While it is clear that businesses are comfortable conceptually with Anywhere, Anytime and Anyway, Any Device or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) presents a myriad of ongoing integration issues. First, Windows is still the primary operating system for businesses worldwide on the desktop and portable computing platforms (laptops). This requires IT departments to begin any development effort with Windows as the first listed OS. However, the future is not just portable computing, it is wireless computing.
I, along with several of my ANPI colleagues, spent the beginning of this week at the BroadSoft Connections 2012 in Phoenix. The subtitle/theme of the event was “Unleash the Possibilities”. Like so many things technological, it is highly unlikely that we will look back on this event as establishing a new era for Unified Communications (UC), however, I did find it worth noting how far the industry has come in the five years that I have followed UC. The buzz terms of presence, collaboration and unified messaging are now a reality for any number of companies and the price and technology can be practically embraced by SMBs.
As often stated in my blogs, cost savings drives the growth of SIP Trunking for SMBs. However, carriers gain through cost savings in terms of equipment, facilities, maintenance and peering by transitioning from TDM to IP. The other key benefit is that carriers are able to over certain IP applications and services when customers are supported by an IP infrastructure. For example, HD Voice or G.722 cannot be offered across non-IP based networks. Therefore, it is a service that a carrier can offer to its multi-location customer base.
Carriers benefit from SIP Trunking several ways. First there is the revenue perspective. By offering SIP Trunking services Carriers can provide improved quality of service (both voice quality and service robustness) to their carrier partners and their end users/business customers. It is through the adoption and deployment of SIP Trunking that carriers are able to offer a VoIP service that has availability characteristics of 99.995 and mean opinion score equal to toll service 4.4 out of 5.0.
Friday marked one year since Steve Jobs death and, not surprisingly, it provoke commentary and thought about the man, his leadership style and the future of Apple. Initially, I was not going to blog about Steve because I considered that there were plenty of others to do so. However, an article/blog did catch my eye and generate a bit of thought. Kathryn Cave, Editor, IDG Connect authored an article “Steve Jobs: The Model of Inspirational Leadership”.
As I walked the floor of IT EXPO yesterday, it was almost overwhelming to see the number of cloud-based solutions. The applications, tools, partners and value propositions have become stronger. Alliances between competitors are forming to promote cloud-based solutions, APIs and standards. It is nearly inevitable that a company will implement a major business solution in the cloud over the next few years.
This Thursday I will participate in a panel discussion titled “The Conversion from TDM to SIP: Evaluating the Benefits of SIP Trunking” at 3:00 PM during IT EXPO in Austin. Having covered this subject for sometime, I decided to preview my comments in this blog. Friday I addressed some of the issues with SIP Trunking most of which revolve around the loosely defined SIP standard, interoperability testing and bandwidth sizing. Today, however, I want to address cost savings.