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Farewell Art

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This past weekend we lost Art Rosenberg whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the past several years. Many of you know Art through his comments. He was prolific commenter. He had so much to say, and found commenting easier than writing full length posts. Art was the first to comment on one of my early posts – who is this guy and why does he know so much?

He was also a regular on the UCStrategies podcasts. Art usually went first first regardless if we went by alphabet (A) or time of arrival. I can say the Internet will not be the same without Art – especially in the UC world.

I’ve always admired Art. He had a lot of passion about unified communications. He’s lived through it all, and in fact helped create it. He has been credited with being the source of the term “Unified Communications.”  I’m not sure how old he was, but it was a surprising number. He looked much younger than he was. Art was still attending conferences last year. He told me his age once and I simply didn’t believe him. His body gave out, but is mind was sharp to the end.

I do and will continue to think of Art often. Every time I hear the term “multi-modal” I can’t help but think of Art (with a smile on my face). I will miss you my friend.

Art, may you rest in unified, multi-modal peace. You will be missed.




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  • Blair Pleasant

    Dave: Yes, Art did come up with the term unified communications, but at the time it referred to the integration of unified messaging with other voice processing technologies. He had such foresight and envisioned the smart phone before any of the manufacturers had thought about it. He will be missed.

  • rtehrani

    Great post!
    He will be missed!

  • mfjumbo

    Wonderful remembrance. All I can say is that I hope that I can maintain that level of energy and enthusiasm for that long. We’ll all miss him and his indominitable spirit.

  • Tracy Houston Venters

    Nice tribute. He will be missed.

  • Simon Dudley


    Nice piece, and I had to smile at your multimodal comment.

    A great tribute

  • Great words. Great man.

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Dave is an independent analyst focused on enterprise communications. he provides public content on TalkingPointz and other industry websites, and also works with clients directly.