EDIT 30 July 2015: Check out my latest post on this subject here
The other day I was at an event with a ShoreTel distributor and we have a debate what is next ShoreTel 14.3 or ShoreTel 15. No one really won, but some interesting points came out. Then being on my blog earlier today writing about the release of ShoreTel Mobility 8, I noticed I have been getting hits from people searching 14.3, so I thought why not do a quick blog and actually earn those hits!
So in my opinion what will come next, 14.3 or ShoreTel 15 (I have no insider knowledge on this):
- It is unlikely that ShoreTel 14.3 will be released. A lot of effort and time is being placed in to ShoreTel Sky and ShoreTel connect. I would expect ShoreTel 15 to be the unified platform, which joins ShoreTel Sky and ShoreTel UC together providing you with a hybrid solution so you can pick and mix which parts of your solution you want in the cloud and which part you want on premise. However I do not think ShoreTel Sky will be fully rolled out in the UK at the point of this release. This will give companies a great opportunity, they could put secondary services in the cloud for resilience or even move primary services out to the cloud like mobility to reduce the load on the WAN as most users will be remote anyway.
- Another factor to why 14.3 is unlikely. Every 14 dot release has brought major functionality. So at 14.1 we got the Diagnostics and Monitoring and at 14.2 we got virtualisation. If 14.3 was going to be release, this would be the time to do it with the new functionality in mobility. However ShoreTel opted to provide this via a build release under 14.2.
- I have heard a rumour somewhere (can’t remember where) that ShoreTel 15 will be release at the start of next year.
- I think that there is a chance that the next major release will not be called Shoretel 15 as it will incorporate the cloud stuff as well. So maybe Shoretel Connect as they are building up this brand in the States at the moment.
As mentioned before this post is compiled of my opinions from watching ShoreTel over the last year, I have no insider knowledge. Any comments please use the comment field below.