Press release – November 17, 2015
Text Messaging is the Most Popular Form of Written Communication Worldwide and Can Help Overcome Enterprise Communication Issues in a Global Marketplace
OpenMarket, a leader in enterprise mobile engagement, and Portio Research, a UK-based market research firm, today announced the launch of a new report titled, Engaging with Enterprise SMS. The Portio Research report, sponsored by OpenMarket, highlights enterprise IT challenges in relation to communications, and how to seek a partner with the right experience and capabilities to integrate communications technologies across the organization. OpenMarket and Portio Research will present a 60-minute webinar with InformationWeek on Wednesday, December 2nd at 9:00 AM PST to discuss the report findings.
“With more people texting than watching TV, reading newspapers or buying magazines, enterprises have an opportunity to seize this trend to engage with customers and employees,” said Karl Whitfield, managing director of Portio Research. “Before they embark on this task, however, they must address the inherent integration and fragmentation challenges traditionally caused by the multiple ways in which organisations exchange messages with customers. SMS is the great equaliser – it’s the one tool that unites virtually every mobile subscriber worldwide. Companies should consider using SMS as part of their messaging strategy to cure IT’s current headache.”
According to the Portio Research report, with a population of 7.3 billion people worldwide in 2015, SMS can reach more than 6 billion customers. And, with the shift to a ‘mobile first’ approach through increased media consumption on smart and connected devices, SMS can offer the personalised communications that mobile consumers’ demand.
The research report advises companies to find a mobile partner to help implement a mobile engagement platform. This partner must help the IT department navigate challenges and investigate opportunities by providing the right functionalities and features to deliver enterprise-grade SMS support. Enterprises should look for the ability to use sender ID and support for foreign language character sets. These features allow companies to launch SMS solutions across international markets serving a global customer base. Additionally, the partner should ensure that mobile spam is eliminated, offer two-way communications, and integrate with legacy IT systems for reliable and timely message delivery.
“Enterprise IT managers looking to select the right mobile messaging partner for SMS must work through a series of selection criteria,” said Jay Emmet, general manager of OpenMarket. “We strongly advise focusing on the top requirements such as global reach, high availability, performance/scalability, quality, and security. Only messaging vendors focused on supporting large enterprises will provide these services and actually have experience doing so. Companies should also ask questions about experience delivering mobile engagement solutions across different organizational departments and industries, and how the vendor will support specific mobile messaging use cases.”
To register for the webinar, visit: https://webinar.informationweek.com/1208
OpenMarket, a division of Amdocs, helps enterprises use mobile to transform their business. OpenMarket provides mobile engagement solutions for organizations to optimize their operations and enhance relationships with their customers and employees. Major enterprises choose OpenMarket for our domain expertise, service flexibility, demonstrated performance and reliability, global scale, and corporate maturity. We provide smart, interactive connectivity to more than 200 countries, enabling businesses to engage with nearly every mobile user around the world. Our clients trust us to power their mobile business. For more information, visit www.openmarket.com.
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About Portio Research
Portio Research Ltd, widely acknowledged as the leading source of SMS market data in the mobile industry, is a specialist UK-based independent telecoms research provider. With a tight focus on mobile messaging, Portio Research has become the go-to consultancy tracking growth in SMS and OTT social chat markets. For the last 11 years, the company has reported essential market metrics in its widely-respected, industry-leading annual research paper Mobile Messaging Futures. Portio Research serves a client base of mobile network operators, equipment vendors, application developers, brand owners, consultants and technology investors in 78 countries across the world. Visit Portio Research online to find out more.
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 Portio Research White Paper, sponsored by OpenMarket, “Engaging with Enterprise SMS,” August 2015.