Trends Report

Enterprise Communications: The Next Decade

Ten Trends That Will Shape Unified Communications And Collaboration

March 9th, 2010
With contributors:
Alexander Crumb , Robert Whiteley III

Summary

Enterprise communications will continue to undergo significant changes during the next decade, as multimodal cloud services invade traditional communication products and services. Today's infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders need to understand 10 emerging trends that will influence enterprise communications. These include technology innovation for multimodal communications and collaboration, business imperatives for worker real-time connectivity, and enhanced cloud services for lower cost delivery of applications. Technology advances include innovative applications based on session initiation protocol (SIP), multimodal devices that displace landline phones, increased adoption of open source software, widespread video adoption, and mobile unified communications (UC) for contextual collaboration. Social networking sites will extend to workers who will use them as a major source for information and content. Although these changes will occur gradually, it's important to plan today for which technologies will have the broadest impact on your organization.

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