Siemens Enteprise Communications Group next week will roll out OpenScape UC Suite 2011, a comprehensive update to its flagship UC offering that also introduces a web collaboration application.
With the battle for UC suite dominance becoming increasingly more about software and ease-of-use, Siemens sees a combination of simplicity and enterprise sophistication as allowing it to appeal to business users but with a more affordable, more flexible UC suite option than Cisco, Avaya, Microsoft and other UC rivals.
The company has spent much of the past year fine-tuning its Siemens channel offerings to better compete in North America. Siemens debuted OpenScape UC Sever 2010 back in March, copping a Best of VoiceCon Award for what, according to Siemens, was the software foundation of future UC releases.
The OpenScape UC Suite 2011 offering includes sweeping updates to many of OpenScape's key features, including an expanded OpenScape UC Application (version 4) and OpenScape Video offering that includes a soft client for multi-party videoconferencing and interoperability with Polycom, Tandberg and LfieSize products, as well as support for VMware virtualization environments. There's also a fuller version of OpenScape Mobility, which now includes support for iPhones and iPads and a range of other fixed-mobile convergence and mobile UC offerings.
New to OpenScape this time around is Web Collaboration, a web and video multi-party collaboration suite that's offered either as a stand-alone or integrated with UC applications. Installing on a Windows-based server, it includes plug-ins for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook and IBM Groupware, and includes capacity for up to 1,000 session participants, as well as 256-bit AES encryption.
Siemens is also offering OpenScape PhoneApps, a series of more than 20 productivity and collaboration applications that integrate with both the UC Application and various social media platforms like Twitter, as well as an open application developer toolkit for use with the platform.
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