UNIVERGE BLUE Sweeps the Competition

UNIVERGE BLUE Wins 3 Competitive Categories

UCaaS/Hybrid RFP: What Can Cloud Providers Deliver? is the name for the session recently held at Enterprise Connect 2016. For the second year in a row, NEC and UNIVERGE BLUE won the competition, sweeping all three categories.

But what does it mean?

Why an RFP Competition?

The purpose of the mock Request for Proposal (RFP) session at Enterprise Connect is to provide an overview of the UCaaS/Hybrid communications solutions available in the market today. An RFP is an effective way for enterprise to evaluate solutions against their business needs, providing information on:

  • Cloud and Hybrid communications solutions
  • Pricing models
  • Feature comparisons
  • Cloud and Hybrid architecture comparisons

UNIVERGE BLUE Wins Best Cloud Provider Award in Competition

The Requirements

The actual RFP is too detailed to show in its entirety here, but this list provides an overview of the communications system requirements. The business request required a solution proposal for:

  • UC phone services for 2,000 users
  • An emphasis on resilient, redundant architecture
  • A selection of different desktop telephone models – basic, advanced, mobile, etc.
  • A single system for software features management and system administration
    • Systems management must include:
      • Provisioning, analytics, system monitoring
  • Robust Unified Communications features
    • Presence, IM, Mobility, Conferencing
    • Turnkey installation
  • The Total Cost of Ownership over a five-year contract
    • One-time hardware, licenses, installation costs
    • Monthly reoccurring cost

Key Observations from the 2016 RFP Challenge

The RFP session provided a detailed view of the unified communications as a service – cloud and hybrid – landscape in today’s market. Some of the high-level observations on display in the session included:

  • Prices for Cloud Communications solutions have come down
  • Most vendors are investing heavily in cloud delivery capabilities
  • Not every vendor has all the UC features
  • There are major differences in system management/dashboards
  • There are significant differences in overall quality
    • Significant technology differences
    • Significant service and support variances

Overall Ranking Score – UNIVERGE BLUE Business Cloud Services by NEC


  • Architecture: 24.9 out of 25 possible points
  • Functionality/Technology: 47 out of 50 possible points
  • Price: 25 out of 25 possible points
  • Total Score: 96.9 out of 100

Overall Total Cost of Ownership

UNIVERGE BLUE wins lowest TCO competition

NEC is proud to win the competition for the second year in a row. These wins are evidence of how seriously NEC takes the cloud opportunity and their level of investment in cloud communications technologies. UNIVERGE BLUE is the product of that investment; 100+ years of communications technology innovation and infrastructure investment brought to the Cloud.

Discover why UNIVERGE BLUE is a global leader in communications technology at UNIVERGE BLUE, A Century of Innovation.

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