Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) today announced new video offerings designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that make it easier than ever to purchase, install, and operate high-quality, business-grade video collaboration solutions from Polycom. Today, Polycom introduced Polycom RealPresence Ready, its new comprehensive open video collaboration solution optimized for SMBs that delivers the highest quality video collaboration at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). Polycom is also introducing with its partners new cloud-based offerings powered by the Polycom
Just like last year, here are the top 10 Business technology trends in 2011, according to this video series created by Verizon.
Enterprise applications going mobile in 2011
2011 the Year of High IQ Networks
Machine to Machine Cacophony Triggers like the Smart Grid
Everything going to the cloud in 2011?
Information Security in 2011
Role of the CIO in 2011
2011 the year of IPv6?
Video collaboration continues to explode
Courts grappling with jammed dockets and prisons struggling to handle inmate health care issues can now put the power of video collaboration to work, with a new, tailored set of technology solutions and professional consulting services from Verizon Business.
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PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ GS: PAET), a FORTUNE 1000 company, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, PAETEC Corp., has closed on the acquisition of Quagga Corporation, a privately-held Sacramento-based company. As a world-class systems integrator, Quagga is the top Avaya partner on the West Coast, with expertise in IP-based voice and video systems for medium and large businesses. The company also specializes in data and business process management as well as consulting, design and maintenance of communication systems. Upon the closing of this acquisition, Quagga will become part of PAETEC’s Integrated Services Group (ISG) focused on delivering complete equipment-based communications solutions to businesses nationwide.
“The acquisition of Quagga fits our five-year strategic plan and further extends our ability to fight unfair in the marketplace by offering unique capabilities which our competitors simply can’t match,” said Douglas Derstine, PAETEC’s president of wholesale also overseeing equipment sales. “For nearly 10 years, we’ve had a robust Value Added Reseller presence in the Eastern United States. The addition of Quagga now allows our equipment capabilities to more geographically mirror those of our national network business.”
Quagga was founded in 2003 by Ken Apperson and Scott Knorp with a focus on delivering unmatched service through the integration of IP-based voice and video solutions. Over the past six years, the company has grown to 80 employees and is the largest Avaya partner in the western region as well as a leading integrator of Polycom, Lifesize and Tandberg video collaboration applications. With sales offices throughout California, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Nevada, the company’s 150,000 IP voice and video endpoints worldwide are the most of any value added reseller (VAR) in the nation, “Being a part of a national leader in telecommunications like PAETEC will yield immediate benefits for our customers and employees alike,” said Scott Knorp, co-founder of Quagga. “Not only do we share a unique passion for serving customers with complete, personalized business communications solutions, but now have a new, immense product portfolio to offer our customers.”
Quagga will initially keep its name and continue to operate under the leadership of Apperson and Knorp. For more information on Quagga, visit their web site at www.quagga.com.
Siemens Enterprise Communications Group (SEN Group and Polycom, Inc. [Nasdaq: PLCM] today announced a strategic alliance and global resale agreement that will enable customers to leverage the productivity and cost-saving benefits of Polycom telepresence, high definition (HD) video conferencing solutions and desktop video collaboration applications through seamless integration with the OpenScape UC environment. By adopting a state-of-the-art UC environment, organizations can not only take advantage of innovative video solutions from Polycom, but they can increase collaboration and customer responsiveness while reducing conferencing costs and the need for employee travel.
“Video communication is becoming a key component of UC, and helps to dramatically improve the productivity of our customers,” said Mark Stone, chairman and chief executive officer, the SEN Group. “Working with Polycom enables us to deliver on our Open Communications commitment and enhance our leading OpenScape UC platform with a full range of UC-enabled video solutions.”
“Organizations across industries are adopting Polycom visual communication to drive efficiency and effectiveness among geographically dispersed teams and strengthen relationships with customers, partners and suppliers,” said Robert Hagerty, chairman and CEO of Polycom. “Teaming with SEN Group, we are able to deliver these powerful collaboration capabilities within the core communication tools that people use every day, and, as an integrated component of the OpenScape UC solution, give customers a scalable platform that is easy to manage and use. This supports Polycom’s Open Collaboration Network strategy and gives customers greater flexibility and investment protection for their UC environment.”
SEN Group is focused on helping customers achieve productivity and cost savings goals by helping to ease the adoption of video solutions that can help organizations collaborate more effectively as part of a complete, tightly integrated UC platform. Under the global resale agreement, SEN Group will offer Polycom’s portfolio of visual communication solutions, including award-winning personal, room and immersive telepresence solutions, video conferencing systems, and desktop video collaboration applications. This is supported by the industry’s most scalable and reliable visual communication infrastructure platform that delivers centralized management and provisioning; highly scalable multi-site, multi-network conferencing capabilities; network-aware firewall traversal; recording, streaming and video content management; and interoperability with other standards-based immersive telepresence systems and legacy video conferencing equipment.
Polycom RMX series conference bridges and HDX video endpoints integrate with the OpenScape Unified Communications Server, an innovative UC platform that takes advantage of industry standards such as SIP and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) to help ease integration. By leveraging a data center approach, OpenScape voice and UC services can be over-laid in existing IT or telephony environments, eliminating traditional barriers between communications systems while providing unmatched scalability and flexibility when integrating with other popular enterprise-class solutions and devices. This allows organizations to extend the benefit of UC features such as one number service to the desktop via Polycom conference bridges and video endpoints.
The SEN Group will also offer customers Polycom visual communication solutions supported by its OpenScale Services, a comprehensive portfolio of professional and managed services and solutions. While many IT departments may lack the skill set or resources necessary to take on the integration of best-of-breed UC technologies, OpenScale Services are designed around proven best practices to help organizations quickly and cost-effectively integrate multi-vendor systems, delivering a UC environment. In addition, SEN Group can provide 24×7 network and device monitoring from its global Video Network Operations Center, and working with Polycom, will be able to expand this managed services offering with dedicated, 24×7 maintenance and technical.
About the Polycom Open Collaboration Network
Polycom’s integration efforts with SEN Group support Polycom’s Open Collaboration Network strategy, providing an open and interoperable collaboration solution that gives customers greater flexibility and investment protection for their UC environment. By working with SEN Group and other leading unified communications platform providers, Polycom is able to deliver its productivity-enhancing and cost-saving telepresence, video and voice collaboration products as an integrated part of core unified communication environments, making the technologies easily accessible as part of the everyday workflow within a comprehensive solution that is easy to deploy and manage.
In conjunction with IBM Lotusphere taking place next week in Orlando, Fla., Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) announced an expansion of its integrated voice and visual communication solutions for customers deploying IBM Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC2) environments with support for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes. The combined solution is designed to give users “one-click” access to on-demand voice and video collaboration tools from within Lotus software applications that can enhance teamwork, reduce costs, and help accelerate enterprise decision making among colleagues, customers and business partners.
“People are most effective when the communication and collaboration tools they need are instantly available as part of the everyday workflow,” said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions, Polycom. “Polycom’s integration with the IBM UC2 environment puts our powerful, productivity enhancing collaboration tools just one-click away within the applications that millions of people use every day to communicate with others. This allows customers to extend the value of their UC investment by adding scalable, standards-based telepresence, video and voice collaboration capabilities that can further enhance efficiency and reduce costs.”
The Polycom solution will allow users to “Click-to-Call” and “Click-to-Conference” telepresence, video, voice and unified (combined voice and video) conferencing from presence-enabled contacts within IBM Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes. In addition, Lotus Sametime Web conferencing users will be able to launch Instant Meetings with voice and video conferences, or include a voice or video conference as part of scheduled web conference.
The Polycom integrated solution will provide organizations with a scalable, redundant, standards-based infrastructure platform for rich-media conferencing within IBM UC2 environments. The solution will feature integration with the latest release of Sametime Release 8.5, IBM Lotus Sametime Server and IBM Lotus Domino Server, and provide seamless call routing between the Lotus applications and Polycom immersive, room and personal telepresence systems and desktop and conference room video conferencing systems for point-to-point video calls, and the Polycom RMX media conferencing platforms for multi-site voice, video or unified conferences. The standards-based solution allows users to leverage existing investments in visual communication systems for greater ROI and provides a broad ecosystem of nearly two-million standards-based telepresence and video conferencing systems in use today for extended collaboration.
This announcement expands existing integration that Polycom offers with IBM UC2 and will complement the existing services offering between Polycom and IBM Global Technology Services to deliver scalable, security-enriched and highly-available unified communications solutions to enterprise clients around the globe. Polycom is a sponsor and exhibitor at Lotusphere 2010 (booth no. 611) and IBM is a Platinum sponsor at the upcoming Polycom partner conference and sales event taking place at the end of January.
Polycom’s integration efforts with IBM support Polycom’s Open Collaboration Network strategy, providing an open and interoperable collaboration solution that gives customers greater flexibility and investment protection for their UC environment. By working with IBM and other leading unified communications platform providers, Polycom is able to deliver its productivity-enhancing and cost-saving telepresence, video and voice collaboration products as an integrated part of core unified communication environments, making the technologies easily accessible as part of the everyday workflow within a comprehensive solution that is easy to deploy and manage.
Polycom will deliver integration for IBM Sametime 8.5 in 2010, with the first phase planned for availability in the first half of the year.
Timico Ltd., a UK provider of converged communication services, has become the first service provider in the UK to work with Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to launch a tailor-made, hosted VoIP service for SMBs incorporating a PC-based multimedia voice and video application that fully integrates with Microsoft
Polycom, Inc. [NASDAQ; PLCM], the market leader in unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced it has appointed D. Scott Mercer to its board of directors. Mercer is a recognized technology industry leader whose career spans three decades across various executive functions from operations and strategic planning to finance, within the storage and computer industry segments.
Mercer is currently the chairman of the board at Adaptec, Inc. having served as its interim CEO in 2005. He was also at Western Digital Corporation as its chief financial and administrative officer in the early 90s, returning 2001-2004 as its CFO during which time he also served as advisor to the CEO regarding business development matters. At Dell in the late 90s he served in vice president of finance roles, and as Dell’s vice president of product development for its desktop and notebook product lines. Mercer’s other executive positions have included CFO of TeraLogic, Inc., CFO and controller of LSI Logic Corporation, and as an accountant with Price Waterhouse.
“We are very pleased to welcome Scott to the Polycom board of directors where his proven business development and long term strategic planning, as well as strong financial expertise, will prove invaluable for us as voice and video collaboration become core, mainstreamed applications across devices over IP networks,” said Bob Hagerty, chairman and CEO of Polycom.
In addition to Polycom and Adaptec, Mercer serves on the boards of Conexant Systems, Palm, Inc. and SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. He received his BS in Accounting from California Polytechnic University.
“I’m delighted to be joining the board of the leading collaborative communications provider,” said Scott Mercer. “This is an exciting time for Polycom, which I believe is uniquely positioned to leverage the huge growth opportunity resulting from the shift to on-demand collaboration. Workers across all industries are increasingly relying on instantaneous voice and video to communicate across distance with each other, as well as with partners and customers. The result of collaborative communication is a far more efficient, globally competitive, and greener workplace.”
Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of high definition video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions to deliver the ultimate collaborative experience. Polycom’s high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony, workplace wireless telephony, and presence-based networks. With its market-driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage from on-demand communications and collaboration. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com.
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