Small Business Is The Next Frontier For Telephony At Interop
The small- to medium-sized business (SMB) market is big at this year's Interop as vendors scramble to find new markets. Are SMBs really ready to kick down for routers and IP PBX systems?
The small- to medium-sized business (SMB) market is big at this year's Interop as vendors scramble to find new markets. Are SMBs really ready to kick down for routers and IP PBX systems?Just about everyone here thinks SMBs are the next big thing for IP communications. Is that because the enterprise market is saturated or because SMBs are really screaming out for IB PBXs? What do you think?
Regardless, here is a look at the SMB-related news from the show so far:
> 3Com SMB security solution -- The new platform includes IPS with firewall, VPN, and content filtering.
> Samsung Plans WiMAX For SMBs -- Samsung's new Ubigate iBG Series combines networking, voice, and security for the SMB and the platform will include support for WiMAX in Q3. Samsung also launched the OfficeServ 7100, a shake 'n bake telephony solution designed for business with 25 or fewer employees.
> Polycom (or the Wi-Fi phone maker formerly known as SpectraLink)is showing off the enterprise-class NetLink 8030 Wi-Fi handsets here at Interop. But, Polycom is also talking a lot about Wi-Fi phones for SMBs too.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
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