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Polycom Delivers a Powerful Punch - Acquires HP's Videoconferencing Business

Yet another major acquisition news came out this morning. Polycom announced that it will acquire HP’s Visual Collaboration Unit including the Halo products and managed services, ending HP’s not so successful venture into the videoconferencing market. The acquisition, which is valued at $89 million, is expected to close on August 1, 2011. According ...

Microsoft Acquires Skype

For the last several days, the rumor mill was abuzz with possibilities of a Skype acquisition.  Microsoft’s announcement this morning that it is acquiring Skype for $8.5B in cash seems aggressive and risky from a financial point of view but could be a game changer for communications.  This acquisition could make Microsoft a serious contender in the...

Why Twitter Wants TweetDeck - and TweetDeckers - So Badly

Rumors swirling this morning about Twitter’s $50 million acquisition of TweetDeck have everyone, er, atwitter.Fundamentally, Twitter has finally realized that its development partners have continued to innovate while the company’s basic interface – Twitter.com – is oddly low-frills with frustrating functionality. TweetDeck and other ‘social media e...

Videoconferencing Trends to Watch

This week we published our 2011 videoconferencing endpoints research which points at the huge growth potential for videoconferencing. Global revenues for the videoconferencing and telepresence endpoints market reached $1.7 billion in 2010, growing at a robust 17.8%. The strong market growth in 2010 can largely be attributed to a surge in interest f...

Factors Encouraging Growth in the Enterprise UC Markets

We just wrapped up our 2010 premises-based enterprise UC solutions market engineering report. In it we take a look at development and adoption trends for comprehensive or partial UC solutions that incorporate multiple foundational elements of the UC applications stack. We expect the report to be published soon. In the meantime, here is a very brief...

Have we Reached an Inflection Point in the Hosted Communications Market?

The North American hosted IP telephony and UC services market is growing rapidly, driven by maturing technologies and business models, and increasing market awareness of both the availability of such services and their specific benefits. The hype around cloud technologies has also contributed to growing customer interest in hosted/SaaS services, in...

Enterprise Connect 2011 Focuses on the Connected User

This week I attended Enterprise Connect in Orlando, Florida, USA. Formerly known as VoiceCon, Enterprise Connect is North America’s most important tradeshow for the enterprise communications market. The event’s name change is meant to reflect the evolving enterprise communications solutions market – from voice-centric, to converged voice and data, ...

It is Still Early Days for CEBP but We're Getting There

Although the concept of communications-enabled business processes (CEBP) has been around for a while, it is still a hot area of marketing for UC and other ICT companies. Given the persistent buzz, my colleague Melanie Turek and I thought the time was right for a reality check this market. We wanted to get behind the hype to gage the state of actual...

Bill Vass, Former CIO of Sun Microsystems, on Technology Trends in 2011 and Beyond

As part of our ongoing coverage of enterprise IT and communications technologies markets, we talk to executives with a successful track record of technology implementation, who share their insights on future technology trends. In this article, we talk to Bill Vass, former CIO of Sun Microsystems, who discusses virtualization, cloud and mobility. W...

Enterprise Communications in 2011: Buyers Reveal Their Top Priorities

Frost & Sullivan recently conducted a survey of 200 North American businesses and enterprises to get a look at some trends in their deployment and usage of UC technologies as well as future spending priorities. Participants in our survey included various types of C-level execs and IT/telecom managers. 79% were from companies with 500 or fewer empl...

Challenges Abound as the UC Channel Undergoes Transformation

UC Channel Partner Challenges and ObjectivesMost telecom VARs, SIs and consultants recognize the need to change and evolve along with their customers’ needs and architectures. However, transformation is a difficult process and requires a lot of support from the entire eco-system. As partners look to develop new skills and adjust their business mode...

Enterprise Media Gateways Bridge Past, Present and Future

  As we prepare to publish the latest World Enterprise Media Gateways Market engineering report, known internally as N89A-64, I thought it was an opportune time to highlight some of the key issues that impacted the 2009 market. This is a mature market with a clear, perennial leader in terms of market share and revenues. Yet there are many competi...

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