If you’re like most IT professionals, you’ve noticed that your roster of third-party providers continues to grow.
- PilotHouse Vendor Rating
- Contact Center and Customer Engagement
- Cloud and Data Center
- Cost Models and Total Cost of Ownership
- Enterprise Trusted Advisor
- IT Innovation, Transformation, and Enterprise Technology
- Mobile and Network Services
- Security, Risk Management, and Compliance Research Initiatives
- Unified Communications and Collaboration
Enterprise Connect 2015 proved a popular venue for contact center and customer engagement announcements.
At the 25th anniversary Enterprise Connect this week in Orlando Microsoft took a bit of a gamble, walking away from the “Lync” name for its unified communications platform that it had adopted just
Carrier as Systems Integrator
On Oct 04, 2013
Last week I wrote about the emerging and evolving system integration role carriers are now playing. A good example of this is One Source Networks. Their offers begin with facilities based transport services combined with services from other carriers both domestic and international. They then layer on additional functions such as cloud-based unified communications (UCaaS), data center services (IaaS) and various managed network services (e.g. network monitoring and management). Finally, they offer custom integration services to meet specific needs of enterprise clients. It is not my intent to endorse any one supplier but to illustrate the types of things the carriers are doing. I think the potential benefits to enterprises are clear – less staff required for the delivery of services, lower capital expenditures, economies of scale via the carriers’ purchasing power, broader array of capabilities to utilize and deeper expertise to draw on. As with anything however, there are drawbacks such as lack of control, possible lack of focus if the carrier gets over-extended and potentially higher operational expenditures. I still see utilizing carriers as systems integrators as a great opportunity for enterprises. I’ll be looking for specific examples to share – both positive and negative. I’m certainly interested in other people’s experiences as well.