The realities of the modern market are such that most manufacturers tend to tie the consumer closer to themselves. As a result, vertical solutions are proposed, which, perhaps, fulfill the functions assigned to them, but doom the customer to dictate from the manufacturer’s side. This may consist not only in the need to purchase the development of only one brand, but also requires the training of specialists (which, in fact, will be narrowly focused on the products of a specific manufacturer), purchase of additional licenses, service contracts, etc. The orientation of only one manufacturer can, in the end, be very expensive. Continue reading “Unified Communications in the firest place is Software!”
The concept of Unified Communications in its current notion is still quite fresh. Nevertheless, more than a dozen large manufacturers offer their own development for this sphere. Among the main players in the world market, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Siemens Enterprise Networks are most notable. It is also worth remembering Nortel solutions, which many experts considered one of the best in the industry, but due to the bankruptcy of the company, the future of its development is very vague. In general, according to the analytical company Frost and Sullivan, the volume of sales of software for building Unified Communications systems in 2008 was about $ 71 million. Relatively small, but still it is almost three times more than in 2007, and by 2013 It is expected that this segment will grow to $ 1.8 billion.