How to Get In on the Coming CPaaS Revolution


CPaaS, Cloud Computing, networking

… integrate our UCaaS solutions with third-party services (integrations) and to develop their own, but there we will hold their hand in most cases as opposed to just throwing out the APIs and documentation, and letting the customer try it all on their own.

Fonative's Steve Smith

Fonative’s Steve Smith

SS: Because Fonative is a CPaaS platform, we didn’t incorporate one. I think the key challenges revolve around security, scalability and fault tolerance/redundancy. When we began working on Fonative in 2015, we spent a year on the architectural concerns before we wrote a line of code. We thought hard about how to achieve PCI DSS Level 1 certification, which influenced our network architecture and inter-process communication design. We assessed the performance aspect of each component in our infrastructure, and designed a N+1 scalable approach both within a site and across sites so that we could grow to massive scale. And finally we thought hard about system and network failures to come up with an architecture that is resilient to single points of failure and even failure of an entire site, as well as an internal and external monitoring system so that we have fine-grained information about the health and performance of all components and carriers.

CP: What has offering a CPaaS solution meant to your customers and your business?

AR: For key customers, our ability to deliver a CPaaS is key. Today’s business communications needs for big and small companies are not complete with a phone service on its own. As robust as it is, if you do not offer customized solutions, let alone integrations to third-party products, you will fall behind. We will see this trend expand more and go down market as well.

SS: For us, the CPaaS solution is our sole product, so it’s the entirety of our business. For our customers, who are application providers to enterprises, they have been able to improve, add recurring subscription revenue by extending their product to include the communications abilities needed by their user, adding a new line item to their inventory and simplifying their customers’ lives.

They’ve done this with a fast time to market, at a low cost and complexity. This is because they don’t need costly premises-based telecom gear, they don’t need to manage carriers, servers, infrastructure, session border controllers, SMS gateways and the like. This frees up their staff time, and lets them focus on the applications and core value add.

CP: What do you hope attendees learn and can make use of from your session?

AR: Seeing the bigger picture, seeing a bit ahead beyond 2020 and even 2021. Understanding the changes in communication trends, the behavior of younger generations entering the workforce and how technology innovations (AI, bots, 5G as well as API and the cloud in general) enable small business to enjoy services that were once out of their reach.

SS: I would hope attendees come away with a better understanding of CPaaS — what it is, what it isn’t, why it’s transforming the telecom landscape, and what type of customers and opportunities would be best suited for a CPaaS solution.

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