UCaaS Market: Collaborative Cloud-based Solutions Help Businesses Grow Exponentially

Stakeholders in business organizations are constantly looking for flexible, scalable, and secure unified communication-as-a-service (UCaaS) platforms that help them stay ahead in the competition. The quick uptake and deployment of new functions and features in these service platforms add great value to business organizations.

UC PaaS (Platform as a Service) serves as an efficient platform for cloud-based computing. Since UC PaaS is anticipated for high growth in the number of subscribers, with an estimate of ~12.5 million users by the year 2027, market players in the unified communication-as-a-service market are making investments to integrate multimedia communication methods such as video meetings, telephony, and other collaborative tools in one single platform to allow easy operation for users.

Investments in research & development in the unified communication as a service market and initiating dialogue with consumers help service providers in developing unique functions and features in UCaaS platforms. Popular technologies such as voice assistance, artificial intelligence, and machine learning empower users to use their unified communication-as-a-service platforms to their full potential for exponential growth opportunities.

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UCaas Market - Strategic Partnerships Give Rise to Unique Value-added Features

Players operating in the unified communication-as-a-service market are strategizing partnerships to develop simplified subscription plans for the growing sector of mid-market and large enterprises. These plans provide ease and transparency for the partners who are collaborating, as well for stakeholders in business organizations.

Since users do not want to get involved in the added costs and complexities of on-premise technology, they are demanding a one-package-meets-all platform that provides them all the communication ingredients. This includes the flexibility of 'ready-to-move' technology to the cloud.

Players of the UCaaS market are also providing value-added services to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the transition from conventional to cloud-based computing. This helps in conjunction with financial and business advantages for business organizations. Players in the unified communication as a service market are introducing comprehensive and scalable cloud solutions that can be integrated with existing hosted solutions.

For example, Cisco — a leading American multinational technology conglomerate, collaborated with BroadSoft — a global communication software company, to provide users with an option of full enterprise calling, named Cisco BroadCloud Calling, for existing hosted models.

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Leveraging Operational Flexibility and Virtual Reality to Sustain Market Competition

The unified communication-as-a-service market is moderately consolidated, which adds pressure on emerging market players to come up with ground-breaking innovations. Natural language processing, sentiment analysis, and conversations with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) are estimated to have growing prominence in UCaaS in the coming years. However, currently, AI lacks practical application in organizations, and there only a few cases where organizations have made successful use of AI for work efficiency and other collaborative activities. As such, market players are developing communication opportunities with virtual reality (VR) to enhance visibility and interactions amongst users.

Small vendors are more open to adopting new paradigms and priority shifts according to the changing needs of users, as compared to large market players. However, small service providers are restricted with limited spending capacity, leaving the opportunity for a very small share of vendors to catch up with the competition against large market players. As such, small vendors are upgrading with competitive pricing packages leveraged with AI to cope up in the competitive landscape.

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Analysts’ Viewpoint on the Growth of the UCaaS Market

The unified communication-as-a-service market is expected to grow at a staggering CAGR of ~36% during the forecast period. A prominent industry trend is the consolidation of players through partnerships, especially large market players taking over small industry veterans. For instance, in March 2019, LogMeln — a provider of software and cloud-based connectivity services, announced a collaboration with Jive — a provider of enterprise software services, to leverage visual dialogue amongst users and other unified communication and collaboration (UCC) solutions. AI lacks practical applicability in UCaaS, but innovative price packages and virtual reality help bridge the gap. Market players must focus on customer engagement and interactions to build tools that help users to efficiently handle client requests and inquiries, and also empower internal collaborations.

Unified Communication-as-a-Service (UCaaS) Market in Brief

  • The global unified communication-as-a-service (UCaaS) market is projected to expand at a CAGR of ~36% between 2019 and 2027.
  • The global unified communication-as-a-service market is estimated to be driven by an increase in demand for enterprise mobility and mobile workforce. Major players are focusing more on enhancing the customer communication experience over the Internet in order to consolidate their share in the market.
  • The global unified communication-as-a-service market is anticipated to reach a value of ~US$ 20 Bn by the end of 2019, and expand to reach a value of ~US$ 235 Bn by 2027.
  • North America holds a major share of the global UCaaS market. It is anticipated to maintain its dominance of the global unified communication-as-a-service market during the forecast period, followed by Europe. In terms of revenue, the unified communication-as-a-service market in North America is estimated to reach a value of ~US$ 10 Bn by the end of 2019, and likely to sell ~32 million units seats by the end of 2019.
  • The unified communication-as-a-service markets in Asia Pacific and South America are expected to expand at moderate growth rates during the forecast period.

UCaaS Market - Definition

  • The unified communication-as-a-service market report provides analysis of the global UCaaS market for the period 2017–2027, wherein, 2018 is the base year and 2019 to 2027 is the forecast period. Data for 2017 has been included as historical information.
  • The study on the unified communication-as-a-service market would help clients in understanding the adoption analysis of UCaaS among different deployment models such as UC PaaS, UC SaaS, and UC IaaS; and based on services such as telephony services, contact center services, UC application services, and collaboration services; and also adoption in large enterprises, small & medium enterprises (SMEs), and the public sector. Further, there are deployment models such as managed and hosted; and delivery models such as stand-alone services and integrated services.

North America to Dominate Global UCaaS Market

  • In terms of deployment model, the hosted segment accounted for a prominent share of the UCaaS market in North America, attributed to the presence of large cloud service providers such as IBM Corporation, in the region.
  • The hosted UCaaS segment of the UCaaS market in North America was valued at ~US$ 6 Bn in 2018, and is projected to reach a value of ~US$ 89 Bn by 2027.
  • The UC PaaS segment of the UCaaS market in North America was valued at ~US$ 2 Bn in 2018, and is projected to reach ~US$ 38 Bn by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of ~33% during the forecast period.

Key Growth Drivers of the UCaaS Market

  • Increasing demand for enterprise mobility and mobile workforce: Studies conducted on a global level have indicated a significant rise in the number of mobile workers. The impact of this driver is expected to be high during the forecast period, as businesses are estimated to expand their operations across developing regions such as Asia Pacific and the Middle East & Africa.
  • Multiple benefits offered by UCaaS solutions encourage higher adoption: The deployment of UCaaS solutions has enabled enterprises to reduce their CAPEX associated with the installation of hardware, and also supports organizations in enhancing their focus on revenue generating operations, eliminating the need of hiring and retaining operational staff to manage the communication equipment in their organizations.
  • Rising penetration of mobile devices: Tablet and smartphone support video & audio conferencing, IM, email, and social networking via PBX mobile extensions and software clients. Therefore, a majority of IP PBX vendors have integrated voice into their UCC portfolios to further extend enterprise UCC functionality (which was traditionally available only through softphone and desktop phones) to tablets, cell phones, and smartphones via mobile client software.

Key Challenge Faced by UCaaS Market Players

  • Lack of awareness leading to low rate of adoption of UCaaS solutions by SMEs: The process of building, testing, and deploying business applications has changed dramatically with the advent of cloud computing. Small, medium, as well as large enterprises are preferring cloud solutions, owing to the agility, scalability, simplicity, and reliability they offer. SMEs are hesitant to adopt and integrate cloud solutions within their organizations, as they fear that these solutions do not comply with the current data regulation policies and standards.

UCaaS Market – Competition Landscape

  • Microsoft Corporation invests heavily in R&D. The company invested approximately US$ 12.0 Bn in 2016, US$ 13.0 Bn in 2017, and US$ 14.7 Bn in 2018, respectively, for R&D activities.
  • In May 2019, Microsoft Corporation announced a joint venture with ShareWeb, based in Sherbrooke, Canada, a leading provider of cloud-based services. Together, the companies introduced the ShareWeb UCaaS Connector.

UCaaS Market - Company Profile Snapshot

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development L.P: Founded in 1939, Hewlett-Packard is a leading global company that provides technologies, products, software, services, and solutions to individual customers, and small, medium, and large enterprises. Its services and products cater to diverse sectors, including government, healthcare, and education.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Founded in 1975, Microsoft Corporation specializes in the manufacture, development, licensing, marketing, and sale of software, personal computers & services, and consumer electronics. Its products range from video games to mobile devices. Azure is a collection of integrated cloud services, which IT professionals and developers use to manage, develop, and deploy applications through their global network of datacenters.
  • Verizon Communications, Inc.: Founded in 1980, Verizon Communications, Inc. was formed after the merger of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. Verizon Communications is a global provider of integrated solutions for businesses, and provides innovative communication and technology solutions. Verizon Communications provides 5G, 4G LTE, broadband & fiber, media & technology, and Internet of Things (IoT) services.

Other major players in the global unified communication-as-a-service market and profiled in the report include

  • Alcatel-Lucent SA (Nokia)
  • Avanade, Inc.
  • 8x8, Inc.
  • IBM Corporation
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Fuze, Inc.
  • Polycom, Inc.
  • Unify, Inc.
  • West Corporation
  • Avaya, Inc.

Unified Communication-as-a-Service (UCaaS) Market - Scope of the Report

A latest study collated and published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) analyzes the historical and present-day scenario of the global unified communication-as-a-service (UCaaS) market, to accurately gauge its potential future development. The study presents detailed information about the important growth factors, restraints, and key trends that are creating the landscape for the future growth of the unified communication-as-a-service market, to identify the opportunistic avenues of the business potential for stakeholders. The report also provides insightful information about how the unified communication-as-a-service market will progress during the forecast period of 2019-2027.

The report offers intricate dynamics about the different aspects of the UCaaS market, which aids companies operating in the market in making strategic development decisions. TMR’s study also elaborates on the significant changes that are highly anticipated to configure the expansion of the unified communication-as-a-service market during the forecast period. It also includes a key indicator assessment to highlight the growth prospects of the unified communication-as-a-service market, and estimate statistics related to the market progress in terms of value (US$ Mn).

This study covers detailed segmentation of the UCaaS market, along with key information and a competitive outlook. The report mentions the company profiles of key players that are currently dominating the unified communication-as-a-service market, wherein, various development, expansion, and winning strategies practiced and executed by leading players have been presented in detail.

Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Report on the UCaaS Market

The report provides detailed information about the unified communication-as-a-service market on the basis of comprehensive research on various factors that are playing a key role in accelerating the growth potential of the market. Information mentioned in the report answers path-breaking questions for companies that are currently functioning in the market and are looking for innovative ways to create a unique benchmark in the UCaaS industry, so as to help them make successful strategies and take target-driven decisions.

  • What are the major drivers and restraints of the UCaaS market?
  • What are the current & emerging trends of the UCaaS market?
  • What will be the size of the unified communication-as-a-service market over 2019 to 2027?
  • Which will be the fastest growing end-user segment?
  • Which will be the fastest growing service segment?
  • Which are the leading companies in the global UCaaS market?
  • What are the strategies of the companies operating in the UCaaS market?

Research Methodology – UCaaS Market

The research methodology adopted by analysts for combining the unified communication-as-a-service market report is based on detailed primary as well as secondary research. With the help of in-depth insights of the industry-affiliated information that is obtained and legitimated by market-admissible resources, analysts have offered riveting observations and authentic forecasts of the unified communication-as-a-service market.

During the primary research phase, analysts interviewed industry stakeholders, investors, brand managers, vice presidents, and sales and marketing managers. On the basis of data obtained through the interviews of genuine resources, analysts have emphasized the changing scenario of the unified communication-as-a-service market.

For secondary research, analysts scrutinized numerous annual report publications, white papers, industry association publications, and company websites to obtain the necessary understanding of the UCaaS market.

Unified Communication-as-a-service Market – Segmentation

TMR’s research study assesses the unified communication-as-a-service market on the basis of deployment model, service, end user, delivery model, and region. This report presents the extensive market dynamics and progressive trends associated with different segments, and how they are influencing the growth prospects of the UCaaS market.

Deployment Model

Managed

Hosted

  • UC SaaS
  • UC PaaS
  • UC IaaS

Service

Telephony Services

Contact Center Services

UC Application Services

Collaboration Services

End User

Large Enterprises

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Others

Public Sector

Delivery Model

Stand-alone Services

Integrated Services

Region

North America

Latin America

Europe

Asia Pacific

Middle East & Africa

 

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