New IDC MarketScape Provides a Vendor Assessment of the Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing Equipment Market for 2012-2013

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., September 26, 2012 – International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a new vendor and market analysis profiling the leading providers in the worldwide enterprise videoconferencing equipment market. The IDC MarketScape report utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology that produces a graphical assessment of each vendor's current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future. IDC placed the two dominant enterprise videoconferencing vendors – Cisco and Polycom – in the Leaders category for 2012/2013, with four other vendors recognized as Major Players, including LifeSize, Vidyo, Radvision, and Huawei.

"Macro-economic factors leading to a cautionary IT spending environment dampened quarterly results for some vendors in the worldwide enterprise videoconferencing market in the first half of 2012," said Rich Costello, senior analyst, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure at IDC. "But we see overall positive usage trends driving this market long-term, including the increasing uptake of video collaboration by small workgroup, desktop, and mobile users and new video deployment options expanding the enterprise videoconferencing market to reach mid-size and small companies."

The report, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing Equipment 2012-2013 Vendor Analysis (IDC #236894), discusses both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that explain a vendor's success in the marketplace and helps anticipate its ascendancy. As the first IDC MarketScape for the enterprise videoconferencing market, the study examines key criteria that contribute to a successful enterprise video solution, such as offering a holistic video unified communication and collaboration platform that can integrate with business processes in order to be truly transformative. It also assesses the vendors' ability to clearly demonstrate a robust product portfolio, including the ability to support a range of video endpoints in collaborative applications, especially in growing areas of desktop and mobile video use today, among other criteria.

Covering a variety of vendors participating in the enterprise video market, this evaluation is based on a comprehensive framework and set of parameters that assess vendors relative to one another and to those factors expected to be most conducive to success in this market, for both the short and the long term.

The nine vendors included in this analysis are Avistar, Cisco, Huawei, LifeSize, Magor, Polycom, Radvision, Teliris, and Vidyo. In addition to the two vendors identified as Leaders (Cisco and Polycom), and four vendors named as Major Players (LifeSize, Vidyo, Huawei and Radvision), three vendors were named as Contenders (Avistar, Magor and Teliris).

Organizations considering deploying enterprise videoconferencing solutions need to take more of a strategic look at how implementing this technology will impact the current networking infrastructure, as well as integrate into their environment and business-critical applications now and in the future. "IDC MarketScape leaders and major players are well positioned to seamlessly meet the needs of enterprise users in both the near and long-term, while contenders can address some specific video usage requirements," Costello added.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

For more information about IDC MarketScape, please contact Karen Moser at kmoser@idc.com.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 100 countries. For more than 48 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.