META Group Releases Technology Convergence Report
Page 1 of 1
META Group Inc., an information technology (IT) research and consulting firm, today announced the release of its Campus Convergence 2001: Trends and Issues study.
The survey of 435 US companies coupled with META Group analysis reveals a vast disparity among enterprises in terms of migrating to a completely switched Internet Protocol (IP) network. While the migration to a converged platform requires a substantial investment, made more difficult in light of the current economic environment, respondents noted that the key drivers for convergence were cutting costs, enabling applications, and generating additional revenue.
The implementation time frames for convergence will be based on the size of the enterprise and the extent of the planned convergence. Trends indicate that enterprises expect production-scale deployment in main branches and campuses within one to two years. However, the study projects that the economic slowdown will cause delays in implementation by an additional one to two years, particularly for those firms lacking a clear business case for IP convergence projects.
The majority of respondents indicated they would rely on "converged systems" vendors. Successful vendors would need expertise in both voice and data solutions. Users must identify vendors that focus on their business requirements. Therefore, larger enterprises would be better served by investing in vendors that offer solutions designed for larger environments. The importance of cost versus reliability becomes less relevant as the size of the organization increases.
The report was developed to survey the attitudes and expectations regarding the convergence of voice and data. The study targeted small, medium, and large enterprises in the US; however, 56% described their operations as being global in scope. Respondents came from a broad range of vertical industries and were responsible for voice and/or data investments.
Campus Convergence 2001: Trends and Issues is part of META Group's extensive portfolio of research reports and interactive resources, including more than 50 reports and online tools, ranging from executive resources and market research to e-business technology evaluations and best practices. The report can be purchased for $2,500