The recent momentum of Unified Communications (UC) and the disruptive enabling technology of IPTelephony (IPT) have created a convergence between Voice Engineering and IT departments that is unprecedented– even since the advent of computer telephony integration. However, despite rapid and significantadvances within these technologies, many enterprises, even the early adopters, have not fully embraced thealignment of these two worlds.The alignment of Voice Engineering and IT has not occurred due to the fact that project lifecycles haveevolved individually, yielding separate terminology as well as different priorities and methodologies. This scenariowill likely continue for some time due to differing skill-sets and backgrounds that make the separationof the two worlds an operational necessity in most large enterprises. Should the inherent uniqueness of thesetwo worlds be an impediment to the success of a properly executed Unified Communications vision? In mostcases the answer is NO as best practices provide a combination of next generation policies and technologiesthat can, and will, straddle the divide.