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Friday, July 13, 2007

ICA to celebrate its first anniversary

Next Monday (July 16th), ICA will complete one year of existence. The alliance has made great strides in joint-development although they still lag the advances made by Siemens, Alcatel amongst others in their depth of integration with Microsoft's UC portfolio.

Their recent PR noted that they have sold over 430,000 licenses worldwide. This is definitely impressive when we compare it to the LCS 2005 installed base of just of 2 million licenses worldwide.

It is interesting to see how quickly telephony, collaboration and messaging vendors moved past UC once Microsoft announced their ICA with Nortel. Today, most of these businesses emphasise on business process integration, web services amongst other things. I believe that Microsoft will enjoy strong adoption of OCS in 2008-09. It will interesting to see the attach rate of Nortel to those deployments.

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