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i4IP to Offer Summa Complete UCaaS to Enterprises

July 31, 2015

Unified communication (UC) software providers Summa and i4IP have announced that they will collaborate to provide enterprises with easier access to the Summa Complete unified-communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) platform.

i4IP will now have access to that communications platform and will add it to its portfolio of VoIP, mobile, data, and hosting services that it offers to enterprises. The addition of the UC component should provide such enterprises with a one-stop shop for many of their needs. Although Carmine Barberio, the CCO of i4IP, states that this new product does come in addition to a similar product that i4IP already offers, there are advantages to choosing Summa Complete because Summa can handle maintenance of its own cloud-based system.

“We have always had our own platform, but have decided to integrate Summa's UCaaS platform into our network,” Barberio said. “Because Summa provides us with several integration advantages as well as a state-of-the-art communication platform, we can further strengthen the sales and technical support for our partners, thereby offering them a distinctive portfolio of all possible forms of communication for end customers.”

Summa's own Koen van Geffen, the company's CEO, commented further about the advantage that his company's hosted product holds. Geffen noted that Summa takes upon itself the responsibility of building, installing, and maintaining the software. This takes it off the shoulders of enterprise clients which can then focus on the core responsibilities of their businesses.

It is little wonder that the UCaaS market is predicted to grow to $23.34 billion by 2019. Leaving the creation and maintenance of a product in the hands of a third party can be good business for everyone involved. Experts in the UCaaS field can focus on delivering quality software while business can concentrate on their own areas of expertise. Every size of business can also benefit because cloud-based products are often structured in such a way that business pay only for what they need. This pay-as-you-go model can be efficient and cost-effective, and such services can often scale to meet the needs of even the largest enterprises.




Edited by Peter Bernstein

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