Listwin Urges Industry Love-In
So, low marks for originality.
"We have spent a lot of time and money on these networks. Now we need to make them work together. We now have some recognized standards bodies, and it's essential they focus on interoperability," stated Listwin.
And he appealed for vendors to be more cooperative and steer clear of non-standard products, something that Phone.Com (which merged with Software.Com to create Openwave) was guilty of. "Phone.Com was known for its proprietary technology, but that's not what this industry needs," Listwin said. "There is not enough success in this market for us to have the attitudes that many of us used to have in this industry."
Listwin cited an example of how things ought to be: Openwave's collaboration with Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and TeliaSonera AB (Nasdaq: TLSN) to get multimedia messaging working properly. "That's something that wouldn't have happened in the past."
But, in the time-honored tradition of technology vendors, he also took his chance on stage to plug his company's latest software releases to a captive audience.
— Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung