The partnership between Siemens Enterprise Communications Group and Shared Technologies is designed to help organizations take better advantage of the business communications set up they now have in place, and to help them plan their move to a UC environment.
Siemens Enterprise Communications Group is partnering with Shared
Technologies to help businesses make the move to a unified
The five-year partnership is aimed at offering customers best
practices for taking advantage of what business communications
technologies they have in place now, and also to provide them a road
map for migrating to a UC platform in the future.
Giving businesses a path to a UC environment make sense at a time
when the global economy is still battering IT budgets, according to
Shared Technologies President and CEO Tony Parella.
"In today's economic climate, organizations are watching their
spending more closely than ever, and very few can afford the costs and
upheaval of a rip-and-replace strategy to reap the benefits of UC,"
Parella said in a statement. "Customers should have multiple options to
choose from and should be able to upgrade their business communications
at their own pace."
As part of the partnership, which was announced Jan. 12, Shared
Technologies will sell Siemens' OpenScape UC Server, application suite
and supporting services. The Siemens technology is part of its larger
OpenPath practice of offering customers the most efficient and
cost-effective strategies for migrating to a UC environment.
The OpenScape voice and UC services can be used with existing IT and
telephony environments, giving businesses a way of migrating to a
unified communications platform at their own speed.
Shared Technologies designs and supports enterprise communications solutions from multiple vendors, including Nortel Networks.