IDC MarketScape assesses 8 cloud communications service providers

International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a new MarketScape vendor assessment profiling eight key cloud communications service providers on a worldwide basis, the company said.

The eight companies are Avaya, Bandwidth, IMImobile, MessageBird, Nexmo, Plivo, Sinch, and Twilio.

Cloud communications companies, also known as real-time communications platform providers, facilitate real-time communications featuring voice and SMS as well as video and email notifications. This is accomplished by providing a range of tools that include a multitude of programming capabilities as well as global network gateways and access to local country markets.

The resulting networks are scalable, reliable and, most of all, easy to use for a wide range of developers. The most dynamic and successful platforms nurture developers by providing cost effective networking and a stable platform with flexible support.

Cloud Platform as a Service (CPaaS) facilitates cloud-based hosting and management of application programing interfaces (APIs). CPaaS providers offer communications APIs, which are routines, and tools that simplify the programming process required to create and implement real-time communications solutions.

APIs can be embedded into enterprise applications, including mobile apps and web platforms, and can also enhance business process applications. CPaaS offers developers APIs in multiple coding languages that can work in the language of their choice, prototype in hours, and stand up a production run in days. CPaaS allows developers to test/dev software in a cloud environment that can then be integrated in an on-premises environment. Usage is generally in the cloud model, with up-front hardware and software costs, no contracts or commitments, and no subscription fees. Payment is based on micro-billing tied to actual usage.

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific 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.

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