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VoIP breaks through the sound barrier

A respectable 57% of the 3,000 enterprise IT managers surveyed by Vanson Bourne say they might consider moving to a converged voice and data solution this year.

Lack of funds is the biggest barrier to adoption for 40% of the respondents, followed by contentment with existing suppliers (38%), lack of resources (33%) and a lack of knowledge about solutions (18%). Despite these detractors, over half the respondents say this wouldn’t deter them from considering VoIP.

“There are no major barriers to VoIP adoption, something I am sure wouldn’t have been the case a year ago,” says Phil Marshman, director of VoIP solutions at storage company Zycko, which commissioned the research.

Cutting costs is still the main reason for adopting VoIP, cited by almost two-thirds of respondents in most sectors, although financial services companies place convergence as the key attraction of VoIP.

Despite this healthy interest in VoIP, it’s still early days for the technology. Half the companies say they won’t be implementing VoIP this year.


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