Enterprise Communications Industry May Be Rebounding, No Jitter Reports

Leading Analyst Allan Sulkin Says Data from Market Leaders Shows IP Telephony Shipments Improving

Aug 17, 2009

The enterprise communications industry staged a comeback in the second quarter of 2009, with continued improvement likely, according to an exclusive report posted today on NoJitter.com, the TechWeb website for the enterprise communications industry.

Allan Sulkin, president of TEQConsult Group and the foremost analyst of the enterprise communications industry, wrote in a No Jitter blog today that, "Based on the raw reporting data from the leading IP telephony system suppliers, shipments were up about 10% for Q2 2009 in North America compared to the first quarter. After two consecutive double digit sequential quarterly declines, shipments did a 180-degree turnaround last quarter. Product revenues also increased, negating possible claims that huge discounts accounted for the positive shipment data."

In his blog post, Sulkin cautioned that the numbers for all of 2009 are still likely to be down compared with last year, but wrote that the situation is much less dire than it had looked earlier this year: "My current forecast estimate for the year's shipment decline is currently 12%, a far better outcome than my earlier forecast of possibly 30%."

Sulkin will be posting a full-length feature on No Jitter when his quarterly numbers are completed later this month, and the market's condition will also be the topic of a presentation that Sulkin will deliver at TechWeb's VoiceCon San Francisco conference and exhibition in November.

No Jitter publisher Fred Knight, who also serves as General Manager of the VoiceCon event, said Sulkin's report shows that the time is now for enterprise communications decision-makers to consider their next moves.

"With positive signs in the economy at large, and now within the enterprise communications industry, network decision-makers must start to think about how they will use these advancing technologies to give their enterprises a boost coming out of the recession," Knight said. "While it's still too early to call an end to the economic downturn--or to take our eye off the ball with regard to cost-savings--those who neglect the upside potential now will be behind the curve when things do start to improve more markedly."

"That's why VoiceCon San Francisco is going to be such an exciting event," Knight said. "We have an incredible program that offers tremendous in-depth information that will help enterprises save money in the short term, at the same time that they begin to plan their long-term strategy for growth and technology advancement."

"The kind of information that No Jitter readers get on a daily basis is presented at VoiceCon, with the added benefit of allowing attendees to interact in person with the experts that No Jitter publishes on the Web," Knight said.

No Jitter is produced by the same team that presents the industry's leading conference and exhibition events, the VoiceCon series. Knight serves as program co-chairman of VoiceCon, together with No Jitter editor Eric Krapf. In addition, many of the experts who speak at VoiceCon are also regular contributors to No Jitter.

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