Slightly more than 45 per cent of survey respondents indicated that they planned to increase spending on UC in the year ahead, while more than 30 per cent said they would maintain their spending on this technology.
The survey was limited to senior IT executives in organisations in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia) and Hong Kong, and qualified subscribers of MIS Asia.
The study asked questions about priorities for IT investment and how these priorities and the IT budget itself, might change in the year ahead. It also examined some of the current hottest technology-related topics, assessing how attracted local CIOs were to these items, and what business drivers influenced their appeal.
The IT Nation survey found that the dominant driver for the intended budgeting for UC was the need to integrate e-mail with other business applications. However, other responses revealed the growing importance of instant messaging in the corporate world. Fifteen per cent of respondents sought to use UC to tie instant messaging and e-mail together, while another 12 per cent wanted to deploy this functionality to tie instant messaging and IP telephony together.
Researcher Peter Hind, who analysed the results, says UC is an initiative that has been promoted for sometime, yet 2007 seemed the year when it matured enough to become a mainstream consideration.
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