Communications & Collaboration

December 16, 2021 UCaaS in 2022: Top Three Trends

This note highlights the top three trends to watch for in the 2022 UCaaS marketspace: AR/VR digital workspaces will see sustained investment; UCaaS and customer experience management technologies will continue to blend; and speech functionality will become more sophisticated through AI-driven technology.

October 27, 2021 Enterprise Connect 2021: Trends and Keynote Highlights

Enterprise Connect is North America’s premier conference for advances in communications, collaboration, and customer experience technologies. In this note, Thomas Randall provides his trends and keynote highlights for Enterprise Connect 2021, held September 27 to 29.

October 26, 2021 BlueJeans Announces “Next-Generation BlueJeans” Suite and Google Glass Partnership

On October 8, 2021, BlueJeans by Verizon announced their “Next-Generation BlueJeans” suite and partnership with Google Glass. The Next-Generation suite ties BlueJeans Meetings to two new products: BlueJeans Spaces and BlueJeans Collab Board.

September 21, 2021 Five9 Outlines Voice Technologies Roadmap at CX Summit 2021

Five9’s CX Summit for 2021 hosted events and interactive sessions that explored best practices for using Five9 as well as an outline of Five9’s roadmap for the coming year. Of special focus was Five9’s projected investments in voice technologies for the contact center.

September 02, 2021 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Reports Positive Revenue Growth for Q2

On August 24, 2021, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise briefed its Q2 performance for FY21. Q2 saw positive revenue growth of 11.4% YoY, delivering 20% against the previous year.

September 02, 2021 Interview: Zendesk and the State of the CCaaS Market

John Aniano, Senior Vice President of Product in CRM applications at Zendesk, sat down with Info-Tech to discuss the current state of the contact center as a service (CCaaS) market space and Zendesk’s position in that space.

August 04, 2021 TCN Continues Global Growth and Product Enhancements

On July 7, 2021, TCN briefed Info-Tech on its continued growth, Experian partnership, and CCaaS platform TCN Operator.

July 05, 2021 Aspect Software Briefs on the Rationale for Its Noble Systems Merger

On June 18, 2021, Aspect Software briefed Info-Tech on the rationale behind its merger with Noble Systems to found Alvaria. Aspect and Noble announced the merger on May 10, 2021, positioning Alvaria as a market leader in contact management and workforce engagement management (WEM), with half a billion dollars in combined revenue.

July 05, 2021 BlueJeans Outlines Its 2H 2021 Product Roadmap

On June 3, 2021, BlueJeans provided an update on its product direction for 2H 2021. BlueJeans is now fully integrated with Verizon One, completing Verizon’s full UCaaS solution.

June 01, 2021 Cisco Briefs on Latest Security Features for Webex

On May 21, 2021, Cisco briefed on Webex’s security features. This not only included information about the type of administration control for end users when using Webex from any device, but also Cisco’s certifications and compliances more broadly.

June 01, 2021 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s Cloud Sales Continue to Surge

On May 24, 2021, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) briefed on its Q1 performance for FY21. FY20 saw ALE’s global revenues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and these effects continue to ripple into FY21. While global cloud sales continue to dominate, alongside a strong quarter in China, global revenue was down 5% year-over-year (YoY).

May 14, 2021 Web Conferencing in 2021: The Top Three Trends

With a return to the office looking ever more feasible, organizations need to consider what role web conferencing solutions will play moving forward. This note outlines three trends organizations should be aware of as we move into 2022.

May 14, 2021 The Three C’s of Enterprise Collaboration Software

This note outlines Info-Tech’s Three C’s of Enterprise Collaboration framework to help buyers effectively navigate the collaboration software marketspace.

April 30, 2021 Windstream Briefs on Its Growing UCaaS Portfolio

On April 28, 2021, Windstream briefed Info-Tech on its UCaaS portfolio, which includes their primary pure cloud offering, OfficeSuite UC, alongside their other solutions powered by Avaya and Mitel.

April 22, 2021 Nextiva to Expand UCaaS Services Beyond US

On April 20, 2021, Nextiva briefed Info-Tech on its Nextiva One suite, with a focus on its communication applications: Business Phone (voice) and Cospace (videoconferencing and collaboration). Nextiva plans to expand beyond the US later this year.

March 31, 2021 BlueJeans Updates FY2021 Roadmap

On March 11, 2021, Verizon provided updates to BlueJeans’ product vision and direction for FY2021. BlueJeans experienced dramatic adoption in 2020, particularly for webinars and events, and seeks to offer advanced breakout room features in the future.

March 31, 2021 Orange’s UCaaS Business Services Solution Provides Flexible Integrations and Deployment

On March 24, 2021, Orange briefed Info-Tech on its UCaaS Business Services solution. Orange has positioned its solution to be flexible and adaptable to a range of client use cases. Not only does Orange’s UCaaS offering center within a broad portfolio of solutions (from omnichannel contact center to CPaaS), Orange also offers multi-deployment options, including on-premises, private, hybrid, and public/multi-cloud.

February 26, 2021 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Releases Q4 Report

On February 22, 2021, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) released its Q4 report. While overall global revenues were down on last year’s Q4, ALE’s cloud-based solutions continued to surge. These surges are in part explained by mid- to large-sized organizations beginning significant investments to prepare for a post-pandemic world.

February 26, 2021 Review: ZohoDay 2021

On February 24-25, 2021, Zoho held its annual ZohoDay – a conference aimed at communicating the state of the business and product roadmaps. The event coincided with Zoho’s 25th year as a company, testament to Zoho’s long-term business approach: grow organically, have zero debt, zero external investments, remain cashflow positive, and plow cashflow back into the business and customers.

January 27, 2021 Briefing: Zendesk Talk

On December 1, Zendesk – a global customer service software company – briefed Info-Tech on its contact center as a service (CCaaS) solution, Zendesk Talk.

January 27, 2021 Briefing: Revation Systems’ LinkLive

On January 14, Revation Systems – a provider of cloud-based compliant messaging and communications – briefed Info-Tech on its unified communications as a service (UCaaS) solution, LinkLive. LinkLive encompasses several UCaaS solutions that are primarily aimed at industries with high security and compliance requirements. These industries especially include banking and healthcare.