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IR Launches Prognosis UC Assessor

September 27, 2017

IR Prognosis UC Assessor is the name of a new automated unified communications network assessment and testing solution from IR. The offering is delivered as a cloud-based service.

It’s Microsoft certified and recommended in the Skype Operations Framework. And it supports Microsoft Teams in addition to Microsoft Skype for Business.

“In the past, network assessments were a headache because set up was challenging and time-consuming,” said James Banach, Practice Development Lead at New Signature, a leading Microsoft partner. “IR Prognosis UC Assessor streamlines the assessment process, providing insights that make deployment or migration fast and easy. Its flexibility also allows us to test multiple locations and manage remotely, so that we can maximize the customer experiences that the transformative business solutions from Microsoft can provide.”

IR CEO John Merakovsky added that: "Organizations are investing in cloud-based UC solutions from companies like Microsoft because of their ability to support digital transformation within a business. Though, if networks are not properly assessed, user experience of voice, video and virtual meetings can suffer, which in turn can hamper digital transformation efforts. The next generation of Prognosis UC Assessor is delivered from the cloud, cutting down assessment set up time.

With the addition of support for Microsoft Teams, organizations can ensure smooth migration or deployment.”

Global Market Insights says the overall UC market is poised to reach $96 billion by 2023. And it notes the expected proliferation of hosted products in this category. Gartner earlier this month came out with its latest unified communications as a service Magic Quadrant report. Verizon, RingCentral, BT, Orange Business Services, 8x8, and West are all in the Leaders box. The Challengers box contains Microsoft, Google, and AT&T. NTT Group, Masergy, and Star2Star are identified as Niche Players. And Gartner considers Fuze, Mitel, and BroadSoft as Visionaries.

Edited by Mandi Nowitz

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