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Siemens’ OpenScape Mobile
OpenScape Mobile was built to leverage all the nuances of the new mobile platforms -- including gestures and interfaces -- while extending Siemens’ Enterprise Communications’ SIP-based VoIP capabilities. Here, a lot of attention to detail was paid, particularly when it comes to ease of use.
OpenScape Mobile works with Siemens’ OpenScape Voice communications, and its first release supports both Android and Apple’s iOS mobile operating platforms.
To some, Siemens Enterprise Communications may qualify as a start-up. It began in 2008 as a joint venture between The Gores Group and Siemens AG. Based in Reston, Va., it now focuses on driving unified communications solutions based on open standards; it’s also part of a joint venture with Enterasys Networks.
There were a number of features to OpenScape Mobile that we believed were worthy of the Enterprise App Award, including seamless call handover between desk phone, Wi-Fi network and cell phone, as well as support for HD audio over Wi-Fi. A big step toward convincing enterprises of the value of the new mobile platforms will be demonstration of the robust performance and functionality; with OpenScape Mobile, it’s clear that the big step is at or near reality.
Citrix, Digium and Siemens Enterprise Communications have set the bar for technology vendors that partner with the channel when it comes to driving value into mobile solutions. They each have demonstrated that putting technology onto an iPhone or a Droid, for example, doesn’t mean there needs to be compromises in functionality, performance, form or security.
In the coming months and quarters, and over the next year, we expect many more enterprise mobility solutions to be driven by both large and small vendors -- including vendors that haven’t even yet gone into business. In fact, in a UBM Channel survey of almost 400 solution providers, conducted earlier this year, more than four in 10 solution providers said they expect to be providing iPads in customer engagements in the next two years, with more than six in 10 expecting to provide tablets from other platforms to customers by 2013.
So with most of the channel ready to take aim at enterprise mobility solutions, vendors would be wise to follow the lead of Citrix, Digium and Siemens Enterprise Communications.
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