PHOTO - Strateq director Tan Seng Kit.
According to Malaysian technology solutions provider Strateq, open-source based communications such as Asterisk telephony solutions are generating increasing demand in Asia.
"Asterisk telephony solutions have in recent years emerged as one of the fastest growing enterprise communications solutions in Asia," said Strateq director Tan Seng Kit on 2 February 2012. "Asterisk is the market leader for open source communication applications. It is currently being deployed by millions of servers worldwide to manage voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) calls for businesses and individuals."
"Open source solutions are gaining considerable adoption throughout the enterprise market in the region, and more recently, we see greater open source software implementation for telephony systems," said Tan.
"Saving costs is the key reason for businesses turning away from proprietary telephony systems," he said. "Asterisk telephony solutions have zero software licence fees and it supports nearly any hardware brand, and this will cut down hardware and maintenance costs."
"In addition, despite the popularity of e-mail, messenger services and social media, telephone system still remains the main contact portal for businesses of any size," said Tan. "Open source telephony systems can be easily and economically expanded. No costly network hardware upgrades are required."
"We expect this growing trend to continue in the future, with the introduction of a more complex and globalised business set-up," he said, adding that the worldwide Asterisk community has grown more than 81,000 registered members in 2011.
TechDay Asia regional roadshow
Tan announced a regional TechDay Asia roadshow, which includes a Kuala Lumpur conference, organised with strategic partner, Asterisk solutions provider Intuittech.
"The technology conference will provide a forum for businesses in the region to learn more and to find out about the opportunities and challenges to implement Asterisk," said Intuittech chief executive officer, Dr Daniel Krahenbuhl. "Participants will gain valuable insights into key current Asterisk technologies and business solutions that will help them to make better-informed decisions with greater confidence."
"The TechDay Asia Conference and Exhibition will provide delegates the opportunity to gain deeper insights into topics such as open source telephony system, unified communications, call centres and security, cloud computing and more," said Dr Krahenbuhl. "This year's conference speakers include senior executives from SugarCRM, Malaysian ICT government agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Digium, Strateq, Intuittech, Yealink, Allied Telesis and Greenfield Technologies."
The TechDay Asia road show (www.techday-asia.com) will be held at Holiday Inn Atrium Hotel in Singapore on 27 February 2012, the Sime Darby Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 29 February 2012 and Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on 2 March 2012.
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