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UC briefs: Global spending on SaaS apps on the rise

Global spending on enterprise SaaS apps is expected to reach $201 billion in 2019; IR debuts service to help organizations migrate to Office 365.

Global spending on enterprise application software is expected to reach $149.9 billion in 2015 and hit $201 billion in 2019, according to a report from Gartner Inc.

"The majority of spending is going towards modernizing, functionally expanding or substituting long-standing business and office applications with cloud-based software as a service (SaaS)," said Gartner analyst Bianca Granetto. 

The report cited several trends fueling the push for enterprise applications, among them application modernization, which has become a priority for many organizations. In a recent Gartner survey of IT professionals, 45% reported that modernization is in their organization's top five IT project priorities.

Subscription-based licenses are gaining momentum in the enterprise as an alternative to traditional on-premises licenses. More than 50% of new software implementations are subscription-based, according to Gartner.

Cloud adoption is also contributing to increased spending on enterprise applications. Gartner reports that 15% of users have access to cloud-based business capabilities, such as email and voice. Cloud adoption will grow more widespread as organizations focus on moving their business infrastructure to the cloud, according to the report.

IR debuts management capabilities for Office 365

Performance management software provider IR announced a new suite of management capabilities in its Prognosis for Unified Communications service to help organizations roll out Microsoft Office 365.

IR said the service offers tools that organizations can use to determine when they're ready to migrate to Office 365. "Communications technology leaders and the deployment options they offer can no longer be limited to on-premises implementation. They must be able to handle today's environment and support these future imperatives of cloud-based and hybrid environments," said IR CEO Darc Rasmussen, in a statement.

IR's service also includes a dashboard that provides managers with real-time visibility and capabilities to address issues as they occur.

New ShoreTel UCC platform offers multiple configurations

ShoreTel launched ShoreTel Connect, a unified communications and collaboration platform that supports business communication in on-premises, cloud-based or hybrid environments. The platform, aimed at midmarket and enterprise customers, is designed to simplify how IT deploys, manages and scales phone systems, and in the process, reduce operating costs.

ShoreTel said the platform's multiple configuration options give organizations the flexibility to meet their growth and business needs. Features include call handling and routing for office and mobile devices, collaboration tools such as instant messaging and Web conferencing, and integration with smartphones, tablets and wearable devices.

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