Siemens Enterprise Communications and channel partner Integra ICT drive unified communications
Bedfordshire based Integra ICT (formerly known as Anglia Telecom) is pleased to announce it is one of the first resellers chosen by Siemens Enterprise Communications to promote its next-generation unified communications (UC) product suite. As an important “go forward” partner, Integra will be promoting these new products to mid-tier organisations in the UK to support Siemens Enterprise Communications’ current business objective to become a major mid-market unified communications vendor.
A European report undertaken by GE Capital has confirmed that mid market companies in the UK (i.e. companies with 200 >1000 employees) employ more than 1.1 million people and are responsible for over a third of private sector GDP.
According to a mid market report compiled by Ofcom, many mid market companies are not maximizing the effectiveness of their existing communications services, which is impacting overall efficiency and performance.
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a leading global provider of unified communications (UC) solutions to large-scale enterprises and network infrastructures for organisations of all sizes. Leveraging 160 years of experience, it delivers innovation and quality to the world’s most successful companies, backed by a world-class services portfolio which includes international multi-vendor managed and outsourcing capabilities.
Siemens Enterprise Communications’ new mid market UC offering, OpenScape Business and OpenScape Enterprise Express, is based on the company’s proven UC platform. Its new product suite has been developed to satisfy a growing demand for anywhere working and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives, both of which are widely offered by mid market companies to facilitate flexible working practices such as home working.
Siemens Enterprise Communications’ next-generation UC solution is based on SIP technology, a signalling communications protocol used for controlling multimedia communications over IP networks. It synchronises different communications channels (voice, video, text, chat, email, social media and so forth) to provide businesses with a fully integrated communications solution and makes use of existing equipment such as handsets or cards.
It also manages these different channels and devices (laptops, Smartphones, Tablets) in real-time and seamlessly interfaces with commonly used applications (Microsoft Exchange, Google+ or hosted email services), giving onsite and virtual workers an easy and flexible way to manage their communications requirements.
Apart from significantly reducing overall infrastructure costs (an average business with 200 employees will be able to save as much as £199K), OpenScape Business and OpenScape Enterprise Express will enable mid market companies to migrate from legacy telephony installations to IP-based solutions and the benefits they have to offer in terms of flexibility, deployment and scalability.
Comments Pas Ruggiero, CEO of Integra ICT; “We are really pleased to be involved in this campaign. We have extensive experience of Siemens Enterprise Communications’ product portfolio and a good relationship with their technical and support teams. It has always been our ethos to work in partnership with clients to implement systems and networks that are right for their specific needs. The different package options available with OpenScape will help ensure our clients’ transition to IP telephony is a simple and straightforward process.”
Says Maria Jackson, UK Marketing, of Siemens Enterprise Communications; “We are delighted to be working with Integra ICT on this campaign. The expertise and skills in their organisation make them a perfect partner to drive this program out for us into the mid market.”