Unbelievably, the first quarter of 2014 is over. While this year is going by faster than we’d perhaps like it to, it gives us a chance to assess just where the year is really headed. The world is always in prediction mode; it’s time we awake from our slumber and cast an eye towards the very real numbers being churned out by today’s top industry pundits—the kinds that will help make this year your business’ best ever.
The team here at Esna has been doing its due diligence to see what’s new in the enterprise collaboration space lately, from technologies being embraced to the biggest challenges facing businesses. Here’s a lineup of our most insightful findings for enterprise collaboration in 2014 that you should consider for your business, too:
More Companies Are Moving Beyond the ‘Pilot Phase’ of Cloud Computing
As a new March 2014 study commissioned by Microsoft and 451 Research shows, the potential savings and business benefits of cloud are more significant than ever. Among its many findings, the study revealed that most companies will turn toward a hybrid solution this year and that many are choosing to move forward with their cloud plans this year specifically—45 percent are pushing past the pilot phase and 32 percent have a formal cloud plan in place.
It seems that 2014 is shaping up to be the year that companies go from “planning to do more with the cloud” to actually doing it, proving that cloud computing is a viable and profitable investment far separated from its initial perception as a fad or trend.
This year, ask yourself whether you’re letting your cloud computing initiative sail off into open waters or if you’re keeping it docked at the shore for no reason other than apprehension.
Collaboration, Video Conferencing Driving Strong Unified Communications (UC) App Growth
March 2014 research from Infonetics Research shows that between video conferencing, mobile integration and UC apps, businesses are planning to get more collaborative than ever this year.
The report found that:
- 88 percent of survey respondents plan to add video conferencing to their UC architecture by February 2015.
- 74 percent of business leaders consider mobile device integration a “very important UC capability.”
- The number one driving factor of cloud UC adoption is cost.
Now couldn’t be a better time take a hard look at the numbers coming out for 2014. Allow them to shape your business and the path you choose to go down this year. Let them better determine how you can fully optimize your business operations and efficiencies.
You can’t develop a course of action that is based on past-year speculations; if you haven’t done so yet, now is the time to begin executing a comprehensive full-year plan for your company.