Unified Communications is quickly moving to a “per-seat, per-month” consumptive cloud and hybrid model, where barriers to entry and adoption are low—and the perceived value of “pay-for-use” is high. This shift to a UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS) consumptive model has broad implications for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) competing in this growing sweet spot.
As more and more organizations transition to next generation communication networks, they are quickly finding out that today’s networks are becoming more and more complex. Today’s UC networks are built off of a multi-vendor architecture and enables multimodal communications that can be accessed from anywhere, corporate LAN, home network, mobile network or even public WiFi.
The shift from traditional telephony platforms to Unified Communications (UC) has put organizations in more of a consumption model, which is causing a shift in how UC is supported. The concept of a call server or PBX is really going away, as all the functions of a UC environment – voice, video and collaboration – are more and more distributed. This trend causes server monitoring and availability to be de-emphasized.
Do we need yet another communications platform in the seemingly crowded Enterprise Communications space? Microsoft has not only answered this question to a resounding YES but they have rapidly become a leader in the Enterprise Unified Communications (UC) space according to the latest Gartner 2012 UC Magic Quadrant. Gartner cites Microsoft as a leader in the Unified Communications space, along with Cisco, Avaya and Siemens. Among the key strengths identified by Gartner’s study on Lync are adoption rates for enterprises ranging from small to large organizations, integration with Skype, and integration with enterprise business processes and applications.
We recently announced the release of ReliaTel 4.0 and officially launched at the Enterprise Connect show in Orlando. Amongst the key features packed into this major release, we introduced a new Dashboard interface that benefits both management and operations.
This week, Tone Software announced the release of the highly anticipated ReliaTel 4.0 release that includes product features designed to positively impact the Operational and Business returns for the Enterprise, MSP and Integrator markets. Over the next few weeks, I will highlight the key features as individual blog entries to provide a more in-depth analysis of the release. Furthermore, stay tuned to our blog as we officially launch the ReliaTel 4.0 release at The Enterprise Connect show in Orlando next week.