The impact of the recession is already being felt in thedemand for flexible working applications that will enable companies to cutcosts.
According to research from Mitel most of the channel’scustomers were looking to cut costs and just shy of half thought that flexibleworking was one of the ways to achieve that aim.
Some key technologies, including unified communications,have been indentified by analysts as areas that will continue to grow in thedownturn and already that is being adopted in enterprise customers.
“At the enterprise level this is being taken up and in thatmarket UC is a technology very much for 2009,” said one reseller.
The Mitel research comes just weeks after extreme weatherconditions forced many companies to evaluate their flexible working becausestaff could not get into the office.
“Teleworking applications have always been in demand,” saidClive Laycock, service delivery manager at Alternative Networks in a statement.
“However we have recently seen an upsurge in sales ascompanies want to cut costs and drive efficiencies by offering home working.Companies also want to offer staff a flexible working approach as a way toretain and attract the best staff,” he added.
Recent research conducted by the Cranfield School of Management on behalf ofSiemens Enterprise Communications, out today, said that well over threequarters of UK SMEs wanted to improve productivity through communications.