While Broadvox and other ITSPs have continued to see very good growth in the adoption of SIP Trunking and VoIP, hardware providers are finding similar growth elusive. Additionally, the hosted community is experiencing both growth and an expansion of their market. While a hosted solution has always been of interest to small businesses, medium size businesses and enterprises are beginning to investigate including it into an overall IP communication strategy. So then, what is holding up the growth on the hardware side of things?
Discussing the effects of the Stimulus Bill or more accurately known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 passed by congress to assist an ailing economy is fraught with pitfalls, but I think worthwhile for our industry to consider more deeply. There are many things in the Stimulus Bill that we can each take issue with, such as various pork barrel projects, extending unemployment benefits, assisting with COBRA payments to extend healthcare, and identifying the right infrastructure projects. What I find as ideologically driven, is the overwhelming conclusion that the effort to influence the economy or infrastructure has failed. When the bill passed critics pointed out that most of the money in the bill would not be spent until 2010.
In December of 2008 I blogged about the cost savings associated with SIP Trunking. The primary reason was that I had just read a column that questioned whether transitioning to VoIP/SIP Trunking could save a business 70%. It was important to me that I defend the position because it is a claim that Broadvox, bandwidth.com and other ITSPs make. The opposing article focused on the difference between long distance plans offered by TDM carriers and SIP Trunking providers. While this is usually considered the primary source of savings, that would be wrong.
You know I have to cook on Valentine's Day, especially when it comes on a weekend. Most of you are fortunate in that going out to dinner is a favor to your spouse. My wife considers going out to dinner an inconvenience bordering on a major bother. That's fine with me, as I rather eat my own cooking most of the time.
While we are all aware that the east coast has been hammered this year with snow, Dallas and other areas in the south have been spared until yesterday. Having lived here for nearly twenty-five years, snowfall is not unusual. However, getting more than couple of inches is. DFW airport reported 12 inches of snow.
As we work to motivate companies to purchase IP based products, I find that a number of us are creating new untested and perhaps weaker messages. The value proposition for IP communications is fairly straightforward. By transitioning to IP communications, a business will enjoy the following benefits:
· Reduced cost, thereby conserving capital and budget for other expenses
Two thoughts come to mind as I look back on this weekend's dining delights. First, it is good that the Super Bowl comes once a year as I always prepare too much fried food. Second, remembering one of your better dishes is always a pleasant surprise. In preparation for eating during the Super Bowl, I deep-fried Buffalo wings, butterflied shrimp coated with Japanese Panko breadcrumbs, and cornmeal dusted oysters.
Clearly, the focus of Broadvox and similar ITSPs is to promote SIP Trunking or SIP termination and origination. However, there is a larger and faster growing market in the business community for simple VoIP solutions. According to In-Stat, 41% of businesses with VoIP capability have no legacy TDM voice services, vs. 34% in 2008 and 42% of US businesses now have a VoIP solution in at least one location.
This weekend was a bit out of the norm for me as I decided it had been some months since I researched some local eateries. The result of this is that I usually do not cook when conducting such research. However, this weekend was an exception as I both found a new dish and made one of my standards. First on Friday, we tried the new Dominoes pizza.