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from Telecom's Influencer Community

  December 2011  
This Month's Topic:
The UC Summit 2012


Greetings and Happy Holidays!


Learn. Collaborate. Network.  These three words truly portray the annual UC (Unified Communications) Summit, as sponsored by UCStrategies. This increasingly well known annual event brings together unified communications vendors, "solution integrator" executives, and end-user consultants for 3+ jam-packed days of learning, networking and relationship building. Covering UC applications, technologies, trends, and challenges, the UC Summit offers the opportunity to learn actionable best practices, strategies and tactics from leading vendors, UC pioneers, solution integrators, and fellow consultants. Key benefits to consultants include:

  • Network with thought leaders of the UC industry
  • Get closer to products and vendors that will shape your recommendations
  • Gain insight into types of customers that stand to benefit most from UC and why.  

Here are some past stats that make the UC Summit so unique and valuable to all attendees:

  • Sponsored by 15 - 20 UC Vendors who well represent all facets of this industry and who recognize the need and value to strengthen and build new business relationships with consultants and partners. Last year's Platinum sponsors included Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, NEC, and Siemens Enterprise Communications 
  • 30 invited consultant guests (lodging and meals are complimentary) with strong UC backgrounds looking to improve and expand the UC expertise they bring to their clients
  • 100 invited solution integrator/VAR/reseller guests similarly looking to learn more and build relationships to help grow their businesses
  • A captive, secluded, comfortable, and beautiful venue nestled in the La Jolla, CA coastline.  

I don't know of any other industry event with this type of venue and sponsor-to-attendee ratio that makes it so conducive to learning, collaborating and networking.   


If you are looking to improve and grow your UC consulting practice and build stronger relationships with industry vendors and partners, you should consider attending the 2012 UC Summit - May 6-9 at Estancia La Jolla Resort and Spa, La Jolla, CA. 


For more details on the UC Summit and how to attend, scroll down to the invitation from Mr. Jim Burton at UCStrategies. Don't hesitate, attendee spaces are limited.    


I hope to see you there. 



Mick Sawka

The Brookside Group 

An Invitation From UCStrategies          

UC Summit 2012

 Would you like to attend UCStrategies' UC Summit 2012? 


The UCStrategies team of analysts, consultants, and industry experts presents UC Summit 2012, May 6-9, 2012, at the Estancia Resort in La Jolla, California. This is an invitation-only conference for channel executives, end-user consultants and selected vendors.


As the guest of UCStrategies (yes, room and meals are complimentary) during an intense four days (Sunday evening through Wednesday noon) of keynotes, workshops, panel and roundtable sessions, and social events, you will:   

  • Build relationships that extend your expertise and consulting reach 
  • Solidify relationships that strengthen your position as a valued partner with current and new vendors 
  • Gather the information that will help you make the smartest decisions for your company's future
  • Add to your own knowledge by sharing challenges and successes with your peers and channel executives

Join the discussion as a wealth of information will be shared during presentations, panel sessions, and intimate roundtable focus sessions, covering the current and future state of unified communications, covering topics such as hosting, virtualization, mobility, ROI, customer migration, and more - all focused on what consultants and solution integrators/VARs need to know.


There is space at this exclusive conference for 30 consultants and 100 channel executives. To request that your application for invitation be considered, please APPLY HERE. Also, please visit the UC Summit website to learn more.


To attend UC Summit 2012, attendees must agree to the following as well as participate in all facets of the Summit:

  • Attend all educational seminars
  • Attend all private boardroom appointments
  • Attend all networking functions
  • Visit the Solutions Pavilion as vendors showcase offerings
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete all survey materials
  • Provide feedback 
  • Visit with vendors and get your questions answered
  • Collect information on products

If you have questions or would like additional information, please email me at



Jim Burton


Jim Burton

UC Summit Testimonials      

Sample Testimonials from Consultants Who Attended UC Summit 2011       

"The event exceeded my expectations, which were pretty high to start with. The setting, intimacy, time to network, and sessions all gave the event a vibrancy and synergy that made it such a success. Thanks for the invitation; I look forward to the next one!"  


"It was a great event and very much worth the investment in time. The setting was great and the ability to hear not only from consultants but vendors, resellers and dealers added a whole new dynamic. These are perspectives that we do not often get to hear. Thank you for your efforts and do pass on my thanks to the whole UCStrategies team for their great job in organizing such a successful event. It is very much appreciated.  I too look forward to the next one."


"Many, many thanks for making the UC Summit such an extraordinary event. I believe it sets the "tone" and the "bar" for the industry moving forward. The venue was excellent (a great place to come back to in the future), the breadth of the speakers, content, and attendees was first-rate, and the value of the Summit to our practices and the industry as whole was invaluable from my perspective. The future of UC is here, and it starts at the UC Summit! Thank you again for your invitation, and I look forward to the next one as well!"


"My thanks as well to all who organized and all who participated. Just as with the first UC Summit, you sent us out energized. While the entire conference was a good investment, it was especially valuable to spend time with our consultant colleagues and to meet integrators who may become the recipients of our future UC-business process RFPs."


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