Irwin Lazar

Research Leader: Unified Communications and Collaboration
Primary Focus Areas: Unified Communications, VOIP/IP Telephony, Video/Audio/Web Conferencing, Team Collaboration, SIP trunking, Session Border Control, UC-as-a-Service, UC Operations, Management, and Business Value Measurement
Other Areas of Expertise: Network Communication and Services, Mobility and Mobile Security, Contact Center and Customer Engagement, SDN/SD-WAN.

Irwin Lazar develops and manages research projects, conducts and analyzes primary research, and advises numerous enterprise and vendor clients. Mr. Lazar is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in unified communications and collaboration, covering the collaboration space as an analyst for over 15 years.

A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and sought-after speaker and author, Mr. Lazar is a blogger for and contributor for writing on topics including IP telephony, UC, cloud, adoption metrics, SDN, SD-WAN, WebRTC, and more.  He is a frequent resource for the business and trade press and is a regular speaker at events such as Enterprise Connect , InfoComm, and IT Roadmap.

His earlier background was in IP network and security architecture, design, and operations where he advised global organizations and held direct operational responsibility for worldwide voice and data networks.

Mr. Lazar holds an MBA from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Radford University where he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, Ordnance Corps.

His passion outside of IT is Scouting, where he serves as the Chartered Organization Representative for Boy Scout Troop 1882 in Haymarket, VA and holds outdoor coordination and training roles with the National Capital Area Council.  He is a member of the American Legion, the IEEE, and is a lifelong baseball fan.