Next Stop - Miami and the New VON

The VON conference returns next week in Miami, and presumably you know it's under new management, so to speak. We know it will be new, but whether it's improved remains to be seen. Virgo Publishing has taken over the event and led by Richard Martin, they've been working hard to re-brand VON and keep it relevant for today's market.

There's always a lot of anticipation around new events, and based on the lineup so far, it should be a strong conference. I'm particularly keen to see Christopher Dean speak at the close of the show - he's the Chief Strategy Officer for Skype - especially to hear his thoughts on why the Extras developer program was dropped, and of course, where things are going post-eBay.

Another interesting feature of VON is the LatAm Summit, which starts on Tuesday. Miami is a natural hub for anyone serving this market, and there's a lot of opportunity in this part of the world for IP comms companies of all stripes. Too bad I don't speak Spanish!

For myself, I'll be there Monday through Wednesday, and am moderating a panel at 11am on Wednesday. Our session is about mobile apps for the enterprise, and features speakers from MetaSwitch, Voxeo and Divitas.

If you're going, I hope to see you there - and if not, I'll be posting here as time allows.