Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in SIP trunking, big data and more:
- A new study by Infonetics Research revealed that the percentage of companies using SIP trunking will rise from 38% today to 58% by 2015. This means that SIP trunking will soon surpass T1 lines, the use of which will drop from 71% to 55% during the same time period. The SIP Trunking and SBC Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey of 300 businesses also revealed that the biggest reasons that companies fail to deploy SIP trunking are “satisfaction with existing voice services” and because their existing service contracts are not up for renewal.
According to Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics Research and author of the study, “Though more and more companies are implementing SIP trunking, it is far from being the ubiquitous standard of T1 lines or ISDN circuits. T1 lines are still the most commonly used trunking service today, and while their use is declining, our survey shows that North American businesses are using a combination of services; there isn’t going to be a 100% cutover from T1 to SIP. Companies are using SIP trunking for only a portion of their call capacity.”
- The Unified Communications Strategies blog ran an article on four ways mid-market firms can find their ideal unified communications (UC) client. The article discusses the benefits of working with a channel partner that offers UC solutions, as “there is a lot of foundational work that needs to be done to understand organizational challenges before the first soft phone hits a desktop.” According to the article, your UC channel partner should not offer a cookie-cutter solution but should instead customize your UC solution to help you meet your business goals. For more advice on finding the ideal UC client, see the Unified Communications Strategies article.
- Big data is one of the technologies that will take information management (IM) into the future. Gartner recently published a list of technologies that will modernize IM and make the role of information governance more important, and big data topped the list. According to Gartner, “Big data warrants innovative processing solutions for a variety of new and existing data, to provide real business benefits, but processing large volumes or wide varieties of data, remains merely a technological solution, unless it is tied to business goals and objectives.” Other technologies that will play a key role in the future of IM include modern information infrastructure and semantic technologies. For the complete list of technologies, see the Gartner press release.
- And finally … Columbia University launched the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, which will prepare students for careers in areas such as big data and cybersecurity. With the explosive growth of big data, news sources have cited data scientist as the “sexiest” career choice of the 21st century. According to the New York Times, this Institute “points to the direction that universities will have to take if the bundle of technologies called Big Data – new data and artificial intelligence tools – really are to transform industries, as its champions predict.”
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