Unified-communication implementation rate doubles

Unified-communication implementation rate doubles

CDW-G released the results of its third annual Unified Communications Tracking Poll, which was based on a survey of 900 IT professionals who work in this area. Key findings include:

UC implementation rates doubled from 2010 to 2011; 16% of organizations are fully implemented today.

76% of the organizations that have implemented UC fully said that ROI had met or exceeded their expectations.

Respondents ranked increased employee productivity (53%) and reduced operating costs (48%) as the chief benefits of UC.

41% of the IT professionals said that they had difficulty securing budget to fund UC implementations, and 29% said they had trouble securing reliable cost projections.

Among respondents who had fully implemented a UC solution in the cloud, 75% said cloud computing enabled faster UC deployment, and 65% said cloud computing made it more cost-effective to deploy UC.

The two most commonly deployed communication solutions are smart phones and mobile desktops; 80% deploy each technology.

Among K–12 institutions, mass notification is a top benefit.

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