Starblue (Blueface and Star2Star) was delighted to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2019 edition of the award winning Cloud Communications Summit, Washington DC. Starblue was represented by Alan Foy, Norman Worthington, Luca Caralvi, Mano Ryan, Courtney Flynn and Jamie Molsephini.
Organised and run by Cavell Group, in partnership with the Cloud Communications Alliance, the event was broken into the Executive Summit and CC Summit Main Event on Sept 11 and 12 respectively.
CCA Executive Summit
The Executive Summit began with the CCA results of industry survey released and discussed. This was followed by discussion panels about UCaaS proprietary platforms and trends in the industry.
The first of Starblue Group CEO, Alan Foy’s three stage appearances began with a Future of Cloud Communications Panel with CCA Chairman Clark Peterson will host a Fireside CEO Chat with Alan Foy, Alan Rihm (CoreDial), Ari Rabban (Phone.com) and Guy Fardone (Evolve IP).
The CCS Dinner was and remains to be an excellent opportunity to unwind after a day of networking. Chatting common opportunities and challenges amongst peers, partners and competitors alike. After finishing dinner, the Starblue Team had set the stand up for the CCS’ Main Course.
Washington DC CCS 2019
The Cloud Communications Summit Main Event opened the floor to exhibitors as presenters took the stage. They shared their thoughts on the past, present and future of the Unified Communications as a Service industry.
Starblue Group CEO, Alan Foy, donned the CCS Stage on two occasions to discuss whether or not a service provider should build and manage their own platform, quickly followed by a one-to-one discussion on the future of the industry.
Alan was joined on the Service Provider Platform Panel by Brian Beutler (CEO, Alianza), Patrick Sullivan (Co-founder, 2600Hz) Anand Buch (CEO, Netsapiens) John Tucker (VP of UC Products), Metaswitch and Sam Hoffpauir.
Investment in platform development largely depends on a business’ overarching strategy, existing product suite and internal competencies. Starblue, for example, has developed the Blueface UCaaS Platform with significant research and development investment.
However, many distributors / CSPs do not have the competencies to develop and maintain their own platform so strategic technology partnerships and acquisitions can become a better move.
Alan Foy, Starblue CEO
There are large service providers, for example, who are excellent at sales and marketing but can struggle with enablement and onboarding. They want to add a platform that simplifies enablement and reduces barriers to product addition
Directly after the Platform Panel, Alan sat one-to-one with Matt Townend and took a deeper dive into Alan’s UCaaS industry insights.
Miss the talk? Listen to Alan’s appearance on the CCS Podcast
As per the theme of CCSDC – changing customer needs – all discussions often ranged between marketing changes, new competitive technologies and internationalisation.
Single Barrel Prizewinner
The Starblue Team brought a pair of bottles of Mitchell & Son Green Spot Irish Whiskey for a lucky attendee. Paul Davis, VP of market-leading conference call technology company, Poly, was delighted to take home the oak-aged bottles.
An exquisite single-barrel whiskey for a superlative conference solutions provider.
Thank you to everyone who visited the Starblue stand.
The roadshow doesn’t stop there. Starblue is a Gold Sponsor of the Cloud Communications Summit: London 2020 and the team will be there to chop it up on all things cloud communications.