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End-User Priorities in Communications and Collaboration Investments, 2019

  • Report

  • 80 Pages
  • February 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 5004051

Adoption of Advanced UCC Tools is Rising as Businesses Pursue Digital Transformation and Address Shifting Workforce Requirements

The overall research objective is to measure the current use and future decision-making behavior toward unified communications and other workforce technologies around the globe, specifically: desktop, room-based and huddle room video conferencing; audio conferencing; web conferencing; IP telephony; team collaboration tools (e.g., Slack); unified communications (UC) clients; consumer messaging and calling services (e.g., Skype, Google, WhatsApp, WeChat); headsets; and unified messaging.

This research aims to:

  • Understand the IT-related challenges organizations face today
  • Assess the current and future use of business communications technologies
  • Evaluate factors that drive investments in communications technologies
  • Gauge IT and communications trends
  • Appraise available IT budgets

The data were collected using an online survey of 1,067 global IT/telecom decision-makers and influencers during the July-August 2019 period.

Key Features:

  • IT staff, C-level leaders and department heads are most commonly involved in enterprise digital solution purchase decisions.
  • Those same roles are also most consistently involved in driving solutions adoption within their organizations.
  • A consumer-like experience is deemed “very influential” in communications and collaboration solution purchase decisions.
  • Half of decision-maker respondents “often” consider diverse workforce demographics, compared to 27 percent that “always” consider workforce demographics, in purchase decisions.
  • Only 15 percent of respondents view their organizations as part of the late majority or laggards with respect to adoption of new enterprise digital technologies.
  • A majority of organizations expect the number of private offices, huddle rooms and mid-to-large conference rooms to increase in the next three years.
  • Desktop communications and collaboration tools, wireless enterprise voice devices, video endpoints, and collaboration-equipped huddle spaces rank among the top investments aimed at increasing office productivity.
  • The top drivers for investing in communications and collaboration solutions in the next two years include improving teamwork, information management and customer experiences.
  • Top investment restraints across most technologies include: cost, lack of perceived value and integration complexity.
  • Organizations are almost equally split on whether they have deployed single-vendor vs multi-vendor solutions. Hybrid (cloud and premises-based) architectures will continue to account for a considerable share of customer communications environments.
  • Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance communications is a very relevant or somewhat relevant topic for nearly 80 percent of organizations.
  • Security concerns and job displacement are top concerns associated with leveraging AI to enhance communications.
  • The top four decision-making factors across numerous technologies include: security, ease of use, reliability, and features.
  • The top four investments for enterprise digital solutions in 2020 include: big data analytics, web and video conferencing, group video conferencing, and marketing automation.

Table of Contents

1. Research Objectives and Methods
  • Research Objectives
  • Survey Methodology
  • Countries Where Survey Respondents’ IT/Telecom Assets are Situated
  • Survey Respondents by Company Size
  • Survey Respondent Roles in Technology Purchase Decisions
  • Survey Respondents by Industry Sector
  • Survey Respondents by Job Title

2. Summary of Major Findings
3. Decision-maker Positioning
  • Roles Involved in Technology Purchase Decisions
  • Roles Driving Technology Adoption
  • Importance of Consumer-like Experiences
  • Importance of Application Support on Mobile Devices
  • Workforce Demographic Considerations in Purchase Decisions
  • Position on the Adoption Curve of New Technologies
  • Open Office and Small Meeting Space Adoption
  • Office Configuration Expectations in Three Years
  • Top Investment Plans to Support Productive Offices

4. Communications and Collaboration Adoption Status
  • Top Drivers for Technology Investments
  • Communications and Collaboration Technologies Currently Deployed
  • Conferencing Technologies Currently Deployed
  • How Technology is Deployed
  • Frequency of Technology Use
  • How Technology is Deployed
  • Benefits of Communication and Collaboration Deployment
  • Top Restraints to Desktop Video and Web Conferencing Investment
  • Top Restraints to Conference Room-based Video Conferencing Investment
  • Top Restraints to Huddle Room Video Conferencing (Meant for Small Rooms of Up to 4–6 People Investment
  • Top Restraints to Audio Conferencing Investment
  • Top Restraints to IP Telephony Investment
  • Top Restraints to Team Collaboration Tools (e.g., Slack, Microsoft Teams) Investment
  • Top Restraints to Desktop or Mobile Voice or UC Client Investment
  • Top Restraints to Consumer Messaging and Calling Services (e.g., Skype, Google) Investment
  • Top Restraints to Headset Investment
  • Top Restraints to Webinar Investment
  • Current Communications Environments
  • Plans for Communications Solutions in Two Years
  • Status of Microsoft Skype for Business and Teams Deployment
  • Relevance of Using AI to Enhance Communications
  • Benefits of Using AI to Enhance Communications
  • Risks of Using AI to Enhance Communications
  • Current Video and Web Conferencing Deployments
  • Satisfaction with Cloud Video and Web Conferencing Solutions
  • Top Factors in Cloud Video and Web Conferencing Selection
  • Satisfaction with Team Collaboration Tools
  • Top Factors in Team Collaboration Tool Selection
  • Perceptions of Team Collaboration Tool Providers
  • Satisfaction with Room-based Video Conferencing Devices
  • Top Factors Affecting Room-based Video Conferencing Device Purchases

5. Budgets
  • Total Annual Revenues
  • Revenue Growth
  • Profit Margins
  • Top Investments for 2020 Enterprise Digital Solution Budgets

6. Conclusion
  • Legal Disclaimer
  • Appendix
  • List of Exhibits

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Skype
  • Slack
  • WeChat
  • WhatsApp