P2P Technologies For Small Enterprises
Peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies hold the promise of tapping the next generation needs of small enterprises by providing large system capabilities at much lower costs.
Frost & Sullivan finds that the European Peer-to-Peer Telephony Markets enjoyed a 0.3% penetration in 2006 and estimates this to reach 3.6% in 2012.
"The availability of large system capabilities at the price of small systems is incentive enough to gain interest from small enterprise stakeholders," says Frost & Sullivan industry analyst Shomik Banerjee. "What remain to be demonstrated are the fundamentals pertaining to ease-of-use and maintenance."
A remarkable opportunity, untapped by the larger participants until recently, exists in the sub-20 segment of the enterprise communication market. Although the market size and scope is huge, it is highly dispersed. This, in addition to the lack of a common buying behaviour, is emphasising the importance of channel effectiveness in order to generate business.
Free UC clients, attractive bundling, and low-cost or no-cost pilot programs will help users experience UC and its benefits.
The technology is being deployed for facilitating apps such as location tracking, wireless video delivery, wireless VoIP, mobile Internet, and embedded networking.