Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT), provider of innovative cloud-based
communications and computing solutions, said today that Gartner Inc.,
the world's leading information technology research and advisory firm,
has placed 8x8 (News - Alert) as a market "Leader" in its 2012 Magic Quadrant for
Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) in North America.
"Gartner analysts evaluate UCaaS service providers based on the breadth,
quality and overall maturity of their applications, processes, tools and
procedures that enhance individual, group and enterprise
communications," Gartner (News - Alert) analysts Daniel O'Connell and Bern Elliot wrote
in the Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, North
America report. "Ultimately, UCaaS providers are judged on their ability
and success in capitalizing on their vision."
"We consider Gartner's evaluation of 8x8 in the Leaders quadrant for
UCaaS to be strong affirmation of our mission to enable customers to
unlock the power of innovative cloud-based communications and IT
solutions to improve their business performance," said 8x8 Chairman and
CEO Bryan Martin (News - Alert).
"With 85 patents granted and additional applications pending, 8x8
continues to innovate while delivering affordable solutions that
minimize customers' upfront CapEx and ongoing OpEx and at the same time
greatly enhance the functionality, flexibility and reach of their
business communications," Martin said. "We are honored to have our
technology achievements recognized in this report," concludd Martin.
The expense and complexity of obtaining, managing and maintaining
traditional, premises- based PBX (News - Alert) systems have left businesses of all
sizes with a greater appetite for pre-integrated, cloud-based business
communications solutions. 8x8's offerings are attractive to businesses
because its technology for office, remote and mobile environments
connects any location, any network and any device with no software
downloads, plug-ins or supplemental hardware required.
For office and mobile environments, customers can select 8x8 offerings
that integrate voice, video conferencing, Web conferencing, Internet
fax, chat, desktop sharing, call recording, auto attendant, company
directory, music on hold and ring groups with voicemail, email,
three-way calling, caller ID, call waiting/call transfer/call
forwarding, and mobile apps.
By providing integrated cloud-based communications solutions to
McLarens, a leading global claims service provider, 8x8 has given CIO
Bob Hughes (News - Alert) peace of mind knowing that the company's communications
infrastructure will be ready to support the addition of new office
locations and an expanding, mobile workforce in a timely, cost effective
"We're not surprised to learn that 8x8 has been recognized by Gartner
for leadership in its cloud-based UC services," said McLarens CIO Bob
Hughes. "We certainly have benefitted from 8x8's innovation and gained
new functionality, especially for our staff in satellite locations and
those using mobile technology."
About 8x8, Inc.
8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) empowers business conversations for more than
30,000 small and medium-sized businesses with cloud communications
services that include hosted PBX telephony, unified communications,
contact center and video conferencing solutions. Named the No. 1
Provider of Hosted IP Telephony by market research firm Frost &
Sullivan, 8x8 has been delivering business communications services since
2004 and has garnered a reputation for technical excellence and
outstanding reliability. For additional information, visit www.8x8.com,
or connect with 8x8 on Facebook
About the Magic Quadrant
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research publications, and does not advise technology users to select
only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research
publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization
and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all
warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research,
including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular
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