Is It Time to Write Off Email?

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 03-04-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Is It Time to Write Off Email?
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    Is It Time to Write Off Email?

    As cloud-based Unified Communications increases in popularity, traditional on-premise systems are fading away, causing many tech leaders to wonder if email is a dying format.
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    82% of respondents expect integrated messaging and collaboration applications to disrupt the business email market. Only 18% believe email will remain the primary business-messaging tool.
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    Businesses are using UCaaS and hosted PBX services to replace on-premises equipment and turning to cloud-based unified communication and collaboration services.
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    UCaaS/Hosted PBX market by Business Size

    By 2020, respondents believe that UCaaS/Hosted PBX market share will increase according to the following breakout: Small businesses: 48% (10% today), Midmarket businesses: 37% (5% today), Large enterprises: 20% (6% today), Total market: 41% (7% today)
 

Reports on the death of email may be greatly exaggerated, but many industry leaders are questioning if a shift from traditional on-premise systems to cloud Unified Communications as a service (UCaaS) may be a harbinger of things to come for email. UCaaS is a means to collaboration and productivity and provide ways for people to keep in touch regardless of their location or communications device. The cloud helps make delivery more efficient. "Enterprise UCaaS is proving disruptive due to its superior value proposition--reduced complexity, lower total cost of ownership and greater productivity and mobility for the increasingly Millennial and distributed workforce," says Taher Behbehani, CMO of BroadSoft, the cloud software and services provider that conducted the study. Conducted in late October 2015 at the company's annual users conference, the survey polled 146 respondents, including C-level executives, directors, vice presidents, managers, department heads, and engineers. Seventy-four percent of the respondents were from service providers, 26% from enterprises, resellers and technology vendors. 59% of respondents were from North America, 25% from EMEA, 9% from APAC and 7% from CALA. Here are key findings.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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