SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

October 05, 2011 16:36 ET

Infonetics Research's unified communications survey shows Microsoft and Cisco lead, mobility key, video growing

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research today released excerpts from its new Unified Communications: North American Enterprise Survey, which takes a look at the plans of organizations integrating multiple types of communication -- IP telephony, e-mail, and instant messaging (IM) -- into a unified and cohesive communication experience, commonly termed "UC."

ANALYST NOTE
"Companies think of unified communications as much more than just integrating voice, e-mail, and presence/IM. Creating flexibility and improving productivity by providing employees with a set of devices that allows them to work efficiently regardless of location has become absolutely critical and a huge driver for implementing UC. Along those lines, the strong theme threaded throughout our new survey is the importance of mobility; vendors that effectively integrate mobility into their UC solution in a simple and easy-to-use manner will be best positioned for success in this market," advises Diane Myers, directing analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.

UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Microsoft received the highest marks from medium and large businesses participating in the survey, followed by Cisco, based on unified communications buyer criteria, including service and support, technology, price-to-performance ratio (value), and other criteria
  • Following collaboration tools, the 2nd most important UC capability is mobile device integration
  • Smartphones, tablet computers, videophones, and audio conferencing bridges are the fast-growing devices being deployed in unified communications architectures
  • By 2012, 80% of survey respondents plan to use video as part of their unified communications architecture
    • With higher-quality video capabilities coming out and declining costs, video is becoming a viable mechanism for enhancing employee interactions and reducing travel

SURVEY SYNOPSIS
For its Unified Communications survey, Infonetics surveyed 121 unified communications purchase-decision makers at medium and large enterprises that use IP telephony (VoIP), e-mail, and instant messaging. The report includes analysis and end-user responses to questions about UC communication devices and types, reasons for and against deploying UC, top criteria for choosing a UC solution, mobile and video requirements for UC deployments, importance of video communication features, and brand awareness. The report features enterprise ratings of 10 unified communications vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Mitel, Shoretel, Siemens, and Verizon.

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