Worldwide revenue from UC collaboration – which includes enterprise voice systems, UC applications, telepresence, collaborative workspace software, e-mail software and enterprise social networks – reached $5.7 billion in the quarter, marginally up on Q3 of last year
The new data from Synergy Research Group shows that Cisco held on to leadership of UC collaboration in the third quarter, with a 24 percent market share. Meanwhile Microsoft, which has been slowly but surely closing the gap on Cisco, dropped off the pace a little in Q3 with its share slipping to 19%. And Avaya reversed a trend of market share decline by boosting UC application and telephony sales, a sign that it remains a strong competitor.
Despite the overall increase, Revenue from enterprise voice and telepresence continued to soften due to a combination of factors, including a growing shift to software-based pricing, strong competition amongst vendors and competition from disruptive technologies such as cloud UC. The quarter saw particularly strong growth in email software and enterprise social networks, while on a rolling annualized basis collaborative workspace software has seen the strongest revenue growth – a segment in which Microsoft enjoys a 47 percent market share.
“In the premise equipment market we continue to see a strong transition in spending away from legacy technologies and towards software-based collaborative applications ” said Synergy Research Group’s founder and chief analyst, Jeremy Duke. “Microsoft and other vendors that are transitioning to a software pricing model are benefiting from this spending shift and we anticipate that this change will continue to have a positive impact on future revenues. Notwithstanding the temporary blip in Q3, Microsoft continues to gain share in UC collaboration and is closing the gap on market leader Cisco.”