Siemens 'Consumerizes' Unified Communications with OpenScape UC Suite 2011

By Charlene O'Hanlon Comments

Siemens Enterprise Communications has updated elements of its unified communications offering and introduced Web collaboration capabilities in a simple-to-use, yet rich multimedia UC environment.

The company’s OpenScape UC Suite 2011 combines unified communications, mobility, desktop videoconferencing, Web collaboration and customizable phone applications to deliver a full-fledged, end-to-end UC system that has all the bells and whistles of proprietary systems without the cost and complexity, said Ross Sedgewick, senior director of marketing for Large Enterprise Solutions at Siemens Enterprise Communications.

“Collaboration solutions typically have been adopted by companies with deep pockets and sophisticated IT strategy. With this offering, we have positioned the opportunity for mainstream enterprise and organizations to adopt ‘consumerized’ rich multimedia collaboration without the complexity and expense of higher-end systems," he said. “This is accessible and easy to use with minimal IT prerequisites and all the functionality of an enterprise-grade solution."

OpenScape UC Suite 2011 includes updated versions of the company’s OpenScape UC, OpenScape Mobility and OpenScape Video applications, as well as a new OpenScape Web Collaboration application and OpenScape PhoneApps development application.

OpenScape Web Collaboration, the cornerstone of OpenScape UC Suite 2011, is an enterprise-grade Web conferencing solution providing one-click multimedia collaboration. It installs quickly on a Windows-based server, reducing infrastructure costs, and enables users to move seamlessly between Web, chat and multi-party desktop video conferencing with a single mouse click.

“We always had web-conference capability but we always relied on our partners and integration with Web conferencing and collaboration companies," Sedgewick said. “We wanted to capture a more integrated solution and bring it to market ourselves to capitalize on a mainstream opportunity in Web conferencing and mobility, and do something different than what’s out there today.

“Our motivation was to capture the characteristics of a consumer point solution with enterprise grade security and bring to our clients. That, we believe, is an untapped opportunity – this fits a niche in the market a mainstream opportunity from smaller to midmarket and even large enterprise," he said.

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