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 with a resounding YES but they have rapidly become a leader in the Enterprise Unified Communications (UC) space according to Gartner. Analysts cite Microsoft as a leader in the Unified Communications space, along with Cisco and Avaya. Among the key strengths identified by Gartner’s study 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 key ReliaTel features and introduced a new Dashboard interface that benefits both management and operations.