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Asia-Pac Enterprise Telephony Applications Market Geared for Explosive Growth

  • 13 December, 2006 14:00

<p>The Asia-Pacific enterprise telephony applications (ET apps) market (excluding Japan) is expected to enjoy very high growth at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 33.7 per cent from 2005 to 2012. ET apps, which are in the nascent stages of adoption, could account for over 30 per cent of the total enterprise telephony market by 2012, from only 5.2 per cent in 2005.</p>
<p>ET apps are a set of applications that reside on the telephony platform to provide additional productivity enhancing tools. These include vertical (industry) specific applications, as well as horizontal applications such as voice mail, unified communications and interface applications. The deployment of such applications is presently pervasive in countries such as Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). By 2009, the Greater China region comprising China, Taiwan and Hong Kong is expected to surpass ANZ as the largest adopter of ET apps solutions.</p>
<p>New analysis from global growth consulting company, Frost &amp; Sullivan (www.commapps.frost.com), Asia Pacific Enterprise Telephony Applications (ET Apps) Market CY2005, reveals that revenues in this market - covering 12 major Asia-Pacific countries ex-Japan - totaled US$77.2 million in 2005 and is forecasted to be worth US$589.9 million by end-2012.</p>
<p>“As IP deployments continue at a rapid pace, CIOs are increasingly seeking ways to utilize the underlying IP platform to increase productivity and reduce costs,” notes Frost &amp; Sullivan industry manager Prasannavadan Gaitonde. “Companies are moving to the next stage of utilization of their voice networks beyond the standard benefits of TCO (total cost of ownership) reduction and toll bypass towards enhancing productivity and integrating applications in their business processes”.</p>
<p>As a result, applications on the telephony platform are finding greater acceptance and are likely to provide the next level of growth for enterprise communications. Vendors are responding by building applications and forming partnerships with third party application developers in order to tap the market.</p>
<p>The integration of voice with business processes provides for better customer service and helps to improve productivity within enterprises. Hospitality, healthcare, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) and, to a certain extent, retail and manufacturing, are some of the industries that have started deploying ET apps in order to increase productivity.</p>
<p>Despite the favorable outlook, the Asia-Pacific ET apps market is wrought with significant challenges. Among the restraints is the difficulty in justifying tangible ROI, especially for productivity-based applications. Most enterprises do not have the metrics to measure the savings brought about by the increased productivity of the workforce or the greater customer satisfaction resulting from improved efficiency. The high cost of IP telephony end-points are also an added challenge, as well as the lack of standardization of voice platforms and the requirement for vendors to shift from product sales to solutions-selling.</p>
<p>“Solutions sales have longer selling cycles and require an understanding of customers’ business needs, rather than purely offering a lower priced commoditized product,” says Gaitonde. “This often proves challenging for vendors and their sales channels, who for years have been used to selling products”.</p>
<p>Given the enormous potential for ET apps in the Asia-Pacific region, vendors will do well to further educate the market, demonstrate quantifiable ROI, and target specific verticals for niche applications. In addition, further collaborations with third party developers will also ensure that the right set of applications required in the industry are developed.</p>
<p>The Asia Pacific Enterprise Telephony Applications (ET Apps) Market CY2005 study is part of the Enterprise Communications Growth Partnership Services. It provides market sizing, forecasts, opportunities, and highlights the major players in this industry including vendors, third party developers and system integrators. In this research service, Frost &amp; Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the ANZ, Greater China, South Korea, ASEAN (which includes Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines) and India markets, covering applications such as voice mail, unified communications, interface applications, and vertical-specific applications. Analyst interviews are available to the press.</p>
<p>If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides service providers, vendors/manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview of the Asia-Pacific ET apps market, then send an e-mail to Sharmin Jassal, Marketing &amp; Communications, at sharmin.jassal@frost.com with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, fax number, city, state, country and e-mail address. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you by e-mail.</p>
<p>Frost &amp; Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost &amp; Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit www.frost.com</p>

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