UCaaS Continues Strong Growth
The business world is abuzz with unified communications (UC). Adoption is at an all-time high as organizations are realizing the value of integrating the growing number of avenues of communication. Laptops, cell phones, tablets and even the Apple Watch are being used as communication devices for work.
A key part of the growth of UC is UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS), which is projected to grow by more than 20 percent over the next seven years, with a market totaling almost $38 billion by the year 2022, according to Transparency Market Research. Technavio is more optimistic, saying the UCaaS market will grow by 28 percent from 2015-2019, according to its report, the global unified communications as a service (UCaaS) market.
“Increased focus on user preferences, use of mobile devices and mobile workforces are all widening the adoption of the BYOD model," said Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of Technavio. "Increased use of smartphones is driving the demand for UCaaS, as these devices make workforces more mobile."
Beyond the benefits of greater mobility and integration of BYOD devices are a plethora of other benefits on an organizational level. One of the key reasons organizations are turning to UCaaS is that they want to simplify their communications system, which often can be a collection of disparate technologies that don’t integrate and work together optimally. Many organizations have a phone system, email, video conferencing, instant messaging and chat tool, but they are from different vendors.
UCaaS offers numerous business advantages including:
With all communications united under a single platform, hosted in the cloud, organizations don’t need to buy, install, maintain and migrate numerous communication platforms and tools. Plus, a single platform with a single experience consolidates voice, text, conferencing and more.
Free up IT Resources
Not only is UCaaS brilliantly simple, it doesn’t require IT to spend time with upgrades, ongoing maintenance, repairs and any other duties related to the system. A good UCaaS provider will design the system that works best for your organization and maintain it to run optimally.
Organizations cut out costs related to buying an on-premises system as they shift from capital expenditures (CAPEX) to operating expenditures (OPEX). This helps to eliminate the planning costs, procurement, installation, management, maintenance and more.
For any growing business who may experience rapid growth, or seasonal business spikes, a UCaaS solution can easily handle and manage growth, or even growth declines. It adapts to whatever organization may need at any given time.