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Today, Mitel announced that it “will acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of ShoreTel common stock in an all-cash transaction at a price of $7.50 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $530 million and a total enterprise value of approximat…
Categories Tags Reading the news about Mitel’s acquisition of competitor ShoreTel this morning, I couldn’t help relating to a book my son once brought home from school titled … http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/and-then-it-happened/

Three Ways Apple Accidently Changed Business Communications

Bloggers and journalists far and wide have been recounting their first experience with the device that would change everything. What is not being talked about as much, however, is the impact that smart devices have had on our daily work lives.
Categories Tags There has been a lot of coverage about the major milestone in personal communications: the tenth anniversary of the first shipments of the original iPhone. Blo… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/three-ways-apple-accidently-changed-business-communications/

Blockchain Technologies-Tools for Collaborative Innovation

Frost & Sullivan's thoughts on the potential of blockchains and the road ahead.
Categories Tags Blockchains The bitcoin mania has taken over the globe; the cryptocurrency is up more than 230% in the last one year and most cryptocurrency enthusiasts belie… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/blockchain-technologies-tools-collaborative-innovation/

The 2017 Sprint Business Analyst Day: Update on Sprint’s Strategy and Roadmap

Update on Sprint's strategy for the business segment.
Categories Tags Introduction Frost & Sullivan’s analyst team recently attended the 2017 Sprint Business Analyst Day where Sprint shared information on its product strategy an… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/2017-sprint-business-analyst-day-update-sprints-strategy-and-roadmap/

Stitching Together Better Enterprise Communications with CPaaS

The rise of communications platforms as a service (CPaaS) offerings is one of the hottest topics in the enterprise communications industry right now. Based on our research, the Frost & Sullivan Connected Work team believes that much of the hype and excite…
Categories Tags The rise of communications platforms as a service (CPaaS) offerings is one of the hottest topics in the enterprise communications industry right now. Based on … http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/stitching-together-better-enterprise-communications-cpaas/

Finding the Value of HD Voice Beyond Conferencing Services

Many business users that are accustomed to narrow-band landline phone or traditional cellular voice experiences would immediately notice the significant improvement HD audio technology brings to audio interactions. Yet, there is a challenge to more widesp…
Categories Tags The Connected Work research team at Frost & Sullivan has long advocated high-definition (HD) audio as part of business communications solutions. High-definitio… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/finding-value-hd-voice-beyond-conferencing-services/

Lessons Learned: CX Focus Key to Successful Customer Contact Automation

Automation tools like chatbots and virtual assistants can successfully reduce live agent costs if implemented correctly
Categories Tags There is a strong sense of déjà vu arising from the conversations about whether the new wave of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven chatbots and virtual assist… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/lessons-learned-cx-focus-key-successful-customer-contact-automation/

Device as a Service: Re-evaluating a Traditional Need in a Cloud World

Advancements in software development and cloud architectures are driving a profound shift towards communications technology delivered as a service. Double-digit user and provider revenue growth rates in the hosted Internet Protocol (IP) telephony and unif…
Categories Tags Advancements in software development and cloud architectures are driving a profound shift towards communications technology delivered as a service. Double-digi… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/device-service-re-evaluating-traditional-need-cloud-world/

ICYMI: Elka Popova talking UCaaS at Enterprise Connect 2017

If you missed Elka's panel at Enterprise Connect, check out her pre-session interview, recording live on the show floor.
Categories Tags If you missed Elka's panel at Enterprise Connect, check out her pre-session interview, recording live on the show floor. http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/icymi-elka-popova-talking-ucaas-enterprise-connect-2017/

Canada Moves to Spark Investment and Growth in Tech and Green Sectors

The Canadian government is taking steps in its new budget to encourage the digital transformation of the country's economy.
Categories Tags On Wednesday, March 22, the Canadian government, led by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, unveiled its annual budget that includes funding for programs th… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/canada-moves-spark-investment-and-growth-tech-and-green-sectors/

Amazon’s Potential, Disruptive, (and Welcome) Customer Contact Market Entry

Amazon is reportedly planning to offer chatbots while at the same time Avaya has freed up resources to strengthen its contact center market through its networking solution sale to Extreme Networks.
Categories Tags Amazon is apparently considering directly entering the customer contact market. Its Amazon Web Services (AWS) subsidiary is looking at offering chatbots/virtua… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/amazons-potentially-disruptive-and-welcome-possible-contact-center-market-entry/

4k Video is Backing its Way into the Enterprise

Most business use cases don't require ultra-HD video, however the technology is creeping into the enterprise as the default resolution.
Categories Tags For years we’ve been hearing about the emergence of 4k, or ultra HD (UHD), video.  The technology essentially quadruples 1080p resolution in a single image. In… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/4k-video-backing-its-way-enterprise/

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and the Rainbow Connection

I have previously written about the post-PBX apocalypse. In its short form, my message to the UC market has been: Differentiate and evolve to survive. After recently spending a few days with the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) team, I am very pleased to s…
Categories Tags #ALEConnex Rainbow is NOT - yet another messaging tool - a new WhatsApp - a new cloud UC offer only - competitor to other ALE products — Michael Brandenbu… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/alcatel-lucent-enterprise-and-rainbow-connection/

Cisco Spark Board: Revolutionary or Evolutionary?

A 3-in-1 device, supporting voice, visual and data collaboration, Cisco Spark Board is heralded as a revolutionary product. Is it more accurately characterized as much needed evolution for room-based meetings?
Categories Tags By now, everyone associated with the unified communications and collaboration industry is aware of the unprecedented product launch event on January 24 from wh… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/cisco-spark-board-revolutionary-or-evolutionary/

Logitech SmartDock Runs the Analyst’s Gauntlet

Frost & Sullivan’s Analyst Gauntlet is a structured program wherein participating vendors and service providers give industry analysts deep dives and demonstrations of their collaboration solution. This week we evaluate Logitech SmartDock for Skype Room …
Categories Tags Frost & Sullivan’s Analyst Gauntlet is a structured program wherein participating vendors and service providers give industry analysts deep dives and demonstra… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/logitech-smartdock-runs-analysts-gauntlet/

EMM Providers Face Game-Changing Challenges in 2017

The North American Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) market continues to be in a constant state of flux, with 2017 presenting the sector’s newest round of challenge and opportunity.
Categories Tags The North American Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) market continues to be in a constant state of flux, with 2017 presenting the sector’s newest round of c… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/emm-providers-face-game-changing-challenges-2017/

Top 10 BPO Trends and Business Priorities for 2017

Against the backdrop of customer experience taking precedence in 2016, Juan Gonzalez, Research Director at Frost & Sullivan, shares his top 10 BPO trends and priorities that providers should be focusing on as we move into the new year.
Categories Tags Improving customer service has become synonymous with improving the overall interaction experience, regardless of the industry. Consumers are increasingly k… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/top-10-bpo-trends-and-business-priorities-2017/

Perspectives on AVI-SPL’s Anderson Audio Visual Acquisition

AVI-SPL announced it acquired Anderson Audio Visual, a move that combines two of the top A/V integrators in North America. We discussed the news with CEOs from both companies, and learned important details that customers and partners may want to know.
Categories Tags This week AVI-SPL announced it acquired Anderson Audio Visual. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move enhances AVI-SPL’s position as the top revenue ge… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/market-perspectives-avi-spls-anderson-audio-visual-acquisition/

BroadSoft Accelerates Innovation to Boost Customer Value and Service Provider Differentiation

At the 2016 BroadSoft Connections event held the week of November 14th in San Antonio, Texas, BroadSoft once again treated an elite crowd of telecom decision makers, senior executives in service provider networking, IT and marketing, and industry analysts…
Categories Tags At the 2016 BroadSoft Connections event held the week of November 14th in San Antonio, Texas, BroadSoft once again treated an elite crowd of telecom decision m… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/broadsoft-accelerates-innovation-boost-customer-value-and-service-provider-differentiation/

Two Things this UC Analyst is Thankful For

It’s that time of the year again when we all take a moment to reflect on the things we are thankful for. On a personal level, it is usually good health, friends, family, and at least for me, the smart and cool people I get to work with. As an industry ana…
Categories Tags It’s that time of the year again when we all take a moment to reflect on the things we are thankful for. On a personal level, it is usually good health, friend… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/two-things-uc-analyst-thankful/

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