As the year plays out, watch for unified communications to continue on its march toward the cloud, mobile platforms and beyond.
We’re two weeks into 2015, and that means it’s time industry watchers such as myself to step out and make some predictions for what’s coming this year. (I thought about revealing my New Year’s resolutions, but other than “make fun of Brian Riggs more” I probably won’t stick to any of them!) With that being said, here are six UC-related predictions for 2015.
1. This will be the year of Lync partners. In my year-end wrap-up blog, I proclaimed 2014 to be the year that Lync Voice legitimized itself as an enterprise-grade voice system. Microsoft will keep that momentum going into 2015, and many of its partners will hang 10 on the Lync Voice wave. Polycom (handsets, video systems), Plantronics (headsets, USB peripherals) and Sonus Networks (session border controllers) have the most upside today. Aruba Networks (WiFi), Brocade (networking), Smart Technologies (interactive white-boards) and Logitech (peripherals) are likely to gain some upside in 2015.