“Unified communications, it seems, is one technology immune from the effects of the economic turmoil. Despite a sluggish economy and continued constriction of IT spending, UC remains a popular add-on for companies looking to replace or update their communications systems, thanks in part to a slew of new offerings — including the latest release of Office Communications Server from Microsoft Inc.— and greater interoperability between vendor technologies,” writes Charlene O’Hanlon on ChannelPartnersOnline.com.
“The technology has been on a growth path for the better part of two years, motivated in part by market studies showing a definite upward climb in UC sales. In 2008 Gartner Inc. released its prediction that UC would grow at a 17 percent aggregate rate, and a joint study released that same year by COMMfusion LLC and UCStrategies.com predicted a much heftier growth rate of 51.7 percent CAGR between 2007 and 2012,” O’Hanlon writes.
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