Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC)

Businesses increasingly acknowledge the need to leverage advanced technologies to improve business agility and gain operational efficiencies. Long gone are the days when businesses relied solely on telephony and email to conduct their daily tasks. Today, businesses are deploying a broad array of communications and collaboration applications including telephony, email, voicemail and unified messaging, instant messaging (IM) and presence, audio, web and video conferencing, file sharing and white-boarding, mobility, social networking and more.  New generations of business users are choosing more social and visual modes of collaboration accessible on the devices and interfaces of their choice, anywhere, anytime.

As businesses look to consolidate and more effectively manage their communications infrastructure, they are integrating multiple technologies and tools into unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions powered by session management, virtualization, cloud architectures and software-defined networks. To ensure higher ROI and future-proof their technology investments, businesses are investing in best-of-breed, standards-based solutions that can be tightly integrated for greater end-user productivity and more efficient IT management.

The combination of dramatic demographic changes and accelerated technology evolution is creating demand for a new approach to IT and business communications. We are seeing a powerful shift in IT towards new cloud delivery models that enable more flexible and cost-effective technology management and consumption. Holistic digital transformation initiatives are driving business IT and communications towards a Social, Mobile, Collaborative Cloud future.

Organizations around the world—large and small—have never before faced a more complex environment in which to operate and compete successfully. Vendors, service providers, channel partners and end users alike need information, advice and guidance to help them chart their course through this turbulent transition to a competitive advantage powered by advanced communication and collaboration technologies. With analysts covering all aspects of the UC&C technology stack, including infrastructure, applications, services and end-user devices, Frost & Sullivan is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive coverage with a global perspective for all value-chain participants.

Frost & Sullivan’s UC&C team provides the following benefits to vendors, service providers, channel partners, and end-user organizations:

Extensive back catalogue of research in the majority of UC&C market sectors, as follows:

  • Services: UCaaS, CPaaS, Managed UC Services, Audio, Web, Video Conferencing Services,   VoIP Access and SIP Trunking
  • Applications: UC Applications, Mobile UC, Web Conferencing, Web/Virtual Events, Social Media, Desktop Video, Content Collaboration, Team Collaboration
  • Endpoints: Desk Phones, Soft Phones, Mobile Clients, Audio and Video Conferencing Endpoints, Professional and Consumer Headsets, Microphones
  • Platforms & Infrastructure: Enterprise Telephony, VM/UM, IM/Presence, Video Conferencing Infrastructure, Media Gateways, SBC, VDI
  • Technology: API, VoIP, SIP, WebRTC, Virtualization, SDN, Video

Comprehensive global coverage with local expertise in all major world regions

Experienced and expert team of analysts with decades of experience in the communications and collaboration industry

Accurate market forecasts and market share analysis coupled with thought leadership perspective on major industry trends

  1. 25 Mar 2022  |  North America  |  Customer Research

    2022 UCC Industry Predictions

    Transition to the Next Normal Requires Business Agility and Employees Equipped for Success

    Affects of the pandemic, particularly widespread remote work and work from home practices, will have lasting impact on how people work and the communications and collaboration tools they use. The year 2022 promises to be a year of transition as COVID-19 infection rates decline globally and as end user organizations of all sizes, industries and regi...

    $4,950.00
  2. 12 Jan 2022  |  North America  |  Customer Research

    Growth Opportunities for Communications, Collaboration and Contact Center Solutions in the Financial Services Industry

    Marketing, Sales, Product Management and Customer Care Must be Digitized to Boost Customer Value

    An important pillar of the global economy, the financial services industry is experiencing rapid and substantial transformation. Contact center, unified communications and collaboration technologies have risen in prominence as financial services institutions have needed to connect a workforce that is more widely distributed than ever before and ad...

    $4,950.00
  3. 03 Dec 2021  |  North America  |  Frost Radar

    Frost Radar™: North American UCaaS Market

    A Benchmarking System to Spark Companies to Action—Innovation that Fuels New Deal Flow and Growth Pipelines

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated decades-long trends including the move to remote and hybrid work, the rise of virtual organizations and the adoption of digital business models whereby all or most customer interactions take place over digital channels. The recent crisis has also elevated businesses’ awareness of the need for more robu...

    $4,950.00
  4. 20 Aug 2021  |  North America  |  Frost Radar

    Frost Radar™: Communications Platforms as a Service Industry, 2021

    A Benchmarking System to Spark Companies to Action—Innovation that Fuels New Deal Flow and Growth Pipelines

    Frost & Sullivan defines Communications Platforms as a Service (CPaaS) as any cloud-based platform that enables developers to programmatically embed voice, video, chat, and messaging services within their business or consumer applications. In nearly all cases, the embedded communications and collaboration services leveraged through a CPaaS are a fe...

    $4,950.00
  5. 11 Mar 2021  |  North America  |  Market Research

    Top Predictions for the 2021 UCC Market

    Transforming a Crisis into an Opportunity

    Frost & Sullivan's Top Predictions for the 2021 UCC Market takes a deep look into the convergence of technological, economic, social and other macro trends to provide an over-arching perspective on our expectations for the changing nature of communications and collaboration. These perspectives are validated by the intersection of our supply and dem...

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  6. 05 Jan 2021  |  North America  |  Market Research

    Growth Opportunities in the Global Stand-alone Wireless Content Sharing Market

    Latest Findings Demonstrate Stand-alone Device Dependency on Meeting and Class Room Deployments

    The standalone wireless content sharing market is experiencing significant shifts. Empty offices and classrooms lowered demand for these products in 2020 as traditional positioning for in-room collaboration was misaligned with the rapid transition to work from home and virtual learning. There are market opportunities for the wireless content sharin...

    $4,950.00
  7. 21 Aug 2020  |  North America  |  Market Research

    Enterprise Communications Security Trends and Considerations

    New Technologies Mean New Threats to Mission-Critical Business Communications

    The business telephone system, commonly referred to as a private branch exchange (PBX), predates the invention of the Internet, Ethernet and the personal computer. As such, legacy PBXs were always deployed on dedicated infrastructure. The call-control manager was a standalone hardware server or appliance serving as the bridge between the PSTN and h...

    $3,950.00
  8. 26 Feb 2020  |  North America  |  Market Research

    UCC Industry Trends to Watch, 2020

    The Foundation is Set for Rapid Advancement

    Frost & Sullivan’s 2020 UCC Industry Trends to Watch report delivers an over-arching perspective of technologies and business models, rather than specific applications or providers, that will be most influential in terms of development direction and evolving value propositions in the unified communications and collaboration (UCC) market. The in...

    $3,000.00
  9. 25 Feb 2020  |  North America  |  Market Research

    Artificial Intelligence in Enterprise Communications and Collaboration, Global, 2019

    Assisted and Augmented Intelligence is Making Greater Headway in Workplaces

    This research study focuses on how AI is making inroads into the enterprise communications and collaboration arena. Subsequent to the dynamic technology shifts from on-premises enterprise communications to cloud-based communications services, the industry is further warming up to embrace AI and integrate it with multifarious communication channels...

    $3,000.00
  10. 21 May 2019  |  North America  |  Market Outlook

    Global UCC Industry Outlook, 2019

    Rich Media Capabilities Shine in the Next-gen Workplace

    The global UCC market continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Migration to cloud-based subscription services is accelerating as organizations gain confidence, existing CPE assets near end of life, and current cloud services deployments expand to more sites, users and applications. The gap between “as a service” offerings and other consumption m...

    $4,950.00