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Rationalizing the CenturyLink/Level 3 Merger

This week’s CenturyLink announcement to acquire Level 3 Communications is the latest in the seemingly endless cycle of consolidation in both the network and voice services markets. Here are the things I plan on keeping an eye on as this particular acquisi…
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Conferencing Standardization, Differentiation and the Impact on User Experience

Conferencing and collaboration vendors and service providers are supporting an increasingly broad array of checklist features. They are often differentiating on both look and feel as well as extended features. It is the differentiation on look and feel th…
Categories Tags In the first half of this year I’d been keeping a log of my online meeting experiences. As I use a variety of tools frequently, I try to keep notes on what wor… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/conferencing-standardization-differentiation-and-impact-user-experience/

Vodafone Stands Tall as a Digital Transformation Partner

In the week of October 10th, Vodafone held its 2016 Industry Analyst Summit in the beautiful English countryside of Egham, UK. Throughout the event, the company sent a strong message to the analyst community and, indirectly, to customers and partners abou…
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Is Cloud Communications the Right Place for Talented Women?

There is a general perception that IT is mostly a male-centric industry. In fact, the entire business world is still largely male-dominated. However, women are increasingly empowered to take leadership roles, including in IT companies. Many start as progr…
Categories Tags There is a general perception that IT is mostly a male-centric industry. In fact, the entire business world is still largely male-dominated. However, women are… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/cloud-communications-right-place-talented-women/

Calabrio Promotes a Stronger CX in New and Future Solutions

Calabrio releases Calabrio ONE WFO for the cloud and plans future applications
Categories Tags Well-designed workforce optimization (WFO) applications have become critical to delivering excellent and customer-delight-producing Customer Experiences (CXes)… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/calabrio-promotes-stronger-cx-new-and-future-solutions/

The 2016 AT&T Analyst Summit – Thoughts and Feedback from Frost & Sullivan

Thoughts on the 2016 AT&T Industry Analyst Summit from Dilip Sarangan, Industry Principal for IoT at Frost & Sullivan. The event was held between October 5-7, 2016 in Dallas, TX.
Categories Another year has come and gone. Frost & Sullivan ended its fiscal year 2016 at the end of September, and last week marked the start of a new year. It also marked the … http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/2016-t-analyst-summit-thoughts-and-feedback-frost-sullivan/

Can Women Add a Unique Dimension to a Technology-centric Future World?

Women inevitably add a unique quality to technology discussions. Whether you call it female sensitivity, the human factor, or something else, women often apply a more practical, yet also more holistic approach to technology design and application. Indust…
Categories Tags I’ve reflected numerous times that one of the greatest perks of being a cloud communications analyst is the ability to meet so many amazing people. Regardless … http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/can-women-add-unique-dimension-technology-centric-future-world/

What is Driving The Exponential Growth of Software Communications and Collaboration Clients and Applications within Businesses?

Simply stated, while only 5 percent of the global business users used any type of software communications back in 2006, today the number is close to a whopping 40 percent! The huge increase in penetration is due to a perfect storm of consumerization, user…
Categories Tags At Frost & Sullivan we take big pride in closely monitoring all types of enterprise endpoints, including desktop phones, IP desktop phones, DECT devices, W… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/what-driving-exponential-growth-software-communications-and-collaboration-clients-and-applications-within-businesses/

Understanding How Users and Lines are Provisioned in Hosted PBX Deployments

While simplicity of pricing structure has been among the key selling points for cloud communications, certain details about how these services are priced are not always clear business buyers and decision makers. One question that I often get is about how …
Categories Tags Understanding How Users and Lines are Provisioned in Hosted PBX Deployments Cloud communications are gaining popularity and businesses are increasingly eval… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/understanding-how-users-and-lines-are-provisioned-hosted-pbx-deployments/

Channel Partners Play a Critical Role in the Move to Cloud Communications

As businesses move their communications solutions to the cloud and premises-based equipment sales slow down, telephony resellers and interconnects are looking for new opportunities to remain competitive and sustain growth. The good news is that hosted/clo…
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UCC Opportunities in the Hospitality Space

Advanced UCC Tools Improve the Guest Experience and Optimize Daily Workflows in the Hospitality Industry - Highlights of Frost & Sullivan's new market insight.
Categories Tags I’ve just completed a new Market Insight entitled “UCC Opportunities in the Hospitality Space” taking a deep dive into the implementation of communications… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/ucc-opportunities-hospitality-space/

Adoption Trends in Managed Services Tailored Services Offer Greatest Appeal, Especially in the Mid-Market

Based on responses from IT decision-makers, Frost & Sullivan looked at the IT challenges that are likely to drive a managed services decision. We also examined which businesses are adopting managed services and which services they are adopting, as well as…
Categories Tags Managed services continue to gain popularity among enterprises, as a means to reduce complexity and gain expert support as they manage their IT environments. T… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/adoption-trends-managed-services-tailored-services-offer-greatest-appeal-especially-mid-market/

Who is Next to Marry after Genesys+ININ?

Genesys and Interactive Intelligence have merged but which companies are next, and what are the business pressures leading to industry M&As
Categories Tags The Genesys Interactive Intelligence deal announced last week has opened the door to speculation about other possible M&As.  After all, business romances bloo… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/who-next-marry-after-genesysinin/

Zoom Runs the Analyst’s Gauntlet

This week I’m putting pen to paper to detail my experiences with Zoom Meetings, an all-in-one, cloud-based multi-media conferencing service that is available worldwide on a subscription basis.
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/zoom-runs-analysts-gauntlet/

Merger of LogMeIn and Citrix’s GoTo Business Creates a Force to be Reckoned With

LogMeIn and Citrix’s GoTo Business have announced that they are merging to form a combined entity that will be among the world’s top 10 SaaS companies with $1B+ in anticipated annual revenue and more than two million customers around the globe.
Categories Tags LogMeIn and Citrix’s GoTo Business have announced that they are merging to form a combined entity which will be among the world’s top 10 SaaS companies with $1… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/merger-logmein-and-citrixs-goto-business-creates-force-be-reckoned/

Squaring Excellent Customer Experiences with Customer Affordability

Providing an excellent Customer Experience is a worthy objective, but it may not necessarily be aligned with corporate goals
Categories Tags Providing an excellent Customer Experience is a worthy objective, but it may not necessarily be aligned with corporate goals. A recent New Yorker article on pl… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/squaring-excellent-customer-experiences-customer-affordability/

PGi iMeetLive Runs the Analyst’s Gauntlet

As a unified communications & collaboration analyst, I use many tools to host and join remote, multiparty meetings. In this blog post I review and analyze my experience with PGi's iMeetLive webinar platform.
Categories Tags As a UCC analyst, I am exposed to numerous types of collaboration tools from which I host and join remote, multiparty meetings. Recently, I had the opportunity… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/pgi-imeetlive-runs-analysts-gauntlet/

Escalating cyber threats in an online world

A pair of short webinars are available that delve into the evolving nature of cyber threats---knowledge is power in combating these threats!
Categories Tags You are likely well aware that businesses are increasing their expenditures on cloud services. And with that, anywhere accessible is the new normal, whether to… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/escalating-cyber-threats-online-world/

Webinar invitation

Invitation to a Frost & Sullivan Webinar entitled: Service Reliability of IP-based Communications is not Optional
Categories Tags Real-time communication services are moving to IP-based networks, the Internet. Driven by several user and technology trends, performance reliability for real-… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/webinar-invitation/

inContact's Marriage is NICE

Analyst take on the NICE acquisition of inContact
Categories Tags NICE, which as of this month has dropped the “Systems” from its name, had its big user conference, Interactions2016 in Orlando last week, and a number of indus… http://digitaltransformation.frost.com/expert-insights/viewpoints/incontacts-marriage-nice/