1 Software Advice BuyerView: Business VoIP Report 2015 Insight into today s software buyer
2 Abstract From August 2014 to March 2015, we talked to hundreds of small businesses (companies with annual revenues of $50 million or less) in the market for a business VoIP system. We analyzed 212 of these interactions to determine the popularity of different kinds of VoIP solutions and traditional voice services. We also determined the top reasons behind new business phone system purchases and the top functionality requested by small business buyers. Key findings: 1. More buyers already use VoIP service (36 percent of our sample) than any other type of voice service (POTS usage is at 24 percent, and PRI usage is at 11 percent). 2. A combined 29 percent of buyers are either using a cloud PBX or on-premise IP PBX, while only 15 percent still rely on some kind of legacy PBX system. 3. Twenty-nine percent of buyers want a system that forwards calls to alternate devices, while 25 percent seek a system with voic (25 percent).
3 Prospective Buyers Rely on VoIP VoIP 3 POTS 24% PRI 11% Cellular 8% 0% 20% 30% 40% Percent of sample Over a third of the buyers with whom we spoke are already using VoIP, whereas POTS usage is at 24 percent and PRI usage at 11 percent.
4 Cloud PBXs and IP PBXs More Popular Than Legacy Systems Legacy PBX 15% On-premise IP PBX 15% Cloud PBX 14% No system in place Virtual number 1% 0% 5% 15% Percent of sample 29 percent of the buyers in our sample are already using some kind of VoIP system, whereas only 15 percent still rely on a legacy system.
5 Mobile Devices Are Important Endpoints For VoIP Users Cellphone 8% IP phone 5% Traditional desk phone Softphone 0% 5% Percent of sample Our sample relies more heavily on mobile devices than on other kinds of phone system endpoints such as softphones and traditional desk phones.
6 Small Businesses Rely on Auto Attendants and ACD Auto attendant 5 ACD 29% Internet fax 28% Softphone 25% Conferencing 1 Call recording 1 Computer telephony integration 1 Dialer 1% 0% 20% 40% 60% Percent of sample Auto attendants and ACD applications must be included in phone system suites for many of our buyers to consider a purchase.
7 Small Businesses Need Flexible Forwarding to Mobile Devices Call forwarding 29% Voic 25% Mobile compatibility 21% Call reporting Integration with other software Monitoring Voic to Call waiting Interactive Voice Response Caller ID Hold music Remote administration 4% 2% 2% 2% 0% 20% 30% Percent of sample Call forwarding is the most popular feature among the buyers in our sample, with many buyers specifically requesting forwarding to mobile devices.
8 Buyers Replacing Aging Systems and Systems That Don t Scale Lack of scalability 15% Aging system 14% Lack of PBX applications 1 Lack of call routing functionality Current system too expensive 9% 9% Current system difficult to use Lack of centralized setup Support issues Quality issues Uptime issues Malfunctioning system 5% Integration issues 2% 0% 5% 15% Percent of sample The top purchase drivers among buyers in our sample are end-of-life issues with aging systems and problems with scaling phone systems to accommodate growth.
9 Buyers With Legacy PBXs Have End-Of-Life System Problems Aging system 19% 52% Lack of call routing functionality 1 1 Lack of PBX applications 1 Difficult to use Malfunctioning system 9% Lack of scalability Too expensive 19% 0% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Legacy PBX N = 31 On-premise IP PBX The vast majority of respondents with legacy PBX systems cite end-of-life issues with their systems as a major purchase driver. N = 32 Cloud PBX N = 29
10 Businesses Relying on Cell Phones Can t Scale their Solutions 52% Aging system 0% 3 9% 2 Lack of call routing functionality % Lack of scalability 1 12% 14% 22% 1 Malfunctioning system 0% 8% 4% 0% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% PRI POTS Cellular VoIP N = 23 N = 50 N = 18 N = 76 Problems with phone system scalability are especially common among those buyers who currently rely on cell phones for business communications.
11 Small Businesses Provisioning Fewer Lines Than Employees 1-4 employees 21% employees 41% 55% 4% employees 12% 2 44% 9% 9. 9% employees 2% 9% 34% % 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 1 line 2-4 lines 5-9 lines lines lines lines SIP trunking allows organizations to provision capacity for simultaneous calls more flexibly, thus allowing businesses to use fewer lines than employees.
12 Size of Small Business VoIP Buyers Organizations 22% 24% Most of the buyers we spoke with work at organizations with fewer than 20 employees.
13 Number of Phones that Small Business Buyers are Currently Using 30% 25% 1 18% 1% Most small-business buyers are looking for a system that supports 2-14 phones.
14 Industry Segments of Small Business VoIP Buyers 3 Professional services Transportation Health care 5% Insurance 8% Retail 4% Finance 8% Legal 4% Hospitality Contact center Nonprofit Manufacturing 8% Other VoIP systems are especially popular among buyers in professional services and health care.
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