their own walls."
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