The Unified Communication Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum) is a non-profit ecosystem of communications technology vendors with a shared goal to bring the promise of truly unified communications to life. Any hardware or software solution providers, service providers, or network operators are encouraged to join the forum. The UCI Forum’s vision is to enable interoperability of UC hardware and software across enterprises, service providers, and consumer clouds, as a means of protecting customer’s existing investments, simplifying their transition to more extended UC networks, and generating incremental business opportunity for all stakeholders in the ecosystem.
Unlike existing standards organizations focused on a single media protocol, the UCI Forum aspires to cross the multiple boundaries of interoperability using existing standards rather than creating new ones. The work of the alliance may include:
- Publishing specifications and guidelines
- Defining test methodologies and certification programs
- Interfacing with other standards groups
- Liaising with regulatory governmental bodies responsible for UC