The global messaging platform market is expected to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period. The messaging platform market is anticipated to witness a rapid growth owing to an increased demand for virtualization and cloud-based solutions such as NaviSite, Apptix, Intermedia, GoDaddy, Microsoft, SherWeb, Google, AppRiver, and SilverSky.
Messaging platforms provide email functionality as well as unified communications (UC), instant messaging (IM), security, email archiving & compliance, social media integration, collaboration tools, conferencing, archiving & retention, along with many more functional features. There has been a growing demand for more advanced communication platform ranging from email to real-time communication. Most commonly used primary communication hubs, by business and consumer users are Mobile and desktop clients. Thereby, facilitating their wide range of communication necessities which in turn is expected to enhance the messaging platforms market growth.
Due to a surge in the number of mobile device users, the message platforms have become a necessity for executing both business and domestic activities which have led users to expect a consistent messaging revolution across dynamic virtual platforms. The market is presumed to develop in the forecasted period due to rising necessity of fully optimized and touch-capable mobile interface for smartphones and tablet devices.
Organizations have substantial amount of unorganized data due to which they have started using enterprise social tools which has enabled consistent usage of social tools for internal purposes such as training, recruiting and internal collaboration. This need of surging reliance on enterprise social tools is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. The digital message platforms such as e-mail archiving solutions helps the organizations to maintain security and storage of data. Moreover, it also helps them to access their emails on a real-time basis, thereby sustaining the needs of the customer and bridging the time gap in different locations.
Growing demand for virtualization in technology is one of the major growth drivers. Virtualization helps the organization achieve greater performance capability with a lesser deployment of resources. It helps service providers achieve efficient administration, better hardware utilization and better economies of scale which is expected to increase the market growth significantly.
Cloud computing message platform solutions are progressively being used by the organizations across the globe. It is cost effective and can be used anywhere, anytime without time or location constraints. This is expected to encourage the messaging platform solutions adoption among patrons who are sensitive to cost and SMEs, and boost the market growth in the next seven years.
Carbon footprints have been observed to be a major concern for the organizations. The organizations are progressively adopting IP-based communication system that requires less hardware. Message platforms reduce the need for employees to travel from their workplace. Moreover, it also helps to save power as small servers are used which contributes to a significant environment friendly initiative as it results in energy savings. Surging use of these platforms is anticipated to significantly boost the market share over the forecast period.
Social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter have been gaining popularity recently due to its message platform that enables the subscribers to access their contacts with the help of centralized interface as well as it bypasses the need to pay for each text, making it a preferred choice for all. Vendors in this segment allow for rich integration with popular social networking platforms, thus driving the demand for new advancements in the market.
Social media message platforms such as WeChat, WhatsApp, Viber aids sharing of information which thereby enables the marketers to advertise and provide development platforms for application developers. The organizations compete to retain, attract the customers as the positive prospects for the market growth in next seven years.
Service vendors try to maintain low cost along with growing the number of users which is expected to emerge as one of the main challenges of this segment. Maintaining efficiency with increase the number of users and integrating additional servers with existing ones to increase platforms capacity for more user seats poses a challenge to market growth. Moreover offering uninterrupted service to subscribers with minimal downtime is another challenge for the service providers.
The major market players are Openwave Messaging, Oracle, Microsoft and open-Xchange. The other key vendors are Atmail, IceWarp, Ipswitch, and Rockliffe. Open wave provides a reliable and highly scalable solution for service providers. It acquired Critical Path which is a leader in security, messaging and unified communications on December 4, 2013. The companies have collaborated to work as unified white label messages.
Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite provides an extensive range of message collaboration features as well as provides customization flexibility such as Oracle communications calendar services, instant message server, communications contact server, outlook connector and indexing and search service making it a leading platform for large service providers. Microsoft offers Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 which serves enterprise customers as well as business-oriented service providers with its rich message and collaboration platforms.
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