The annual Evolutions show is one of my favorite days of the year. Once again this year, I wish to thank all of you who came out to support the show - our customers, partners, analysts, consultants and members of the press. In all, we had 1,200 people came to join us to hear from industry experts, thought leaders and see some amazing product demos in the tradeshow area. For those of you who missed the show, here is a quick recap.
To kick things off, Avaya Canada president Ross Pelizzarri and I introduced the concept of "The Power of We" through the Power of Music, and were joined onstage by 8 piece Acapella group Retrocity. Retrocity built up an excellent vocal rendition of Toto's Africa.
Ross Pelizzarri then had a little fun introducing John Dilullo to a new Canadian hockey jersey. After donning the jersey, John reiterated Avaya's $165 Million commitment to R&D in Canada. Many of the products on display at Evolutions, including IP Office, Web.Alive, Handset software, ACE and many others are engineered in our Belleville and Ottawa facilities.
Fellow bloggers Phil Edholm, Chris McGugan and Rejean Bourgeault took to the stage and discussed the vision guiding Avaya innovations in UC and Contact Center. Look for videos shortly!
The tradeshow floor really shined this year, with excellent demos on Avaya Aura Contact Center, Data Solutions, IP Office (DR and Radio solutions!), a FlareTM zone and ACE zone. Thank you to our partners who integrated amazing mobility solutions into their booths as well.
The main sessions ended with a great keynote from Don Tapscott. I highly recommend his most recent book, Macrowikinomics. Don's speech was exceptional, touching on the end of the industrial age, and the launching of the connected age - including the need for better collaboration to drive real global transformation. Check out more here.
During the day, we ran a Twitter contest. Over 1300 tweets were sent from the show - a big congratulations to @neilhyndman, who won the iPAD2 that was up for grabs.
Finally, we finished with a cocktail reception and prize draw - amazing prizes were available to be won. As part of the prize draw, Unity Telecom sponsored an appearance by Darryl Sittler, who was on hand all day greeting customers and presented one of his signed sticks to a lucky winner.
Thank you again for all of you who participated in this year's show. Look for us in Montreal on February 16, 2012 and Calgary on March 8, 2012. Save the dates for next year's Toronto show will be out shortly!